Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Core Panel Moderators Announced For Country Radio Seminar 2015

Core Panel Moderators Announced For
Country Radio Seminar 2015
(Nashville, Tenn. – Aug. 26, 2014)  The core panel moderators have been announced for Country Radio Seminar 2015.  Collectively, the core moderators will oversee and direct the bulk of the educational panels throughout the seminar, which will be held Feb. 25-27 inside the downtown Nashville Convention Center. 
The CRS 2015 core moderators are Beverlee Brannigan (Vice President of Programming for Journal Broadcast Group) Erica Farber (President and CEO of Radio Advertising Bureau/New York), Dan Halyburton (Falls Media Group), Lon Helton (Editor and Publisher, Country Aircheck/Nashville) and Gregg Lindahl (40-year radio veteran).
"Our development of the core panel of moderators has led to exceptional panel discussions over the past four years,” stated CRS Executive Director, Bill Mayne.  “These individuals have been gracious and giving in sharing their talents of facilitation in delivering meaningful panel ‘take away’ results for all attendees!"
Beverlee Brannigan is Vice President of Programming for Journal Broadcast Group. She also serves as General Manager of Journal's Wichita cluster, including legendary country station KFDI.  Beverlee was inducted into the Country Radio Hall of Fame in 2012.
Erica Farber is the President and CEO of Radio Advertising Bureau.  Most recently, she was the CEO of 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. In 2000, she 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.
Dan Halyburton has 44 years of service in radio. He has been a pioneer in country radio programming, management and digital media. He is a member of the Country Radio Hall of Fame and the Texas Radio Hall of Fame. Halyburton is a member of the ownership team for Falls Media Group with FMs in Wichita Falls, Texas. 
Lon Helton's 42-year industry career began as a disc jockey in Monmouth, IL.  He has been named the CMA's National Broadcast Personality of the Year six times and ACM National Broadcast Personality of the Year three times. He has also hosted a variety of nationally syndicated Country radio shows since 1984, including Country Close-up, Nashville Live, Country Star Traks and Listen In. For the last 22 years, he has hosted WestwoodOne's Country Countdown USA and Country’s Inside Trak, while also hosting Country specials for a variety of syndicators. Helton is also the Editor and Publisher of Country Aircheck. He was inducted into the Country Music DJ Hall of Fame in 2006.
Gregg Lindahl retired from a 40-year media career that began as a country music DJ at age 15, and ended as Senior Vice President for Digital and Strategy at Cox Media Group.  Lindahl programmed country stations in Nashville and Oklahoma City; he managed stations in Charlotte, Dallas, Portland and Chicago.  He led a consumer market research company and an Internet start-up.  He is a past CMA Board Member.  Since retiring, he has become an inadvertent consultant to a handful of digital start-ups and is an angel investor.
Country Radio Seminar is the world’s largest Country radio event.  The event is always packed full of great performances, educational seminars, intriguing panels and networking opportunties.  The CRS 2015 early bird registration rate of $399 is now available at  
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. CRS 2015 will be held Feb. 25-27, 2015. Visit for more information. Like CRS on Facebook and follow CRS on Twitter (Hashtag #CRS2015).

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