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This week in Canada Country Aircheck we have our DMDS report for the week and we have the hotest singles for the week. In our Listening Room we have new music for you to check out.

as we head to Saskatoon for CCMA Music Week and the CCMA Awards.

In this special issue we have all the events at CRS which starts next week. This is a great way to plan your days if you are coming down for CRS this year. We list seminars and who is playing and where.

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We also start our yearly series called The Road to Saskatoon where each week we will keep you up to date on events, deadlines

Speaking of awards we have a complete list of the SCMA Nominees announced this week.

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February 10th 1. Blake Shelton “Every Time I Hear That Song” (Warner) 2. Zac Brown Band “My Old Man” (Warner) 3. Keith Urban f. Carrie Underwood “The Fighter” (Capitol/Universal) 4. Tianna Woods “20 Bucks And A Tank Of Gas” (Indie/Blue Eyes Promo) 5. Sam Hunt “Body Like A Back Road” (Universal)

NUMBER 1 SONG THIS WEEK Jon Pardi “Dirt On My Boots” First week at number 1

Top Can Con Song Dean Brody “Time” Moves up to # 5

February 13th 1. Zac Brown Band “My Old Man” (Warner) 2. Keith Urban f. Carrie Underwood “The Fighter” (Capitol/Universal) 3. Sam Hunt “Body Like A Back Road” (Universal) 4. Blake Shelton “Every Time I Hear That Song” (Warner) 5. Midland “Drinkin’ Problem” (Big Machine) February 14th 1. The Band Perry “Stay In The Dark” (Interscope/Universal) 2. Eloie Richard “Middle Of The Night” (Indie/L. Tutty Promo) 3. Sam Hunt “Body Like A Back Road” (Universal) 4. Blake Shelton “Every Time I Hear That Song” (Warner) 5. Zac Brown Band “My Old Man” (Warner) February 15th 1. The Band Perry “Stay In The Dark” (Interscope/Universal) 2. Blake Shelton “Every Time I Hear That Song” (Warner) 3. Paige Williams “Ain’t No Saint” (Indie/D. Wood Promo) 4. Zac Brown Band “My Old Man” (Warner) 5. Sam Hunt “Body Like A Back Road” (Universal)

New On The Charts AARON PRITCHETT “When A Momma's Boy Meets A Daddy's Girl”

Most added Single This week MADELINE MERLO Over And Over

Ones to Watch Madeline Merlo “Over And Over” Moves to #32 Genevieve Fisher “Take It On” is #45 this week Dan Davidson “Barn Burner” is at number 26 this week.

While September seems far away it comes fast. Each week we will have information on what is happening during CCMA Music Week in Saskatoon. If you are not a member of the CCMA we urge you to join and attend the CCMA Music week in Saskatoon. We are proud to have Lauren Tutty Promotions as our sponsor for The Road To Saskatoon”. Since we started our Road to series 5 years ago Lauren has been our sponsor. Lauren Tutty is proud to be celebrating her 10th year in business. “One of the first artists I had the pleasure of working with was Julian Austin. What a great way to open up doors at radio with such an established artist. It’s hard to believe that was 10 years ago. One of my first calls to radio was to Pete Walker at KX96. We hit it off then and we still have a great relationship today.” Hailing from Liverpool Nova Scotia (The Home of Hank Snow) she has had the pleasure of working for some of the best country musicians Canada has to offer. “I love what I do and I’m passionate about the music

and the people I work for. Yes I’ve had the pleasure to work with some key artists like Jess Moskaluke, Gord Bamford, One More Girl, Julian Austin, John Landry, Crystal Shawanda, and Barney Bentall, but I’m always looking for emerging indie artists, with great tunes and a good work ethic.” “My job is not only to acquaint and acquire radio with the song and artist at hand; but to make sure that the door is open for the next single down the road. It’s a building process.” “Working together to get to the next level is what we do. When an Artist like Jess Moskaluke goes from releasing Amen Hallelujah (the first single we worked on) to three time CCMA Female Artist of the Year, we feel very proud that we were part of her early team.” Having a tracker work for you at radio makes good sense. Now is not the time gamble your musical career on your tracking abilities.

SUBMISSIONS NOW OPEN FOR THE 2017 CCMA SONGWRITERS’ SERIES The CCMA Songwriters’ Series is a longstanding and beloved event of Country Music Week, as it’s the songwriting - and the stories - of country music that truly sets the genre apart from others. Each year, the CCMA solicits submissions from its members who excel at the craft of songwriting and want to share their stories with audiences of both industry and the public during our annual event. The 2017 CCMA Songwriters’ Series, as part of PotashCorp Country Music Week, will feature three sessions this year: Thursday, September 7; Friday, September 8 and Saturday, September 9. Each session will showcase eight (8) artists; four (4) of whom will be selected from submissions received, and four (4) of whom will be decided upon by a CCMA-appointed talent advisory committee made up of impartial individuals within the industry. Submissions received for the 2017 CCMA Songwriters’ Series will be reviewed by an impartial industry-led jury and successful applicants will be notified of their opportunity to showcase as part of the event this spring. CLICK HERE for more information on the 2017 CCMA Songwriters’ Series, and to apply for one of the twelve (12) coveted showcase spots available as part of the event this year in Saskatoon. Deadline for submissions is Friday, February 24, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. ET.

