SPEAKERS AND PANELISTS

  Allison Warren (Cumulus)   Allison Warren’s undeniable passion and appreciation for radio and the sales process is built on a foundation of 20+ years of experience and success in the business.  After graduating from Denver, Colorado’s Regis University, Warren began her ascent up the radio tower.  She spent the first 10 years of her career learning the ins and outs of radio promotions and marketing with AM/FM, CBS, and Entercom.  She then took her skills to Entercom Milwaukee where she advanced to the Director of Strategic Sales and Marketing.  When the time came for her next adventure, Warren was appointed the Director of Sales with Entercom Madison and two years later, the Director of Sales with Entercom Austin.  Warren spent those formative years honing her skills as a leader, a manager, and an overseer in a culture of diverse standards.  That leadership, among other things, is what landed her in Music City, USA.  In 2014, Warren accepted the position of VP/Market Manager of Cumulus Media Nashville.  Within a year, she and the Cumulus team experienced an improved culture while growing cash flow significantly. She also spearheaded the addition of 12 live, local, revenue generating events which extended the Cumulus footprint within the ever-growing local music community.  Three years later, Warren was the recipient of the 2017 CRS-Country Aircheck Large Market MM/GM of the Year award.  Financials aside, when asked what Allison Warren has really learned from her 20+ years in radio, from college intern to VP/Market Manager, her reply was simple and heartfelt, “I firmly believe that  every  member of a team is critical to the overall success of a company.” 

Allison Warren (Cumulus)

Allison Warren’s undeniable passion and appreciation for radio and the sales process is built on a foundation of 20+ years of experience and success in the business.  After graduating from Denver, Colorado’s Regis University, Warren began her ascent up the radio tower.  She spent the first 10 years of her career learning the ins and outs of radio promotions and marketing with AM/FM, CBS, and Entercom.  She then took her skills to Entercom Milwaukee where she advanced to the Director of Strategic Sales and Marketing.  When the time came for her next adventure, Warren was appointed the Director of Sales with Entercom Madison and two years later, the Director of Sales with Entercom Austin.  Warren spent those formative years honing her skills as a leader, a manager, and an overseer in a culture of diverse standards.  That leadership, among other things, is what landed her in Music City, USA.  In 2014, Warren accepted the position of VP/Market Manager of Cumulus Media Nashville.  Within a year, she and the Cumulus team experienced an improved culture while growing cash flow significantly. She also spearheaded the addition of 12 live, local, revenue generating events which extended the Cumulus footprint within the ever-growing local music community.  Three years later, Warren was the recipient of the 2017 CRS-Country Aircheck Large Market MM/GM of the Year award.  Financials aside, when asked what Allison Warren has really learned from her 20+ years in radio, from college intern to VP/Market Manager, her reply was simple and heartfelt, “I firmly believe that every member of a team is critical to the overall success of a company.” 

  Andrew Hare (Magid and Associates)   Andrew Hare is one of Magid’s leading quantitative research analysts. He focuses on key traditional and digital media topics across the television, online, gaming, social, and mobile landscape.  He is known for his keen ability to provide actionable strategic recommendations from advanced statistical data based on his robust perspective on major media topics, and his understanding of clients’ business objectives. Andrew has worked extensively in the over-the-top paid subscription video world, helping clients create go-to-market strategies and implement business plans around paid video content.  Andrew also develops Magid’s largest proprietary studies on cross-platform media trends and smartphone/tablet behaviors.  He works with clients including NBC Universal, Turner, Comcast, GoPro, The Weather Company, Google, Zynga, The CMA, CBC and more.  Andrew has a BA from the University of Iowa and an MA in Media Studies from The New School in New York City. In addition, recently Andrew has blogged for Georgetown University, tutored for writing non-profit 826NYC, and worked with La Mama Theatre. 

Andrew Hare (Magid and Associates)

Andrew Hare is one of Magid’s leading quantitative research analysts. He focuses on key traditional and digital media topics across the television, online, gaming, social, and mobile landscape.  He is known for his keen ability to provide actionable strategic recommendations from advanced statistical data based on his robust perspective on major media topics, and his understanding of clients’ business objectives. Andrew has worked extensively in the over-the-top paid subscription video world, helping clients create go-to-market strategies and implement business plans around paid video content.  Andrew also develops Magid’s largest proprietary studies on cross-platform media trends and smartphone/tablet behaviors.  He works with clients including NBC Universal, Turner, Comcast, GoPro, The Weather Company, Google, Zynga, The CMA, CBC and more.  Andrew has a BA from the University of Iowa and an MA in Media Studies from The New School in New York City. In addition, recently Andrew has blogged for Georgetown University, tutored for writing non-profit 826NYC, and worked with La Mama Theatre. 

  Annie Sandor (Capitol)   Starting out at UConn Athletics and the NFL, Sandor made the switch to radio with stops in Miami, Baltimore and Hartford. Her current role as Director of Regional Promotion for Capitol Records Nashville, brings this non traditional career path full circle. 

Annie Sandor (Capitol)

Starting out at UConn Athletics and the NFL, Sandor made the switch to radio with stops in Miami, Baltimore and Hartford. Her current role as Director of Regional Promotion for Capitol Records Nashville, brings this non traditional career path full circle. 

  Ashley Alexander (Girlilla)   Ashley Alexander has been with Girlilla Marketing since the company first opened its doors in 2008. She started her career in music publishing but soon found she had a knack for technology. With nearly 10 years of digital marketing experience under her belt, Ashley specializes in creating dynamic digital marketing strategies with measurable results. She runs point on clients such as The Academy of Country Music, Sugarland, Lee Ann Womack and more.   

Ashley Alexander (Girlilla)

Ashley Alexander has been with Girlilla Marketing since the company first opened its doors in 2008. She started her career in music publishing but soon found she had a knack for technology. With nearly 10 years of digital marketing experience under her belt, Ashley specializes in creating dynamic digital marketing strategies with measurable results. She runs point on clients such as The Academy of Country Music, Sugarland, Lee Ann Womack and more.

 

  Ashley Sidoti (Valory Music Co.)   Ashley Sidoti serves as the National Director of Radio Promotion & Marketing for The Valory Music Co. under the Big Machine Label Group umbrella, building relationships between radio and the label’s talent artist roster – Brantley Gilbert, Thomas Rhett, Reba McEntire, Justin Moore, Eli Young Band, Delta Rae and Tyler Rich. A graduate of Belmont University’s Music Business Program, Sidoti moved to Nashville in 2005 gaining experience in music publishing and business management prior to returning to radio promotion and marketing.

Ashley Sidoti (Valory Music Co.)

Ashley Sidoti serves as the National Director of Radio Promotion & Marketing for The Valory Music Co. under the Big Machine Label Group umbrella, building relationships between radio and the label’s talent artist roster – Brantley Gilbert, Thomas Rhett, Reba McEntire, Justin Moore, Eli Young Band, Delta Rae and Tyler Rich. A graduate of Belmont University’s Music Business Program, Sidoti moved to Nashville in 2005 gaining experience in music publishing and business management prior to returning to radio promotion and marketing.

  Becky Brenner (Albright & O'Malley & Brenner)   Becky Brenner has over 39 years of experience in radio.  She has held management, programming and on-air positions with Midwest Family, EZ Communications, ARS, Infinity and CBS.  Her primary station for 26 years was 94.KMPS-FM (Seattle), the 2004 CMA and the 2010 ACM Major Market Station of the Year.  She was also awarded the 2010 MIW Radio Group’s "Achievement in Programming” Award. Brenner was listed as one of the Top PD's (of all formats) in America by Radio Ink Magazine and has been named Radio Ink’s No. 1 Country Programmer five times including recognition as one of this year’s “Most Influential Women in Radio”.  She has served on the Country Radio Broadcasters Board of Directors for over 16 years (three years as President) and is a twelve-year member of the CMA Board of Directors. 

Becky Brenner (Albright & O'Malley & Brenner)

Becky Brenner has over 39 years of experience in radio.  She has held management, programming and on-air positions with Midwest Family, EZ Communications, ARS, Infinity and CBS.  Her primary station for 26 years was 94.KMPS-FM (Seattle), the 2004 CMA and the 2010 ACM Major Market Station of the Year.  She was also awarded the 2010 MIW Radio Group’s "Achievement in Programming” Award. Brenner was listed as one of the Top PD's (of all formats) in America by Radio Ink Magazine and has been named Radio Ink’s No. 1 Country Programmer five times including recognition as one of this year’s “Most Influential Women in Radio”.  She has served on the Country Radio Broadcasters Board of Directors for over 16 years (three years as President) and is a twelve-year member of the CMA Board of Directors. 

  Beverlee Brannigan (E.W. Scripps Company)   Berner has served as president and Chief Executive Officer of Cumulus Media Inc., the country’s second largest radio company, since October 2015. For over three decades, Berner has led some of the world’s top media companies and brands, building and directing them to deliver strong value, financial performance, and growth. An innovative leader and change management expert who has launched profitable new businesses and developed groundbreaking digital advertising models, Berner has also successfully guided re-focuses or restructurings at several market-leading organizations.    Under Berner’s leadership, Cumulus has already reversed four years of revenue and listenership declines, and three years of profit declines. While advertisers, artists, and investors have taken notice of this momentum, the media has also recognized Berner’s accomplishments during her Cumulus tenure. She has been included on Billboard’s prestigious “Power 100” list, Billboard’s “Women in Music” power list, named one of The Hollywood Reporter’s 100 most powerful women in entertainment (the only radio executive on that list), and was the highest ranking woman on Radio Ink’s “40 Most Powerful People in Radio” issue.As a first time guest of CRS, Berner will share her strategies for success and insights into the innovative tactics that have led to Cumulus’ recent success and growth.

Beverlee Brannigan (E.W. Scripps Company)

Berner has served as president and Chief Executive Officer of Cumulus Media Inc., the country’s second largest radio company, since October 2015. For over three decades, Berner has led some of the world’s top media companies and brands, building and directing them to deliver strong value, financial performance, and growth. An innovative leader and change management expert who has launched profitable new businesses and developed groundbreaking digital advertising models, Berner has also successfully guided re-focuses or restructurings at several market-leading organizations.  

Under Berner’s leadership, Cumulus has already reversed four years of revenue and listenership declines, and three years of profit declines. While advertisers, artists, and investors have taken notice of this momentum, the media has also recognized Berner’s accomplishments during her Cumulus tenure. She has been included on Billboard’s prestigious “Power 100” list, Billboard’s “Women in Music” power list, named one of The Hollywood Reporter’s 100 most powerful women in entertainment (the only radio executive on that list), and was the highest ranking woman on Radio Ink’s “40 Most Powerful People in Radio” issue.As a first time guest of CRS, Berner will share her strategies for success and insights into the innovative tactics that have led to Cumulus’ recent success and growth.

  Big D & Bubba (Silverfish Media)   Big D and Bubba first teamed up in December 1996. In August 1999, they hired Patrick Thomas to produce their morning show upon it's launch into syndication. Until Big D & Bubba, no country music morning show had ever been successful in a nationally-syndicated format for an extended period of time. 15 years later, they're stronger than ever! Country Music Association National Personalities of the Year 2015 WINNERS & Multi-Nominees. Academy of Country Music National Personalities of the Year 2014 & 2007 WINNERS & Multi-Nominees.

Big D & Bubba (Silverfish Media)

Big D and Bubba first teamed up in December 1996. In August 1999, they hired Patrick Thomas to produce their morning show upon it's launch into syndication. Until Big D & Bubba, no country music morning show had ever been successful in a nationally-syndicated format for an extended period of time. 15 years later, they're stronger than ever! Country Music Association National Personalities of the Year 2015 WINNERS & Multi-Nominees. Academy of Country Music National Personalities of the Year 2014 & 2007 WINNERS & Multi-Nominees.

  Bob Richards (WLHK)   Bob Richards has nearly 25 years of experience in radio. His career began in New Castle, Indiana at WMDH AM/FM as air talent/PD/Ops Manager from 1987 to 1996 and spent 14 years in Indianapolis at WFMS-FM (95.5) as air talent/PD/Ops Manager from 1995-2009. Since October of 2009, he has served as Ops Manager for Emmis Radio Indianapolis and PD of WLHK-FM. In addition, Richards owns Pinehurst Productions, a full-service video production company.

Bob Richards (WLHK)

Bob Richards has nearly 25 years of experience in radio. His career began in New Castle, Indiana at WMDH AM/FM as air talent/PD/Ops Manager from 1987 to 1996 and spent 14 years in Indianapolis at WFMS-FM (95.5) as air talent/PD/Ops Manager from 1995-2009. Since October of 2009, he has served as Ops Manager for Emmis Radio Indianapolis and PD of WLHK-FM. In addition, Richards owns Pinehurst Productions, a full-service video production company.

  Bryan Moore (Social Media Strategist)   Bryan Moore is a social media strategist, campaign engineer and producer. His clients include Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, NBCUniversal (Access Hollywood), BAFTA, Conde Nast (Vanity Fair), the United Nations and others.  Prior to starting his own business, Bryan was the Supervising Producer/ Social Media at Entertainment Tonight & The Insider after serving as Director of Social Media at 20th Television FOX. Moore strives to bridge the gap between social and constantly-evolving digital and traditional media. 

Bryan Moore (Social Media Strategist)

Bryan Moore is a social media strategist, campaign engineer and producer. His clients include Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, NBCUniversal (Access Hollywood), BAFTA, Conde Nast (Vanity Fair), the United Nations and others.  Prior to starting his own business, Bryan was the Supervising Producer/ Social Media at Entertainment Tonight & The Insider after serving as Director of Social Media at 20th Television FOX. Moore strives to bridge the gap between social and constantly-evolving digital and traditional media. 

  Chris Peterson (iHeartMedia)   Chris Peterson is the Senior Vice President of Podcasting for iHeartRadio where he oversees the platform's overall podcast strategy. He is responsible for strengthening relationships with internal on-air talent, Premiere Networks personalities and third party content producers to bring new podcasts into the platform as well as grow the company's overall profile in the podcast community. In this role, Peterson also guides content partnerships and business development, advises the product team on its podcast roadmap, and works with sales to monetize iHeartRadio's podcast efforts.  Previously, Peterson served as the Content Partnerships Manager for TuneIn where he secured the digital rights to premium content, and expanded the company’s podcast footprint. He has also worked as the Director of Operations for TheBlaze Radio Network where he spearheaded their streaming strategy and launched a podcast network that became one of the largest on iTunes. Peterson began his career with Premiere Networks where he became the Director of Affiliate Relations and was responsible for the affiliate growth of top personalities including Elvis Duran, Bobby Bones and Glenn Beck into new markets across the U.S.

Chris Peterson (iHeartMedia)

Chris Peterson is the Senior Vice President of Podcasting for iHeartRadio where he oversees the platform's overall podcast strategy. He is responsible for strengthening relationships with internal on-air talent, Premiere Networks personalities and third party content producers to bring new podcasts into the platform as well as grow the company's overall profile in the podcast community. In this role, Peterson also guides content partnerships and business development, advises the product team on its podcast roadmap, and works with sales to monetize iHeartRadio's podcast efforts.

Previously, Peterson served as the Content Partnerships Manager for TuneIn where he secured the digital rights to premium content, and expanded the company’s podcast footprint. He has also worked as the Director of Operations for TheBlaze Radio Network where he spearheaded their streaming strategy and launched a podcast network that became one of the largest on iTunes. Peterson began his career with Premiere Networks where he became the Director of Affiliate Relations and was responsible for the affiliate growth of top personalities including Elvis Duran, Bobby Bones and Glenn Beck into new markets across the U.S.

  David Corey (WKLB-FM)   David Corey has been a radio programmer for over 20 years. He started his career at the legendary KISS 108 in Boston, and moved to Toronto in 2006 to become Program Director for 104.5, CHUM FM; Canada’s most listened to radio station. In 2008, David became the Vice President of Programming for CHUM Radio’s 35 stations across Canada. That grew to 104 stations when CHUM Radio was purchased by Bell Media in 2012, and then acquired Astral Media a year later. David has won numerous programming awards including International Program Director/Controller of the Year at the 2017 World Wide Music Summit in Los Angeles. David returned to Boston last May to program Beasley’s WKLB.

David Corey (WKLB-FM)

David Corey has been a radio programmer for over 20 years. He started his career at the legendary KISS 108 in Boston, and moved to Toronto in 2006 to become Program Director for 104.5, CHUM FM; Canada’s most listened to radio station. In 2008, David became the Vice President of Programming for CHUM Radio’s 35 stations across Canada. That grew to 104 stations when CHUM Radio was purchased by Bell Media in 2012, and then acquired Astral Media a year later. David has won numerous programming awards including International Program Director/Controller of the Year at the 2017 World Wide Music Summit in Los Angeles. David returned to Boston last May to program Beasley’s WKLB.

  Fitz (Sun Broadcast Group)   After high school, at the age of seventeen, he started hounding the Program Director of KNIN in Wichita Falls, TX. His persistence finally paid off when they allowed him to have a few hours on the weekend, but just as things started to get going in the right direction, the station was bought by a different company and Fitz was let go. It’s no surprise though that when the new owner found a tape of Fitz’s weekend show, he immediately realized that a mistake had been made, and he promptly called Fitz, offered him the morning show. At the tender age of eighteen his dream had come true, and The Fitz show was born.  Fitz now has FIVE kids, a Boston Terrier named Susie Lou Snuffoluffogus and a really hot wife who is far too beautiful for him, is with him out of pity, and is trying to find a way out. Fitz does bring a unique feminine perspective to the show because he is truly a 6’7” 245 pound baby! You might think he is an NFL linebacker but truly, he is an overgrown pansy. Fitz lives for reality TV. Be glad you can just laugh at him and that you don’t have to live with him.  Fitz made a few moves around Dallas radio in his early years before venturing to the Pacific Northwest to launch a new country music dynasty in Seattle with the new Wolf station on KKWF-FM in 2006.  The Fitz Show exploded into a national phenomenon when it became available nationwide as a syndicated show, and it continues to add stations at an impressive rate.  Fitz has built an incredibly successful weekend countdown show The Hit List with Fitz, that is also heard nationwide.  If you haven't heard enough from Fitz yet, you can also catch him throughout the day on stations all across America hosting the Nashville Minute syndicated feature.

