Country on Campus (CMT), Real Country (USA Network), and The Talk (CBS) air this month
Sara’s Slacker Radio #WCE country station
featured host spot begins December 17
Multi-platinum entertainer Sara Evans has a trio of TV appearances set for this month as she rounds out the final five dates of her popular, limited-engagement “At Christmas Tour” running through December 15.
Sara and husband Jay Barker take viewers with them to Tuscaloosa, Alabama in “Country on Campus.” The couple are joined by sports broadcaster Bonnie Bernstein as they explore their passion for college football and a household divided between the University of Alabama, where Jay played quarterback for the Crimson Tide during their 1992 National Championship winning season, and home state pride for Sara with the University of Missouri. The episode airs on CMT December 8 and 9 at 9am eastern/8am central during “CMT Hot 20.”
On December 10, Sara joins Jake Owen, Travis Tritt and Shania Twain as a guest panelist on USA Network’s new country music showcase, “Real Country,” which broadcasts at 11pm eastern / 10pm central. She returns to guest cohost “The Talk” on December 11, joining hosts Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood, and guest cohost Angie Martinez for the live talk show airing at 2pm eastern / 1pm central on CBS.
After wrapping her “At Christmas Tour” mid-month, Sara joins Slacker Radio as featured host of their #WCECountry (Woman Crush Everyday) station. Visit https://www.slacker.com/station/wce-country beginning December 17 to hear more!
Country icon and GRAMMY Award winner Clint Black is ringing in the holiday season with his trademarked Christmas cheer and a very special studio album. The Clint Black Christmas Collection, out today via Clint’s own Blacktop Records, features songs from his 1995 Christmas album Looking for Christmas, along with some new recordings written for his recently premiered holiday musical of the same name. You can listen to The Clint Black Christmas Collection at the link provided HERE. Additionally, the album is available for purchase in various holiday bundles at www.clintblack.com.
Clint says, “In writing the first album, Looking for Christmas, I learned where our centuries old traditions came from, and I knew I would have to continue writing songs to help grow the collection. This year, I’m thrilled to share even more new songs, including those from my holiday musical, Looking for Christmas, and those featuring my lovely wife and daughter.”
Keeping with the spirit of Christmas, this self-produced release is a family affair for Clint. His wife Lisa Hartman Black joins Clint for a beautiful rendition of his 1995 cut “The Finest Gift.” Lily Pearl Black makes a splash on her recording debut with the gorgeous “Magical Christmas,” one of her dad’s new songs on the album. Also appearing on this collection are classics like “Light the Fire” - written for the animated television series Transformers: Rescue Bots- and “The Kid,” which features a co-writing credit from the late great country music star Merle Haggard.
Clint’s new holiday musical, Looking for Christmas, made its debut at The Old Globe theater in San Diego on November 20th, and was recently extended to run until December 31st. Following its run at The Old Globe, Looking for Christmas will embark on a holiday tour in the 2019-20 season.
Georgia-based, singer/songwriter Corey Smith, known for his independent attitude and lyrical honesty (“Let Me Love You On a Back Road” and “I Love Everyone”), dives deep into his own psyche with the release of “Honky Tonkin’ in My Blood.” Out today, this third track from his forthcoming Great Wide Underground project reflects on how his relationship with his father helped to shape his Honky Tonkin’ nature.
“Most folks in my world know what ‘honky tonkin’’ means”, says Smith. “If you have to explain it too much, you’re obviously talking to someone who doesn’t understand country music. The word conjures up images of hardwood dance floors, cowboy apparel, neon beer signs, pool tables, mechanical bulls and bar stools. It also makes us think of the styles of music heard in such places. I think of Willie, Waylon, Skynyrd, David Alan Coe and Delbert McClinton. But ‘honky tonkin’’ is more than the sum of its parts. It’s kind of a way of life. It’s about bucking convention, taking chances, letting loose and being a little reckless at times. It’s certainly not for everyone, but for those of us born with a wild streak, it’s an important aspect of our live.”
Like an answer to a question, “Honky Tonkin’ in My Blood” examines a life of sneaking into taverns and listening to living room jam sessions and considers how both experiences and genetics can mold not only a person’s life but the music s/he creates.
