#193 – Learning The In’s and Outs of Radio Programming and More!

#193 – Learning The In’s and Outs of Radio Programming and More!

RJ Curtis, former president of Country Radio Seminar (CRS), joins us in the studio. After being forced to take a year off due to the pandemic and having to go virtual, the Country Radio Broadcasters Association announces the return of in-person CRS, held on Feb. 23-25, 2022.

RJ talks about what potential attendees should know about this year’s event. The upcoming conference will focus on all aspects of the Country Radio business, providing information on succeeding in this ever-changing world. Whether you’re a corporate radio conglomerate, an independent “Mom & Pop” radio station, a DSP, or internet radio, this conference is designed to help you make it thru the challenges and emerging trends in country radio and how they might impact artists and industry members.

We also discuss the newly announced Lisa McKay Women In Radio Scholarship Program, a scholarship for young female broadcasters created in honor of the late Lisa McKay, a radio veteran who fiercely championed young female hosts.

Even if you’re not into Country Music, this is still a vital and informative topic of discussion regarding terrestrial radio and how they’re working to co-exist with satellite and other platforms.

RJ Curtis is a 41-year Country radio/Music Row executive whose career has impacted nearly every format aspect. His resume features 30 years in major market radio (Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Antonio), where he served as Program Director, Operations Manager, Music Director, and on-air talent for iconic radio brands such as KNIX/Phoenix, KCYY/San Antonio, and KZLA/Los Angeles, as well as the nationally syndicated “After Midnite” show. Curtis later spent 13 years providing insight, analysis, and commentary on the Country music industry while writing and reporting for Radio & Records Magazine, Billboard, Country Aircheck, and All Access Music Group. His experience includes time in the record industry, with Arista Nashville, as Dir./Regional Promotion. A 20-year CRB Board member and the organization’s past President, VP, Secretary, and Treasurer, Curtis transitioned to his current role as CRB Executive Director in 2018. Additionally, he has served on the Board of Directors of both ACM and CMA and has served on the St. Jude Children’s Hospital Radio Advisory Board since 2015.

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