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Monday, May 6 • 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Radio SuperSession

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Broadcast radio rates #1 in several music related categories; it commands more weekly listening hours than either YouTube, or Spotify, or Pandora. Radio has a larger audience for music than any streaming service, and depending on whose numbers you believe, a larger audience than all of the music streaming services combined. Radio also claims to be the leading source for music discovery, and it’s essential in providing a platform for artists to talk with their fan base.

Yet, “radio” gets no respect.

There is a furious debate about the future of radio. Some pundits argue that radio is heading for obsolescence, thanks to changing car tech, smart speakers and streaming service penetration among youngsters. “Radio” points to its local connections, personalities, programming and digital footprint as reasons why the future is bright.

The panel will look at the numbers and have a healthy panel discussion to uncover:
• What is really happening with radio listeners- what are the facts?
• How will radio adapt to the changing digital footprint and evolving tech?
• How is Country radio affected, and what’s this mean for Country broadcasters?
• How does the music industry stand to benefit?
• What are the risks to the music industry if radio becomes diminished?

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Russ Crupnick

Managing Partner, MusicWatch
Russ Crupnick is Managing Partner of MusicWatch, a company dedicated to marketing research and industry analysis for the music and entertainment industry. Crupnick has focused his work on emerging digital music and video behaviors, high definition media, trends in cross-entertainment... Read More →

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Caroline Beasley

CEO, Beasley Media Group
Caroline Beasley is CEO of Beasley Media Group, which owns and operates many radio stations throughout the country. Prior to her role as CEO, Beasley served as interim CEO, EVP, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary. She currently serves as the Joint Board Chair of the... Read More →
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Johnny Chiang

Director of Operations, Cox Media Group Houston
Johnny Chiang is Director of Operation for Cox Media Group Houston, which is comprised of Houston-area radio stations including KKBQ Country, KGLK Classic Rock, and KTHT Classic Country. Prior to taking on this role in 2000, he served as Program Director for iHeart Los Angeles and... Read More →
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Kristen Williams

SVP of Radio & Streaming, Warner Bros. Nashville
Kristen Williams is SVP of Radio and Streaming for Warner Bros. Nashville. Williams has overseen the promotion efforts of some of Country Music’s hottest current artists, including Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney, Brett Eldredge, Cole Swindell, Dan + Shay, Chris Janson, and newcomers... Read More →

Monday May 6, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm CDT