Corey wrote, produced, and mixed all music from the Great Wide Underground. Written on the road and then tracked with his touring band at Lee Davis Studio in Maysville, GA, the project celebrates the raw authenticity that has become a trademark of Smith’s music. For more information about the Great Wide Underground in Corey’s own words, check out this
Multi-platinum entertainer Sara Evans traveled to Los Angeles this week where she appeared on “The Talk” (CBS) as guest co-host earlier today. Sara joined hosts Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne and Sheryl Underwood, along with guest co-host Dania Ramirez for the live talk show where they discussed current topics and interviewed the cast of The Conners. Sara was also surprised during the broadcast with a plaque for her R.I.A.A. GOLD certified album, Stronger, which includes the platinum-selling, two-week No. 1 single, “A Little Bit Stronger.” See the full show HERE and Sara’s Stronger surprise HERE.
Multi-platinum entertainer Sara Evans will guest co-host on “The Talk” next week, joining hosts Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood, and Eve for the live talk show airing Tuesday, November 13 at 2pm ET/1pm CT on CBS.
Clint Black and The 959 Group are thrilled to announce the new Clint Black musical, Looking for Christmas, will embark on a holiday tour in the 2019-20 season. The country music icon’s new American musical will make its world premiere November 20, 2018 at The Old Globe in San Diego. Tour cities and dates will be announced at a later date.
Inspired by Black’s 1995 chart-topping holiday album of the same name, Looking for Christmas is a new musical about family, loyalty, and the magic of Christmas. Amid the commotion of the holidays, Staff Sergeant Mike Randolf returns from Afghanistan and home to his family. But before Mike can open his heart to the joy and spirit of the season, he must make peace with the past and let go the ghosts of the battlefield. While Mike’s wife helps him readjust to civilian life, it’s their precocious young daughter’s sweet search for the true meaning of Christmas that leads the family toward healing. This heartwarming musical is sure to become an enduring holiday classic.
“I am thrilled to be able to take this musical on the road,” said Black. “The message, which was inspired by the sacrifices our servicemen and women and their families make, especially over the holidays, is something that we must always remember.”
Looking for Christmas features music and lyrics by Clint Black, a book by James D. Sasser with Clint Black, direction by Kent Nicholson, and music direction and supervision by Matt Hinkley. The tour is produced by The 959 Group (Kent Nicholson, James D. Sasser, Charles Vincent Burwell, Henry Ivey, and Juliet Ivey) and Clint Black with Executive Producer Greg Schaffert and General Manager Fifth Estate Entertainment (Nathan Gehan).
Looking for Christmas will premiere at The Old Globe in San Diego with performances beginning November 11 and now extended to December 31, 2018. Tickets are now available at TheOldGlobe.org.
For more information on Looking for Christmas, visit LookingForChristmasMusical.com.
Multi-platinum entertainer Sara Evans is offering a vulnerable, acoustic performance for her haunting hit, “All The Love You Left Me.” Following her headlining run on CMT’s Next Women of Country Tour earlier this year, the “artist in full musical flight” (Associated Press) visited CMT’s 330 Studios in Nashville to film a live performance music video with her band, including siblings Matt Evans and Lesley Evans Lyons and son, Avery. The clip will debut Monday, October 22 as part of digital music series “CMT Next Women of Country Live 2018 on CMT.com. In addition, an acoustic version of the song is available now at saraevans.co/ATLYLMa.
Originally released on her recent album Words, the song has been spinning on Sirius XM’s Y2Kountry since February. While the song written by Ben West, Hillary Lindsey and Gordie Sampson, implies an abandoned love, Sara was compelled to sing it for a friend at home in Birmingham, Alabama who had recently lost their child to cancer.
As Sara’s eight album catalog crosses the 100 million stream mark on Spotify, Sirius XM has started spinning “Long Way Down,” also found on her album Words, on Y2Kountry (Channel 61). And starting next month, she’ll return for another holiday season of her popular, limited engagement At Christmas Tour, kicking off November 24 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Tickets for Limited-Engagement Dates are on sale Friday at SaraEvans.com
Sara Evans is returning again this year for another holiday season of her popular, limited-engagement At Christmas Tour, with festive shows created to get fans of all ages into the spirit of the season. Tickets are available starting Friday, August 31 at SaraEvans.com. Special guests, California country trio Fairground Saints, will open all shows of the holiday tour.
