Tuesday, August 16, 2011

CRB, Inc. to Honor The Judds, Joe Galante at Country Radio Hall of Fame Ceremony March 1

CRB, Inc. to Honor The Judds, Joe Galante at Country Radio Hall of Fame Ceremony March 1

CRB, Inc. to Honor The Judds, Joe Galante at Country Radio Hall of Fame Ceremony March 1

Hall of Fame tickets now on sale at CRB.org

(Nashville, TN – Nov. 29, 2010)  Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc.® has announced legendary mother-daughter duo The Judds as its 2011 CRB Career Achievement Award recipient and industry executive Joe Galante as the recipient of the CRB President’s Award.

The awards are presented each year at the Country Radio Hall of Fame Dinner and Awards ceremony.  This year’s awards are held on Tuesday, March 1, 2011, at 6 p.m. CST in the Nashville Convention Center Ballroom.  The event also serves as the unofficial kick-off to Country Radio Seminar, held March 2-4, 2011, in downtown Nashville, Tenn.

The CRB Career Achievement Award is presented to an individual artist or act that has made a significant contribution to the development and promotion of Country music and Country radio through their creativity, vision, performance or leadership.  The 2011 CRB Career Achievement Award recipient is The Judds.

“Since their arrival on the Country music scene in the early ‘80s, The Judds have been trailblazers, trendsetters and hit-makers, and they are still entertaining millions of fans around the world with their music,” says CRB President Mike Culotta.  “Country radio would not be the same without these two fantastic ladies, and because of that, we are honoring them with the CRB Career Achievement Award.”

The President's Award is presented to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the marketing, production, growth and development of the Country Radio Seminar and the multiple services that Country Radio Broadcasters provides to the Country radio and music communities.  The 2011 President’s Award recipient is Joe Galante.

“Very few people have made as much of an impact in our industry as Joe Galante,” says CRB President Mike Culotta.  “The acts that he has worked with during his almost 40 years in the business have also been some of Country radio’s biggest superstars.  He has always been a friend to Country radio, and I have a feeling there are plenty more great things ahead for him in this business.  It’s an honor to announce Joe Galante as our 2011 President’s Award recipient.”

The 2011 Country Radio Hall of Fame inductees are Dale Carter, Barry Kent and Lee Rogers in the On-Air Personality category and Charlie Cook, Dene Hallam and Bill Payne in the Radio category.

Advance ticket prices for the Hall of Fame ceremony and dinner are $100 for CRS 2011 registrants and $110 for non-registrants.  The $125 on-site ticket price goes into effect on Feb. 15, 2011.  Tickets are on sale now at www.CRB.org.

About The Judds:
Kentucky natives, The Judds, are one of the most successful Country music duos of all time, amassing 14 No. 1 hits and more than 60 industry awards, including multiple CMA, ACM and GRAMMY awards.  After launching their career with Curb/RCA Records in 1984, The Judds sold 20 million albums in just six years.  By 1989, The Judds were one of the top-grossing and most popular touring acts in America.  Unfortunately, at the height of their career, Naomi Judd announced her impending retirement due to health complications.  Their subsequent tour sold more concert tickets than any artist that year except for The Grateful Dead and The Rolling Stones.  The pair reunited on Dec. 31, 1999, for a New Year’s Eve show, prompting a successful reunion tour in 2000.  After a performance and encouragement from their fans at the 2009 CMA Music Festival, the duo decided to tour one last time for their 2010 tour, The Judds: The Last Encore.  Visit www.thejuddstour2010.com for more information.

Earlier this year, the duo partnered with The Oprah Winfrey Network to launch an original television series that documents their preparations for their Last Encore tour.  The show is scheduled to debut in 2011.

About Joe Galante:
Joe Galante began his career in the music business with RCA Records in New York in 1971, arriving in Nashville two years later as manager of administration.  Galante’s rise saw him become the youngest man to lead a major Nashville label when he took over as head of RCA Nashville in 1982.  In 1990, he was named president of RCA Records in New York, returning to Nashville four years later as chairman of RCA Label Group/Nashville, encompassing the RCA and BNA labels and adding the Arista Nashville imprint in 2000.  Six years later, welcoming Columbia Nashville as its fourth imprint, the label group became Sony BMG Nashville, adopting the Sony Music Nashville name in 2009.

In April of 2010, after 39 years within the same label family, Galante announced his decision to step down from his post as chairman of Sony Music Nashville.  Across a remarkable tenure, Galante helped launch the careers of Alabama, Clint Black, Kenny Chesney, Sara Evans, The Judds, Lonestar, Martina McBride, K.T. Oslin, Kellie Pickler, Carrie Underwood, Keith Whitley, Chris Young and many more, while his leadership bolstered the careers of such superstars as Brooks & Dunn, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert and Brad Paisley.

About CRB:
The Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. ® is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization founded in 1969 to bring radio broadcasters from around the world together with the Country Music Industry to ensure vitality and promote growth in the Country Radio format.  More information may be obtained at: www.CRB.org or at the CRB office at (615) 327-4487.

About CRS:
The Country Radio Seminar is an annual convention designed to educate and promote the exchange of ideas in the Country music industry.  Country Radio Seminar is a registered trademark of Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc.  CRS 2011 will be held March 2-4, 2011, in Nashville, Tenn.  Registration is currently available online at www.CRB.org or by contacting the Country Radio Broadcasters at (615) 327-4487.

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