Nashville’s biggest annual Country radio industry event opens Wednesday, February 24th as CRS 2010 kicks off in downtown Nashville at the Convention Center. The three-day event has undergone a series of changes this year that include a redesigned agenda, updated educational panels, newly enhanced feature events, more artists performances than ever before – and, with a nod to the current economy, the debut of a $99 Unemployment Rate for some attendees.
Proclaimed “Country Radio Week” by Mayor Karl Dean, the week of Country Radio Seminar is the culmination of months of planning by Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. to bring the best and brightest educators, speakers and performers to Nashville that the Country Radio industry has to offer.
“This year’s CRS has made significant strides to bring our seminar up to date in many key areas. Our slogan of ‘It’s A Whole New Decade’ is designed to let everyone know that Country Radio Broadcasters has heard the call of our radio industry and worked hard to give our seminar a facelift,” said interim CRB Executive Director Bill Mayne. “Our work is not done, but we feel that CRS 2010 is a positive step towards our goal as we begin this new decade.”
CRS 2010 officially begins Wednesday, but the unofficial kick off was Tuesday night, with the
Country Music DJ and Radio Hall of Fame induction and dinner. The 2010 inductees are Bill Bailey, Laurie DeYoung and Rudy Fernandez (DJ Hall of Fame) and Cy Blumenthal, Dan Halyburton and Mike Hammond (Radio Hall of Fame). Brooks & Dunn will receive the Career Achievement Award and Charlie Cook will be presented the President’s Award. Dierks Bentley will give a special acoustic performance to honor Brooks & Dunn.
Another sign of the times: Wednesday’s keynoter is a broadcaster not associated with country music – financial advice show host Dave Ramsey.