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  • November 3, 2017
    Here In The (Un)Real World

    UPDATE: As of 11:53a (CT) on Friday, (11/3), the CMA issued the following statement: "CMA apologizes for the recently distributed restrictions in the CMA Awards media guidelines, which have since been lifted. The sentiment was not to infringe and was created with the best of intentions to honor and celebrate Country Music."

    The CMA this week decided that, when it comes to the red carpet and backstage media room at the Wednesday, November 8th "51st Annual CMA Awards," the press shall be required to refrain from coverage (read: questions) regarding "the Las Vegas tragedy, gun rights, political affiliations, or topics of the like." (Gee, that last restriction is conveniently broad and open to interpretation). As an added bonus, anyone straying from these guidelines will be subjected to their credentials being, "reviewed, and potentially revoked, via security escort."

  • October 31, 2017
    "Murder," She Wrote

    It's been a rough few months or so down here on planet Earth. Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico devastated by hurricanes, wild fires out West, and, not to be outdone, Mexico chimed in with an 8.4 magnitude earthquake, followed by huge aftershocks and a possible tsunami. I ...

  • October 17, 2017
    Feel Good Story

    I looked up the definition of curmudgeon in the dictionary, and here's what I found: "An ill-tempered person, especially one who is habitually stubborn or grouchy." Somehow, Morris Management Group's Scot Michaels' picture did not accompany the above ...

  • October 6, 2017
    God Bless The Fans

    Fifty-eight people. You'd never have known a thing about them if Sunday's (10/1) horrific shooting in Las Vegas had never happened. The Route 91 Harvest Festival would have come and gone, and all 58 would have gone back home to their day-to-day routine, anonymous and ...

  • "That sound you heard was me breathing a huge sigh of relief … Damn. I feel really blessed right now." That was an email from CBS Radio Country KFRG/Riverside PD/morning personality Scott Ward. He'd just received word from a listener who won tickets to the Route 91 ...

  • September 28, 2017
    "Donald Trump Is On Line Two"

    Call me crazy, but I say Rick Burgess and Bill "Bubba" Bussey of the syndicated "Rick & Bubba" program just earned a fast-pass into the National Radio Hall Of Fame, Country Radio Hall Of Fame, NAB Broadcasting Hall Of Fame, the Alabama Radio Hall Of Fame, and even the ...

  • September 22, 2017
    The Strong, Silent Type

    Early in my radio career, I learned an important Programming 101 lesson: When your transmitter goes off the air, it's never good. Not even a teensy-weensy bit. My first-ever on-air/programming gig was at KDUO-F and KFXM-A/San Bernardino, and the owner was a man named ...

  • September 1, 2017
    What Now?

    You're an experienced Program Director with years under your belt in various market sizes, so when it comes to the so-called unexpected, you've been there, done that – right? Except for that time Hurricane Harvey came along. There's no blueprint, no playbook; not even ...

  • August 24, 2017
    A Swift Kick

    If the last 11 years – and more recently, the events in a Denver courtroom – have taught us anything, it is the following: this is Taylor Swift's world. You, me, and fellow, ordinary citizens of earth are merely renting blank space here. As a young artist, Swift ...

  • Of all the songs, from all the albums, spanning six decades of Glen Campbell’s prodigious and diverse output of music, how is it that “Dreams Of The Everyday Housewife” remains my all-time favorite? Released in 1968, it peaked at #3, so clearly, it was a popular, ...

About The Author
R.J. Curtis

RJ launched his radio career fresh out of high school and spent 30 years in the business, 27 exclusive to Country radio and a combined 17 years in three decades at Country KZLA /Los Angeles. His tenure there included every aspect of programming including weekends, mornings, APD/MD, PD and OM.

In the intervening years away from Los Angeles, he oversaw two additional, legendary radio brands as PD and OM of KNIX/Phoenix and KCYY/San Antonio, respectively. At each of his radio stops, these stations received industry recognition via CMA and/or ACM Station of the Year nominations and trophies. During his last stint at KZLA (2000-2006), RJ was recognized as one of Radio Ink's Top 10 Country PDs on four occasions.

His vast radio experience includes a year in syndication, serving as OM for the Blair Garner-hosted After Midnite.

In 2007, RJ transitioned to Radio & Records as Country Editor before joining Arista Nashville’s promotion team in 2009 after R&R ceased publication. A desire to return to trade publications united him with Country Aircheck in 2011 where he served as VP/Country. Now he is proud to join the All Access family as Nashville Editor and looks forward to continuing the strong Country brand established by his predecessor, Jim Asker.

During his 30-plus years in Country, RJ has served the industry as a board member of the CMA, ACM and Country Radio Seminar. He is a past President of CRS, its current VP and chairs the organization’s Country Radio Hall of Fame Committee.

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