Core Panel Moderators Announced For Country Radio Seminar 50th Anniversary Event

Five Country Radio industryveterans have been selected to moderate all panels to be held during Country Radio Seminar’s 50th Anniversary event, CRB, Inc.® announced today. The five individuals chosen as moderators are Tom Baldrica (Midwest Communications), Becky Brenner  (Albright & O’Malley & Brenner), Beverlee Brannigan (SummitMedia), Erica Farber (Radio Advertising Bureau), and Bob Richards (Emmis-Indianapolis).

five moderators will share the responsibility of overseeing and
directing the educational panels over three days at CRS 2019, to be held
Feb. 13-15, at the Omni Nashville.  All moderators are returning and
have served in previous years. 

About the Moderators:

Tom Baldricawas the first program director and afternoon air personality at
K100/USA Radio from 1987-1993.  In 1993, he joined BNA Records as the
Southeast Region Promotion Manager.  In 1997, he was promoted to Vice
President National Promotion BNA Records. In 2006, Tom was elevated to
Vice President of Marketing Sony Music Nashville, (which included the
Arista Nashville, BNA Records, Columbia Records and RCA Records
imprints), where he directed the artist development, media, creative and
strategic marketing departments—working with Kenny Chesney, Miranda
Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Jake Owen and more. In 2010,
Tom was named President, Average Joes Entertainment, in Nashville, TN.
 In 2012, he was named Vice President, Radio Promotion & Marketing
for Show Dog-Universal Records. In 2015 Midwest Communications created
the position of Corporate Country Brand Strategist for him.

Becky Brenner, Consulting Partner at Albright & O’Malley & Brenner, has
over 40 years of experience in radio.  She has held management,
programming and on-air positions with Midwest Family, EZ Communications,
ARS, Infinity, and CBS.  Her primary station for 26 years was 94.KMPS-FM
(Seattle), the 2004 CMA and the 2010 ACM Major Market Station of the
Year.  She was also awarded the 2010 MIW Radio Group’s “Achievement in
Programming” Award. Brenner was listed as one of the Top PD’s (of all
formats) in America by Radio Ink Magazine and has been named Radio Ink’s
No. 1 Country Programmer five times including recognition as one of
this year’s “Most Influential Women in Radio.”  She has served on the
Country Radio Broadcasters Board of Directors for over 16 years (three
years as President) and is a thirteen-year member of the CMA Board of

Beverlee Brannigan is
VP/GM for the five SummitMedia radio stations in Wichita, Kansas and in
her spare time serves as a VP/Programming for SummitMedia.  Brannigan’s
career includes successes as air talent and programmer before moving to
the general manager’s chair in 2014.  In 2012 Brannigan was inducted
into the Country Radio Hall of Fame.

Erica Farberis
the President and CEO of the Radio Advertising Bureau and leads Radio’s
advocacy efforts by helping to drive business, grow advertising
revenue, and communicate Radio’s digital transition. Farber joined the
organization in January 2012, as Executive Vice President, responsible
for membership, services, and professional development.  Most recently,
she was the CEO of the radio consulting and Internet service provider,
The Farber Connection LLC, a firm she founded in 2010.  During her
fifteen-year tenure at Radio & Records, Farber held various
positions including COO, President, Publisher, and CEO. Farber has held
nearly every position in Radio Sales & Management including rising
through the ranks at the INTEREP Companies and serving as Executive Vice
President/Radio Development Director. During the early years of her
career, she held positions at KRTH-FM, KABC-TV, and KIIS-AM in Los
Angeles.  Her radio management career grew quickly when she was
appointed General Sales Manager and General Manager of WROR-FM in Boston
in the same year. Her success then led to an appointment as Vice
President/General Manager of WXLO-FM, In New York. In 2000, Ms. Farber
received an American Broadcast Pioneer Award from the Broadcasters’
Foundation and has consistently been voted one of “The Most Influential
Women in Radio” by the readers of Radio Ink Magazine. In 2009 she was
awarded the inaugural Trailblazer award by the Mentoring & Inspiring
Women in Radio Group, a group she was a founding member of in its
inception in 1999.  In 2012 she was named one of the Giants of
Broadcasting by the Library of American Broadcasting. She currently
serves as Chair of the Radio Creative Fund. She serves as a Director on
the following Boards: Advertising Week, Broadcasters Foundation of
America and the Library of American Broadcasting. She is also on the
Alliance for Women in Media advisory board.

Bob Richards is
Vice President/Market Manager for Emmis Indianapolis, which includes
WLHK (HANK-FM) WYXB, WIBC, WFNI, and Network Indiana. Richards has over
30 years of radio experience including on-air, program director,
operations manager and market manager for Susquehanna Radio (WFMS, WJJK,
and WRWM,) Cumulus and now Emmis Communications. Richards has appeared
on the Radio Ink list of top country program directors multiple times
and in 2014 was named Radio Ink’s top medium market program director in
all formats. The stations he has programmed have won multiple CMA Large
Market Station of the Year awards, multiple ACM Large Market Station of
the Year Awards and multiple NAB Marconi Awards. Since 2016 Richards has
served as the co-host of the nationally syndicated show “Investing
Sense” airing in over 70 markets nationwide. Additionally, in 2013
Richards formed the Rith Group, a marketing consulting agency with
longtime associate Charlie Morgan.  

Country Radio Seminar 2019 will be held Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, through Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, at
the luxurious Omni Nashville, in the heart of downtown Nashville.  The
three-day convention is the premier educational and networking event for
Country radio and music industry professionals, offering attendees
access to informative panels, countless networking opportunities,
prominent speakers, research presentations and intimate performances
from some of today’s biggest stars and emerging artists.Panels at CRS cover a broad range of topics relevant to today’s Country
radio industry, including social media and digital innovations, PPM,
brand strategies, leadership skills, consumer research studies, the
relationships and economics of the radio and record industries and much
more. This year marks the 50th annual Country Radio Seminar. Registration for Country Radio Seminar (CRS) 2019 is currently available at the rate of $599 (Registerhere). Tickets to the New Faces of Country Music show are already sold out, and no longer available for purchase with registration packages.

For more information, visit, and follow CRS on Facebook,Twitter (Hashtag #CRS50) andInstagram.  Additional information can be obtained by calling 615-327-4487.

About Country Radio Seminar:Country Radio Seminar is an annual convention designed to educate and
promote the exchange of ideas and business practices in the Country
music industry, with specific emphasis on issues relevant to Country
radio. Country Radio Seminar 2019 is set for Feb. 13-15, 2019 at the
Omni Nashville.  

About Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc.®:
The Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc.® is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit
organization founded in 1969 to bring radio broadcasters from around the
world together with the Country Music Industry to ensure the vitality
and promote growth in the Country Radio format. 

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