The 50th Annual Country Radio Seminar kicked off on Wednesday at Nashville’s Omni Hotel with a first day packed full of awards, live music, special appearances and more.
Warner Music Nashville hosted the luncheon along with a showcase of exceptional talent for the attendees that included Devin Dawson, Ashley McBryde, Cole Swindell, Chris Janson, Morgan Evans, Cody Johnson, and Dan + Shay.
During the luncheon, Dierks Bentley also presented Blake Shelton with this year’s Humanitarian Award. Following the presentation, Blake did an acoustic set for the attendees that included “Austin” and “Ol’ Red.”
Later that day, during the opening ceremonies Dan + Shay revealed the 2019 Country Radio Hall of Fame inductees. Two on-air personalities and four off-air broadcasters will be honored. The 2019 Country Radio Hall of Fame Class includes Radio category honorees include Mac Daniels (KPLX and KSCS/Dallas) formerly KALM, KBOX/Dallas, KPLX, WMXQ/Washington, KASE & KVET/Austin, WYCD/Detroit, iHeartMedia, KSKS/Fresno, and NASH-FM/San Francisco, Bobby Denton (WIVK/Knoxville), Jeff Garrison (KCYY/Cox Media), formerly KKBQ, WESC, WFNQ/Greenville, KMLE/Phoenix, KILT, and Gregg Lindahl (Cox Media) formerly KOMA/Oklahoma City, WSM-AM/FM, WKY, WSOC-A/F/Charlotte, KUPL/Portland, and WKXK/Chicago. The Air Personality category includes Charlie Monk (SiriusXM’s “Willie’s Roadhouse”) formerly of WGEA/Geneva, AL, WMTS; and Kyle Cantrell (SiriusXM) formerly WMTS/Murfreesboro, WSM-AM/Nashville, and WKDF/Nashville.
The Country Radio Hall of Fame is dedicated to the recognition of those individuals who have made significant contributions to the radio industry over a 20-year period, 15 of which must be in the Country format. The Country Radio Hall of Fame Induction and Dinner will be held in Nashville on Wednesday, June 19th, at a location to be announced soon.
That evening, Amazon Music hosted “Country Heat” which brought to life the curated playlist. The two-hour showcase featured an amazing lineup of established and emerging artists, including Zac Brown Band, King Calaway, Adam Hambrick, HARDY, and Tenille Townes.