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Friday, September 19 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
When Great Songs Become Hits by Accident

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Over the past few years the Americana radio format has seen some of its artists cross over to AAA and in some cases onto top 40 radio creating “homeruns” by bands like The Avett Brothers, The Lumineers, and Mumford & Sons. Other

Americana based acts like Lake Street Dive and John Fulbright are setting up to cross that bridge as well. What are the factors that prompt AAA and pop radio to make room for Americana music? How can the Americana music community make it happen more often? Do these left-field hits offer hints at how Americana radio can reach a wider audience? And how do you maintain the integrity of the format when some listeners regard Phillip Phillips and Mumford & Sons as similar acts? How do we turn our happy accidents into a plan?


Sean Ross

VP of Music and Programming, Edison Research
SEAN ROSS is VP of music and programming for Edison Research, working with stations in every format around the world. He is also a contributor to Billboard.com, a former radio programmer, and his experience ranges from liner notes to gaming. He is the author of the influential Ross... Read More →


Danny Howard

Program Director/Station Manager, WDEF
DANNY HOWARD Late night transistor radio listening and a unique appreciation for music led Danny Howard to begin his career at 16 in his hometown of Waynesville, NC. Winning a school audition for a Saturday night DJ at WHCC he joined the station, earning degrees in Radio, TV, Film... Read More →
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Scott Robinson

CEO & Co-Founder, Dualtone Music Group
Scott Robinson is the CEO & Co-Founder of Dualtone, an EntertainmentOne Company. A Nashville based boutique label, Dualtone’s current accomplishments include the multi-platinum artist The Lumineers, Shakey Graves, Amos Lee, Robert Earl Keen, and more. Dualtone’s diverse roster... Read More →

Dave Rossi

Program Director, WRLT
DAVE ROSSI began his radio career at WIXV in Savannah, GA. After working his way through the ranks he moved on to WAVF in Charleston, SC. During his tenure as program director, 96 Wave became one of the highest rated Alternative stations in the country. Dave was recognized nationally... Read More →

Jessie Scott

Sun Radio
JESSIE SCOTT is the director of Hill Country Live, with venues in New York City, Washington, DC, and Brooklyn, NY. She is the music director and midday personality at the Americana station network, Sun Radio, Austin. In prior years, she worked as Americana Editor at The Gavin Report... Read More →

Friday September 19, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Room 310 - Palmer Plaza 1801 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203

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