THE BROADCAST PREMIERE INCLUDES PERFORMANCES BY CHARLIE DANIELS, THE CHARLIE DANIELS BAND, SARA EVANS, ALABAMA, BILLY F GIBBONS, BLACKBERRY SMOKE, CHRIS YOUNG, CHRIS JANSON, JUSTIN MOORE, LEE BRICE, LYNYRD SKYNYRD, RICKY SKAGGS, THE OAK RIDGE BOYS, TRAVIS TRITT, & MANY MORE
Blackbird Presents and AXS TV are proud to announce the broadcast premiere and music release of Volunteer Jam XX: A Tribute To Charlie. The broadcast and music release features a collection of legendary singers, songwriters, and superstars who came together to celebrate Charlie Daniels’ twentieth Volunteer Jam at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee this March. AXS TV will premiere the two-hour broadcast on Sunday, August 19 at 10PM ET, and Blackbird Presents will release a two-CD set of select songs which is available for immediate preorder on August 13, 2018.
Volunteer Jam XX: A Tribute To Charliebroadcast special features captivating performances, in-depth interviews, and behind-the-scenes footage with Charlie Daniels, The Charlie Daniels Band, Alabama, Billy F Gibbons, Blackberry Smoke, Chris Young, Chris Janson, Chuck Leavell, Devon Allman, Duane Betts, Eddie Montgomery, Justin Moore, Lee Brice, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ricky Skaggs, Sara Evans, Steep Canyon Rangers, The Oak Ridge Boys, and Travis Tritt. Performances include a range of classics, such as "The Devil Went Down To Georgia" (performed by Charlie Daniels & The Charlie Daniels Band), "Mountain Music" (Performed by ALABAMA), "La Grange" (Performed by Billy F Gibbons), and an all-star grand finale performance of "One Way Out."
Keith Wortman is the creator and executive producer of the show. GRAMMY® Award-winner Don Was served as music director.
“We were honored to produce Volunteer Jam XX: A Tribute To Charlie, of one of the most special southern rock, soul, and blues most special music traditions,” says Keith Wortman, Executive Producer. “This broadcast premiere and release captures all of the excitement for music fans around the world.”
Georgia-based singer/songwriter Corey Smith shows off his sentimental side with the release of his new song “Halfway Home” from his unfolding project, the Great Wide Underground. On the heels of his middle-finger-waving single, "Empty Rooms," “Halfway Home” makes a 180 degree turn and dives into the struggle of being a full time touring artist, husband, and father of two. With touching lyrics and a production that sounds like a Sunday drive, "Halfway Home" is now available at smarturl.it/CSHalfwayHome.
This might seem like my choice to you
But leaving’s something that your dad has gotta do
And it’s nothing we can’t make it through
“In my experience, I’ve found that the most meaningful songs are usually the easiest ones to write,” says Smith. “They reveal themselves quickly, as if the words are there waiting to be given voice. Creating them feels more like remembering than inventing and their completion comes with a powerful sense of euphoria, as if a weight has been lifted. That’s how “Halfway Home” was. It was the easiest song I’ve written in a long time and, not coincidentally, it’s a song that will mean a great deal to me and my family for years to come. Now that it’s out in the world, I sincerely hope others find meaning in it as well.”
Listen now: smarturl.it/CSHalfwayHome
President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will celebrate Independence Day at the White House by welcoming military families to the South Lawn for an afternoon picnic. In the evening, staff and guests will join the military families to enjoy the traditional fireworks display provided by the National Park Service.
The President and First Lady are excited to extend this year’s Fourth of July celebration to people across the country through a television partnership that will allow viewers to take part in special live performances on the South Lawn of the White House. Hosted by the National Park Service, and the National Park Foundation, the 90 minute event will feature live performances from musical artists Sara Evans, pianist Lola Astanova, former American Idol finalist Jax, recent American Idol contestant Jonny Brenns, “The President’s Own” United States Marines Band, The United States Navy Band Sea Chanters, and The United States Air Force Band’s Max Impact.
“I’m delighted to welcome this new addition to the annual White House July 4th celebration,” said First Lady Melania Trump. “Americans will be able to tune in from their homes and be part of the festivities. Thank you to the National Park Service, the National Park Foundation, and the event sponsors for helping make this possible.”
The program is set to start at 8:00p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the Hallmark Channel.
Award-winning artist, highly regarded guitarist, and hit songwriter, Steve Wariner was honored with the 2018 CRB Artist Career Achievement Award during the Country Radio Hall of Fame awards and induction ceremony held at the Vanderbilt Marriott in Nashville, Tennessee on June 20, 2018.
CRB Executive Director Bill Mayne presented Wariner with the award, which is given to an individual artist or act that, through their creativity, vision, performance or leadership has made a significant contribution to the development and promotion of Country music and Country radio. Country superstars and friends of Wariner’s, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood made a surprise appearance to honor Wariner on his special night.
