Radio Personnel met this week in Nashville for the Country Radio Seminar (CRS) 2016, country radio’s biggest event of the year. The three-day conference began on Monday, February 8 at its new home, Omni Nashville.
CRS 2016 provided various educational and networking opportunities and the agenda was packed full of instructive discussions, intriguing panels. Performances came from some of country music’s biggest stars as well as some of the most talked about emerging acts of 2015-2016. Several favourites from past years returned too, including the Grand Ole Opry at CRS, Bob Kingsley’s Acoustic Alley, Team UMG at The Ryman luncheon and more. Additionally, Big Machine Label Group hosted their first CRS-sanctioned luncheon.
Notable discussions and panels that took place at CRS 2016 were the ‘New Views From the Top’ keynote discussion, CRS research presentation ‘What Content Makes Country Radio Matter’ presented by Edison Research and the ‘Programmers Boot Camp’ series, sponsored by Benztown. This year’s seminar also included an appearance from featured speaker, Tim McGraw.
CRS welcomed a number of other after-hour destinations and sponsored events, including the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Reception and Gallery Tours, Mix Lounge, in2une/Momentum Label Group Showcase, Nashville-Access Superpick Showcase, Reviver Records After Hours Party, SSM Nashville Beer Garden, Stallions Entertainment Showcase, Smith & Wesley Performance at Barlines, Thirty Tigers at The Stage, the SMG CRS Fest 2016 at Margaritaville (sponsored by Spin Doctors)and more.