Fitz (Sun Broadcast Group)

After high school, at the age of seventeen, he started hounding the Program Director of KNIN in Wichita Falls, TX. His persistence finally paid off when they allowed him to have a few hours on the weekend, but just as things started to get going in the right direction, the station was bought by a different company and Fitz was let go. It’s no surprise though that when the new owner found a tape of Fitz’s weekend show, he immediately realized that a mistake had been made, and he promptly called Fitz, offered him the morning show. At the tender age of eighteen his dream had come true, and The Fitz show was born.

Fitz now has FIVE kids, a Boston Terrier named Susie Lou Snuffoluffogus and a really hot wife who is far too beautiful for him, is with him out of pity, and is trying to find a way out. Fitz does bring a unique feminine perspective to the show because he is truly a 6’7” 245 pound baby! You might think he is an NFL linebacker but truly, he is an overgrown pansy. Fitz lives for reality TV. Be glad you can just laugh at him and that you don’t have to live with him.  Fitz made a few moves around Dallas radio in his early years before venturing to the Pacific Northwest to launch a new country music dynasty in Seattle with the new Wolf station on KKWF-FM in 2006.  The Fitz Show exploded into a national phenomenon when it became available nationwide as a syndicated show, and it continues to add stations at an impressive rate.  Fitz has built an incredibly successful weekend countdown show The Hit List with Fitz, that is also heard nationwide.  If you haven't heard enough from Fitz yet, you can also catch him throughout the day on stations all across America hosting the Nashville Minute syndicated feature.

  Halley Phillips (WXFL)   Halley Phillips knows radio & music. It’s in her blood.  From the time she was born in Memphis, she often visited stations owned by her grandfather, Sam Phillips. Sam is best known as ‘The Father of Rock ‘n Roll’ for discovering Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee and others, along with his great passion for radio. Unfortunately, Sam died before Halley began her radio/music career, but his legacy was her inspiration. Fifteen years ago, her father Jerry and uncle Knox gave her the opportunity to work at the family owned stations in Florence, Alabama.  While her career began as the receptionist at Big River Broadcasting, she soon advanced to sales assistant, account executive, production assistant, and event coordinator. Today, Halley is the Director of Digital Marketing where she supervises website and mobile website marketing and promotions for three radio stations. Additionally, she co-produces the monthly Muscle Shoals to Music Row ‘live’ show stream as well as weekly artist interviews for the stations online video blog.   She is also a staff producer and partner at Sam Phillips Recording Studio in Memphis, Tennessee, Governor of the Board of the Memphis Chapter of the Recording Academy, & serves on the board of The Muscle Shoals Music Association. Somewhere along the way or perhaps within her DNA, she caught her grandfather’s passion and vision that is pushing her on to the industry’s new frontier.

Halley Phillips (WXFL)

Halley Phillips knows radio & music. It’s in her blood.

From the time she was born in Memphis, she often visited stations owned by her grandfather, Sam Phillips. Sam is best known as ‘The Father of Rock ‘n Roll’ for discovering Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee and others, along with his great passion for radio. Unfortunately, Sam died before Halley began her radio/music career, but his legacy was her inspiration. Fifteen years ago, her father Jerry and uncle Knox gave her the opportunity to work at the family owned stations in Florence, Alabama.

While her career began as the receptionist at Big River Broadcasting, she soon advanced to sales assistant, account executive, production assistant, and event coordinator. Today, Halley is the Director of Digital Marketing where she supervises website and mobile website marketing and promotions for three radio stations. Additionally, she co-produces the monthly Muscle Shoals to Music Row ‘live’ show stream as well as weekly artist interviews for the stations online video blog. 

She is also a staff producer and partner at Sam Phillips Recording Studio in Memphis, Tennessee, Governor of the Board of the Memphis Chapter of the Recording Academy, & serves on the board of The Muscle Shoals Music Association. Somewhere along the way or perhaps within her DNA, she caught her grandfather’s passion and vision that is pushing her on to the industry’s new frontier.

  Jeff Garrison (KCYY)   Garrison, a 33-year veteran, started his career in Nacogdoches TX. On-Air / Programming  since 1983.   Spent 17 years with CBS Radio, as Program Director and Operations Manager KMLE Phoenix, KILT Houston.  He has overseen formats including Country, Classic Hits, Hot AC, Top 40, Rock and Smooth Jazz. As Vice President of CBS Country from 2002 to 2010, Garrison oversaw the programming for 23 country stations .

Jeff Garrison (KCYY)

Garrison, a 33-year veteran, started his career in Nacogdoches TX. On-Air / Programming  since 1983.   Spent 17 years with CBS Radio, as Program Director and Operations Manager KMLE Phoenix, KILT Houston.  He has overseen formats including Country, Classic Hits, Hot AC, Top 40, Rock and Smooth Jazz. As Vice President of CBS Country from 2002 to 2010, Garrison oversaw the programming for 23 country stations .

  Jeremy Holley (FlyteVu)   Jeremy Holley is a founding Partner at FlyteVu, a Nashville-based marketing agency founded in 2015, that connects brands to consumers through compelling storytelling, unparalleled experiences, and the authentic power of music.  In two years, FlyteVuhas doubled their impressive roster of clients to include Cracker Barrel, American Red Cross, Bumble, Enterprise, Victoria’s Secret PINK, Lee Jeans, Journey’s, Pilgrimage Festival, Pandora, Anheuser Busch, Macy’s, and Tennessee Tourism.FlyteVu’s campaigns have collectively earned multiple awards including two Gold and two Bronze CLIO Awards for “Best in Music”, an Emmy Award, a GRAMMY Award, two Davey Awards for “Best in Content and Social Marketing” and multiple Addy Awards. FlyteVu’s award-winning campaigns have generated billions of earned media impressions benefitting both Brand and Talent and have been featured in Adweek, Forbes, Huffington Post, Mashable, USA Today, and AdAge to name a few.  Holley was recently recognized as one of Billboard’s Nashville Power Players (2017), Billboard's Top 40 Under 40 (2015), Billboard’s Top 30 Under 30 executives in the music and entertainment industry (2007), as well as one of "Billboard Twitter 140: Music-Industry Characters You Need To Follow" (2011 & 2012).    Holley was previously Senior Vice President of Consumer & Interactive Marketing at Warner Music Nashville (WMN) and played a key role in building WMN’s and Word Entertainment’s multiple rights (360) business overseeing all aspects of creative, digital, and strategic marketing. He and his team created unprecedented partnerships and collaborations between artists, brands and digital platforms including Shazam, YouTube, Snapchat, and SoundCloud and created several award-winning videos including the 2013 ACA Male Music Video of the Year for Blake Shelton. He has worked with Fortune 500 companies such as Pepsi, Samsung, JC Penney, and artists like Sheryl Crow, Blake Shelton, Hunter Hayes, Brett Eldredge, For King & Country, and Dwight Yoakam. Additionally, Holley launched WMN’s Strategic Partnerships division, brokering deals for Chris Janson / Pepsi, The Bible Tour (Mark Burnett), and Uber/CMA. 

Jeremy Holley (FlyteVu)

Jeremy Holley is a founding Partner at FlyteVu, a Nashville-based marketing agency founded in 2015, that connects brands to consumers through compelling storytelling, unparalleled experiences, and the authentic power of music.

In two years, FlyteVuhas doubled their impressive roster of clients to include Cracker Barrel, American Red Cross, Bumble, Enterprise, Victoria’s Secret PINK, Lee Jeans, Journey’s, Pilgrimage Festival, Pandora, Anheuser Busch, Macy’s, and Tennessee Tourism.FlyteVu’s campaigns have collectively earned multiple awards including two Gold and two Bronze CLIO Awards for “Best in Music”, an Emmy Award, a GRAMMY Award, two Davey Awards for “Best in Content and Social Marketing” and multiple Addy Awards. FlyteVu’s award-winning campaigns have generated billions of earned media impressions benefitting both Brand and Talent and have been featured in Adweek, Forbes, Huffington Post, Mashable, USA Today, and AdAge to name a few.

Holley was recently recognized as one of Billboard’s Nashville Power Players (2017), Billboard's Top 40 Under 40 (2015), Billboard’s Top 30 Under 30 executives in the music and entertainment industry (2007), as well as one of "Billboard Twitter 140: Music-Industry Characters You Need To Follow" (2011 & 2012). 


Holley was previously Senior Vice President of Consumer & Interactive Marketing at Warner Music Nashville (WMN) and played a key role in building WMN’s and Word Entertainment’s multiple rights (360) business overseeing all aspects of creative, digital, and strategic marketing. He and his team created unprecedented partnerships and collaborations between artists, brands and digital platforms including Shazam, YouTube, Snapchat, and SoundCloud and created several award-winning videos including the 2013 ACA Male Music Video of the Year for Blake Shelton. He has worked with Fortune 500 companies such as Pepsi, Samsung, JC Penney, and artists like Sheryl Crow, Blake Shelton, Hunter Hayes, Brett Eldredge, For King & Country, and Dwight Yoakam. Additionally, Holley launched WMN’s Strategic Partnerships division, brokering deals for Chris Janson / Pepsi, The Bible Tour (Mark Burnett), and Uber/CMA. 

  Joe Breezy (WNFN)   Joe Breezy is an accomplished and popular on-air talent who currently hosts afternoons at WNFN in Nashville along with being the station's Program Director. He spent four years at Boston’s WODS (CBS’s “Amp Radio”) prior to moving to Nashville. He got his start in the promotions department at KYLD/ San Francisco where eventually hosted nights. He's hosted every day part at stations such as KKFR and KZON in Phoenix, KHTS in San Diego, KDND in Sacramento, WWVA in Atlanta and eventually WODS Boston and WNFN Nashville. He also hosts the Nationally Syndicated, "Joe Breezy's Celebrity Top Ten Countdown" for the United Stations Network along with nights at KZZO in Sacramento, CA.

Joe Breezy (WNFN)

Joe Breezy is an accomplished and popular on-air talent who currently hosts afternoons at WNFN in Nashville along with being the station's Program Director. He spent four years at Boston’s WODS (CBS’s “Amp Radio”) prior to moving to Nashville. He got his start in the promotions department at KYLD/ San Francisco where eventually hosted nights. He's hosted every day part at stations such as KKFR and KZON in Phoenix, KHTS in San Diego, KDND in Sacramento, WWVA in Atlanta and eventually WODS Boston and WNFN Nashville. He also hosts the Nationally Syndicated, "Joe Breezy's Celebrity Top Ten Countdown" for the United Stations Network along with nights at KZZO in Sacramento, CA.

  Johnny Chiang (KKBQ)

Johnny Chiang (KKBQ)

  Karen Stump (CMA)   As Senior Director, Consumer Insights with the Country Music Association, Karen leads a broad range of consumer music consumption analytics and insights initiatives to deliver trends and behaviors relevant to today’s music industry and informing the broad range of CMA members and brand partners.  These efforts have spanned the U.S, North America and globally in support of growing Country Music fans internationally.  Prior to joining the CMA, Karen served as VP, Strategic Insights for Scripps Networks Interactive, based in New York City, working with Food Network, HGTV, Great American Country and other lifestyle networks.  She led efforts which provided consumer media and purchasing insights supporting Ad Sales, Brand Integrations, Affiliate Marketing and Consumer Marketing efforts for these top-rated cable and digital media brands. 

Karen Stump (CMA)

As Senior Director, Consumer Insights with the Country Music Association, Karen leads a broad range of consumer music consumption analytics and insights initiatives to deliver trends and behaviors relevant to today’s music industry and informing the broad range of CMA members and brand partners.  These efforts have spanned the U.S, North America and globally in support of growing Country Music fans internationally.

Prior to joining the CMA, Karen served as VP, Strategic Insights for Scripps Networks Interactive, based in New York City, working with Food Network, HGTV, Great American Country and other lifestyle networks.  She led efforts which provided consumer media and purchasing insights supporting Ad Sales, Brand Integrations, Affiliate Marketing and Consumer Marketing efforts for these top-rated cable and digital media brands. 

  Larry Miller (NYU)   Professor Larry Miller is Director of the Music Business program at NYU Steinhardt where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses Music Entrepreneurship, Music Analytics, Strategic Marketing, Global Music Management and the Business Structure of the Music Industry. He advises music creators and rights holders on  public policy and litigation , and provided expert testimony before the  Copyright Royalty Board  and in arbitration, and supports media and technology companies and their financial sponsors on capital formation and growth strategy, digital product/service development, acquisitions and restructuring. Previously, Larry was a Partner at L.E.K. Consulting and a senior member of the firm’s media and entertainment practice. He later served as Executive Vice President and General Manager of MediaNet.  Larry founded and operated Or Music, a Grammy Award winning independent record label and music publisher where he signed, recorded and published multi-platinum artists Los Lonely Boys and Matisyahu; he was Vice President of Market Development at AT&T Labs Research, and began his career as a broadcaster at Tribune, NBC Radio Entertainment and WHTZ/Z100 New York, regarded as the most successful startup in U.S. radio history as the station went from “worst to first” within 72 days of signing-on in the country’s most competitive radio market.Larry  has commented  on CBS, ABC, CNBC, CNN, Fox News and NPR; in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Time, Business Week, Financial Times, Los Angeles Times and Billboard. His article "Metadata: How to Develop the Foundation for the Music Business of Tomorrow" was published in The Licensing Journal, and  Paradigm Shift: Why Radio Must Adapt to the Rise of Digital  was published in Entertainment and Sports Lawyer, the ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries.He earned an MBA at Columbia Business School, and previously served as Entrepreneur-in-Residence and Adjunct Faculty member in the Music Business program at NYU-Steinhardt.

Larry Miller (NYU)

Professor Larry Miller is Director of the Music Business program at NYU Steinhardt where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses Music Entrepreneurship, Music Analytics, Strategic Marketing, Global Music Management and the Business Structure of the Music Industry. He advises music creators and rights holders on public policy and litigation, and provided expert testimony before the Copyright Royalty Board and in arbitration, and supports media and technology companies and their financial sponsors on capital formation and growth strategy, digital product/service development, acquisitions and restructuring. Previously, Larry was a Partner at L.E.K. Consulting and a senior member of the firm’s media and entertainment practice. He later served as Executive Vice President and General Manager of MediaNet.  Larry founded and operated Or Music, a Grammy Award winning independent record label and music publisher where he signed, recorded and published multi-platinum artists Los Lonely Boys and Matisyahu; he was Vice President of Market Development at AT&T Labs Research, and began his career as a broadcaster at Tribune, NBC Radio Entertainment and WHTZ/Z100 New York, regarded as the most successful startup in U.S. radio history as the station went from “worst to first” within 72 days of signing-on in the country’s most competitive radio market.Larry has commented on CBS, ABC, CNBC, CNN, Fox News and NPR; in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Time, Business Week, Financial Times, Los Angeles Times and Billboard. His article "Metadata: How to Develop the Foundation for the Music Business of Tomorrow" was published in The Licensing Journal, and Paradigm Shift: Why Radio Must Adapt to the Rise of Digital was published in Entertainment and Sports Lawyer, the ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries.He earned an MBA at Columbia Business School, and previously served as Entrepreneur-in-Residence and Adjunct Faculty member in the Music Business program at NYU-Steinhardt.

 Lisa Smoot (Jerry Duncan Promo)

Lisa Smoot (Jerry Duncan Promo)

  Mark Anderson (WDSY)   Mark Anderson is Vice President of Programming for Entercom Pittsburgh, where his duties include day-to-day programming of Y108 (WDSY), the market’s longest-running and top-rated Country station. He has been in radio for 27 years and a Program Director for 20 years, the last eight of which have been in the Country format.

Mark Anderson (WDSY)

Mark Anderson is Vice President of Programming for Entercom Pittsburgh, where his duties include day-to-day programming of Y108 (WDSY), the market’s longest-running and top-rated Country station. He has been in radio for 27 years and a Program Director for 20 years, the last eight of which have been in the Country format.

  Megan Lazovick (Edison Research)   Megan Lazovick is a Vice President at Edison Research. She crafts custom research for thought leadership and content marketing and specializes in the creative presentation of data and insights.  Lazovick is an experienced moderator in many forms of qualitative research: focus groups, one-on-one interviews, and ethnographic in-person studies. She has spent substantial time traveling around the country interviewing people about their lives and passions. Her observations on consumer attitudes and behavior helped to shape custom research studies that have been widely publicized and cited in the media industry, such as Edison's Share of Speech and NPR and Edison Research's Smart Audio Report.  She has presented internationally at Next Radio, The European Radio Show, RAIN Summit London, Campaigns and Marketing Summit, Marketing to Women, Marketing to Moms, Country Radio Seminar, and other prominent media industry events.  Lazovick is a graduate of The College of New Jersey where she majored in Communication Studies with a focus in radio and television.

Megan Lazovick (Edison Research)

Megan Lazovick is a Vice President at Edison Research. She crafts custom research for thought leadership and content marketing and specializes in the creative presentation of data and insights.

Lazovick is an experienced moderator in many forms of qualitative research: focus groups, one-on-one interviews, and ethnographic in-person studies. She has spent substantial time traveling around the country interviewing people about their lives and passions. Her observations on consumer attitudes and behavior helped to shape custom research studies that have been widely publicized and cited in the media industry, such as Edison's Share of Speech and NPR and Edison Research's Smart Audio Report.

She has presented internationally at Next Radio, The European Radio Show, RAIN Summit London, Campaigns and Marketing Summit, Marketing to Women, Marketing to Moms, Country Radio Seminar, and other prominent media industry events.

Lazovick is a graduate of The College of New Jersey where she majored in Communication Studies with a focus in radio and television.

  Mike Moore (KWJJ)   Entercom’s Director Of Country Programming, Portland’s VP Of Programming and Program Director for Portland’s KWJJ-FM (99-5 The Wolf) for the last thirteen years, Mike Moore has spent almost 25 years programming great country radio stations across the United States. During that time Moore has experienced great success and ratings at WWKA in Orlando, WWYZ in Hartford, WSIX in Nashville and of course KWJJ in Portland. He continues to be a progressive leader, creative thinker, talent coach, and marketer. In addition to his duties at KWJJ, Mike has been proud to serve on the Board Of Directors for The Country Music Association and volunteers for Portland’s Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.Mike loves spending his free time with his wife Stephanie and daughter Madison.  He is also an avid tennis player, enjoys biking and travel.   