Last year some of the Songwriters involved included GRAMMY Award-winning recording artist Kristian Bush, Christopher DeStefano is a GRAMMY Award-winning American singer/songwriter, record producer and multi-instrumentalist. As a songwriter, he has numerous #1 songs with artists such as Carrie Underwood (“Good Girl”, “Little Toy Guns”), Billy Currington (“Hey Girl”), Brett Eldredge (“Don’t Ya”), Luke Bryan (“That’s My Kind of Night”, “Kick the Dust Up” ), Miranda Lambert & Carrie Underwood (“Somethin’ Bad”), Rascal Flatts (“Rewind”) and Jason Aldean (“Just Gettin’ Started”). Deric Ruttan is a GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter whose songs have been recorded by Eric Church, Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley, Jason Aldean, Justin Moore, Jason Blaine and dozens of others. He has been recognized by the Canadian music industry with 11 SOCAN Awards, a JUNO nomination for Best Country Record for 2010’s Sunshine, and multiple CCMA Award wins and nominations – he took home the 2014 CCMA Award for Songwriter(s) of the Year for his co-write on “Mine Would Be You” Jeremy Stover is currently one of the hottest songwriters in country music. He has singles on the charts by Frankie Ballard, LOCASH, Jordan Rager, and Tim McGraw. He is also producing artists: Justin Moore, Drake White, Eli Young Band, Jordan Rager and more. Stover celebrated the #1 song, “Lettin’ The Night Roll,” with Justin Moore last year, which he co-wrote and produced. Other songwriters included Steve Wilkinson, Small Town Pistols, Jessica Mitchell, Bobby Wills, The Lovelocks, Doc Walker, Patricia Conroy, Drew Gregory, to name but a few.

New Additions to Albright & O’Malley & Brenner’s 23rd Annual Pre-CRS Seminar Co-Sponsored with BMLG Records Nashville

Country Radio Specialists Mike O’Malley and Becky Brenner have added to the list of impressive speakers at their 23rd annual Pre-CRS seminar; taking place on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at the Music City Center, Downtown Nashville, from 10:00 am-1:30 pm. The A&O&B team will present the first highlights from their 12th annual online perceptual study, “Roadmap 2017”, including Country P1 trends in music tastes, digital consumption, social networking and more. Data from 10,000 country P1’s from across the U.S and Canada will be included.

John Marks, Spotify’s Global Head of Country Programming and former Sirius XM Senior Director of Country Programming, will address, among other things, the importance of Music Discovery – something that he spearheaded while at Sirius XM. He is also uniquely qualified to examine the differences and synergies between radio, satellite and streaming services. BMLG Records Nashville returns as the music sponsor for the event, including a photo op and special, intimate performance from with their hottest new act, Ryan Follese (Pronounced “fall-uh-ZAY”).

Futuri Media CEO Daniel Anstandig shares insights regarding the importance of Radio having a strong Mobile strategy; including best practices, new features and the most effective ways to distribute your content on mobile. Plus, a look at their most recent data on podcasting and on-demand audio among country listeners.

“For 23 years this has been one of the most special half days of any conference. The pace is quick, the speakers have come from country radio as well as businesses as diverse as Starbucks and politics,” said partner Mike O’Malley. “It’s a half-day of thought-provoking and actionable sessions that help set the stage for CRS.”

As CEO and Co-Founder of Futuri Media, Anstandig leads the Cleveland, DC, and Edmonton-based software company in developing innovative interactive consumer platforms and patented SaaS-based solutions for broadcasters around the world. A partner to thousands of market-leading broadcasters in 20 countries, Futuri’s platforms have developed a track-record for driving audience and revenue growth. The company has been named one of America’s Fastest Growing Companies on the prestigious INC 500 list for three consecutive years.

Brenner adds, “Radio prides itself on innovation, creation and preservation. Our job is to make sure stations have the tools to accomplish all three. Tools that help the station generate successful ratings and increase revenue. It is an opportunity to share, learn, grow and re-energize for the new year!” The A&O&B Pre-CRS Seminar is free and is open to all clients; as well as to broadcasters in non-competitive situations. You can RSVP to

If this is your first year attending Country Radio Seminar thete is a lot to take in over a three day period. If you are returning you can plan the events you want to attend. I personally have been coming to CRS since the 90’s where each year I learn a lot and am able to network with new and old friends. Lot’s of Canadians come down each year so it is a great time to catch-up with many radio programmers. Remember to check with your record company reps to see what they have going on as there are many after hours music and parties. Wednesday February 22nd It all starts. with registration opening at 8:30 AM to 7 PM and if you need your coffee fix visit the St. Jude Internet Cafe located Omni, Level 2, Music Row 4 Starting at 9 AM to 11 AM Parenting Today’s Teens Daily Brunch Omni, level 2, music row 3 Spend your morning with Parenting Today’s Teens radio program getting to know about our mission in country radio. Complimentary Bloody Mary’s and Mimosas!! Stop by Music Row Room 3…Grab a Parenting Today’s Teens T-shirt…and Enter to Win in our Daily Giveaways! While in town Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum Hall of Fame Rotunda 9 AM to 3 PM Free admission to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum for CRS registrants. Just show your badge at the ticket window! 10 Am to 5 PM Westwood One Lounge Omni, Level 2. Back of Legends Hallway Stop by our lounge and learn how we can help you enhance your programming and engage more listeners! We’ll be showcasing an array of our best-in-class Country programs, including our exclusive NASH

suite of products and imaging and production libraries from TM Studios and Benztown. PLUSDon’t miss out on the Westwood One + Benztown Guitar Giveaway!! Details inside the lounge. At noon Exhibits open Omni, Level 2, Broadway Ballroom Pre-function area and there is the CRS Hearing Test which is found Omni, Level 3, Mockingbird 1-2 12:15 to 2:45 CRS 2017 Kickoff Party - sponsored by SunTrust Bank and Encore Technologies Omni, Level 2, Broadway Ballroom Pre-function area Lineup: 12:15-12:45 - Caroline Jones 12:45-1:15 - Macy Martin 1:15-1:45 - Matt Gary 1:45-2:15 - Jeremiah Richey 2:15-2:45 - Joe Denim 3 PM - 3:30 PM Opening Ceremonies Sponsored by Sarah Cannon Omni, Level 2, Legends Ballroom, D-G CRB President, Charlie Morgan, will gavel the seminar to its opening session. Color Guard presented by the United Stated Marine Corps. The national anthem will be sung by Trisha Yearwood. The mayor, Megan Barry of Nashville will welcome CRS attendees to Music City 3:30 to 4 PM there are the award ceremonies including Tom Rivers Award Presentation Award presented to Peter Smyth. Artist Humanitarian Award Presentation Omni, Level 2, Legends Ballroom, D-G The Country Radio Broadcasters have announced Zac Brown as the recipient of the CRS 2017 Artist Humanitarian Award.

