CRS 2017…That’s All, Folks!

Country Radio Seminar 2017 came to a close Friday night, February 24, 2017. The three-day seminar, held exclusively for the country radio industry, took place Wednesday, February 22nd through Friday, February 24, 2017.

The agenda was filled with all-star lineups of entertainment performances from up-and-comers to the Country giant powerhouses of today as well as intriguing and informative discussions, panels, and mentoring breakfasts. This year’s event was even better than the last, hosting prominent and inspiring featured speakers and talented mentors and discussion leaders.

This year’s seminar went beyond expectations. We have heard nothing but positive feedback from attendees and look forward to throwing an even better, more evolved and fantastic seminar next year,” CRS Executive Director, Bill Mayne, commented.

Some of the seminar’s most anticipated events were back again, and included Grand Ole Opry at CRS, Bob Kingsley’s Acoustic Alley, Team UMG at The Ryman, Big Machine Label Group’s luncheon show, and the New Faces of Country Music Show and Dinner.

As part of its tradition of taking care of the individuals who make up the music industry family, Country Radio Seminar again partnered with Starkey Hearing Technologies and offered free hearing tests to seminar attendees. Nashville ENT Audiology at ST Thomas West served as the local partner.

CRS 2018 has already been set, returning to the Omni Nashville Monday through Wednesday, February 5-7, 2018.

Check out some of the photo highlights below: 

CRS 2017 Keynote speaker was Scott Hamilton, Olympic Gold Medalist, television broadcaster, best-selling author, philanthropist, cancer survivor and eternal optimist. With CRS President, Charlie Morgan, moderating the interview, Hamilton discussed the trials he overcame and the triumphs in which he savored throughout life. Pictured below L to R, Bill Mayne, CRB/CRS Executive Director; Scott Hamilton and Charlie Morgan, CRB/CRS President.


The “Grand Ole Opry at CRS” show’s entertainers included Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum, Trace Adkins, Crystal Gayle, LOCASH, Cam, Michael Ray, Chris Lane, Carly Pearce, and Dailey & Vincent. Pictured below L to R, Back Row: Zac Brown Band’s Daniel de los Reyes, Clay Cook, and John Driskell Hopkins; Trace Adkins, and the Zac Brown Band’s Jimmy De Martini, Zac Brown, and Matt Mangano; Middle Row: Chris Lane, Jamie Dailey of Dailey and Vincent, Coy Bowles of the Zac Brown Band, Chris Janson, Michael Ray; Front Row: Darrin Vincent of Dailey and Vincent, Carly Pearce, Crystal Gayle, Preston Brust of LOCASH, Cam, and Chris Lucas of LOCASH.


Finally, Country Radio Seminar’s most highly anticipated annual event, New Faces of Country Music Dinner and Show®, co-sponsored by the Academy of Country Music and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, showcased a talented new class of country music newcomers—William Michael Morgan (Warner Bros.), Maren Morris (Columbia Nashville), Jon Pardi (Capitol Nashville), Granger Smith (Wheelhouse Records), and Drake White (Dot Records). Pictured below L to R: Granger Smith, William Michael Morgan, Maren Morris, Drake White, and Jon Pardi.

For more information or a full list of this year’s panels and event highlights, visit and follow CRS on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


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