Mike Moore (KWJJ)

Entercom’s Director Of Country Programming, Portland’s VP Of Programming and Program Director for Portland’s KWJJ-FM (99-5 The Wolf) for the last thirteen years, Mike Moore has spent almost 25 years programming great country radio stations across the United States. During that time Moore has experienced great success and ratings at WWKA in Orlando, WWYZ in Hartford, WSIX in Nashville and of course KWJJ in Portland. He continues to be a progressive leader, creative thinker, talent coach, and marketer. In addition to his duties at KWJJ, Mike has been proud to serve on the Board Of Directors for The Country Music Association and volunteers for Portland’s Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.Mike loves spending his free time with his wife Stephanie and daughter Madison.  He is also an avid tennis player, enjoys biking and travel.   

  Rachel Belle (KIRO)   Rachel Belle is the Seattle-based host & co-producer of the podcast "Your Last Meal," recently the #1 food podcast on iTunes. Each episode she interviews a celebrity (Neil deGrasse Tyson, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Jenny Slate, Mario Batali etc) about their last meal & then digs into the history and culture of that dish. She is a feature reporter and host of the popular drive-time segment "Ring My Belle" on 97.3 KIRO Radio in Seattle. Rachel was named Best FM Radio Personality by "Seattle Weekly." She's also a freelance food writer, Scrabble lover and burrito snob.

Rachel Belle (KIRO)

Rachel Belle is the Seattle-based host & co-producer of the podcast "Your Last Meal," recently the #1 food podcast on iTunes. Each episode she interviews a celebrity (Neil deGrasse Tyson, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Jenny Slate, Mario Batali etc) about their last meal & then digs into the history and culture of that dish. She is a feature reporter and host of the popular drive-time segment "Ring My Belle" on 97.3 KIRO Radio in Seattle. Rachel was named Best FM Radio Personality by "Seattle Weekly." She's also a freelance food writer, Scrabble lover and burrito snob.

  Rod Phillips (iHeartCountry)   SVPP/Brand Manager of iHeartCountry – over 150 Country Brands 25+ years in programming and on-air Former PD of Y100 Miami, KISS FM in Chicago and Cincinnati, WDJX Louisville and others

Rod Phillips (iHeartCountry)

SVPP/Brand Manager of iHeartCountry – over 150 Country Brands
25+ years in programming and on-air
Former PD of Y100 Miami, KISS FM in Chicago and Cincinnati, WDJX Louisville and others

  Shane Collins (WQNU)   Shane Collins is the P.D. of WQNU (Q103) Louisville and the O.M. for SummitMedia’s Louisville cluster of stations. (WQNU, WVEZ, WSFR, WRKA)October 2018 will mark his 30th year in the radio industry.  He’s been a programmer since 1998 and has programmed WQNU since 2010.  Before that he programmed legendary CHR, WDJX Louisville.He’s a Kentuckiana native, but a Indiana Hoosier by marriage and lives just across the river from Louisville in Southern Indiana with his wife Amy and seven year old son Collin.  Besides radio Shane is an avid car freak and hopes to steal the keys to Tyler Waugh’s Lamborghini at some point this CRS week and take a joy ride.

Shane Collins (WQNU)

Shane Collins is the P.D. of WQNU (Q103) Louisville and the O.M. for SummitMedia’s Louisville cluster of stations. (WQNU, WVEZ, WSFR, WRKA)October 2018 will mark his 30th year in the radio industry.  He’s been a programmer since 1998 and has programmed WQNU since 2010.  Before that he programmed legendary CHR, WDJX Louisville.He’s a Kentuckiana native, but a Indiana Hoosier by marriage and lives just across the river from Louisville in Southern Indiana with his wife Amy and seven year old son Collin.  Besides radio Shane is an avid car freak and hopes to steal the keys to Tyler Waugh’s Lamborghini at some point this CRS week and take a joy ride.

  Stacy Waugh (Big Loud)   An MTSU grad, Stacy has over a decade of experience in radio promotion including stops at Category 5 Records, 1720 Entertainment, Stoney Creek Records, and Republic Nashville. She is now the National Director of Promotion at Big Loud Records, home of Jake Owen, Chris Lane, Morgan Wallen, and Jillian Jacqueline.

Stacy Waugh (Big Loud)

An MTSU grad, Stacy has over a decade of experience in radio promotion including stops at Category 5 Records, 1720 Entertainment, Stoney Creek Records, and Republic Nashville. She is now the National Director of Promotion at Big Loud Records, home of Jake Owen, Chris Lane, Morgan Wallen, and Jillian Jacqueline.

  Tim Richards (KMLE)   Tim Richards Is the VP of programming for CBS Radio Phoenix and the program director for KMLE where he has been the PD since April of 2013. A Chicago Native, he has worked with stations in Boston, Detroit, Chicago and Tucson and programmed multiple formats including Top 40, Triple A, Classic Hits and Spanish. 

Tim Richards (KMLE)

Tim Richards Is the VP of programming for CBS Radio Phoenix and the program director for KMLE where he has been the PD since April of 2013. A Chicago Native, he has worked with stations in Boston, Detroit, Chicago and Tucson and programmed multiple formats including Top 40, Triple A, Classic Hits and Spanish. 

  Whitney Allen (Big Time with Whitney Allen)   Whitney Allen grew up against a backdrop of eclectic musical tastes, her immigrant  parents listening to everything from Bagpipes and Glen Campbell to Johnny Cash, the Beatles and Bee Gees, made it easy for her to jump formats when called for! Starting in Top 40 in Eureka, Ca with stops in San Diego for Top 40, Nostalgia and Country, to Los Angeles for the groundbreaking Pirate Radio followed by  KIIS-FM. She finally found a true forever home in Country Radio while hosting After Midnite Weekends for 8 years, then holding down Afternoon Drive at KZLA while  hosting and owning, first, America's Hot List for 3 and now The Big Time With Whitney Allen for 11 years, currently heard on over 125 stations nationwide.  "It's been quite the ride and I could not be happier to find a home in the best format on the planet with the best artists,the best fans and the most amazing colleagues anyone could wish for.  Really.  I've worked all the formats so I'm speaking from a ton of experience.  We're an incredible group of people, especially the women!!"    Although a night owl since birth, she looks forward to inspiring and encouraging aspiring talent at this years Women's Mentoring Breakfast.  She also looks forward to a ton of coffee, heavy on the cream, please.

Whitney Allen (Big Time with Whitney Allen)

Whitney Allen grew up against a backdrop of eclectic musical tastes, her immigrant  parents listening to everything from Bagpipes and Glen Campbell to Johnny Cash, the Beatles and Bee Gees, made it easy for her to jump formats when called for! Starting in Top 40 in Eureka, Ca with stops in San Diego for Top 40, Nostalgia and Country, to Los Angeles for the groundbreaking Pirate Radio followed by  KIIS-FM. She finally found a true forever home in Country Radio while hosting After Midnite Weekends for 8 years, then holding down Afternoon Drive at KZLA while  hosting and owning, first, America's Hot List for 3 and now The Big Time With Whitney Allen for 11 years, currently heard on over 125 stations nationwide.  "It's been quite the ride and I could not be happier to find a home in the best format on the planet with the best artists,the best fans and the most amazing colleagues anyone could wish for.  Really.  I've worked all the formats so I'm speaking from a ton of experience.  We're an incredible group of people, especially the women!!"    Although a night owl since birth, she looks forward to inspiring and encouraging aspiring talent at this years Women's Mentoring Breakfast.  She also looks forward to a ton of coffee, heavy on the cream, please.

  Bobby Bones (iHeartMedia)   Radio DJ. Stand-up comedian. Best-selling author. Chart-topping recording artist. TV personality. Philanthropist. Bobby Bones has built his career on the ability to multi-task, turning humor, honesty, and hard work into a self-made business empire.  Long before launching "The Bobby Bones Show"— the largest morning show in country radio— Bones grew up in Mountain Pine, Arkansas. It was a pint-sized town, supported by a saw mill that employed most of the area's residents. Bones had a different career in mind, though, landing his first radio job as a college student and, during the years that followed, bouncing between a handful of pop, hip-hop, and sports stations.  When "The Bobby Bones Show" — which launched in Austin, quickly establishing itself as the city's top-rated morning show — moved to Nashville and became a nationally-syndicated radio program in 2012, Bones' career hit hyperdrive. Country music was in his blood. He'd grown up with the stuff. Country music had expanded its boundaries since Bones' days in Mountain Pine, too, taking some inspiration from pop music and hip-hop along the way. No other DJ was better prepared to tackle that growing genre — a genre now reaching a new generation of fans who'd grown up with MTV, Napster, and the internet — than Bobby Bones. His impact hasn’t gone unnoticed. He’s since garnered prestigious accolades including a CMA Award for National Broadcast Personality of the Year and is a two-time recipient of the National Personality Award from the ACMs. He’s also become the youngest ever inductee into the National Radio Hall Of Fame, joining radio legends such as Dick Clark, Howard Stern and more.  Overseeing a daily radio show requires teamwork, and Bobby has built his own team from the ground up, reaching out to friends and former interns — including longtime co-hosts Lunchbox and Amy — to join him in the studio. A strong family dynamic anchors "The Bobby Bones Show," where visiting artists are encouraged to let their guard down and become, as Bobby says, "the most human version of themselves." There's no pageantry, no showbiz, no smoke and mirrors. Instead, Bones treats everyone like a member of the family, pulling real emotion out of the genre's biggest stars.  Of course, all of that teamwork and collaboration hasn't stopped him from regularly hitting the stage alone as a stand-up comedian. It's a job he's enjoyed since his teenage years. It continues to be a welcome challenge, too, putting Bones face-to-face with his audience and eliminating his cast of on-air sidekicks.  Bones shares a similar mix of personal stories and off-the-wall anecdotes in his first book, Bare Bones: I'm Not Lonely If You're Reading This Book. Published in 2016, the book topped several best-sellers lists upon its release, including the New York Times, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal. Kicking off with memories of his childhood days in a Mountain Pine trailer park, Bare  Bones takes an unflinchingly candid look at Bones' life, even shining a light on the struggles he faced while growing up in a broken home. Bones isn't looking for sympathy; instead, he's reaching out to others who may find themselves in similar situations, having an addicted parent or challenged by the limited horizons of a small, rural town. Bones' story is the American Dream, and his goal is to encourage others to live their own version of that same dream. Bones will continue to inspire with his eagerly awaited second book, hitting shelves in Summer 2018.  With a consistent aim to give back, Bones' charitable efforts have helped raise millions for needy children, shelter animals, hospital patients, and victims of natural disasters. From his annual "Pimpin Joy" movement on "The Bobby Bones Show" to his work with organizations like Musicians On Call, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and the National Humane Society, Bones has encouraged a high level of charitable involvement amongst his listeners, while also walking the walk himself.  Bobby Bones and The Raging Idiots, the comedy-country band founded by Bones and his "Bobby Bones Show" sidekick, Eddie, started off as an excuse to play a handful of lighthearted songs at local charity events quickly snowballed into a genuine musical project, with multiple sold-out shows and studio collaborations with singers like Carrie Underwood, Garth Brooks, and Brad Paisley. Bones, who co-writes the band's material and handles lead vocals, insists that the Raging Idiots aren't meant to be taken too seriously. "Just look at our name!" he says, laughing. "We're idiots! Don't take us seriously, please." That didn't stop the band's first release, The Critics Give It 5 Stars, from becoming a crossover smash, topping the Billboard Comedy Chart and debuting at Number 4 on the Country Chart. Another release — The Raging Kidiots EP, a children's project aimed at younger listeners — spent two weeks at Number 1 on the iTunes Kids Chart. The Raging Idiots also released a full-length album titled Kiddy Up that debuted at #1. Serious or not, the Raging Idiots have become seriously popular.  Bones, too, has become increasingly popular since taking that first radio job in Arkansas with an audience of more than 5 million. He still kicks off every weekday morning as a radio host, but he's become much more than that, maintaining a multimedia presence that reaches beyond the FM airwaves. He's on your TV, on the air, on your bookshelf, in your CD player and onstage. He's Bobby Bones, and he isn't going anywhere.

Bobby Bones (iHeartMedia)

Radio DJ. Stand-up comedian. Best-selling author. Chart-topping recording artist. TV personality. Philanthropist. Bobby Bones has built his career on the ability to multi-task, turning humor, honesty, and hard work into a self-made business empire.

Long before launching "The Bobby Bones Show"— the largest morning show in country radio— Bones grew up in Mountain Pine, Arkansas. It was a pint-sized town, supported by a saw mill that employed most of the area's residents. Bones had a different career in mind, though, landing his first radio job as a college student and, during the years that followed, bouncing between a handful of pop, hip-hop, and sports stations.

When "The Bobby Bones Show" — which launched in Austin, quickly establishing itself as the city's top-rated morning show — moved to Nashville and became a nationally-syndicated radio program in 2012, Bones' career hit hyperdrive. Country music was in his blood. He'd grown up with the stuff. Country music had expanded its boundaries since Bones' days in Mountain Pine, too, taking some inspiration from pop music and hip-hop along the way. No other DJ was better prepared to tackle that growing genre — a genre now reaching a new generation of fans who'd grown up with MTV, Napster, and the internet — than Bobby Bones. His impact hasn’t gone unnoticed. He’s since garnered prestigious accolades including a CMA Award for National Broadcast Personality of the Year and is a two-time recipient of the National Personality Award from the ACMs. He’s also become the youngest ever inductee into the National Radio Hall Of Fame, joining radio legends such as Dick Clark, Howard Stern and more.

Overseeing a daily radio show requires teamwork, and Bobby has built his own team from the ground up, reaching out to friends and former interns — including longtime co-hosts Lunchbox and Amy — to join him in the studio. A strong family dynamic anchors "The Bobby Bones Show," where visiting artists are encouraged to let their guard down and become, as Bobby says, "the most human version of themselves." There's no pageantry, no showbiz, no smoke and mirrors. Instead, Bones treats everyone like a member of the family, pulling real emotion out of the genre's biggest stars.

Of course, all of that teamwork and collaboration hasn't stopped him from regularly hitting the stage alone as a stand-up comedian. It's a job he's enjoyed since his teenage years. It continues to be a welcome challenge, too, putting Bones face-to-face with his audience and eliminating his cast of on-air sidekicks.

Bones shares a similar mix of personal stories and off-the-wall anecdotes in his first book, Bare Bones: I'm Not Lonely If You're Reading This Book. Published in 2016, the book topped several best-sellers lists upon its release, including the New York Times, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal. Kicking off with memories of his childhood days in a Mountain Pine trailer park, Bare

Bones takes an unflinchingly candid look at Bones' life, even shining a light on the struggles he faced while growing up in a broken home. Bones isn't looking for sympathy; instead, he's reaching out to others who may find themselves in similar situations, having an addicted parent or challenged by the limited horizons of a small, rural town. Bones' story is the American Dream, and his goal is to encourage others to live their own version of that same dream. Bones will continue to inspire with his eagerly awaited second book, hitting shelves in Summer 2018.

With a consistent aim to give back, Bones' charitable efforts have helped raise millions for needy children, shelter animals, hospital patients, and victims of natural disasters. From his annual "Pimpin Joy" movement on "The Bobby Bones Show" to his work with organizations like Musicians On Call, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and the National Humane Society, Bones has encouraged a high level of charitable involvement amongst his listeners, while also walking the walk himself.

Bobby Bones and The Raging Idiots, the comedy-country band founded by Bones and his "Bobby Bones Show" sidekick, Eddie, started off as an excuse to play a handful of lighthearted songs at local charity events quickly snowballed into a genuine musical project, with multiple sold-out shows and studio collaborations with singers like Carrie Underwood, Garth Brooks, and Brad Paisley. Bones, who co-writes the band's material and handles lead vocals, insists that the Raging Idiots aren't meant to be taken too seriously. "Just look at our name!" he says, laughing. "We're idiots! Don't take us seriously, please." That didn't stop the band's first release, The Critics Give It 5 Stars, from becoming a crossover smash, topping the Billboard Comedy Chart and debuting at Number 4 on the Country Chart. Another release — The Raging Kidiots EP, a children's project aimed at younger listeners — spent two weeks at Number 1 on the iTunes Kids Chart. The Raging Idiots also released a full-length album titled Kiddy Up that debuted at #1. Serious or not, the Raging Idiots have become seriously popular.

Bones, too, has become increasingly popular since taking that first radio job in Arkansas with an audience of more than 5 million. He still kicks off every weekday morning as a radio host, but he's become much more than that, maintaining a multimedia presence that reaches beyond the FM airwaves. He's on your TV, on the air, on your bookshelf, in your CD player and onstage. He's Bobby Bones, and he isn't going anywhere.

  Carolyn Gilbert (NuVoodoo)   Carolyn Gilbert is a preeminent media research and marketing strategist and expert, with more than 30 years experience taking radio stations from also-ran positions to number one in their markets. As President and CEO of Cincinnati-based NuVoodoo Media Services, Carolyn and her five-star team serve radio stations and groups with micro-targeted research, marketing and social strategies designed for the PPM and digital age. NuVoodoo’s proprietary products and services are light years ahead of old school techniques -- and drive measurable results with greater efficiency, which means lower costs, shorter lead times, more accurate information -- and happier customers.  Educated and experienced in radio broadcasting on the station level, Carolyn founded Critical Mass Media in the 80’s to serve two stations, then 12 stations, and ultimately, Jacor Broadcasting’s (225+) stations. Under Carolyn’s leadership, Critical Mass Media expanded to over 700 employees and served every major radio group in the U.S. with research and marketing services. In 1999, Critical Mass became in-house provider of services for Clear Channel’s 1200 radio stations, with Carolyn at the helm as President of Critical Mass Media.  In 2008, Carolyn took on a new challenge as EVP of Research and Inside Sales for the Tribune Company. At Tribune, she developed research and sales strategies for the company’s television and newspaper assets, served as corporate MRC rep, and managed relationships with Nielsen, Kantar Media, Magid, Arbitron, ABC and other vendors and organizations.  This experience expanded her professional purview well beyond radio’s borders.  Given the opportunity to act on the concept of, “If we knew then what we know now, how would we do it?” Carolyn founded NuVoodoo Media Services in 2010. NuVoodoo provides innovative products to the radio industry, working within limited budgets and timelines to deliver results.  “Because that’s the way we always do it,” has become a forbidden sentence at NuVoodoo.  With the most knowledgeable and experienced professionals on her team, Carolyn is excited to serve broadcasting companies under the independent umbrella of NuVoodoo Media Services.

