About Us

In August 2006, Lon Helton launched Country Aircheck as a multi-faceted news and information source. Country Aircheck has quickly gained traction with the same quality of widely respected news, analysis and Mediabase-powered charts as those which Helton directed during a 23-year run as R&R Country Editor and Nashville Bureau Chief. He continues to oversee the official Mediabase Country airplay charts.

Today, Country Aircheck is the leading voice in the Country radio trade publication industry, providing several branded products:

Country Aircheck Today: A free weekday HTML news dispatch, read by thousands of radio broadcasters, record company executives and allied industry professionals

Country Aircheck Weekly: A free weekly PDF news, analysis and chart publication sent each Monday evening.

Country Aircheck's Weekly Adds: A free weekly dispatch ranking the songs receiving airplay for the first time, sent each Monday afternoon.

Country Aircheck Breaking News: When major news breaks, Country Aircheck puts it together, and dispatches it free to all subscribers within minutes.

Country Aircheck Quarterly Print Publications: Oversized (11x17), full-color glossy print editions published each February-March, June, September and December. Each issue covers a variety of valuable content including industry trends, features, annual charts, reports, new music, "The Interview" and much more. These publications are available by subscription.

Country Aircheck Buzz Sheet: Available daily during the Country Radio Seminar, the Buzz Sheet covers news, session details, conference schedules, photos and additional information surrounding CRS.

CRS/Country Aircheck Awards: Presented annually at the Country Radio Seminar during the New Faces Show, these annual awards recognize outstanding achievement among broadcasters and record company executives in 21 categories.

About the Country Aircheck staff:

Lon Helton is the four-time CMA Award-winning and two-time ACM Award-winning host of WestwoodOne's CMT's Country Countdown USA. Prior to R&R, his radio career included air talent and programming stops in Denver, Chicago and Los Angeles. Helton is a Board member for the Country Music Association, and has served as the CMA's President and Chairman. He is also a Board member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and in 2006 was inducted into the Country DJ Hall of Fame.


The Country Aircheck staff includes:

  • Publisher/CEO Lon Helton
  • Manager/Graphic Design, IT & Administration Kelley Hampton
  • VP/Sales & Marketing April Johnson
  • Managing Editor Caitlin DeForest
  • Executive Radio Editor Phyllis Stark
  • Sr. Radio Analyst Chris Huff
  • Coordinator/Graphic Design Addie Morton
  • President/COO Chuck Aly
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