Inaugural webinar will examine country music’s gender imbalance in two-part series.
Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. has launched "CRS360," a new webinar series that addresses current issues and trends in the country music community. The monthly program will launch with “A Discussion of Gender Balance at Country Radio: Part 1” on May 23 at 2 p.m. CT.
The inaugural webinar will serve as a deep dive into the gender imbalance at country radio. Panelists will include Stone Door Media Lab's Jeff Green, Vanderbilt University Postdoctorual Scholar Rachel Skaggs, Ph.D., and Cumulus dir. Nash programming and WKDF/Nashville PD John Shomby. The program will be moderated by SummitMedia vp/programming Beverlee Brannigan.
CRB executive director RJ Curtis tells Billboard the plan for each webinar is to provide information and facilitate a discussion within the industry. Curtis further explains that the first topic will include Green providing historical information of percentages and performances of radio airplay from each gender while Skaggs, a professor of sociology at Vanderbilt University, will share how the cultural perspective can effect what is currently happening within the country industry. Radio veteran Shomby will also explain his measurables as a program director as it relates to the topic at hand.