Carolyn Gilbert (NuVoodoo)

Carolyn Gilbert is a preeminent media research and marketing strategist and expert, with more than 30 years experience taking radio stations from also-ran positions to number one in their markets. As President and CEO of Cincinnati-based NuVoodoo Media Services, Carolyn and her five-star team serve radio stations and groups with micro-targeted research, marketing and social strategies designed for the PPM and digital age. NuVoodoo’s proprietary products and services are light years ahead of old school techniques -- and drive measurable results with greater efficiency, which means lower costs, shorter lead times, more accurate information -- and happier customers.

Educated and experienced in radio broadcasting on the station level, Carolyn founded Critical Mass Media in the 80’s to serve two stations, then 12 stations, and ultimately, Jacor Broadcasting’s (225+) stations. Under Carolyn’s leadership, Critical Mass Media expanded to over 700 employees and served every major radio group in the U.S. with research and marketing services. In 1999, Critical Mass became in-house provider of services for Clear Channel’s 1200 radio stations, with Carolyn at the helm as President of Critical Mass Media.

In 2008, Carolyn took on a new challenge as EVP of Research and Inside Sales for the Tribune Company. At Tribune, she developed research and sales strategies for the company’s television and newspaper assets, served as corporate MRC rep, and managed relationships with Nielsen, Kantar Media, Magid, Arbitron, ABC and other vendors and organizations.  This experience expanded her professional purview well beyond radio’s borders.

Given the opportunity to act on the concept of, “If we knew then what we know now, how would we do it?” Carolyn founded NuVoodoo Media Services in 2010. NuVoodoo provides innovative products to the radio industry, working within limited budgets and timelines to deliver results.  “Because that’s the way we always do it,” has become a forbidden sentence at NuVoodoo.

With the most knowledgeable and experienced professionals on her team, Carolyn is excited to serve broadcasting companies under the independent umbrella of NuVoodoo Media Services.

  Country with Carsen (WKDF)   Before heading to Nashville, Jessica Humphreville (also known as Carsen) did a stint at MTV and worked backstage at Saturday Night Live. She headed south and worked on air at active rock WBUZ and rock WRQQ in Nashville. Carsen went country with Marty McFly and Stew James in morning drive on WKDF. In a recent Billboard article with country format expert, Phyllis Stark, Carsen describes her new midday program as bringing a live, friendly voice to your middays. Chatting with today’s biggest stars and talking trending stories while playing today’s hottest country, Carsen is also putting YOUR listeners on the air, and taking their calls each day.

Country with Carsen (WKDF)

Before heading to Nashville, Jessica Humphreville (also known as Carsen) did a stint at MTV and worked backstage at Saturday Night Live. She headed south and worked on air at active rock WBUZ and rock WRQQ in Nashville. Carsen went country with Marty McFly and Stew James in morning drive on WKDF. In a recent Billboard article with country format expert, Phyllis Stark, Carsen describes her new midday program as bringing a live, friendly voice to your middays. Chatting with today’s biggest stars and talking trending stories while playing today’s hottest country, Carsen is also putting YOUR listeners on the air, and taking their calls each day.

  DJ Stout (WSOC)   DJ Stout has been the OM/ PD for WSOC in Charlotte for over 16 years and the Beasley Country Format Captain since that position was created in 2017.

DJ Stout (WSOC)

DJ Stout has been the OM/ PD for WSOC in Charlotte for over 16 years and the Beasley Country Format Captain since that position was created in 2017.

  Fletch Brown (WXFL)   M. Fletcher Brown serves as the Operations Manager for Big River Broadcasting, as well as the Program Director and Afternoon Drive personality for WXFL - KIX96 96.1FM.  He graduated from The University of North Alabama in 1998 with a degree in Theatre and Communications. Named Medium Market Personality of the Year in 2010 & 2011 by the Alabama Broadcasters Association, and was named one of Radio Ink Magazine's Top Radio Program Directors in 2011-2017, and Top Country PD's 2012-2018. WXFL-FM has prior nominations for Small Market Station of The Year by both the ACM and The CMA. Fletch has one ACM Nomination for Small Market Personality of the Year as well.

Fletch Brown (WXFL)

M. Fletcher Brown serves as the Operations Manager for Big River Broadcasting, as well as the Program Director and Afternoon Drive personality for WXFL - KIX96 96.1FM.  He graduated from The University of North Alabama in 1998 with a degree in Theatre and Communications. Named Medium Market Personality of the Year in 2010 & 2011 by the Alabama Broadcasters Association, and was named one of Radio Ink Magazine's Top Radio Program Directors in 2011-2017, and Top Country PD's 2012-2018. WXFL-FM has prior nominations for Small Market Station of The Year by both the ACM and The CMA. Fletch has one ACM Nomination for Small Market Personality of the Year as well.

  Jacquelyn Marushka (Marushka Media)   Jacquelyn Marushka is President of Marushka Media, a boutique public relations and marketing agency based in Nashville, Tennessee. As a PR professional, Jackie develops and implements results-driven campaigns for recording artists, authors, actors, speakers, trade organizations, and corporations.  Before starting her own business, Jackie launched and led Shore Fire Media's Nashville office as the company’s General Manager (2013-2016). She created and executed career-advancing campaigns for clients including Brandy Clark, Angaleena Presley, Lee Brice, Aaron Watson and The Americana Music Association.  A respected media coach, Pepsi asked her to lead its Artist Accelerator program during the 2015 international Midem music conference in Cannes, France. Before her term at Shore Fire, she directed corporate, artist, and album publicity for Sony Music Entertainment’s Provident Label Group as Vice President of Public Relations and Communications. She was responsible for each artist’s story development, branding, budget and campaign execution. She did this for every artist across five record labels and was also responsible for corporate PR for the company's film, publishing and distribution divisions. Jacquelyn is a 2004 Leadership Music alum, a member of The Recording Academy, The Americana Music Association, The Gospel Music Association, SOURCE, CMA, ACM, A2iM and serves on the Academy Awards PR team. She is also a founding board member of Small World Yoga and the Music City Yoga Festival.  Jackie has made giving back a key part of her work/life balance. A certified yoga and Pilates instructor, she volunteers her time to teach yoga, Pilates and meditation to at-risk kids, and has helped develop a yoga program for girls at Monroe Harding, a Nashville nonprofit serving young people who are currently in, or are transitioning from, the foster care system.  Jacquelyn grew up in the small farming community of Velarde, New Mexico and is a proud graduate of Espanola Valley High School. She graduated with honors from the University of New Mexico and holds teaching certifications in Classical Pilates through the esteemed Power Pilates program in New York, and Power Vinyasa Yoga through Epic, Nashville's only Baptiste Inspired Studio.

Jacquelyn Marushka (Marushka Media)

Jacquelyn Marushka is President of Marushka Media, a boutique public relations and marketing agency based in Nashville, Tennessee. As a PR professional, Jackie develops and implements results-driven campaigns for recording artists, authors, actors, speakers, trade organizations, and corporations.  Before starting her own business, Jackie launched and led Shore Fire Media's Nashville office as the company’s General Manager (2013-2016). She created and executed career-advancing campaigns for clients including Brandy Clark, Angaleena Presley, Lee Brice, Aaron Watson and The Americana Music Association.  A respected media coach, Pepsi asked her to lead its Artist Accelerator program during the 2015 international Midem music conference in Cannes, France.
Before her term at Shore Fire, she directed corporate, artist, and album publicity for Sony Music Entertainment’s Provident Label Group as Vice President of Public Relations and Communications. She was responsible for each artist’s story development, branding, budget and campaign execution. She did this for every artist across five record labels and was also responsible for corporate PR for the company's film, publishing and distribution divisions.
Jacquelyn is a 2004 Leadership Music alum, a member of The Recording Academy, The Americana Music Association, The Gospel Music Association, SOURCE, CMA, ACM, A2iM and serves on the Academy Awards PR team. She is also a founding board member of Small World Yoga and the Music City Yoga Festival. 
Jackie has made giving back a key part of her work/life balance. A certified yoga and Pilates instructor, she volunteers her time to teach yoga, Pilates and meditation to at-risk kids, and has helped develop a yoga program for girls at Monroe Harding, a Nashville nonprofit serving young people who are currently in, or are transitioning from, the foster care system.  Jacquelyn grew up in the small farming community of Velarde, New Mexico and is a proud graduate of Espanola Valley High School. She graduated with honors from the University of New Mexico and holds teaching certifications in Classical Pilates through the esteemed Power Pilates program in New York, and Power Vinyasa Yoga through Epic, Nashville's only Baptiste Inspired Studio.

  Jeff Green (Stone Door Media)   Jeff Green is a partner with the Stone Door Media Lab, a four-year-old Monterey, California-based company that helps firms increase revenue through consumer market research, data analysis, industry reports and related business intelligence. A Leadership Music graduate, RAB-Certified Radio Marketing Consultant and former CRS Agenda Chair, Jeff has worked in Country music for 25 years, with his background including longtime executive posts at the CMA,  Country Aircheck, Radio & Records , Film House and  Music & Media  in Amsterdam.

Jeff Green (Stone Door Media)

Jeff Green is a partner with the Stone Door Media Lab, a four-year-old Monterey, California-based company that helps firms increase revenue through consumer market research, data analysis, industry reports and related business intelligence. A Leadership Music graduate, RAB-Certified Radio Marketing Consultant and former CRS Agenda Chair, Jeff has worked in Country music for 25 years, with his background including longtime executive posts at the CMA, Country Aircheck, Radio & Records, Film House and Music & Media in Amsterdam.

  Jim Malito (BBR)   Jim Malito currently serves Broken Bow Records as National Director of Promotion. Recently celebrating 10 years with BBR, he has assisted in the promotional efforts on 18 of Jason Aldean’s 19 #1 singles as well as five #1 songs from Dustin Lynch.   Prior to BBR, Malito spent four years with Warner Bros. Nashville as Vice-President Promotion and Director West Coast promotion, where he helped advance the careers of Blake Shelton, Faith Hill, and Big & Rich.  Malito spent three years at Dreamcatcher Entertainment helping to bring Kenny Rogers’ single, “Buy Me A Rose,” to the top of the charts giving Kenny a #1 record in his 5th decade as an entertainer.  Malito spent four years with Susan Turner working for her independent promotion firm, Turner and Associates, where they celebrated many chart successes.  He began his promotion career with Jeff Walker at Marco Promotions & Aristo Media, and interned for Sony under Debi Fleischer-Robin.  Malito enjoys spending time with Gail, his wife of 20 years, and their children Emily (18) & James (14).  He has a degree in Finance and an MBA.

Jim Malito (BBR)

Jim Malito currently serves Broken Bow Records as National Director of Promotion. Recently celebrating 10 years with BBR, he has assisted in the promotional efforts on 18 of Jason Aldean’s 19 #1 singles as well as five #1 songs from Dustin Lynch. 

Prior to BBR, Malito spent four years with Warner Bros. Nashville as Vice-President Promotion and Director West Coast promotion, where he helped advance the careers of Blake Shelton, Faith Hill, and Big & Rich.  Malito spent three years at Dreamcatcher Entertainment helping to bring Kenny Rogers’ single, “Buy Me A Rose,” to the top of the charts giving Kenny a #1 record in his 5th decade as an entertainer.  Malito spent four years with Susan Turner working for her independent promotion firm, Turner and Associates, where they celebrated many chart successes.  He began his promotion career with Jeff Walker at Marco Promotions & Aristo Media, and interned for Sony under Debi Fleischer-Robin.

Malito enjoys spending time with Gail, his wife of 20 years, and their children Emily (18) & James (14).  He has a degree in Finance and an MBA.

  Joey Tack (E.W. Scripps)   Joey Tack is Program Director and afternoon host at E.W. Scripps Top 40/Rhythmic WKHT(Hot 104.5)/Knoxville, TN. Raised in the Midwest, Tack's dream of working in radio came to life in 1999 as a part-time board-op and overnight jock for a group of eight radio stations in the Quad Cities (IA/IL) market. This exposure to multiple formats helped to prepare Tack for a career in the business, and his first big break came in 2004 when he was promoted to Music Director/nights at Top 40 WHTS (All Hit 98-9)/Rock Island, IL. In 2005, Tack moved to Knoxville for the MD/nights position at Hot 104.5. Working his way up the chain, Tack was promoted to Program Director in 2014. After his first year of programming, he was awarded the Journal Broadcast Group President's Award for Programming. Since taking the reins at WKHT, Tack has led the station in an ongoing campaign to heighten brand awareness within the market, including a redesign of the station's overall image and logo. Tack has also worked with his on-air staff to groom their individual on-air personas in addition to bringing the station new revenue streams and new marketing ideas. In 2016, Tack participated in the company's "Key Talent" program and has since participated in a corporate committee focused on culture and values. Locally, Tack leads the Knoxville Employee Engagement Committee, is a certified brainstorming facilitator, and plays a key role in market strategic planning. Outside of work, Joey Tack loves spending time with his wife, Jhasta, and their two sons, Johnston and Marvin. As a family, the Tacks love visiting Disney World, and Dollywood closer to home.

Joey Tack (E.W. Scripps)

Joey Tack is Program Director and afternoon host at E.W. Scripps Top 40/Rhythmic WKHT(Hot 104.5)/Knoxville, TN. Raised in the Midwest, Tack's dream of working in radio came to life in 1999 as a part-time board-op and overnight jock for a group of eight radio stations in the Quad Cities (IA/IL) market. This exposure to multiple formats helped to prepare Tack for a career in the business, and his first big break came in 2004 when he was promoted to Music Director/nights at Top 40 WHTS (All Hit 98-9)/Rock Island, IL. In 2005, Tack moved to Knoxville for the MD/nights position at Hot 104.5. Working his way up the chain, Tack was promoted to Program Director in 2014. After his first year of programming, he was awarded the Journal Broadcast Group President's Award for Programming. Since taking the reins at WKHT, Tack has led the station in an ongoing campaign to heighten brand awareness within the market, including a redesign of the station's overall image and logo. Tack has also worked with his on-air staff to groom their individual on-air personas in addition to bringing the station new revenue streams and new marketing ideas. In 2016, Tack participated in the company's "Key Talent" program and has since participated in a corporate committee focused on culture and values. Locally, Tack leads the Knoxville Employee Engagement Committee, is a certified brainstorming facilitator, and plays a key role in market strategic planning. Outside of work, Joey Tack loves spending time with his wife, Jhasta, and their two sons, Johnston and Marvin. As a family, the Tacks love visiting Disney World, and Dollywood closer to home.

  Jonathan Monk (Zimmer Broadcasting)   Jonathan Monk will talk to anyone – people in grocery store lines, people in schools, people on the other end of his phone (and that’s included Tom Cruise, Reba,  Scotty McCreery , Tony Shalhoub “MONK”, The Band Perry, and Billy Ray Cyrus, to name a few.) He likes to listen, too, which makes people like to tell him things to share with his audience, and trust him to throw his support behind community causes.  That’s one of the reasons he’s one of a rare handful of Tennessee broadcasters who have won a Marconi for their air work, and why he was nominated for a CMA award.  It’s also why he’s the assistant general manager for the highly successful Zimmer Broadcasting group in Cookeville.  During the course of his career, Jonathan worked with a number of charitable organizations, including the March of Dimes, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Children’s Miracle Network, the Susan G. Komen Foundation, the American Cancer Society, the Don Bosco Centers, the Trent Green Family Foundation, Ozanam, Theatre League KC, the Kansas City Ballet, The American Royal, The American Heart Association, The Central California S.P.C. A. and the Salvation Army. His Zimmer stations have been nominated for a number of Marconi awards for their community service and multiple CMA and ACM nominations.  Jonathan studied marketing and business at Avila University, where he served on the Avila Advantage Board. He’s also a former second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserves.

Jonathan Monk (Zimmer Broadcasting)

Jonathan Monk will talk to anyone – people in grocery store lines, people in schools, people on the other end of his phone (and that’s included Tom Cruise, Reba,  Scotty McCreery , Tony Shalhoub “MONK”, The Band Perry, and Billy Ray Cyrus, to name a few.) He likes to listen, too, which makes people like to tell him things to share with his audience, and trust him to throw his support behind community causes.  That’s one of the reasons he’s one of a rare handful of Tennessee broadcasters who have won a Marconi for their air work, and why he was nominated for a CMA award.  It’s also why he’s the assistant general manager for the highly successful Zimmer Broadcasting group in Cookeville.

During the course of his career, Jonathan worked with a number of charitable organizations, including the March of Dimes, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Children’s Miracle Network, the Susan G. Komen Foundation, the American Cancer Society, the Don Bosco Centers, the Trent Green Family Foundation, Ozanam, Theatre League KC, the Kansas City Ballet, The American Royal, The American Heart Association, The Central California S.P.C. A. and the Salvation Army. His Zimmer stations have been nominated for a number of Marconi awards for their community service and multiple CMA and ACM nominations.

Jonathan studied marketing and business at Avila University, where he served on the Avila Advantage Board. He’s also a former second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserves.

  Katie Dean (UMG Nashville)   A graduate of Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, I moved to Nashville the day after graduation to start my internship at AristoMedia, which turned into my first job in the business. I spent two years at the CMA in the International Department and also worked for Lyric Street Records and Mediabase before joining Universal Music Group in June of 2005. I served as the VP/Radio Marketing for the UMG umbrella of Capitol, EMI, MCA and Mercury before assuming the post as VP/Promotion for MCA in June 2015 where I work with George Strait, Vince Gill, Sam Hunt, Josh Turner, Kip Moore, David Nail and newcomer Clare Dunn.