4 to 5 PM Keynote Interview: Scott Hamilton

using 8 camera angles and 360 degree audio from DTS, which uses head tracking technology, allowing fans to feel as though they’re rocking with The Chief. 5:30 to 7 PM Welcome Reception Sponsored by CMA & Live Nation Omni, Level 2, Broadway Ballroom The Welcome Reception is the traditional kick-off for CRS, giving you the first chance to visit with friends and acquaintances and to revisit your network of industry colleagues.

Omni, Level 2, Legends Ballroom, D-G Olympic Gold Medalist, television broadcaster, best-selling author, humanitarian, cancer survivor and eternal optimist, Scott Hamilton, will be this year’s keynote speaker at Country Radio Seminar 2017. As a first time guest of Country Radio Seminar, Hamilton will inspire others through his motivational story and how to overcome life’s obstacles. Hamilton captured the attention of the world in 1984 with his Olympic gold medal performances in Saravejo and has since earned the title of, “the most recognized male figure skater in the world.” He continues to share his passion for the sport as a commentator, performer, and best-selling author (Landing It, 1999; The Great Eight, 2009). As a cancer survivor, Hamilton launched the Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation(Cancer Alliance for Research, Education and Survivorship). He founded several education and survivorship programs including and the 4th Angel Mentoring Program. He is also the founder of the Scott Hamilton Skating Academy at Ford Ice Center in Antioch, TN, in partnership with the Nashville Predators, where his Learn to Skate program is teaching the next generation of skaters of all types. This is cool! Eric Church’s Virtual Reality Tour Experience UMG Library Lounge 4 to 6 PM Once again, Eric Church is delivering a first for his fans! Eric breaks ground as the very first artist in any genre to deliver a ticketed immersive VR experience

7 - 9:30 PM It’s Opry Time Grand Ole Opry - Performances Powered by Live Nation Omni, Level 2, Broadway Ballroom The Opry, radio’s longest-running live program, has only rarely staged shows outside its regular program schedule and its permanent home (the Grand Ole Opry House) or its winter residence (Ryman Auditorium). Past opry performances played outside the show’s home venues include performances staged at prestigious theaters such as New York city’s Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy center in Washington, D.C.

The line-up iis star studded including Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum, Trace Adkins, Crystal Gayle, LOCASH, Cam, Michael Ray, Chris Lane, Carly Pearce, and Dailey & Vincent. The show will begin at 7 p.m., immediately following the CMA Welcome Reception in the Performance Hall. All CRS registrants may attend, with both seating and standing room available. 9;45 to 11:55 CRS After Hours but get some sleep because Thursday is a big seminar day.

Thursday 8 AM to 9 AM Programming Mentoring Breakfast Omni, Level 3, Cumberland Rooms 5-6 Sponsored by Sun Broadcast Group This one on one session allows you sit down with experienced PDs who can help build your skill set, and learn some fresh new ideas from one of the most talented pools in our industry today. Bring your questions and bring your A game. You will not want to miss quality time with this stand out line up. (Facilitator: Bruce Logan - CBS Radio Houston) Shelly Easton - WXTU Philadelphia - CBS Tim Richards - KMLE Phoenix - CBS Tim Roberts - WYCD Detroit - CBS Kenny Jay - KMPS Seattle - CBS Rod Phillips - SVP iHeart Kix Layton - WSSL Greenville - iHeart Mike Brophey - WKLB Boston - Greater Media/Beasley Jeff Garrison - KCYY San Antonio - Cox Andrew Bland - WWKA Orlando - Cox Mike Preston - KKWF Seattle - Entercom Charlie Cook - WSM FM Nashville - Cumulus John Shomby - NASH - Cumulus Mac Daniels - FPLX/KSCS - Cumulus Nikki Thomas - WIVK - Cumulus DJ Stout - WSOC Charlotte - Beasley Mike Moore - KWJJ Jeff Kapugi Also 8 AM to 9 AM for Sales Sales Mentoring Breakfast Omni, Level 3, Cumberland Rooms 3-4 Katie Reid Cox Media Group Sarah Frazier CBS Radio Houston Melissa Kent iHeart Nashville Lee Adams Broken Bow Judy Lakin Cox Media Group 9 AM Parenting Today’s Teens Daily Brunch Omni, level 2, music row 3

Here is the big one you won’t want to miss: 9 AM - 10 AM CRS Research Presentation: Presented by Edison Media: The Mobilization of Country Radio Omni, Level 2, Legends Ballroom, D-G 10 AM - 10:50 Objects are Larger Than They Appear: Small Markets that do BIG Things Omni, Level 2, Legends Ballroom, A-C Small market programming, sales duos, plus secondary record promotion will highlight successful promotions that go above and beyond the small market scale. Leading to increased revenue, greater brand awareness, and happy listeners and staff. Speakers: RG Jones - Sony Music Nashville Jesse Garcia - PD and Erica Ogle - GSM - WBYT FM - Federated Media, South Bend, IN JJ Holiday - OM and Stephanie Theisen - GSM KZPK - Leighton Broadcasting - St. Cloud, MN Moderator: Tom Baldrica Daily Featured Speaker: Omni, Level 2, Legends Ballroom, D-G Garth Brooks will return to this year’s Country Radio Seminar in a keynote presentation ‪on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 10 a.m. CT, titled “Inside Studio G,” an intimate, behind-the-scenes look into the business and life of the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year. 11:30 AM - 1:50 PM Team UMG at the Ryman This year’s performers are Lauren Alaina, Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Easton Corbin, Billy Currington, Vince Gill, Sam Hunt, Kip Moore, Jon Pardi, Darius Rucker, Chris Stapleton, Josh Tuner, and Keith Urban Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group Nashville, Mike Dungan comments, “The box lunches aren’t anything to write home about, but the show is fantastic! Always the most anticipated event at CRS, we will see you there!”