Wariner commented, saying “What an honor it was to receive the Career Achievement Award last night. I’m incredibly grateful to all of Country Radio for supporting me throughout my career, Bill Mayne, R.J. Curtis, and Kurt Johnson for thinking of me for such an honor, and to Garth and Trisha for surprising me with their attendance. Them being there was truly the cherry on top of a very special evening.”
GRAMMY award winning, country music icon, Clint Black will welcome his wife Lisa Hartman Black to the stage for Christmas-inspired performances this December. With more dates to be added, “A Clint Black Christmas” will hit Fort Worth, TX, Dallas, TX and Charles Town, WV. The holiday-themed show will include a sampling of Clint Black fan favorites as well as music from both of his Christmas albums: Christmas with You and Looking for Christmas.
“I always look forward to the chance to play songs from my Christmas collection at these holiday shows,” shares Black. “This year, I am overjoyed to have Lisa joining me on stage on some dates. Along with performing our past duets, I refashioned a song from my Christmas collection into a duet for my musical, Looking for Christmas. We’re excited to share that one with the audiences.”
News of the on-stage Christmas collaboration comes several weeks after Black announced the debut of his first musical, Looking for Christmas. Based on the music from the album of the same name, the musical follows the story of Staff Sergeant Mike Randolf and his family as they settle back into life after he returns from Afghanistan. His youngest daughter’s search for the true meaning of Christmas helps him make peace with his past on the battlefield. Looking for Christmas: The Musical will open at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, CA on November 20th and run through December 16th.
CLINT BLACK CHRISTMAS PERFORMANCES:
December 2nd Fort Worth, TX
December 3rd Dallas, TX
December 7th & 8th Charles Town, WV
It is one of the most storied careers in modern music. Clint Black surged to superstardom as part of the fabled Class of '89, reaching #1 with five consecutive singles from his triple-platinum debut, Killin' Time. He followed that with the triple-platinum Put Yourself in My Shoes, and then a string of platinum and gold albums throughout the '90s. Perhaps most impressively, Black wrote or co-wrote every one of his more than three dozen chart hits, including "A Better Man," "Where Are You Now," "When My Ship Comes In," "A Good Run of Bad Luck," "Summer's Comin'," "Like the Rain" and "Nothin' But the Taillights," part of a catalog that produced 22 #1 singles and made him one of the most successful singer/songwriters of the modern era.
Along the way, Black has sold over 20 million records, earned more than a dozen gold and platinum awards in the U.S. and Canada, landed nearly two dozen major awards and nominations, including more than a dozen GRAMMY nominations, and earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
As an actress, Lisa Hartman Black rose to prominence on Knots Landing and is the only prime-time TV character to be killed off one season and brought back by popular demand as a different character. Her first duet with husband Clint Black, “When I Said I Do,” reached Number 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts and was ultimately nominated for a Grammy Award. In 2005 the duet was ranked #11 on CMT’s 100 Greatest Duets in Country Music. Their second duet, “Easy for Me to Say” reached Number 27 on the country music charts.
For more information on Clint Black please visit www.clintblack.com.
Nashville, TN – June 1, 2018 – Edinburgh-born and Nashville-based engineer/producer Simon Reid has reimagined Sara Evans’ smoldering hit “Marquee Sign,” giving the ACM and CMA Award-winning country music star’s single an EDM, Hot AC and Pop/Funk twist with three remixed versions of the song available now at saraevans.co/MarqueeSignRemixes.
“Marquee Sign” is originally found on Evans’ critically acclaimed album Words, produced by the singer/songwriter along with Mark Bright. The song, written by Evans with Jimmy Robbins and Heather Morgan, warns of love gone wrong. Reid's Red (EDM), Yellow (Pop/Funk) and Blue (Hot AC) remixes showcase various sonic and rhythmic elements of the song while shining a spotlight on its emotional lyrics and Sara’s soaring vocals.
“My roots are in Country and Bluegrass, but I’ve always been a fan of multiple genres of music and grew up being exposed to and loving Pop, Rock, R&B, and so much more,” shared Evans. “I truly believe that a great lyric can be taken in different directions and really love what Simon did with showcasing three totally different sounds from one original song. I hope my current fans and new fans alike have fun with these remixes!”