Katie Dean (UMG Nashville)

A graduate of Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, I moved to Nashville the day after graduation to start my internship at AristoMedia, which turned into my first job in the business. I spent two years at the CMA in the International Department and also worked for Lyric Street Records and Mediabase before joining Universal Music Group in June of 2005. I served as the VP/Radio Marketing for the UMG umbrella of Capitol, EMI, MCA and Mercury before assuming the post as VP/Promotion for MCA in June 2015 where I work with George Strait, Vince Gill, Sam Hunt, Josh Turner, Kip Moore, David Nail and newcomer Clare Dunn.

  Larry Rosin (Edison Research)   Larry Rosin is President of Edison Research, which he co-founded in 1994.  Since then he has been a primary force in building the company into one of the world’s most respected survey research companies, with a particular specialization in media and election polling.  Edison is best known as the company that performs Exit Polls for all U.S. Elections for the National Election Pool (a consortium of ABC, CBS, CNN, and NBC).  In addition, Edison is well known for its groundbreaking media research series “The Infinite Dial” which tracks developments in digital media, and “Share of Ear” which measures all audio usage in the U.S., among many other things. Rosin is a graduate of Princeton University where he majored in Public and International Affairs, and he received an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Larry Rosin (Edison Research)

Larry Rosin is President of Edison Research, which he co-founded in 1994.  Since then he has been a primary force in building the company into one of the world’s most respected survey research companies, with a particular specialization in media and election polling.  Edison is best known as the company that performs Exit Polls for all U.S. Elections for the National Election Pool (a consortium of ABC, CBS, CNN, and NBC).  In addition, Edison is well known for its groundbreaking media research series “The Infinite Dial” which tracks developments in digital media, and “Share of Ear” which measures all audio usage in the U.S., among many other things. Rosin is a graduate of Princeton University where he majored in Public and International Affairs, and he received an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

  Lisa Wall (Emmis Indianapolis)   Director of Promotions and Events, Emmis Indianapolis. Oversees Promotions Directors, and works with sales teams to develop, build, and execute programs to generate revenue for the company. As Promotions Director position for HANK FM, she helped the station achieve new levels of success in ratings, recognition, and revenue during her tenure.  In mid-2015, she moved into her current role, overseeing Promotions for the cluster.

Lisa Wall (Emmis Indianapolis)

Director of Promotions and Events, Emmis Indianapolis.
Oversees Promotions Directors, and works with sales teams to develop, build, and execute programs to generate revenue for the company. As Promotions Director position for HANK FM, she helped the station achieve new levels of success in ratings, recognition, and revenue during her tenure.  In mid-2015, she moved into her current role, overseeing Promotions for the cluster.

  Mary Berner (Cumulus)   Berner has served as president and Chief Executive Officer of Cumulus Media Inc., the country’s second largest radio company, since October 2015. For over three decades, Berner has led some of the world’s top media companies and brands, building and directing them to deliver strong value, financial performance, and growth. An innovative leader and change management expert who has launched profitable new businesses and developed groundbreaking digital advertising models, Berner has also successfully guided re-focuses or restructurings at several market-leading organizations.    Under Berner’s leadership, Cumulus has already reversed four years of revenue and listenership declines, and three years of profit declines. While advertisers, artists, and investors have taken notice of this momentum, the media has also recognized Berner’s accomplishments during her Cumulus tenure. She has been included on Billboard’s prestigious “Power 100” list, Billboard’s “Women in Music” power list, named one of The Hollywood Reporter’s 100 most powerful women in entertainment (the only radio executive on that list), and was the highest ranking woman on Radio Ink’s “40 Most Powerful People in Radio” issue.As a first time guest of CRS, Berner will share her strategies for success and insights into the innovative tactics that have led to Cumulus’ recent success and growth.

Mary Berner (Cumulus)

Berner has served as president and Chief Executive Officer of Cumulus Media Inc., the country’s second largest radio company, since October 2015. For over three decades, Berner has led some of the world’s top media companies and brands, building and directing them to deliver strong value, financial performance, and growth. An innovative leader and change management expert who has launched profitable new businesses and developed groundbreaking digital advertising models, Berner has also successfully guided re-focuses or restructurings at several market-leading organizations.  

Under Berner’s leadership, Cumulus has already reversed four years of revenue and listenership declines, and three years of profit declines. While advertisers, artists, and investors have taken notice of this momentum, the media has also recognized Berner’s accomplishments during her Cumulus tenure. She has been included on Billboard’s prestigious “Power 100” list, Billboard’s “Women in Music” power list, named one of The Hollywood Reporter’s 100 most powerful women in entertainment (the only radio executive on that list), and was the highest ranking woman on Radio Ink’s “40 Most Powerful People in Radio” issue.As a first time guest of CRS, Berner will share her strategies for success and insights into the innovative tactics that have led to Cumulus’ recent success and growth.

  Melissa Kent (iHeart Nashville)   Melissa Kent  has been in media sales for twenty plus years with experience in direct mail, print, digital, event/sponsorship  and radio.   In her most current role, Melissa is General Sales Manager for iHeart Media Nashville’s six station cluster that includes The BIG 98 WSIX. 

Melissa Kent (iHeart Nashville)

Melissa Kent  has been in media sales for twenty plus years with experience in direct mail, print, digital, event/sponsorship  and radio.   In her most current role, Melissa is General Sales Manager for iHeart Media Nashville’s six station cluster that includes The BIG 98 WSIX. 

  Miles Adcox (Onsite)   Miles Adcox is the Owner and CEO of Onsite, an internationally-known emotional wellness lifestyle brand that delivers life-changing personal growth workshops, inspiring content, leadership retreats, and emotional treatment.  He and Onsite have been featured on 20/20, Good Morning America, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Dr. Phil Show, and The Doctors.  He is the owner of Onsite Music Publishing and founder of Inspire Productions.  Miles has created and managed multiple trauma programs, personal growth workshops, and speaks nationally on emotional wellness.  Miles has been a featured speaker and facilitator at various international events including Random House and O-The Oprah Magazine, and the Rising Strong Day with Dr. Brene Brown.

Miles Adcox (Onsite)

Miles Adcox is the Owner and CEO of Onsite, an internationally-known emotional wellness lifestyle brand that delivers life-changing personal growth workshops, inspiring content, leadership retreats, and emotional treatment.  He and Onsite have been featured on 20/20, Good Morning America, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Dr. Phil Show, and The Doctors.  He is the owner of Onsite Music Publishing and founder of Inspire Productions.  Miles has created and managed multiple trauma programs, personal growth workshops, and speaks nationally on emotional wellness.  Miles has been a featured speaker and facilitator at various international events including Random House and O-The Oprah Magazine, and the Rising Strong Day with Dr. Brene Brown.

  Raffaella Braun (Warner)   Raffaella Braun is a 2002 graduate of Vanderbilt University, who fell in love with Nashville and the Music Scene enough to stay.She began her career in Production with Ellen Appleton Productions which led to a 10 year stint at CAA.  She became a national booking agent at 29, was a NELA Music Finalist, and served on the ACM Special Events Committee the same year.  Braun then joined Warner Music Nashville in Sept. 2011 as a West Coast Regional, winning the Lindsay Walleman Regional of the Year Award in 2014.  She works the territory out of Phoenix, AZ.

Raffaella Braun (Warner)

Raffaella Braun is a 2002 graduate of Vanderbilt University, who fell in love with Nashville and the Music Scene enough to stay.She began her career in Production with Ellen Appleton Productions which led to a 10 year stint at CAA.  She became a national booking agent at 29, was a NELA Music Finalist, and served on the ACM Special Events Committee the same year.  Braun then joined Warner Music Nashville in Sept. 2011 as a West Coast Regional, winning the Lindsay Walleman Regional of the Year Award in 2014.  She works the territory out of Phoenix, AZ.

  Sarah Frazier (Entercom)   Sarah Frazier is Senior Vice President and Market Manager for CBS Radio Houston’s portfolio of products in Houston, Texas.  In this role, she oversees the strategy and day-to-day operations for the market, which includes ten HD stations which also stream on Radio.com, an Events & Experiences department, a portfolio of digital assets, and the play-by-play partnership rights with the Houston Texans and the Houston Dynamo.  Frazier has risen through the ranks at CBS radio, beginning with CBS as an Account Executive in Kansas City.  She moved to Dallas to be part of the launch of the company’s first Jack format in 2004, and then managed the sales teams of several other stations within the Dallas market.  In 2009 she moved to Houston to become the Director of Sales for the newly-formed six-station cluster, where she worked to combine several cultures and create one unifying strategy to compete in the highly-competitive Houston marketplace.   She has won numerous awards from the Media Alliance of Dallas and Houston as well as being one of Radio Ink’s Best Managers in 2013 and was named one of the “Top 100 Most Influential Women in Radio” in 2015 and 2016.  Frazier graduated with a B.S. in Journalism with an emphasis in Broadcast Sales and Management from the University of Kansas and did graduate work in Integrated Marketing Communications at the KU Edwards campus.  She currently serves as Treasurer on the Executive Committee of the Texas Association of Broadcasters, is a member of the Houston Leadership Committee for the Ad Council, and is a charter member of the Houston Chapter of the KU Alumni Association.  Frazier’s most important position is Mommy to her 11-year-old daughter, Reagan.

Sarah Frazier (Entercom)

Sarah Frazier is Senior Vice President and Market Manager for CBS Radio Houston’s portfolio of products in Houston, Texas.  In this role, she oversees the strategy and day-to-day operations for the market, which includes ten HD stations which also stream on Radio.com, an Events & Experiences department, a portfolio of digital assets, and the play-by-play partnership rights with the Houston Texans and the Houston Dynamo.

Frazier has risen through the ranks at CBS radio, beginning with CBS as an Account Executive in Kansas City.  She moved to Dallas to be part of the launch of the company’s first Jack format in 2004, and then managed the sales teams of several other stations within the Dallas market.  In 2009 she moved to Houston to become the Director of Sales for the newly-formed six-station cluster, where she worked to combine several cultures and create one unifying strategy to compete in the highly-competitive Houston marketplace. 

She has won numerous awards from the Media Alliance of Dallas and Houston as well as being one of Radio Ink’s Best Managers in 2013 and was named one of the “Top 100 Most Influential Women in Radio” in 2015 and 2016.

Frazier graduated with a B.S. in Journalism with an emphasis in Broadcast Sales and Management from the University of Kansas and did graduate work in Integrated Marketing Communications at the KU Edwards campus.  She currently serves as Treasurer on the Executive Committee of the Texas Association of Broadcasters, is a member of the Houston Leadership Committee for the Ad Council, and is a charter member of the Houston Chapter of the KU Alumni Association.

Frazier’s most important position is Mommy to her 11-year-old daughter, Reagan.

  Shelley Greenwald   Shelley M. Greenwald is an attorney who specializes in the field of employment practices.  She advises, consults, trains and handles all aspects of equal employment, HR and diversity issues, including the development and implementation of diversity programs and human resources policies, development and delivery of training, executive coaching with respect to appropriate workplace behavior and effective management, complaint investigation, resolution facilitation, mediation and neutral fact-finding for public and private organizations.  Greenwald is also on the adjunct faculty at Cornell University, ILR School in New York City.  She teaches in many of the Cornell programs in the EEO, Labor Relations and Human Resources Workshops including:  Human Resources and the Law; EEO and the Law; Advanced EEO and the Law; Preventing Harassment; Difficult Issues in Harassment and Retaliation; Complaint Investigations; Investigation Tools; Writing Effective EEO Reports; Team Building; Labor Relations for Managers; and Legal Issues for Managers.  In addition, Ms. Greenwald provides training on performance management, interviewing skills and conflict resolution. The workshop participants consistently rate her highly because of her knowledge, enthusiasm and training techniques. Greenwald has also developed and delivered internal management and employee training programs for corporations, non-profit organizations, and public agencies.Greenwald has appeared on Court TV and CNBC and also has been quoted in New York Magazine.  Ms. Greenwald has also co-authored a column on training for HR Advisor.

Shelley Greenwald

Shelley M. Greenwald is an attorney who specializes in the field of employment practices.  She advises, consults, trains and handles all aspects of equal employment, HR and diversity issues, including the development and implementation of diversity programs and human resources policies, development and delivery of training, executive coaching with respect to appropriate workplace behavior and effective management, complaint investigation, resolution facilitation, mediation and neutral fact-finding for public and private organizations.  Greenwald is also on the adjunct faculty at Cornell University, ILR School in New York City.  She teaches in many of the Cornell programs in the EEO, Labor Relations and Human Resources Workshops including:  Human Resources and the Law; EEO and the Law; Advanced EEO and the Law; Preventing Harassment; Difficult Issues in Harassment and Retaliation; Complaint Investigations; Investigation Tools; Writing Effective EEO Reports; Team Building; Labor Relations for Managers; and Legal Issues for Managers.  In addition, Ms. Greenwald provides training on performance management, interviewing skills and conflict resolution. The workshop participants consistently rate her highly because of her knowledge, enthusiasm and training techniques. Greenwald has also developed and delivered internal management and employee training programs for corporations, non-profit organizations, and public agencies.Greenwald has appeared on Court TV and CNBC and also has been quoted in New York Magazine.  Ms. Greenwald has also co-authored a column on training for HR Advisor.

  Steve Goldstein (Amplifi Media)   Steven Goldstein is recognized as a thought leader in audio programming, marketing and management. His track record of success spans virtually every major radio format for some of the nation's top broadcasting companies.  Steven has created and developed numerous successful radio brands and nurtured and advanced local and national talent.    After holding on-air positions at several local radio stations, The NBC Radio Network (Affiliate Relations Manager), The ABC Radio Network (News Anchor) and WABC RADIO in New York (Assistant Program Director), Steven was a  founding partner in Saga Communications, serving as Executive Vice President and Group Program Director from the company's formation in 1986 until 2015.  Steven's well-regarded programming acumen and strategies helped to propel Saga, which trades on the NYSE, to its current position.

Steve Goldstein (Amplifi Media)

Steven Goldstein is recognized as a thought leader in audio programming, marketing and management. His track record of success spans virtually every major radio format for some of the nation's top broadcasting companies.

Steven has created and developed numerous successful radio brands and nurtured and advanced local and national talent.  

After holding on-air positions at several local radio stations, The NBC Radio Network (Affiliate Relations Manager), The ABC Radio Network (News Anchor) and WABC RADIO in New York (Assistant Program Director), Steven was a  founding partner in Saga Communications, serving as Executive Vice President and Group Program Director from the company's formation in 1986 until 2015.  Steven's well-regarded programming acumen and strategies helped to propel Saga, which trades on the NYSE, to its current position.

  Tim Roberts (WYCD)

Tim Roberts (WYCD)

  Braden Gall (WPRT)   Braden Gall is a Franklin High School and University of Tennessee graduate. He is a multi-media personality with an impressive resume that includes stints at WNML in Knoxville, Rivals Radio, Athlon Sports and SiriusXM. “I bounced around my entire childhood, so to call Nashville home for the last twenty years has meant a lot to me. To be offered the chance to combine my passion for this city with the insatiable love I have for college football, the NFL and the chase for Lord Stanley’s Cup is a thrilling opportunity. To do it with Fitz, a friend who shares that exact same passion, is even more exciting.” Braden continues, “Nashville is an incredible place with incredible people and we’re honored to be a part of your mornings at ESPN 102.5 The Game.

Braden Gall (WPRT)

Braden Gall is a Franklin High School and University of Tennessee graduate. He is a multi-media personality with an impressive resume that includes stints at WNML in Knoxville, Rivals Radio, Athlon Sports and SiriusXM. “I bounced around my entire childhood, so to call Nashville home for the last twenty years has meant a lot to me. To be offered the chance to combine my passion for this city with the insatiable love I have for college football, the NFL and the chase for Lord Stanley’s Cup is a thrilling opportunity. To do it with Fitz, a friend who shares that exact same passion, is even more exciting.” Braden continues, “Nashville is an incredible place with incredible people and we’re honored to be a part of your mornings at ESPN 102.5 The Game.

  Charlie Dean (Mercury Nashville)

Charlie Dean (Mercury Nashville)

  Dan Lawrie (Cox Media Group)   Dan Lawrie is the Market Vice President for Cox Media Group’s Jacksonville, FL TV and Radio properties including  Action News Jax FOX30 and CBS47  TV stations and  News 104.5 WOKV ,  Hot 99.5 ,  Easy 106.5 WHJX ,  95.1 WAPE ,  The Eagle 96.9 WJGL ,  Power 106.1 WJGLHD2  and  X102.9 WXXJ  radio stations.   Dan was previously VP and General Manager for CMG’s Tulsa Radio cluster.  His career highlights also include being VP and GM for CMG’s San Antonio Radio. Additionally, he previously was VP and GM in Tulsa from 2003 until 2010. He joined Cox Media Group in 1999.   Dan has served as a board member for two state broadcast associations including serving one year as chairman of the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters.  Born and raised just north of London, England, Dan came to the United States in 1978 at the age of 18 to play professional soccer.  Dan has been married to his wife, Vickie for 36 years, and they have a daughter aged 31, a son aged 27 and two grandchildren.

Dan Lawrie (Cox Media Group)

Dan Lawrie is the Market Vice President for Cox Media Group’s Jacksonville, FL TV and Radio properties including Action News Jax FOX30 and CBS47 TV stations and News 104.5 WOKVHot 99.5Easy 106.5 WHJX95.1 WAPEThe Eagle 96.9 WJGLPower 106.1 WJGLHD2 and X102.9 WXXJ radio stations. 

Dan was previously VP and General Manager for CMG’s Tulsa Radio cluster.  His career highlights also include being VP and GM for CMG’s San Antonio Radio. Additionally, he previously was VP and GM in Tulsa from 2003 until 2010. He joined Cox Media Group in 1999. 

Dan has served as a board member for two state broadcast associations including serving one year as chairman of the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters.

Born and raised just north of London, England, Dan came to the United States in 1978 at the age of 18 to play professional soccer.

Dan has been married to his wife, Vickie for 36 years, and they have a daughter aged 31, a son aged 27 and two grandchildren.

  Drew Bland (KKWF)   Drew Bland has spent over 15 years in radio handling everything from programming to promotions to his specialty - answering request lines and tallying listener requests.  He spent 11 years in various roles at KMLE/Phoenix before taking the reins of WWKA in Orlando from ’14-‘17.  Most recently, he’s traded the golf clubs for rain coats as Program Director of Entercom’s KKWF in Seattle.