Thursday 2:30 - 3:20 Speeding Towards Tomorrow: Radio in a Driverless World Omni, Level 2, Legends Ballroom, D-G Just a year ago, driverless cars were still a decade or more away, but they are quickly becoming reality as every major automaker is sprinting towards the future. How fast is the innovation coming and what does it mean for sales and programming at your station? Join us as we arm you with the information you need to know. Speakers: Jason Bailey - CEO Sun Broadcast Group Steven Radley - SVP Product Innovation iHeart Chris Andrews - Pratt & Miller Engineering Moderator: Bob Richards - Emmis 2:30 - 3:20 CMA Breakout Session #1: The Power of the Country Music Radio Consumer Omni, Level 3, Cumberland Rooms 3-4 Women Empowering Women 2:30 - 3:20 Omni, Level 2, Legends Ballroom, A-C 3 sets of female panelists and their mentors from all ranges of the industry/all sizes of markets and their roles discussing and sharing their stories from how their mentors have helped see their potential and helped guide them into their career path. Panelists: Beverlee Brannigan Carol Hughes Erica Farber Linda Wei Beth Curley Brooke Williams Victory in the Hallways: Creating a Positive Work Culture 2:30 - 3:20 Omni, Level 3, Cumberland Rooms 1-2 Market Managers and leaders of businesses outside of radio share their ways of creating positive and impactful moments that create a positive team spirit. They also share the business successes that kind of culture leads to. They hear from the audience on challenging workplaces to get immediate feedback

and ideas. Panelists: Sean Shannon - MM, Cumulus, Atlanta Josh Easler Dave Paulus Rick Jackson Moderator: Gregg Lindahl More Than Words: Presenting Ideas That Inspire Bold Action 3:30 - 4:20 Omni, Level 3, Cumberland Rooms 3-4 The track is focused on the importance of strong communication skills and conveying the core messages of your brand with internal stakeholders, peers and customers. In this self-improvement session, the panelist will share their insights into their own way of presenting ideas whole sharing unique ways to improve the “human relation skills” demanded in today’s tough radio/records business environment. Key take-aways include hot to clearly present ideas by staying on point when presenting concepts, energize communication, increase confidence in your brand, overcome objections with opposition or competition, and gain willing cooperation by inspiring others. Panelists: John Ellett - CEO of nFusion Jerry James You Are More Valuable Than You Think: Finding your Full Potential 3:30 - 4:20 Omni, Level 3, Cumberland Rooms 5-6 Panelists will discuss how they discovered and used their skills to improve in their current or new jobs. Help attendees tap into their unrealized skills to strengthen their potential. Panelists: Graham Bunn - KKGO Carole Bowen - Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts Clay Hunnicutt - Big Loud Records Jeff Roper - Radio and TV Personality Moderator: Becky Brenner - Albright & O’Malley & Brenner Consulting

Capturing the Millenial Ear: Rethinking our Traditional Medium for the Next Generation 3:30 - 5 PM Omni, Level 2, Legends Ballroom, A-C Reveal the truth of how millenials behave and how we can truly address their audio needs, “Listening to the Listener” 2 phase national study of 2,000 millenials about how they use audio & music. Then, live focus group of country music lovers in demo. Full audience participation. Panelists: Leigh Jacobs Carolyn Gilbert Moderator: Bob Richards - Emmis Moving the Listeners and the Numbers That Count 3:30 - 5 PM Omni, Level 2, Legends Ballroom, D-G The purpose of this panel is to show the importance of real airplay early in the life of a record and the impact that has. With the most recent “research” study that shows that the country audience just starts liking a song at 28 weeks when the pop audience is getting sick of it by that point, perfectly illustrates that point. The author of that study just didn’t take into consideration the amount of overnight play the songs get for the first 25 weeks of a record. Panelists: Torie Nugent - WMN Mike Moore - PD - Entercom Tom Lord - Red Light Management Matt Bailey - Integr8 Research Moderator: RJ Curtis - All Access How are you Protecting your Core Revenues?: Local and National Spot Revenues 3:30 - 4:20PM Omni, Level 3, Cumberland Rooms 3-4 Examine strategies to develop enterprise to increase your direct revenue sales, learn about prep work prior to presenting and create valid business reasons to approach a prospect. Speakers: Paul Weyland - Paul Weyland Communication Strat-

egies John Henley - The Center for Sales Strategy Moderator: Gregg Lindahl On-Air Talent Mentoring Happy Hour 4- 5 PM Westwood One Lounge Further your growth in the industry with advice from radio’s top air talent in a variety of formats. In 5-7 minute increments you’ll have the opportunity to interact with as many mentors as you’d like. In addition to air talent, this session is perfect for managers and programmers to ask questions regarding successful promotions, where to get talent from and digital tips. Mentors: Lon Helton - Country Countdown USA Kelly Ford - NASH FM Danny Dwyer - The Bull/Portland Skip Mahaffey - KPLX/Dallas Big Sue - k97/Memphis Kim Leslie - WJXA/Nashville SSM + Nashville Country Club Presents Alexandra Demetree 5 PM - 6 PM Omni, level 2, music row 1 Spotlight615 5 PM - 9 PM Tin Roof Broadway Ashlevans Ent. presents Spotlight615: The ONLY All-Original Music Show on Broadway. 2 Stages, 4 hours, 6 acts playing ALL original music for St. Jude. Cold River Records “Biscuits and Beer” 5 PM - 7 PM Omni, Level 1, Kitchen Notes Enjoy hot biscuits and cold beverages with Cold River Records! Event hosted by Brian Kilmeade of FOX and Friends, and featuring a special performance by CRR artist Drew Baldridge. 7 PM - 11:55 Bob Kingsley’s Acoustic Alley Omni, Level 2, Legends Ballroom, A-C Sponsored by Bob Kingsley Country Top 40. First drink sponsored by ASCAP. Featuring: Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne, JT Harding, Laura Veltz, Luke Laird, Ashley Gorley, Brett James, Rhett Akins, Busbee, Jon Nite, and Cole Taylor

