• July 27, 2017
    Nothing To See Here

    Wow. Declaring "sexism." Like yelling "fire" in a theater. Such a dangerous, volatile word to use so recklessly.

    But Rolling Stone (RS) went there. According to them, female artists aren't played enough and don't achieve #1 hits like the guys do, especially when some are posting strong album sales, and it's all Country radio's fault – part of some maniacal agenda. Last week's piece cited Miranda Lambert's "Weight Of These Wings" album – which was recently certified platinum – as an example, in spite of Country radio's alleged non-support of singles "Vice," "We Should Be Friends," and the current "Tin Man."

    I have so many thoughts on this conspiracy theory – which I'll get to – but as far as any bias, gender or otherwise, I think Hall Country WCTK/Providence PD Bob Walker spoke best on behalf of programmers everywhere on his recent Facebook post while reacting to the RS piece, "The word sexist today is golden in driving page views…If only they knew radio would play ANYTHING that drives ratings – that is the only agenda in Country radio."

  • Eighty-nine days. That's how long Christie Matthews' retirement from radio lasted. Not that anybody was counting. Okay, maybe one person. When she stepped down from a hectic, high-pressure role as OM for the six-station Saga/Jonesboro, AR cluster, which included ...

  • For Tony Randall and Kris Rochester, known as "Tony & Kris" on the radio for the past 25 years, it was a happy – albeit short – ending. A mere 46 days, to be exact. This week, the pair were anointed successors to the retiring, 20-year morning team of Andy & Alison ...

  • From now on, whatever Brian Gary is selling, I'm buying in large quantities; I'm all in. Also, let me pass along this bit of advice for any of you whose company holds annual meetings and attempts to dazzle you with rah-rah motivational speakers on the last session of the ...

  • Friday's (6/16) chain of events in Sacramento involving Lindsay Ell, KNCI, KBEB, and KNTY is another cautionary tale for radio programmers in competitive situations, and should be filed under the category of, "what could possibly go wrong?" To recap, after previously ...

  • June 16, 2017
    "Rock On, Linda"

    "She died trying." That's Jeff Young, husband of WYCD/Detroit afternoon co-host Linda Lee, recalling the final hours of her battle with cancer – one she ultimately could not win. Determined to accept her 2017 Academy Of Country Music Broadcast Award for Major Market ...

  • While watching the “CMT Music Awards” last night, comfortably situated in the La-Z-Boy Command Center at home, I tapped out the following observations on my iPhone: Flip the script and make Keith Urban/Carrie Underwood's "The Fighter" a power ballad? Damn. Gave the ...

  • I got to know Joe Wade Formicola – who passed away suddenly this week at the age of 69 – on a personal level during the past few years or so, but I certainly knew OF him for decades. Dating back to the late 80s and early 90s, he was a hugely popular morning ...

  • Luke Combs’ debut album for River House/Columbia Nashville, “This One’s For You,” isn’t just solid – it’s fantastic. As we approach the middle of 2017, Combs is comfortably in the clubhouse with one of the top five albums of the year – according to me. ...

  • May 19, 2017
    Thinking Strait

    Getting my arms around the idea that George Strait is now 65 years old is hard. Nearly impossible, actually. I accept it as fact, because his birthday was this week – and always has been May 18th – but he’s been kind of an ageless, timeless fixture in Country music ...

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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