Drew Bland (KKWF)

Drew Bland has spent over 15 years in radio handling everything from programming to promotions to his specialty - answering request lines and tallying listener requests.  He spent 11 years in various roles at KMLE/Phoenix before taking the reins of WWKA in Orlando from ’14-‘17.  Most recently, he’s traded the golf clubs for rain coats as Program Director of Entercom’s KKWF in Seattle.

  Gator Harrison (WSIX)   Gator broke into broadcasting with the phrase,“You want fries with that?”  From there he gave up his real job in exchange for a career in radio at W.S.M.T. Sparta, TN. From 1986 to 1990 he classic rocked his way to Program Director/ Morning Drive and then on to WYHY (Y107) Nashville.  It was at CHR Powerhouse Y107 that Gator immatured into a personality and locked down the Afternoon Drive Slot with Music Director Stripes. In 1996 Gator scored a Billboard Magazine Air Personality of the Year Nomination and was featured in a Seventeen Magazine Article.  That same year, he gave up the bright light, big city life for GOD, family, his new wife Tennille, and 100,000-Watt Country Music Legend, WGSQ-94.7 the Country Giant in Cookeville, TN.  From 1996 to 2010, Gator’s Morning Show ranked #1 Locally and Top 10 Nationally.  In 2005, Gator Harrison was the Highest Rated Morning Show in America. Gator’s love of God and his love for people continue to make him one this communities most compassionate leaders.  He has received countless community awards and achievements including a National Award from the March of Dimes for opening his mouth and getting himself 8 1/2 months pregnant.  He received several 278th National Guard Awards recognizing his Support of U.S. Troops. Gator was a 2005 Crystal Award Finalist and in 2007, Gator received the ACM & CMA for Air Personality of the Year. To date, Gator has won 31 National Broadcast Awards. In August of 2010, Gator moved his family, which now included daughter Roman, to Chattanooga in search of God’s Direction and an opportunity to shine the Shield of Legendary US-101. In 2013, Gator received the ACM for Air Personality of the year followed soon after by his 2nd daughter, Ezra. More recently, Gator was just named 2014 CMA Air Personality of the Year, 2015 ACM Air Personality of the Year, and he also just received the 2015 CRB/AIRCHECK Award for OM/PD of the Year. In March of 2016, Gator was promoted as 1 of 4 iHeartCountry Brand Coordinators, under Rod Phillips, helping direct iHeartCountry Stations nationwide. September 2016, Gator accepted the challenge to lead iHeartMedia Nashville as the Senior Vice President of Programming/Program Director of WSIX, THE BIG 98 and the newly launched BIG LEGEND at 98.3. Gator adds, “My life has come full circle, blessed to be back at home in Nashville, with my family and the stations I fell in love with as a kid from Sparta, TN."

Gator Harrison (WSIX)

Gator broke into broadcasting with the phrase,“You want fries with that?”  From there he gave up his real job in exchange for a career in radio at W.S.M.T. Sparta, TN. From 1986 to 1990 he classic rocked his way to Program Director/ Morning Drive and then on to WYHY (Y107) Nashville.  It was at CHR Powerhouse Y107 that Gator immatured into a personality and locked down the Afternoon Drive Slot with Music Director Stripes. In 1996 Gator scored a Billboard Magazine Air Personality of the Year Nomination and was featured in a Seventeen Magazine Article.  That same year, he gave up the bright light, big city life for GOD, family, his new wife Tennille, and 100,000-Watt Country Music Legend, WGSQ-94.7 the Country Giant in Cookeville, TN.  From 1996 to 2010, Gator’s Morning Show ranked #1 Locally and Top 10 Nationally.  In 2005, Gator Harrison was the Highest Rated Morning Show in America. Gator’s love of God and his love for people continue to make him one this communities most compassionate leaders.  He has received countless community awards and achievements including a National Award from the March of Dimes for opening his mouth and getting himself 8 1/2 months pregnant.  He received several 278th National Guard Awards recognizing his Support of U.S. Troops. Gator was a 2005 Crystal Award Finalist and in 2007, Gator received the ACM & CMA for Air Personality of the Year. To date, Gator has won 31 National Broadcast Awards. In August of 2010, Gator moved his family, which now included daughter Roman, to Chattanooga in search of God’s Direction and an opportunity to shine the Shield of Legendary US-101. In 2013, Gator received the ACM for Air Personality of the year followed soon after by his 2nd daughter, Ezra. More recently, Gator was just named 2014 CMA Air Personality of the Year, 2015 ACM Air Personality of the Year, and he also just received the 2015 CRB/AIRCHECK Award for OM/PD of the Year. In March of 2016, Gator was promoted as 1 of 4 iHeartCountry Brand Coordinators, under Rod Phillips, helping direct iHeartCountry Stations nationwide. September 2016, Gator accepted the challenge to lead iHeartMedia Nashville as the Senior Vice President of Programming/Program Director of WSIX, THE BIG 98 and the newly launched BIG LEGEND at 98.3. Gator adds, “My life has come full circle, blessed to be back at home in Nashville, with my family and the stations I fell in love with as a kid from Sparta, TN."

  Jay Cruze (WAMZ)

Jay Cruze (WAMZ)

  Jeff James (Signet Interactive)   Jeff’s award-winning work has set trends for multi-screen marketing, digital brand building, creative campaigns and social media. As a radio and records industry survivor, those influential experiences are balanced with his insights on both digital convergence and brand engagement. Jeff is the Chief Creative Officer and Chairman of Signet Interactive with focus on aligning marketing and advertising strategy with sales effectiveness to deliver the optimum customer experience for each client.

Jeff James (Signet Interactive)

Jeff’s award-winning work has set trends for multi-screen marketing, digital brand building, creative campaigns and social media. As a radio and records industry survivor, those influential experiences are balanced with his insights on both digital convergence and brand engagement. Jeff is the Chief Creative Officer and Chairman of Signet Interactive with focus on aligning marketing and advertising strategy with sales effectiveness to deliver the optimum customer experience for each client.

  Jimmy Rector (EMI)   Jimmy Rector started in the music business in 1989 working for Capitol, Decca, BNA, Raybaw, Columbia, and EMI.  He has worked with artists such as Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Lonestar, Montgomery Gentry, Miranda Lambert, Toby Keith, Big and Rich, Eric Church, Brothers Osborne, and the current EMI roster.  Rector currently serves as the VP of Promotion for EMI Records.  He loves sailing, skiing, and the Georgia Bulldogs.

Jimmy Rector (EMI)

Jimmy Rector started in the music business in 1989 working for Capitol, Decca, BNA, Raybaw, Columbia, and EMI.  He has worked with artists such as Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Lonestar, Montgomery Gentry, Miranda Lambert, Toby Keith, Big and Rich, Eric Church, Brothers Osborne, and the current EMI roster.  Rector currently serves as the VP of Promotion for EMI Records.  He loves sailing, skiing, and the Georgia Bulldogs.

  John Shomby (WKDF)   John, since March 1st, 2016, has been the Director of Nash Programming for Cumulus Media after 13 years in Norfolk/Virginia Beach, VA as Director of Programming and Operations for Max Media’s 5 station cluster. John oversees the Cumulus-Nash campus including responsibility for the Ty, Kelly and Chuck morning show, Nash Nights Live, The Blair Garner Show, Kix Brooks’ American Country Countdown along with the Nash Prep show prep service and various country music specials produced throughout the year. In mid-2017, John also became the day-to-day Program Director for Cumulus’ WKDF – Nash-FM 103.3.

John Shomby (WKDF)

John, since March 1st, 2016, has been the Director of Nash Programming for Cumulus Media after 13 years in Norfolk/Virginia Beach, VA as Director of Programming and Operations for Max Media’s 5 station cluster. John oversees the Cumulus-Nash campus including responsibility for the Ty, Kelly and Chuck morning show, Nash Nights Live, The Blair Garner Show, Kix Brooks’ American Country Countdown along with the Nash Prep show prep service and various country music specials produced throughout the year. In mid-2017, John also became the day-to-day Program Director for Cumulus’ WKDF – Nash-FM 103.3.

  Josh Roberts (WIBL)   Josh Roberts began his career in radio in 1998 in Springfield, Illinois. At only 16 years old, he immersed himself in this industry, learning the ropes and honing his craft. It's 20 years hence and Josh Roberts has been leaving his indelible mark on country music radio ever since. Now in his eleventh year as Operations Manager and Program Director for WIBL in Bloomington, Illinois - as well as Program Director for KMXN in Topeka, Kansas, Josh has established himself as an exceptional talent and consummate radio professional.

Josh Roberts (WIBL)

Josh Roberts began his career in radio in 1998 in Springfield, Illinois. At only 16 years old, he immersed himself in this industry, learning the ropes and honing his craft. It's 20 years hence and Josh Roberts has been leaving his indelible mark on country music radio ever since. Now in his eleventh year as Operations Manager and Program Director for WIBL in Bloomington, Illinois - as well as Program Director for KMXN in Topeka, Kansas, Josh has established himself as an exceptional talent and consummate radio professional.

  Kristen Williams (Warner)   Kristen Williams is a graduate of the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, MN.  A Minnesota native, she moved to Nashville at the age of 19 to continue her education at Belmont University in pursuit of a music business degree.  During her time at Belmont University she interned in the Promotion department at Dreamcatcher Entertainment and worked with acts like Kenny Rogers and Diamond Rio.  At 23 years old, Kristen took on a full time position as the Manager of Secondary Promotion at Warner Bros. Nashville.  Over the last eleven years she has been promoted through the department, taking on regional promotion in the Midwest and Northeast, followed by overseeing the regionals in the position of National Director of Promotion.  Most recently, in 2014, Kristen was promoted to the position of VP, National Promotion at Warner Music Nashville and has overseen the promotion efforts of some of Country Music’s hottest current artists – including Blake Shelton, Brett Eldredge, Cole Swindell, Hunter Hayes, Ashley Monroe, Brandy Clark, The Railers and newcomer William Michael Morgan.When not in the office or on the road actively promoting Warner Music Nashville’s roster, Kristen is a wife (to Bo Williams) and the mother of two very active children (Mckenna, age 8 and Eli, age 6).  She spends most of her limited free time with her family at the lake, on the baseball field or at the campground.

Kristen Williams (Warner)

Kristen Williams is a graduate of the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, MN.  A Minnesota native, she moved to Nashville at the age of 19 to continue her education at Belmont University in pursuit of a music business degree.  During her time at Belmont University she interned in the Promotion department at Dreamcatcher Entertainment and worked with acts like Kenny Rogers and Diamond Rio.  At 23 years old, Kristen took on a full time position as the Manager of Secondary Promotion at Warner Bros. Nashville.  Over the last eleven years she has been promoted through the department, taking on regional promotion in the Midwest and Northeast, followed by overseeing the regionals in the position of National Director of Promotion.  Most recently, in 2014, Kristen was promoted to the position of VP, National Promotion at Warner Music Nashville and has overseen the promotion efforts of some of Country Music’s hottest current artists – including Blake Shelton, Brett Eldredge, Cole Swindell, Hunter Hayes, Ashley Monroe, Brandy Clark, The Railers and newcomer William Michael Morgan.When not in the office or on the road actively promoting Warner Music Nashville’s roster, Kristen is a wife (to Bo Williams) and the mother of two very active children (Mckenna, age 8 and Eli, age 6).  She spends most of her limited free time with her family at the lake, on the baseball field or at the campground.

  Lee Adams (Broken Bow)   Lee Adams has been at Broken Bow Records since 2001, moving up the ranks to VP of National Promotion. She’s been a part of 30 #1 songs and numerous top 10 and top 5’s. She began her career in radio in the Harrisburg PA market.  She  likes puppies, kittens, and Bailey’s. 

Lee Adams (Broken Bow)

Lee Adams has been at Broken Bow Records since 2001, moving up the ranks to VP of National Promotion. She’s been a part of 30 #1 songs and numerous top 10 and top 5’s. She began her career in radio in the Harrisburg PA market.  She  likes puppies, kittens, and Bailey’s. 

  Mac Daniels (KPLX)   42 year radio career Current: Program Director KPLX (99-5 The Wolf) and New Country 96-3 KSCS Dallas-Ft.Worth. Prior: Program Director WMZQ Washington DC/Program Director WYCD Detroit/Operations Manager KASE-KVET Austin/Program Director KSKS Fresno/Program Director KSJO San Jose-San Francisco.

Mac Daniels (KPLX)

42 year radio career
Current: Program Director KPLX (99-5 The Wolf) and New Country 96-3 KSCS Dallas-Ft.Worth.
Prior: Program Director WMZQ Washington DC/Program Director WYCD Detroit/Operations Manager KASE-KVET Austin/Program Director KSKS Fresno/Program Director KSJO San Jose-San Francisco.

  Matthew Yazge (Nielsen Music)   Matt Yazge leads the Brand Partnerships team at Nielsen Music.  Throughout his career at Nielsen, Matt has helped leaders in the global entertainment sponsorship marketing industry better select, implement and measure their branded music, film, fashion, and video gaming campaigns. In his current role, he helps brand advertisers activate music fans to achieve marketing objectives and drive sales. He also helps artists, festivals, and other music rights holders position the value of their audiences to prospective brand partners. Matt brings rich experience with consumer packaged goods (CPG) brands and major film studios, as a former Nielsen consultant for Nestle's Wonka Candy portfolio, and leading the Nielsen’s relationship with Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Matt  is also an advocate for LGBT rights and representation, and serves as a Nielsen Subject Matter Expert in LGBT research. He has penned the last three Nielsen Diverse Intelligence Articles on the LGBT Consumer.

Matthew Yazge (Nielsen Music)

Matt Yazge leads the Brand Partnerships team at Nielsen Music.  Throughout his career at Nielsen, Matt has helped leaders in the global entertainment sponsorship marketing industry better select, implement and measure their branded music, film, fashion, and video gaming campaigns. In his current role, he helps brand advertisers activate music fans to achieve marketing objectives and drive sales. He also helps artists, festivals, and other music rights holders position the value of their audiences to prospective brand partners. Matt brings rich experience with consumer packaged goods (CPG) brands and major film studios, as a former Nielsen consultant for Nestle's Wonka Candy portfolio, and leading the Nielsen’s relationship with Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Matt  is also an advocate for LGBT rights and representation, and serves as a Nielsen Subject Matter Expert in LGBT research. He has penned the last three Nielsen Diverse Intelligence Articles on the LGBT Consumer.

  Michael Levine (KKGO)   Michael Levine is program director for KKGO in Los Angeles. He has worked in a variety of positions at KKGO including promotions, marketing, sales and programming.

Michael Levine (KKGO)

Michael Levine is program director for KKGO in Los Angeles. He has worked in a variety of positions at KKGO including promotions, marketing, sales and programming.

  Nikki Thomas (WIVK)   Nikki has been the Program Director at KATM Modesto-Stockton since 2011 and hosts the midday show on Westwood One Mainstream Country stations all across the US. She served as the Morning Show host and MD/APD at WKSF Asheville, NC and KWYE in Fresno, CA. Her background also includes character work for "The Chris Daniel Show" in San Francisco, CA and several iHeart Top 40 stations.

Nikki Thomas (WIVK)

Nikki has been the Program Director at KATM Modesto-Stockton since 2011 and hosts the midday show on Westwood One Mainstream Country stations all across the US. She served as the Morning Show host and MD/APD at WKSF Asheville, NC and KWYE in Fresno, CA. Her background also includes character work for "The Chris Daniel Show" in San Francisco, CA and several iHeart Top 40 stations.

  Randy Lane   Jimmy Kimmel, Ryan Seacrest, Carson Daly, Fitz, Kelly Ford, Cadillac Jack and many other top radio and TV talents have been coached by Randy Lane.  Randy founded The Randy Lane Company in 1996.The mission has been “to provide brand depth to radio stations by developing high definition personality brands and shows.” The Randy Lane Company approaches talent development as a collaborative process that unlocks creative potential.  His breadth of experience includes positions as an air talent, Program Director, General Manager, and consultant. He has a BA degree in Radio, TV & Film from the University of Memphis. Randy’s unique background in the creative process includes graduating from the  Artist’s Way  program,  The Landmark Forum  and several other courses in creativity.  Randy has earned numerous industry awards including Consultant of the Year from the Worldwide Radio Summit.  When Randy isn’t traveling around North America conducting morning show workshops, he’s hiking with his wife JoAnn in the Santa Monica Mountains near Los Angeles.

Randy Lane

Jimmy Kimmel, Ryan Seacrest, Carson Daly, Fitz, Kelly Ford, Cadillac Jack and many other top radio and TV talents have been coached by Randy Lane.  Randy founded The Randy Lane Company in 1996.The mission has been “to provide brand depth to radio stations by developing high definition personality brands and shows.” The Randy Lane Company approaches talent development as a collaborative process that unlocks creative potential.  His breadth of experience includes positions as an air talent, Program Director, General Manager, and consultant. He has a BA degree in Radio, TV & Film from the University of Memphis. Randy’s unique background in the creative process includes graduating from the Artist’s Way program, The Landmark Forum and several other courses in creativity.  Randy has earned numerous industry awards including Consultant of the Year from the Worldwide Radio Summit.

When Randy isn’t traveling around North America conducting morning show workshops, he’s hiking with his wife JoAnn in the Santa Monica Mountains near Los Angeles.

  Sarah Harris (Emmis Incite)   Sarah Harris is the Vice President and Founder of Incite, a cause and social marketing firm within Emmis Communications dedicated to entertainment-driven advertising campaigns that inspire positive action. Incite works with clients across sectors to harness the strengths of each into powerful ad campaigns that use marketing for good.  Sarah leads Incite's team with offices in New York City, Austin, St. Louis and Indianapolis building on her belief in the potential of people to come together for good, the power of collective impact and the ability of 'one' to matter.   With over 15 years of experience, Sarah knows first-hand the powerful role media plays in creating and shaping movements. Our campaigns range from directing people to healthy living resources, to getting people tested for HIV, to advancing education reform and encouraging student attendance. In all campaigns, Incite uses the power of entertainment to engage people, inspire belief and incite action.   Sarah holds a Bachelor’s degree in Telecommunication Arts from Butler University and is a graduate of the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, where she obtained a Master of Arts in Philanthropic Studies and a Master of Public Affairs in Nonprofit Management.   Personal passions include education, girls in the developing world and inspiring others to believe in their own potential to transform the world for good.