Thursday 8 PM to Midnight Spin Doctors Thursday Night Throwdown Hard Rock Cafe Location: Hard Rock Cafe Annual Showcase of ALL Spin Doctors Artists. Performances, giveaways, and fun surprises, as well as food and drinks! Special guest artists to appear as well. Friday 7:30 - 9 AM Women’s Mentoring Breakfast Sponsored by NuVoodoo Media Services Omni, Level 3, Cumberland Rooms 5-6 Sponsored by NuVoodoo Media Services Description: Meet, greet and eat with our industries most inspiring women and create connections for life in radio and records What attendees can expect to experience: Unique opportunity to create connections for everything from mentorship to motivation. Benefits: 1) Ask the questions that will help inspire your own journey 2) find mentor and mentoree opportunities in radio and records 3) expand your industry knowledge and social footprint. Featuring: Carolyn Gilbert - NuVoodoo Jinny Laderer - vCreative Beverlee Brannigan - Journal Lisa Smoot - Jerry Duncan Promo Sunny Leigh - KVOO Lisa Ballance - GSM - iHeart Nashville Melissa Kent - GSM iHeart Nashville Whitney Allen - Big Time with Whitney Allen Shelly Easton - PD WXTU/Philly Katie Bright - Warner Music Nashville Sarah Frazier - SVP/MM CBS Houston Charlie Dean - Mercury Nashville Katie Dean - VP Promo MCA Lisa Wall - Emmis Indianapolis Erica Farber - NAB Alison Bonaguro - Writer Becky Brenner - Albright & O’Malley & Brenner Ginny Rogers - Beasley Media Group

Digital & Tech Breakfast 8 AM - 9 AM Omni, Level 3, Cumberland Rooms 3-4 Present newest advances and resources and have open dialogue about successful campaigns and challenges. Table Hosts: Malika Quemerais - Facebook/Instagram Michael Shoup - 12 South Music Gloria Stitt Daily Featured Speaker: Ryan Redington/Amazon 9 AM - 9:50 Omni, Level 2, Legends Ballroom, D-G Director of Amazon Music, Ryan Redington, has been announced as a Country Radio Seminar 2017 featured speaker. Redington will speak on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017 at 9 a.m. and will discuss the innovative approach Amazon uses through their progressive services and consumer relations. Throughout his time at Amazon, Redington has overseen the launch of two Amazon Music streaming services—Amazon Music Unlimited in October 2016 and Prime Music in June 2014. Redington also spearheaded Amazon’s exclusive deal with Garth Brooks, to bring the country superstar’s music catalog to streaming for the first time ever. Redington began his Amazon career working on the video team, before joining music where he worked as a category leader in physical before digital and streaming. “Ryan will be providing us a very candid, unique look inside the intellectual perspective of one of the country’s most innovative retailers, products, and consumer services,” said Bill Mayne, Executive Director of CRS. “This is an hour at CRS not to miss!” The Digital Revenue Explosion 10 Am - 10:50 Omni, Level 3, Cumberland Rooms 1-2 Provide digital capabilities and resources for sales team to sell to their clients. Panelists: Eli Mayo - Cox Media Houtson Bob Parrish - Emmis Indianapolis Adam Ponzurick - Cumulus Knoxville

Dicing the Data 10 AM - 10:50 Omni, Level 2, Legends Ballroom, D-G Panelists will show concrete examples of artists and records and the information platforms like Shazam, SiriusXM, and Spotify can provide to determine if these songs are making an impact. Panelists: John Zarling - Sony Jeff Green - Stone Door Media Tim Richards Moderator: Bob Richards - Emmis Cultivating the Farm Team: Sources of New Talent 10 AM - 10:50 Omni, Level 3, Cumberland Rooms 5-6 Panelists will describe largely untapped programs and partnerships for finding, recruiting, and retaining the next generation of talent, including on-air sales, promotions, digital, production, and records. Also, millenials will describe some of their successes and challenges entering and staying in radio. Panelists: Liz Rozengard - Cap Cities Tony Banks - iHeart Ben Downs - Bryan Broadcasting Corporation Dan Vallie - National Radio Talent Institute Moderator: Becky Brenner CMA Breakout Session #2: And the CMA Broadcast Award Goes to... 10 AM - 10:50 Omni, Level 3, Cumberland Rooms 3-4 Promotions Start to Finish: Part YOU - sponsored by vCreative 11 AM - 11:50 Omni, Level 2, Legends Ballroom, A-C Reigniting a creative culture to help bring new ideas and revenue. This panel will bring fun and function to the creative process to show the real start to finish process successful promos are born from. Panelists: Fritz Moser Sunny Leigh - KVOO B Dub - KMLE John Trapane - EMI Nashville

Moderator: Tom Baldrica - Midwest Comm. Lace up Your Boots & Get in the Trenches with Social Media Platforms 11 AM - 11:50 Omni, Level 3, Cumberland Rooms 1-6 Get up close and personal with reps from Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and YouTube as they explain how to best use each platform to increase your brand reach and engagement. Panelists: Malika Quemerais - Facebook/Instagram Granger Smith - Wheelhouse Gloria stitt - shareablee Moderator: Becky Brenner 12 noon to 1:50 Lunch & Performance Sponsored by BMLG *Performances Powered by LiveNation Omni, Level 2, Broadway Ballroom The lineup for the Big Machine Label Group luncheon, to be held Friday, Feb. 24 during Country Radio Seminar 2017, has been announced and will feature performances by A Thousand Horses, Trent Harmon, Delta Rae, Maddie & Tae, Midland, Carly Pearce, and the cast of Nashville. 2 PM - 2:50 Cashing in on Live Events: LIVE! Omni, Level 2, Legends Ballroom, A-C How to brand, own, and sell events to create revenue and build market awareness. Panelists: Dave Anthony - Froggy Paige Nienaber Michael Jordan - iheart Lexington Dhruv Prasad Moderator: Tom Baldrica 2 PM - 2:50 Coaching the Coaches: Top Talent Tell How to Motivate them Best Omni, Level 2, Legends Ballroom, D-G Panelists: Kirk Herbstreit - ESPN/ABC Robin Meade - HLN’s Morning Express Acs and TJ - The Ace and TJ Show