Dancer Charity Lynn Baroni, who has appeared in countless music videos, concert tours and TV appearances with Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, Katy Perry, Flo Rida and more, choreographed Simon Reid’s Yellow remix in a captured with performers from Millenium Dance Complex in Nashville. This wasn’t Baroni’s first time teaming up with Evans — she also choreographed the multi-platinum star’s for “Marquee Sign.” Learn the dance at saraevans.co/CBYellowRemix.
Next week Sara heads to CMA Music Festival in Nashville where she’ll talk about the making of her latest album, Words, in a presentation from the CMA Close Up stage inside Fan Fair X on Thursday, June 7. That same day she’ll take part in autograph sessions at the Opry’s Nashville Collection (120 2ndAve N) and the CMA booth at Xfinity Fan Fair X (201 5thAve S).
Multi-platinum country music star Sara Evans will receive the 2018 Service to America Leadership Award from the NAB Education Foundation (NABEF). Evans will receive the award at NABEF’s Celebration of Service to America Awards on June 12 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C.
The Service to America Leadership Award recognizes individuals and organizations responsible for improving the lives of others through extraordinary public service. It is considered NABEF’s highest individual honor.
Evans holds five number one country singles including “No Place That Far,” “Suds in the Bucket,” “A Real Fine Place to Start,” “Born to Fly” and “A Little Bit Stronger.” She performs nearly 100 shows a year and in 2018 headlined the “CMT Next Women of Country Tour.” Her music has earned her the prestigious Academy of Country Music Top Female vocalist accolade and Country Music Association Video of the Year trophy, as well as numerous American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards and Grammy Awards nominations. Her most recent studio album, “Words,” debuted at number two on Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart.
In addition to her country music career, Evans serves as a Red Cross ambassador and in 2008 was presented with the disaster-relief organization’s national Crystal Cross award for her advocacy efforts. Also, she recently raised more than $10,000 for the CMA Foundation, which helps fund quality and sustainable music education programs throughout the U.S.
“Sara Evans continues to grace the country music charts with her stunning voice and lyrical authenticity to the delight of fans everywhere,” said NABEF President Marcellus Alexander. “She also gives voice to a diverse group of causes working to make our world a better place. It is an honor to present her with NABEF’s highest award.”
Evans has also provided support for groups such as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Children’s Miracle Network, Alabama Forever and the Children’s Hospital in Birmingham.
Additional Service to America award winners are listed here.
Evans will perform a small selection of songs at the event. Press interested in covering the Celebration of Service to America Awards can contact Dan Lemle.
About The Celebration of Service to America Awards
The Celebration of Service to America Awards are sponsored and produced by NABEF with major support from the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), Bonneville International and Hearst Television. In recent years, Jon Bon Jovi; Sharon Stone; Gary Sinise; Paul Simon; Stevie Wonder; Glenn Close; Jeff Bridges; Quincy Jones; Sir Elton John; Bill Clinton; Laura Bush; Muhammad Ali; among others, have been presented with the Celebration of Service to America Leadership Award at the event. Details about the Celebration of Service to America Awards are available at www.nabef.org/sta.
The National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to reinforcing the future of broadcasting through a commitment to education and to advancing excellence in the diversity and community service efforts of our industry. Learn more at www.nabef.org.
The National Association of Broadcasters is the premier advocacy association for America's broadcasters. NAB advances radio and television interests in legislative, regulatory and public affairs. Through advocacy, education and innovation, NAB enables broadcasters to best serve their communities, strengthen their businesses and seize new opportunities in the digital age. Learn more at www.nab.org.
The Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. have announced Steve Wariner as the recipient of the 2018 CRB Artist Career Achievement Award, and Charlie Morgan as the recipient of the 2018 President’s Award. Both awards will be presented during the Country Radio Hall of Fame Dinner and Awards ceremony, to be held on Wednesday, June 20that 6 p.m. CDT at the Marriott Nashville (Vanderbilt, 2555 West End Avenue, Nashville, Tenn.).