Sarah Harris (Emmis Incite)

Sarah Harris is the Vice President and Founder of Incite, a cause and social marketing firm within Emmis Communications dedicated to entertainment-driven advertising campaigns that inspire positive action. Incite works with clients across sectors to harness the strengths of each into powerful ad campaigns that use marketing for good.

Sarah leads Incite's team with offices in New York City, Austin, St. Louis and Indianapolis building on her belief in the potential of people to come together for good, the power of collective impact and the ability of 'one' to matter. 

With over 15 years of experience, Sarah knows first-hand the powerful role media plays in creating and shaping movements. Our campaigns range from directing people to healthy living resources, to getting people tested for HIV, to advancing education reform and encouraging student attendance. In all campaigns, Incite uses the power of entertainment to engage people, inspire belief and incite action. 

Sarah holds a Bachelor’s degree in Telecommunication Arts from Butler University and is a graduate of the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, where she obtained a Master of Arts in Philanthropic Studies and a Master of Public Affairs in Nonprofit Management. 

Personal passions include education, girls in the developing world and inspiring others to believe in their own potential to transform the world for good.

  Shelly Easton (WXTU)   Shelly Easton has helped to make 92.5 XTU a major player in a competitive major northeastern city, a station that delivers solid and consistent rank, ratings and shares year-in and year-out against powerhouse AC, Rock and News stations.  During her time with the station WXTU has won a CMA and an ACM.  She has been named one of the most influential women in broadcasting and one of country’s top program directors.Shelly began her radio career out of high school at WLBR in Lebanon Pennsylvania.   She also worked at WHP and  97.3 The River in Harrisburg, Pa.  She began  programming for Clear Channel in 1997 at Bob 94.9.  During that time she also voice tracked various markets including Cleveland and Salt Lake City.   Shelly joined Citadel Broadcasting in 2002 as Operations Manager and Program Director at WCTO.  Other responsibilities included Country Format Captain for Citadel Broadcasting and programming liaison for new media.  Shelly moved to WXTU in Philadelphia  in 2009.  She currently works for Entercom. 

Shelly Easton (WXTU)

Shelly Easton has helped to make 92.5 XTU a major player in a competitive major northeastern city, a station that delivers solid and consistent rank, ratings and shares year-in and year-out against powerhouse AC, Rock and News stations.  During her time with the station WXTU has won a CMA and an ACM.  She has been named one of the most influential women in broadcasting and one of country’s top program directors.Shelly began her radio career out of high school at WLBR in Lebanon Pennsylvania.   She also worked at WHP and  97.3 The River in Harrisburg, Pa.  She began  programming for Clear Channel in 1997 at Bob 94.9.  During that time she also voice tracked various markets including Cleveland and Salt Lake City.   Shelly joined Citadel Broadcasting in 2002 as Operations Manager and Program Director at WCTO.  Other responsibilities included Country Format Captain for Citadel Broadcasting and programming liaison for new media.  Shelly moved to WXTU in Philadelphia  in 2009.  She currently works for Entercom. 

  Steven Stewart (WEBG)   Steve Stewart has been in radio for 30 years and launched WEBG/BIG 95.5 in January 2015.  A native of Rhode Island he now calls Chicago home but has programmed in St. Louis, Grand Rapids, Myrtle Beach and more.  His passion for radio came as a young boy listening to legendary talent from New York City on AM radio and started his first radio job at the age of 16.

Steven Stewart (WEBG)

Steve Stewart has been in radio for 30 years and launched WEBG/BIG 95.5 in January 2015.  A native of Rhode Island he now calls Chicago home but has programmed in St. Louis, Grand Rapids, Myrtle Beach and more.  His passion for radio came as a young boy listening to legendary talent from New York City on AM radio and started his first radio job at the age of 16.

  Tom Baldrica (Midwest Communications)   Tom Baldrica worked as the first program director and air personality at K100/USA Radio from 1987-1993 before relocating from Minnesota to Georgia to join BNA Records as their Southeast Region Promotion Manager prior to becoming VP of National Promotion. In 2006, he joined Sony Music Nashville and was crucial in career development for major acts like Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Martina McBride, and more. His leadership opened doors for him at Average Joes Entertainment and Show Dog Universal before securing a position at Midwest Communications as Corporate Country Brand Strategist while hosting Minn. country radio stations. 

Tom Baldrica (Midwest Communications)

Tom Baldrica worked as the first program director and air personality at K100/USA Radio from 1987-1993 before relocating from Minnesota to Georgia to join BNA Records as their Southeast Region Promotion Manager prior to becoming VP of National Promotion. In 2006, he joined Sony Music Nashville and was crucial in career development for major acts like Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Martina McBride, and more. His leadership opened doors for him at Average Joes Entertainment and Show Dog Universal before securing a position at Midwest Communications as Corporate Country Brand Strategist while hosting Minn. country radio stations. 

  Rob Chianelli   Rob Chianelli, a former touring drummer living in Nashville, TN, had a hobby for filming and editing throughout his young adult life. This passion exploded into a full-time job when he and his fiancé started an Instagram account for their dog Doug The Pug. Doug quickly turned into a viral sensation, which led to his videos garnering well over 1 Billion Views and over 11 Million Followers. Rob has filmed videos of Doug for brands including Disney, the Chicago Bulls, Target, Planet Fitness, HP, Flonase, and more. Shakira even flew their team of 3 to Barcelona to film a video to promote her single. Rob, Leslie, and Doug The Pug were awarded “Instagrammer of the Year” at the Shorty Awards in 2017, and Forbes named Doug a Top Animal Influencer.

Rob Chianelli

Rob Chianelli, a former touring drummer living in Nashville, TN, had a hobby for filming and editing throughout his young adult life. This passion exploded into a full-time job when he and his fiancé started an Instagram account for their dog Doug The Pug. Doug quickly turned into a viral sensation, which led to his videos garnering well over 1 Billion Views and over 11 Million Followers. Rob has filmed videos of Doug for brands including Disney, the Chicago Bulls, Target, Planet Fitness, HP, Flonase, and more. Shakira even flew their team of 3 to Barcelona to film a video to promote her single. Rob, Leslie, and Doug The Pug were awarded “Instagrammer of the Year” at the Shorty Awards in 2017, and Forbes named Doug a Top Animal Influencer.

  Juan Tobar (The Mix Group)   Juan Tobar, a 11 year veteran of radio imaging and a 13 year veteran of audio production, leads The Mix Group’s full time producers to victory on a daily basis. His unique combination of creativity, phonic awareness and ability to conceptualize each formats needs, make him the ideal candidate to lead the MIX’s fleet of producers.  As The Mix Group’s Production Director, Juan interfaces directly with station Program Director’s across the country, on a daily basis and translates the needs of the PD to his producers to achieve the stations’ desired sound, flawlessly.  From handling emergency submissions, keeping up our industry-leading turn around time, Juan truly keeps incredibly busy… and well, Productive. 

Juan Tobar (The Mix Group)

Juan Tobar, a 11 year veteran of radio imaging and a 13 year veteran of audio production, leads The Mix Group’s full time producers to victory on a daily basis. His unique combination of creativity, phonic awareness and ability to conceptualize each formats needs, make him the ideal candidate to lead the MIX’s fleet of producers.

As The Mix Group’s Production Director, Juan interfaces directly with station Program Director’s across the country, on a daily basis and translates the needs of the PD to his producers to achieve the stations’ desired sound, flawlessly.

From handling emergency submissions, keeping up our industry-leading turn around time, Juan truly keeps incredibly busy… and well, Productive. 

  Brian Jennings (KVOO)   Brian Jennings is Program Director for E.W. Scripps’ mainstream country station KVOO and classic country station KXBL in Tulsa.  Since 1994, he’s jocked and programmed stations of all sizes from Detroit to Cleveland to Lincoln, NE.  A self-professed chart geek, Jennings divides his spare time between his 3 children and his alma mater Kansas Jayhawk basketball.

Brian Jennings (KVOO)

Brian Jennings is Program Director for E.W. Scripps’ mainstream country station KVOO and classic country station KXBL in Tulsa.  Since 1994, he’s jocked and programmed stations of all sizes from Detroit to Cleveland to Lincoln, NE.  A self-professed chart geek, Jennings divides his spare time between his 3 children and his alma mater Kansas Jayhawk basketball.

  Charlie Morgan (Emmis New York)

Charlie Morgan (Emmis New York)

  Danny Dwyer (KUPL)   Born & raised In Southern California, Danny followed his musical passion and dreams to work in the music industry and made his way into country music by working for a few different radio stations in Southern California (KZLA, KHAY, and KTPI) before moving to the Great Northwest and becoming part of an exclusive team at KUPL. Danny has been the official “Man On The Street” for KUPL working alongside Country Music Radio DJ Hall Of Famer Lee Rogers and the Waking Crew, he has been a team player for the past 19 years at KUPL. Having done everything from Mornings, Midday’s, Afternoons, Traffic Reporting, Nights, Promotion Director for 5 years and now Music Director at 98.7 The Bull. Danny has long been considered a major champion of the station and considers himself blessed to be part of such a successful radio group at Alpha Media.

Danny Dwyer (KUPL)

Born & raised In Southern California, Danny followed his musical passion and dreams to work in the music industry and made his way into country music by working for a few different radio stations in Southern California (KZLA, KHAY, and KTPI) before moving to the Great Northwest and becoming part of an exclusive team at KUPL. Danny has been the official “Man On The Street” for KUPL working alongside Country Music Radio DJ Hall Of Famer Lee Rogers and the Waking Crew, he has been a team player for the past 19 years at KUPL. Having done everything from Mornings, Midday’s, Afternoons, Traffic Reporting, Nights, Promotion Director for 5 years and now Music Director at 98.7 The Bull. Danny has long been considered a major champion of the station and considers himself blessed to be part of such a successful radio group at Alpha Media.

  Erica Farber (RAB)   Erica is a radio veteran through and through. With senior management experience in local radio in multiple markets she also held senior management positions on the national sales side as well. She has held various management positions with the industry trade publication of Radio & Records where she ultimately became the Publisher and CEO for the majority of her tenure. In her current role at the RAB she leads the marketing and sales advocacy efforts on behalf of the US Radio industry. She is most proud of being one of the founding “sisters” of the MIW’s – Mentoring and Influencing Women in Radio.

Erica Farber (RAB)

Erica is a radio veteran through and through. With senior management experience in local radio in multiple markets she also held senior management positions on the national sales side as well. She has held various management positions with the industry trade publication of Radio & Records where she ultimately became the Publisher and CEO for the majority of her tenure. In her current role at the RAB she leads the marketing and sales advocacy efforts on behalf of the US Radio industry. She is most proud of being one of the founding “sisters” of the MIW’s – Mentoring and Influencing Women in Radio.

  Grover Collins (WUBE)   Grover Collins has been the PD for WUBE/Cincinnati since August of 2009. Since being PD WUBE has won CMA Large Market Station of the year 3 times and ACM Large Market of the year once.  He’s been in radio since 1985 starting at the ripe old age of 15 and has been involved with programming either country or pop radio for 24 years.

Grover Collins (WUBE)

Grover Collins has been the PD for WUBE/Cincinnati since August of 2009. Since being PD WUBE has won CMA Large Market Station of the year 3 times and ACM Large Market of the year once.  He’s been in radio since 1985 starting at the ripe old age of 15 and has been involved with programming either country or pop radio for 24 years.

  JD Greene (WPGB)   JD Greene is the Program Director and PM Drive for WPGB Pittsburgh “ BIG 1047”.  He has been there for over 3 years, before that he was the APD/MD and PM drive for KEEY Minneapolis MN “K102”!

JD Greene (WPGB)

JD Greene is the Program Director and PM Drive for WPGB Pittsburgh “ BIG 1047”.  He has been there for over 3 years, before that he was the APD/MD and PM drive for KEEY Minneapolis MN “K102”!

  Jeff Kapugi (WMZQ)   Jeff Kapugi is the Regional SVPP at iHM Washington DC/Baltimore and PD of WMZQ.  35+ years in radio and 6 in the country format. 

Jeff Kapugi (WMZQ)

Jeff Kapugi is the Regional SVPP at iHM Washington DC/Baltimore and PD of WMZQ.  35+ years in radio and 6 in the country format. 

  Jinny Laderer (vCreative)   Jinny is the leader of a growing technology company that services over 6,000 local radio, digital & TV stations, networks, and national media companies with cloud-based workflow solutions. She is an advocate of women's causes. She has been involved with MIW & AWM for the past seven years and has been a judge for the Gracie Awards. Jinny successfully manages her work life to spend as much time as possible with her husband, four daughters, 2 sons and two year old grandson. She also serves on the Board of Directors for an orphanage for teen girls in Honduras.

Jinny Laderer (vCreative)

Jinny is the leader of a growing technology company that services over 6,000 local radio, digital & TV stations, networks, and national media companies with cloud-based workflow solutions. She is an advocate of women's causes. She has been involved with MIW & AWM for the past seven years and has been a judge for the Gracie Awards. Jinny successfully manages her work life to spend as much time as possible with her husband, four daughters, 2 sons and two year old grandson. She also serves on the Board of Directors for an orphanage for teen girls in Honduras.

  John Zarling (Sony Music Nashville)   John Zarling serves Sony Music Nashville as Executive Vice President, Marketing & New Business overseeing marketing efforts as well as brand partnerships, digital marketing, international marketing, media and creative services. Zarling most recently served as Senior Vice President, Partnership Marketing & Promotion Strategy, for Big Machine Label Group and its Big Machine, Valory Music, BMLG Records, Dot Records, and NASH Icon imprints. A Big Machine Label Group executive since its launch in 2005, he has played a pivotal role in the careers of Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Garth Brooks, Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, Reba McEntire, The Band Perry, Zac Brown Band, Martina McBride, and Brantley Gilbert, among many. While at Big Machine, Zarling created partnerships with Comcast, Disney, Sarah Cannon Cancer Research Institute at HCA, Allstate Insurance, and American Express; additionally, he initiated promotion campaigns for successful TV and film endeavors including ABC’s “NASHVILLE,” FOX’s “American Idol,” NBC’s “The Voice,” Warner Bros. Films’ “Valentine’s Day,” and the Oscar-nominated “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me.” California native Zarling joined Mercury Records’ promotion department in 2001, upon graduation from Belmont University’s Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business. At Mercury, and then MCA & DreamWorks upon their merger, Zarling served as Manager, Charts & Syndication, where he worked on the career launches of Billy Currington, Josh Turner, and Sugarland, and further career development and definition of superstars Shania Twain, George Strait, Toby Keith, Vince Gill, and Willie Nelson, among others. Serving on the Board of Directors for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Nashville and the International Entertainment Buyers Association, Zarling produces of the annual Bob Kingsley Living Legend Award ceremony to benefit the Grand Ole Opry Trust Fund and the Music Row Storytellers evening to celebrate an industry icon’s career to benefit Music + Health Alliance.

John Zarling (Sony Music Nashville)

John Zarling serves Sony Music Nashville as Executive Vice President, Marketing & New Business overseeing marketing efforts as well as brand partnerships, digital marketing, international marketing, media and creative services. Zarling most recently served as Senior Vice President, Partnership Marketing & Promotion Strategy, for Big Machine Label Group and its Big Machine, Valory Music, BMLG Records, Dot Records, and NASH Icon imprints. A Big Machine Label Group executive since its launch in 2005, he has played a pivotal role in the careers of Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Garth Brooks, Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, Reba McEntire, The Band Perry, Zac Brown Band, Martina McBride, and Brantley Gilbert, among many. While at Big Machine, Zarling created partnerships with Comcast, Disney, Sarah Cannon Cancer Research Institute at HCA, Allstate Insurance, and American Express; additionally, he initiated promotion campaigns for successful TV and film endeavors including ABC’s “NASHVILLE,” FOX’s “American Idol,” NBC’s “The Voice,” Warner Bros. Films’ “Valentine’s Day,” and the Oscar-nominated “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me.” California native Zarling joined Mercury Records’ promotion department in 2001, upon graduation from Belmont University’s Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business. At Mercury, and then MCA & DreamWorks upon their merger, Zarling served as Manager, Charts & Syndication, where he worked on the career launches of Billy Currington, Josh Turner, and Sugarland, and further career development and definition of superstars Shania Twain, George Strait, Toby Keith, Vince Gill, and Willie Nelson, among others. Serving on the Board of Directors for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Nashville and the International Entertainment Buyers Association, Zarling produces of the annual Bob Kingsley Living Legend Award ceremony to benefit the Grand Ole Opry Trust Fund and the Music Row Storytellers evening to celebrate an industry icon’s career to benefit Music + Health Alliance.

  Judy Lakin (Cox Media Group)   Exuberant. Esteemed. Gifted. The blend of these three attributes combined with her sound business acumen, are all reasons why Judy Lakin is easily considered one of the top general sales managers in Houston and quite possibly, in the country. Her strong reputation in sales leadership also helps explain the steady stream of invites she receives to join her sales elite comrades on boards and committees on both local and national levels. Most recently, Judy accepted a role on the Board of Directors for the Houston Advertising Federation of America.  And going above and beyond doesn’t stop at her career. Outside of her office, where Western motif meets sales, this Houstonian makes it a point to give back to her community in the form of time and service. In addition to the AFA, she manages to serve on the Program Committee for CRS , volunteer for the American Cancer Society’s  Cattle Baron’s Ball , serve as a Board of Director for  The Snowdrop Foundation  and the Advertising Foundation of Houston as well as maintain the prestigious status of Vice President, Program Chair for  The Media Alliance of Houston.

Judy Lakin (Cox Media Group)

Exuberant. Esteemed. Gifted. The blend of these three attributes combined with her sound business acumen, are all reasons why Judy Lakin is easily considered one of the top general sales managers in Houston and quite possibly, in the country. Her strong reputation in sales leadership also helps explain the steady stream of invites she receives to join her sales elite comrades on boards and committees on both local and national levels. Most recently, Judy accepted a role on the Board of Directors for the Houston Advertising Federation of America.