3 PM - 4 PM Artist Interview with Toby Keith: My Way Sponsored by BMI Omni, Level 2, Legends Ballroom, D-G About Toby Keith The familiar maxim of the triple threat – singer, songwriter, musician – doesn’t begin to cover it for Toby Keith, one of the modern era’s most complete self-directed hit makers. And Keith’s most recent several months are a remarkably accurate representation of his entire career. He wrote, produced and released his latest single “A Few More Cowboys” to Billboard Hot Shot Debut status and the song is continuing to round up some amens and good-calls on its way up the charts. The release heralds new music following the successful and acclaimed 2015 album 35 mph Town. Toby continues to fill venues coastto-coast on his current Interstates & Tailgates Tour presented by Ford F-Series. National television performances include kicking off the 2015 season of PBS’ Soundstage, and paying tribute to Merle Haggard on the April, 2016 FOX telecast of the American Country Countdown Awards as well as to Glen Campbell and songwriter Jimmy Webb on the September, 2016 CBS telecast of ACM Honors. Even closer to his heart was last year’s performance on TBS’ Neighborhood Sessions and being recognized with the Atlantic Council’s Distinguished Leadership Award for “remarkable musical contributions and support for US troops around the world.” Capping it all is this year’s Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic which raised another $1.175 million to aid sick children and their families in Oklahoma. From the moment Toby’s debut single “Should’ve Been A Cowboy” shot up the charts to become his first No. 1, the engine driving everything else has been the music. He writes it. He arranges and produces it. And he releases it on his own record label, Show Dog Nashville. At the core is his songwriting, as recognized in his 2015 induction into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame in New York City. The Nashville Songwriters Association International named him Songwriter/Artist of the Decade and

he is a three-time BMI Country Songwriter/Artist of the Year. His songs have received more than 87 million BMI performances on commercial radio stations worldwide. Keith’s albums have sold more than 40 million copies. His tours have drawn more than a million fans each year for more than a decade straight, with recent expansion into Europe and Australia. The awards are too numerous to count and include Artist of the Decade nods from Billboard and the American Country Awards, as well as the ACM’s Career Achievement honor. A musician’s musician, he was a last minute illness stand-in for the late Merle Haggard a few years back and responded to Merle’s query about which of the legend’s songs Keith knew and could cover with, “All of ‘em.” And there have been some unexpected highlights along the way as well, including country’s most impactful viral event ever, “Red Solo Cup,” the video for which has received more than 30 million views and was named ACM Video of the Year . Toby’s most rewarding experiences, however, have come from giving back locally, nationally and abroad. His golf classics fund the Toby Keith Foundation and OK Kids Korral, a cost-free home for families of children dealing with critical illnesses. His 11 USO Tours to date have been recognized with the Spirit of the USO Award (2014). And when a tornado ravaged his hometown, Toby Keith was the face of the community and helped shoulder the cleanup with the 2013 OK Twister Relief Concert. Triple threat? How about singer, songwriter, musician, producer, entertainer, humanitarian, Oklahoman and patriot. 5:15 - 6:15 New Faces Cocktail Reception Sponsored by Big Spark Music Group Onni, Level 2, Grandview Terrace CRS Networking isn’t complete until we gather one last time for some cheer and fellowship as we prepare to honor the CRS 2017 New Faces of Country Music. Sponsored by Big Spark Music Group Now if you bought tickets early enough you get to see the New Faces Show.

6:30 - 10 PM New Faces of Country Music Dinner & Performance Sponsored by ACM & St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital * Performances Powered by Live Nation Omni, Level 2, Broadway Ballroom Sponsored by ACM and St. Jude Children;s Research Hospital Performances Powered by Live Nation Doors open at 6:15 p.m. *All seats are assigned Dinner service begins at 6:30 p.m. Dinner service ends at 7:30p.m.

In 2016, Country Radio was privileged to introduce the world to some of the best new music talent, and tonight we’re honored by performances by some of the top New Faces of Country Music. Appearing tonight will be William Michael Morgan (Warner Music Nashville), Maren Morris (Columbia Nashville), Jon Pardi (Capitol Nashville), Granger Smith (Wheelhouse Records), & Drake White (Dot Records). Excellence in Country Music Awards sponsored by Country Aircheck.

NEW MUSIC PAIGE WILLIAMS “AIN’T NO SAINT” Paige Williams is a self-avowed fan of Shania Twain, Faith Hill and Carrie Underwood. With her vivacious sprit and Californian charm, she’s a legitimate candidate to join the ranks of those who’ve inspired her. Like thousands before her, Paige has fought her way through the music business jungle in pursuit of her dream, often encountering obstacles or unexpected dead ends. Undaunted, she’s used her setbacks and obstacles to her advantage, and using these challenges to fuel her songs. An American and Canadian citizen who grew up in California and spent most of her summers in North Battleford Saskatchewan on her family’s farm- she took an unusual leap-into the heart of one of the most competitive arenas in contemporary society- the music business. Paige grew up in an environment loaded with temptation. “I was fortunate to have music as my driving passion,” she says. “I stayed out of trouble by being constantly active. I started writing songs, and playing piano when I was very young. Paige has gone from singing the National Anthem for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Anaheim Ducks to getting her original song, “Welcome to My Life” placed in the independent film, Wake (starring Bijou Phillips and Jane Seymour) and another self-penned tune, “Gone,” placed in May The Best Man Win, (an Indy production starring Rob Riggle of The Daily Show and Horatio Sanz of Saturday Night Live). Her song, “How Did Our Love Change,” was also featured on a Nickelodeon TV show. She also received award consideration as a nominee for Producers’ Choice in the Best Pop Single at the Los Angeles Music Awards and was a contender in the “Single of the Year” category by the prestigious Indie Singer/ Songwriter Association. She also received honorable mention in the 2010 Billboard World Music contest for her original song, “Welcome to My Life.” In Feb-

ruary 2015, her single “Give You Hell” was added to Canadian radio. Paige has recently finished her California Country EP and finally feels like this is the music she has wanted to sing and write all along. Musically, Paige has finally created her own version of what country music sounds like and means to her. Paige’s self-titled EP will be released on Canadian radio and digitally distributed in February 2017.


