Country Aircheck Weekly (2/11)

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» Leading Is Fundamental: Communication, courage and empathy were cited as keys to leadership by Cox's Kim Guthrie, Entercom's Weezie Kramer and Neuhoff's Beth Neuhoff during this morning's (2/15) "What Leadership Looks Like" session at CRS 2019. Discussing individual leadership styles, Guthrie said she has resisted overzealous suggestions for changes. "We love what you've done, can you just be totally different?" she joked, adding authenticity is crucial. "You have to adapt a little bit to where you work ... but I just go back to my roots." Neuhoff noted an evolution in perception. "Different leadership styles are far more acceptable than they were," she said.


Kramer touched on managing through change, citing her company's recent acquisition of CBS Radio as an example. "The only way you can build trust is face to face," she said. "It's hard to go across the entire U.S., market to market and go deep, but after a year-and-a-half, for first time it feels like one team." All three had positive views of radio's future, with Kramer pointing out, "Audio is now the hottest thing on the planet."


» O-Buy-O: Apollo Global Management has reached an agreement to purchase a majority interest of Cox Media’s broadcast television stations, as well as radio, newspaper and TV properties in Ohio, including Country WHKO/Dayton. Cox Enterprises will maintain a minority stake and join Apollo in forming a new company to operate the stations, which will be headquartered in Atlanta. "We didn't make this decision lightly,” says Cox Enterprises Pres./CEO Alex Taylor. “Many Cox Media Group employees have been with us for the majority or all of their careers. They have shown courage and resilience as we step into a brighter, stronger future."


» Telling Time: Songwriter Lori McKenna spoke about the additive nature of songwriting in a response to co-panelist Rob Simbeck about her song "Humble And Kind." "People will apply themselves to a song and make it so much greater than it is," she said. "Tim McGraw made that song greater than it is." Moderator Tom Baldrica engaged both writers in a lively conversation during "The Art Of Storytelling," offering tips and stories that tied together their experiences to the challenges on-air talent face daily.

"The best writing comes from ruthlessness," said Simbeck. "Sweat the details. Sweat the edits." Added McKenna, "Check every line and make sure it is necessary for the story. Follow the feeling. If you don't know why the line is right, but it makes you feel something, keep it." Being prepared, concise and memorable are key. McKenna added, "I want people to remember the feeling, not the song." Download tips on the CRS app.