And going above and beyond doesn’t stop at her career. Outside of her office, where Western motif meets sales, this Houstonian makes it a point to give back to her community in the form of time and service. In addition to the AFA, she manages to serve on the Program Committee for CRS , volunteer for the American Cancer Society’s Cattle Baron’s Ball, serve as a Board of Director for The Snowdrop Foundation and the Advertising Foundation of Houston as well as maintain the prestigious status of Vice President, Program Chair for The Media Alliance of Houston.

  Kyle Due (KAJA)  Kyle Due has been very fortunate to be in the radio business for 18 years.  He started in high school at 15 and never looked back.  As a native of the Northeast, Pennsylvania, Due started making his Southeast move in 2006. That’s where he has spent most of his career before returning home. Stops include Winchester, VA - Charlotte, NC – DC - Philly with programming stops include Chattanooga, Greensboro, most recently Allentown, in Due's home state of Pennsylvania.  

Kyle Due (KAJA)
Kyle Due has been very fortunate to be in the radio business for 18 years.  He started in high school at 15 and never looked back.  As a native of the Northeast, Pennsylvania, Due started making his Southeast move in 2006. That’s where he has spent most of his career before returning home. Stops include Winchester, VA - Charlotte, NC – DC - Philly with programming stops include Chattanooga, Greensboro, most recently Allentown, in Due's home state of Pennsylvania.  

  Lisa Ballance (iHeart Nashville)   Lisa Ballance is a General Sales Manager for iHeart Media Nashville Region helping to oversee 20 account executives for the last 5 years.Lisa loves working with the team to help their clients achieve their objectives through their 6 station cluster, including digital, traffic and weather platforms through sponsorships and station events.

Lisa Ballance (iHeart Nashville)

Lisa Ballance is a General Sales Manager for iHeart Media Nashville Region helping to oversee 20 account executives for the last 5 years.Lisa loves working with the team to help their clients achieve their objectives through their 6 station cluster, including digital, traffic and weather platforms through sponsorships and station events.

  Mandy McCormack (Pearl Records)   Mandy McCormack is the SVP/Radio Promotion & Marketing | Artist Strategy for Garth Brooks' Pearl Records, Inc. and works in tandem with Trisha Yearwood's TEAM TY management team. A radio veteran with stops at "After Midnite" and KZLA/Los Angeles, McCormack then spent a decade with Big Machine Records where she helped launch and promote artists including Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, and more. In 2015, McCormack signed on to work alongside Brooks and Trisha Yearwood at the onset of a three-plus year world tour that saw Brooks rejoining the business post-retirement. In 2016, McCormack was joined at Pearl Records, Inc. by GM Lesly Simon, and together, they built out a promotion staff that includes VP/Promotion Andy Elliott and Dirs./Regional Promotion Hilary Hoover, Glenn Noblit, and Chris Waters. Since 2015, McCormack and the entire GARTH TEAM have worked together and been instrumental in Brooks' career as he released two albums; launched "The Garth Channel" on SiriusXM, where McCormack continues to serve as Executive Producer; landed on the bestsellers list with his first-ever book, “The Anthology Part 1: The First Five Years;” sold a record-setting 6.4 million tickets to his "Garth Brooks World Tour With Trisha Yearwood;" propelled him to a fifth and sixth CMA Entertainer Of The Year Award; celebrated his seventh RIAA Diamond Award certification; and landed him at the top of the charts for his 20th #1 single, “Ask Me How I Know.” McCormack is also part of TEAM TY, where she works alongside Yearwood executing strategies surrounding Yearwood's Emmy award-winning Food Network cooking show, furniture line, home accessories line, rug line, partnership with Williams Sonoma, and television and music ventures. McCormack understands multi-platform and partnership marketing and is skilled in multi-media broadcast ventures. Since starting with Brooks and Yearwood, McCormack also works with the team's social media manager to help ensure the execution that combines both the synergy and authenticity between radio and brand partnerships for both Brooks and Yearwood's social platforms. Brooks and Yearwood expanded their brands through Garth’s “Inside Studio G: A Monday Night Conversation,” which was the first-of-its-kind weekly Facebook Live broadcast series, and Trisha’s weekly Saturday morning “Coffee Talk,” also featured on Facebook Live.

Mandy McCormack (Pearl Records)

Mandy McCormack is the SVP/Radio Promotion & Marketing | Artist Strategy for Garth Brooks' Pearl Records, Inc. and works in tandem with Trisha Yearwood's TEAM TY management team. A radio veteran with stops at "After Midnite" and KZLA/Los Angeles, McCormack then spent a decade with Big Machine Records where she helped launch and promote artists including Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, and more. In 2015, McCormack signed on to work alongside Brooks and Trisha Yearwood at the onset of a three-plus year world tour that saw Brooks rejoining the business post-retirement. In 2016, McCormack was joined at Pearl Records, Inc. by GM Lesly Simon, and together, they built out a promotion staff that includes VP/Promotion Andy Elliott and Dirs./Regional Promotion Hilary Hoover, Glenn Noblit, and Chris Waters. Since 2015, McCormack and the entire GARTH TEAM have worked together and been instrumental in Brooks' career as he released two albums; launched "The Garth Channel" on SiriusXM, where McCormack continues to serve as Executive Producer; landed on the bestsellers list with his first-ever book, “The Anthology Part 1: The First Five Years;” sold a record-setting 6.4 million tickets to his "Garth Brooks World Tour With Trisha Yearwood;" propelled him to a fifth and sixth CMA Entertainer Of The Year Award; celebrated his seventh RIAA Diamond Award certification; and landed him at the top of the charts for his 20th #1 single, “Ask Me How I Know.” McCormack is also part of TEAM TY, where she works alongside Yearwood executing strategies surrounding Yearwood's Emmy award-winning Food Network cooking show, furniture line, home accessories line, rug line, partnership with Williams Sonoma, and television and music ventures. McCormack understands multi-platform and partnership marketing and is skilled in multi-media broadcast ventures. Since starting with Brooks and Yearwood, McCormack also works with the team's social media manager to help ensure the execution that combines both the synergy and authenticity between radio and brand partnerships for both Brooks and Yearwood's social platforms. Brooks and Yearwood expanded their brands through Garth’s “Inside Studio G: A Monday Night Conversation,” which was the first-of-its-kind weekly Facebook Live broadcast series, and Trisha’s weekly Saturday morning “Coffee Talk,” also featured on Facebook Live.

  Meg Stevens (WKKT)   PD WKKT Charlotte, Former PD WMZQ Washington, DC, Baltimore MD, WGAR Cleveland and WBBS Syracuse

Meg Stevens (WKKT)

PD WKKT Charlotte, Former PD WMZQ Washington, DC, Baltimore MD, WGAR Cleveland and WBBS Syracuse

  Mike McVay (Cumulus)   Mike McVay is the Executive Vice President Content & Programming for Cumulus/Westwood One. He has served as a Program Director, General Manager, Station Owner and Corporate Programmer. He was recognized as the number one media consultant in the world for nearly 30 years.

Mike McVay (Cumulus)

Mike McVay is the Executive Vice President Content & Programming for Cumulus/Westwood One. He has served as a Program Director, General Manager, Station Owner and Corporate Programmer. He was recognized as the number one media consultant in the world for nearly 30 years.

  Pat Paxton (Entercom)   Pat Paxton is President of Programming at Entercom, a leading media and entertainment company and the #1 creator of live, original, local audio content reaching over 100 million consumers across multiple platforms. In this role, he drives the creation of top locally curated content, including music, news, talk and sports for the company’s entire portfolio of brands nationwide.  Paxton joined Entercom in 1999 as an Operations Manager at Star 93.7 in Boston and later held various positions in programming. He took up his current role in 2004 and most recently helmed the team that launched the Content Innovation Group, which produces original digital and social content and syndicates popular local radio shows. Paxton also oversees programming focused on research across all the company’s platforms, as well as digital and social media listener engagement strategies.  Prior to joining Entercom, Paxton was the national programming director at Nationwide Communications and Adventure Communications. He was the programming director at KHMX/Houston and WOMX/Orlando, as well as other brands in West Virginia, Wisconsin and Iowa. Paxton also served as the weather anchor at KCAU-TV, an ABC affiliate in Sioux City, Iowa, and was a consultant for Houston’s Zapoleon Media Strategies.  Paxton holds a bachelor's degree in mass communications from the University of South Dakota.

Pat Paxton (Entercom)

Pat Paxton is President of Programming at Entercom, a leading media and entertainment company and the #1 creator of live, original, local audio content reaching over 100 million consumers across multiple platforms. In this role, he drives the creation of top locally curated content, including music, news, talk and sports for the company’s entire portfolio of brands nationwide.

Paxton joined Entercom in 1999 as an Operations Manager at Star 93.7 in Boston and later held various positions in programming. He took up his current role in 2004 and most recently helmed the team that launched the Content Innovation Group, which produces original digital and social content and syndicates popular local radio shows. Paxton also oversees programming focused on research across all the company’s platforms, as well as digital and social media listener engagement strategies.

Prior to joining Entercom, Paxton was the national programming director at Nationwide Communications and Adventure Communications. He was the programming director at KHMX/Houston and WOMX/Orlando, as well as other brands in West Virginia, Wisconsin and Iowa. Paxton also served as the weather anchor at KCAU-TV, an ABC affiliate in Sioux City, Iowa, and was a consultant for Houston’s Zapoleon Media Strategies.

Paxton holds a bachelor's degree in mass communications from the University of South Dakota.

  RJ Curtis (All Access Nashville)   RJ Curtis launched his radio career fresh out of high school and spent 30 years in the business, 27 exclusive to Country radio and a combined 17 years in three decades at Country KZLA/Los Angeles. His tenure there included every aspect of on-air and programming including weekends, mornings, APD/MD, PD and OM. In 2007, RJ transitioned to Radio & Records as Country Editor before joining Arista Nashville’s promotion team in 2009 after R&R ceased publication. A desire to return to trade publications united him with Country Aircheck in 2011 where he served as VP/Country. He is currently the Nashville Editor of All Access.

RJ Curtis (All Access Nashville)

RJ Curtis launched his radio career fresh out of high school and spent 30 years in the business, 27 exclusive to Country radio and a combined 17 years in three decades at Country KZLA/Los Angeles. His tenure there included every aspect of on-air and programming including weekends, mornings, APD/MD, PD and OM. In 2007, RJ transitioned to Radio & Records as Country Editor before joining Arista Nashville’s promotion team in 2009 after R&R ceased publication. A desire to return to trade publications united him with Country Aircheck in 2011 where he served as VP/Country. He is currently the Nashville Editor of All Access.

  Scott Lindy (WKHX)   Scott Lindy is a third generation broadcaster and multi-format programmer, currently serving as Program Director for Cumulus Media’s WKHX, “Kicks 101-5” in Atlanta, GA., a position he has held since October of 2015. Scott was previously Director of Operations/Program Director for Lincoln Financial Media in Atlanta, serving for six years as Program Director for Star 94 (WSTR - Hot AC) with oversight of ESPN 790 The Zone and The Atlanta Falcons Radio Network. Prior to that, Lindy was Operations Manager for iHeartMedia/Clear Channel’s Atlanta stations which included Program Director duties for 94.9 The Bull (WUBL - Country) and 640 WGST (News/Talk) and programming oversight for their cluster of six stations and three networks. He formerly held positions including: Senior Director of Country Music Programming for Sirius/XM Satellite Radio; Operations Manager and Program Director for the award-winning WPOC in Baltimore, MD; and Operations Manager and Program Director for WTVR FM /AM in Richmond, VA. Scott has served on the Board Of Directors many industry organizations including the Country Music Association and Country Radio Broadcasters.

Scott Lindy (WKHX)

Scott Lindy is a third generation broadcaster and multi-format programmer, currently serving as Program Director for Cumulus Media’s WKHX, “Kicks 101-5” in Atlanta, GA., a position he has held since October of 2015. Scott was previously Director of Operations/Program Director for Lincoln Financial Media in Atlanta, serving for six years as Program Director for Star 94 (WSTR - Hot AC) with oversight of ESPN 790 The Zone and The Atlanta Falcons Radio Network. Prior to that, Lindy was Operations Manager for iHeartMedia/Clear Channel’s Atlanta stations which included Program Director duties for 94.9 The Bull (WUBL - Country) and 640 WGST (News/Talk) and programming oversight for their cluster of six stations and three networks. He formerly held positions including: Senior Director of Country Music Programming for Sirius/XM Satellite Radio; Operations Manager and Program Director for the award-winning WPOC in Baltimore, MD; and Operations Manager and Program Director for WTVR FM /AM in Richmond, VA. Scott has served on the Board Of Directors many industry organizations including the Country Music Association and Country Radio Broadcasters.

  Skip Mahaffey (K-Love)   Three-time CMA Air Personality of the Year Skip Mahaffey winner spent over thirty years waking up Country music fans at some of the biggest stations in America: KVOO-Tulsa, KSON-San Diego, WCOL-Columbus, WQYK and WFUS-Tampa and most recently KPLX-Dallas. Skip is currently host of  the 'K-LOVE Morning Show' on more than 450 stations serving over 18 million listeners nationwide.

Skip Mahaffey (K-Love)

Three-time CMA Air Personality of the Year Skip Mahaffey winner spent over thirty years waking up Country music fans at some of the biggest stations in America: KVOO-Tulsa, KSON-San Diego, WCOL-Columbus, WQYK and WFUS-Tampa and most recently KPLX-Dallas. Skip is currently host of  the 'K-LOVE Morning Show' on more than 450 stations serving over 18 million listeners nationwide.

  Sue Wilson (WQMX)   Sue Wilson is VP/Operations for Rubber City Radio Group, Akron, Ohio, and Program Director and on-air talent for country station WQMX. In her over 30 year radio career she's worked many formats as air talent, music director, research director, program consultant for McVay Media and voice- over talent.

Sue Wilson (WQMX)

Sue Wilson is VP/Operations for Rubber City Radio Group, Akron, Ohio, and Program Director and on-air talent for country station WQMX. In her over 30 year radio career she's worked many formats as air talent, music director, research director, program consultant for McVay Media and voice- over talent.

  Tom Hanrahan (WDXB)

Tom Hanrahan (WDXB)

  Justin Case (Benztown Branding)   Scott "Justin Case" Mayton oversees all Programming, Voiceover, Custom Imaging, and Commercial VO for Benztown, an international radio imaging, production library, programming, and voiceover services company based in Burbank, CA, and Stuttgart, Germany. My work serves over 2,400 affiliates on 6 different continents. Along with Andy, Benztown CEO, He oversees the curation of all 20 of Benztown's production libraries across 13 formats including AC, Hot AC, CHR, Country, Urban, Rhythmic, Classic Hits, Rock, News/Talk, Sports and JACK. He personally produces two of those libraries. He also oversees the rapidly growing custom imaging division.  His team provides custom imaging to over 130 radio station across the country in cities from Los Angeles, Atlanta, San Diego, Las Vegas, Chicago and more. His work can also be heard nationwide on Cumulus media projects for the Grammys, the American Music awards and others. He received my Master’s certificate in music production & technology from the Berklee School of Music in 2008. In 2014, He was appointed to the Nielson/Edison research "Audios 30 under 30" list, honoring top talent in radio and audio.

Justin Case (Benztown Branding)

Scott "Justin Case" Mayton oversees all Programming, Voiceover, Custom Imaging, and Commercial VO for Benztown, an international radio imaging, production library, programming, and voiceover services company based in Burbank, CA, and Stuttgart, Germany. My work serves over 2,400 affiliates on 6 different continents. Along with Andy, Benztown CEO, He oversees the curation of all 20 of Benztown's production libraries across 13 formats including AC, Hot AC, CHR, Country, Urban, Rhythmic, Classic Hits, Rock, News/Talk, Sports and JACK. He personally produces two of those libraries. He also oversees the rapidly growing custom imaging division.  His team provides custom imaging to over 130 radio station across the country in cities from Los Angeles, Atlanta, San Diego, Las Vegas, Chicago and more. His work can also be heard nationwide on Cumulus media projects for the Grammys, the American Music awards and others. He received my Master’s certificate in music production & technology from the Berklee School of Music in 2008. In 2014, He was appointed to the Nielson/Edison research "Audios 30 under 30" list, honoring top talent in radio and audio.

  Lisa Keys   Lisa Keys’ passion in performance voiceover has evolved over the past several years, tweaking her conversational, girl next door sound and timely skilled delivery.  Lisa has an extensive background in the radio industry in a range of roles.  Her fresh and vibrant voice can be heard on US*99 Chicago, K105 Fort Wayne, 104.5 WFMB Springfield,96.5 KOIT San Francisco, 100.3 The Bear and 104-9 VIRGIN Radio Edmonton, B93.3 Milwaukee, NOW 100.5 Sacramento, the EZ Rock cluster of stations in Interior BC, BX93 London, as well as several other Canadian and US. radio stations.

Lisa Keys

Lisa Keys’ passion in performance voiceover has evolved over the past several years, tweaking her conversational, girl next door sound and timely skilled delivery.  Lisa has an extensive background in the radio industry in a range of roles.

Her fresh and vibrant voice can be heard on US*99 Chicago, K105 Fort Wayne, 104.5 WFMB Springfield,96.5 KOIT San Francisco, 100.3 The Bear and 104-9 VIRGIN Radio Edmonton, B93.3 Milwaukee, NOW 100.5 Sacramento, the EZ Rock cluster of stations in Interior BC, BX93 London, as well as several other Canadian and US. radio stations.

  Josh Jensen (iHeart)   Started part tome at WTRS in Ocala Left WTRS as PD   Got Hired at ClearChannel/iHeartMedia with WMIL Milwaukee   Promoted to Atlanta Started WBUL The Bull   Now at WFUS US103-5 Tampa And KWBL  Denver  I don’t look country but I’m outlaw country all day .

Josh Jensen (iHeart)

Started part tome at WTRS in Ocala Left WTRS as PD 

Got Hired at ClearChannel/iHeartMedia with WMIL Milwaukee 

Promoted to Atlanta Started WBUL The Bull 

Now at WFUS US103-5 Tampa And KWBL  Denver

I don’t look country but I’m outlaw country all day .