Hailing from St. Stephen, New Brunswick;Eloie Richard is no newcomer to the live music industry. Coming from a family of 10, Eloie’s first foray into the music world started with his family’s band. Eloie recounts “Mom and Dad were always very supportive and proud of all of us; they never ever complained, even when we made so much noise that they couldn’t hear themselves think!” His debut single “Middle Of The Night” was recorded under the watchful eye of Danny Bourgeois.To date, Eloie has shared the stage with Doug Stone,Julian Austin, Chris Cummings, The Good Brothers,Trooper and The Barra MacNeils. You see music is not what he does ... it is what he is.

This self-penned tune is about a couple that just can’t get it right. Eloie says “They have tried and tried, but she has given up. He knows he needs to move on but is having a hard time ending it with her. He is hoping he will have the courage to finally just move on one day and not look back.”

CMA HONORS TRIPLE PLAY AWARD-WINNING SONGWRITERS DURING EIGHTH ANNUAL CMA SONGWRITERS LUNCHEON Twenty of Nashville’s top songwriters were recognized with CMA Triple Play Awards during the Eighth Annual CMA Songwriters Luncheon Wednesday at Marathon Music Works in Nashville. This prestigious trophy is presented to songwriters who pen three No. 1 songs within a 12-month period. The luncheon was hosted by Troy Tomlinson, President and CEO of Sony/ATV Music Nashville and CMA Board member. “Songwriters are often honored for their creativity, and rightly so,” said Tomlinson. “The Triple Play Awards honor not only that creativity inherent in the craft, but also the work ethic it takes to achieve the milestone of three chart-topping songs in 12 months.” Many Triple Play Award recipients were in attendance, including Rhett Akins, Luke Bryan, Rodney Clawson, Copperman, Zach Crowell, Dallas Davidson, Brett Eldredge, Jesse Frasure, Ashley Gorley, Matt Jenkins, Luke Laird, Hillary Lindsey, Shane McAnally, Niko Moon, Shay Mooney, Cole Swindell, and Craig Wiseman. Each winner received a video message from a fellow recipient that played before each Award presentation. Triple Play recipients Zac Brown, Jon Nite, and Carrie Underwood joined in with fellow honorees by submitting special congratulatory video messages. Eldredge, Frasure, Jenkins, Moon, and Mooney are first time Triple Play Awards recipients.

The countdown for the 2017 Saskatchewan Country Music Association Awards has officially begun, as the Saskatchewan Country Music Association (SCMA) announced its nominees today. Jess Moskaluke (Langenberg) and Alex Runions (Regina), lead with 5 nominations each. Following with 4 nominations is the Hunter Brothers (Shaunavon). Samara Yung (Yorkton, Sask.), Codie Prevost (Saskatoon), Darlene Tuleta (Melfort) follow with three nods each. See below for the complete list of 2017 nominees. Fan’s Choice Entertainer of the Year Alex Runions Amy Nelson Codie Prevost Darlene Tuleta Hunter Brothers Jess Moskaluke Samara Yung Female Vocalist of the Year Darlene Tuleta Lisa Moen Jess Moskaluke Samara Yung Tenille Arts Male Vocalist of the Year Alex Runions Brock Andrews Brody Siebert Chris Henderson Codie Prevost Group of the Year Aces Wyld Blake Berglund & Belle Plaine Hunter Brothers Emerging Artist Award

Amanda Hagel Brock Andrews Brody Siebert Hunter Brothers Roland Corrigal Song of the Year (Composer) If I Won the Lotto - Alex Runions, Steve Mitchell I’m in a Bar - Brody Siebert, Aaron Goodvin, Dakota Jay, William King Collide - Brock Andrews, Codie Prevost Crying You Out - Samara Yung, Hannah Ellis, Cameron Bedell Take Me Home - Jess Moskaluke, Kelly Archer, Emily Shackleton Single of the Year Take Me Home - Jess Moskaluke El Dorado - Hunter Brothers I’m in a Bar - Brody Siebert If I Won the Lotto - Alex Runions Collide - Brock Andrews Video of the Year If I Won the Lotto - Alex Runions Covered in Dust - Darlene Tuleta Take Me Home - Jess Moskaluke All I Ask of You - Lisa Moen Bobby’s Drums - Mandy Ringdal Album of the Year Eight - Brock Andrews Lonely Town - Brody Siebert Small Town Life - Roland Corrigal Tenille Arts - Tenille Arts Fragile - Becky Lynn

Country Gospel Album of the Year Listen With Your Heart - Amanda Hagel Let Your Spirit Grow - Larry Krause Aboriginal Artist of the Year Carl Crane Roland Corrigal Roots Artist of the Year Blake Berglund Eli Barsi Kristan Couture Larry Krause Jay & Jo Trudel Roots Album of the Year Chronicles - Creek City A Long Time Comin’ - Glenna Switzer You Just Fooled Me - Kristan Couture All Star Band (Guitar) Eli Barsi Jordan Toppings Rich McFarlane Shawn Blackman Steve Gibson Terry Lasko Topher Mills Mark Penner Murray Yung All Star Band (Bass) Al Leblanc Curt Chabot Donovan Epp Jesse Dawson John Cunningham Luke Hunter Murray Yung Myles Myrol Mike Langlois All Star Band (Drums) Aaron Pritchard Andrew Cavanagh Darcy Deschambault Dean Kushneryk Gary Amundrud Hal Schrenk Jayson Brinkworth