Twenty albums into his five-decade career, 2018 CRB Artist Career Achievement Award recipient, Steve Wariner has become a modern-day multi-genre icon earning fourteen #1 hits, over 30 Top 10 hits, three Gold albums, four GRAMMY Awards, three CMA Awards, one ACM Award, a Christian Country Music Association Award, a TNN/Music City News Award, a CMA Triple Play award, and 15 BMI Million-Air Awards. He is a member of the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame, the National Thumbpickers Hall of Fame, the Music City Walk of Fame, and one of only five guitar players in the world to be given the "Certified Guitar Player" (CGP) award by Chet Atkins. The now Grand Ole Opry member was discovered by the legendary Dottie West at just 17 years old as he played a set in an Indiana club. West hired him on the spot to be her bass player. Upon accepting the offer, Wariner played bass for three years with her before his next gig playing in Grand Ole Opry member, Bob Luman’s band and was a featured musician on Luman’s Alive and Well record, which was produced by Johnny Cash. Working with Luman’s band led to Wariner being commissioned by his idol Chet Atkins to play bass in his band. It was Atkins that eventually signed Wariner to his first recording contract at RCA in 1977 and produced Wariner’s first recording session at the historic RCA Studio B.
The CRB Artist Career Achievement Award is presented to an individual artist or act that, through their creativity, vision, performance or leadership has made a significant contribution to the development and promotion of country music and country radio.
“Steve Wariner is still enjoying of one of the most amazing careers in Country music history; singer, songwriter, Grand Ole Opry member, contributor to his fellow artists, and a member of the most prestigious clubs for extraordinary guitarists. All of this in addition to being the best friend any one on earth could be blessed to have!” says Bill Mayne, Executive Director of CRB.
Charlie Morgan is Senior Vice President/Market Manager of Emmis New York, which includes WBLS, WLIB and WQHT. Morgan has supervisory responsibility for Emmis-Indianapolis, which includes WIBC, WFNI, WYXB, WLHK and Network Indiana. A Butler University graduate, Morgan has over 35 years of radio experience, the first 23 years with Susquehanna (now Cumulus) Radio, (WFMS/WJJK/WISG) in roles from Morning host to SVP/Market Manager. In 2007, Morgan joined the team at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway, serving as President and COO of IMS Productions. In 2009, he returned to radio joining the Emmis team managing the Indianapolis cluster for seven years (WLHK, WIBC, WYXB, WFNI) and now the Emmis New York cluster (WBLS, WQHT, WLIB.) Additionally, in 2013 Morgan formed the Rith Group, a marketing consulting agency with longtime associate Bob Richards. Morgan has been widely recognized for his leadership in Radio, honored on multiple occasions as one of the top Managers in radio, most recently in 2016. Also named the 2013 Country Aircheck/Country Radio Broadcaster’s Large Market Manager of the year and the 2012 Radio Wayne Award winner for Market Manager of the Year. Additionally, Morgan has received the CMA Large Market Personality of the Year Award in his on-air role and been General Manager of stations receiving multiple CMA, ACM and Marconi Awards for Station of the Year. Morgan has served the industry as President of the Board of the Country Radio Broadcasters, and is a current Board Member of the Country Music Association, the New York Market Radio Group (NYMRAD), and the New York State Broadcast Association. In addition to his industry involvement, Morgan is active in the community. He currently serves on the Boards of Heartland Films, and Classical Music Indy. Morgan was past Chairman of the 500 Festival Board of Directors.
CRB/CRS President, Kurt Johnson comments, “Charlie is simply one of the best at what he does. And he does a lot. It’s hard to think of anyone who’s made more impact as a leader across a diverse list of organizations in and around Country Radio, earning accolades at every step. He’s been a fixture at CRB and CRS for years and is a good friend to artists, managers, labels, DJs…basically pro’s in every part of Country music. Charlie personifies the spirit of CRS and I’m proud to give him the President’s Award on behalf or the CRB Board.”
The Country Radio Hall of Fame event will also honor the “Class of 2018” radio inductees that were announced during Country Radio Seminar (CRS) 2018. Seven on-air personalities and two off-air broadcasters will be honored and include Radio category honorees Michael O'Malley of the Albright, O'Malley & Brenner consulting firm, and the late Lisa McKay, VP/Programming at Curtis Media/Raleigh, who doubled as PD for WQDR. The On-Air Personality category includes Andy Ritchie and Alison Mencer ("Andy & Alison") formerly of WIVK/Knoxville; Steve Harmon and Scott Evans ("Harmon And Evans") formerly of KPLX/Dallas and WXTU/Philadelphia; and Bill Barrett, Tim Fox, and Tracy Berry ("Barrett, Fox, And Berry) still active at KKNU/Eugene, OR.
The Country Radio Hall of Fame is dedicated to the recognition of those individuals who have made significant contributions to the radio industry over a 20-year period, 15 of which must be in the Country format. The Country Radio Hall of Fame was founded in 1974 to recognize outstanding individuals working in the broadcasting industry who are promoting the Country radio format.