Michael Tetrault Mike James Quincy Bosovitch Shane Morley All Star Band (Keys) Amy Nelson Bart McKay Daryl Amundrud Glenna Switzer Jordan Toppings Lorena Kelly Mick Gratias Mike Langlois All Start Band (Fiddle) Allison Tymiak Dean Bernier Donny Parenteau Janaya Trudel Kerri English Kristan Couture All Star Band (Specialty) Chris Henderson Donny Parenteau Erik Paquette Gary Larson John Cunningham Murray Yung Rich McFarlane Brock Andrews Dean Bernier Elly Thorn Hal Schrenk Jordan Toppings Mark Penner Miles Hoste Record Producer Bart McKay John Cunningham - Eli Barsi Larry Krause Mark Penner Michael Harmel Rich McFarlane

Recording Studio Bart McKay Productions Mosaic Music The South Hill Studio Touchwood Studios Pure Sound Recording Studio Manager Al Leblanc Amy Nelson Blake Berglund Brett Browatzke Chris Henderson Gail Krause Janice Trudel John Cunningham Ronda Yung Country Music Person Bev Hallett Darcey Rathgeber Eli Barsi Kristy Lang Lisa Moen Murray Yung Penny Stenberg Reg Wilke On Air Personality - Major Market Colin Lovequist - 620 CKRM - Regina Cristy Beggs - 92.9 The Bull - Saskatoon Don Mitchell - 900 CKBI - Prince Albert Jason Lee - 600 CJWW - Saskatoon Jay Richards - 600 CJWW - Saskatoon Mike McGuire - Big Dog 92.7 FM - Regina Pat Dubios - 92.9 The Bull - Saskatoon Rod Kitter - 600 CJWW - Saskatoon Sharon Jacobs - 600 CJWW - Saskatoon Tim Day - Big Dog 92.7 FM - Regina On Air Personality - Secondary Market Bill Wood - 105 CJVR - Melfort Cal Gratton - 105 CJVR - Melfort Music Director - Major Market Colin Lovequist - 620 CKRM - Regina Cristy Beggs - 929 The Bull - Saskatoon Jason Lee - 600 CJWW - Saskatoon Mike McGuire - Big Dog 92.7 - Regina Pat Dubois - 92.9 The Bull - Saskatoon

Music Director - Secondary Market Cal Gratton - 105 CJVR - Melfort (by acclamation) Fan’s Choice Radio Station - Major Market 620 CKRM - Regina 900 CKBI - Prince Albert 92.9 The Bull - Saskatoon Big Dog 92.7 FM - Regina 600 CJWW - Saskatoon Country 100.7 - Moose Jaw Fan’s Choice Radio Station - Secondary Market 940 CJGX - Yorkton 105 CJVR - Melfort 570 CKSW - Swift Current 1190 AM CFSL - Weyburn TV or Radio Show of the Year Canadian Coast to Coast - 105 CJVR - Cal Gratton Melfort Made in Canada - 600 CJWW - Jay Richards - Saskatoon Pickin it Country - 91.3 FM CJTR - Reg Wilke - Regina Timberline Music Show - Larry Krause - Shaw TV Prince Albert

The ACM Nominees were announced this morning. Capitol’s Keith Urban leads nominees for the 52nd Annual ACM Awards, which air April 2 from Las Vegas on CBS-TV. RCA’s Miranda Lambert and Columbia’s Maren Morris each have six nods, BMLGR’s Florida Georgia Line and Sony’s Tim McGraw each have five, with Capitol’s Dierks Bentley, Valory’s Thomas Rhett and Mercury’s Chris Stapleton having three nominations each. The full list: Entertainer: Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban. Male Vocalist: Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Thomas Rhett, Chris Stapleton, Keith Urban. Female Vocalist: Kelsea Ballerini, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves, Carrie Underwood. Vocal Duo: Big & Rich, Brothers Osborne, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Maddie & Tae. Vocal Group: Eli Young Band, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Old Dominion, Rascal Flatts. New Male: Kane Brown, Chris Janson, Chr is Lane, Jon Pardi, Brett Young. New Female: Lauren Alaina, Cam, Brandy Clark, Maren Morris.

New Vocal Duo/Group: A Thousand Horses, Brothers Osborne, Dan + Shay, LoCash, Maddie & Tae. Album: Black, Dierks Bentley; Dig Your Roots, Florida Georgia Line; Hero, Maren Morris; Ripcord, Keith Urban; The Weight Of These Wings, Miranda Lambert. Single: “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” Keith Urban; “H.O.L.Y.” Florida Georgia Line; “Humble And Kind,” Tim McGraw; “My Church,” Maren Morris; “Vice,” Miranda Lambert. Song: “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” Keith Urban; “Die A Happy Man,” Thomas Rhett; “Humble And Kind,” Tim McGraw; “Kill A Word,” Eric Church f/Rhiannon Giddens; “Tennessee Whiskey,” Chris Stapleton; “Vice,” Miranda Lambert. Video: “Fire Away,” Chris Stapleton; “Forever Country,” Various Artists; “Humble And Kind,” Tim McGraw; “Peter Pan,” Kelsea Ballerini, “Vice,” Miranda Lambert. Songwriter: Ashley Gorley, Luke Laird, Hillary Lindsey, Shane McAnally, Lori McKenna. Vocal Event: “Different For Girls,” Dierks Bentley f/Elle King; “Forever Country,” Various Artists; “May We All,” Florida Georgia Line f/Tim McGraw; “Setting The World On Fire,” Kenny Chesney f/P!nk; “Think Of You,” Chris Young f/Cassadee Pope.

Canada Country Aircheck February 16  

Canada's only Country Music Industry Magazine

Canada Country Aircheck February 16  

Canada's only Country Music Industry Magazine