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Thread: Bobby Bones’ ‘Women of iHeartCountry’ Program Kicks Off Labor Day Weekend

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    Bobby Bones’ ‘Women of iHeartCountry’ Program Kicks Off Labor Day Weekend

    Bobby Bones' 'Women of iHeartCountry' Kicks Off Labor Day Weekend | Sounds Like Nashville

    Labor Day weekend 2018 marks a huge step forward in the fight to get more women played at country radio when Bobby Bones and iHeartMedia launch the Women of iHeartCountry program.
    Dedicated to female acts within the genre, the program will air each week across 125 iHeartCountry stations nationwide, showcasing the amazing songs and talent from established and up-and-coming singers/
    “This weekend show is another example of iHeartCountry stations and program directors providing platforms that support female artists and voices,” said Rod Phillips, SVP of Programming, iHeartCountry. “Women of iHeartCountry is an extension of efforts like our On The Verge program where we have shined a spotlight on artists such as Cam, Carly Pearce, Maren Morris and Lauren Alaina as future stars in the Country format.”


    Bones will feature acts including Carrie Underwood, Kelsea Ballerini, Lee Ann Womack, Kassi Ashton and many more during the inaugural shows.
    “Like the trailblazer and best kind of rule breaker he is, Bones is taking a conversation and concern that we’ve all been having for years about needing more female voices and perspectives and heart on the radio, and making a change to fix it,” said Ballerini. “One of the things I admire most about Bobby is the way he champions artists he believes in… male, female, duo, or group…and this is another bold way of him being a cheerleader and voice for the artists he fights for.”
    “Bobby has changed our format for the better in so many ways,” added Alaina. “He has been a champion for so many people who really need someone in their corner. I am so thankful to be one of those people. I am so excited for his ‘Women of iHeartCountry’ show. There are so many amazingly talented women in our format that are going to be able to shine their light a little brighter because he believes in them. I am so proud to be a part of his new show, and I’m even more proud to be his friend. He’s a really special guy.”


    Choosing the songs that will be played has a lot of factors, Bones shared. While wanting to highlight the amazing women out of Nashville, there’s also a system that needs to be followed.
    “There’s a bit of a formula in that. The women that are already on the charts, my goal is to help them climb the charts. You’ll hear the four or five or six or seven– hopefully, it’s eight or nine or ten more. Those same women, you’ll hear each week, but I’m trying to help them move up, so radio can see how well it’s reacting and play it more,” said Bones on the 12th ACM Honors red carpet. “At the same time, I want to break some new artists. In week one, we’ve got Rachel Wammack and Kassi Ashton and Danielle Bradbery, artists that aren’t on the chart right now. Then, we’re also sprinkling in, just to remind people of how awesome they were, the Deana Carters, so that’s kind of the goal. Here’s what was awesome, here’s what’s awesome right now, and here’s what’s coming up that’s awesome and that’s really the goal of the show.”
    The Women of iHeartCountry kicks off its hour-long project Labor Day Weekend and continues each and every weekend. Bones will lead the program, with co-host Amy Brown, and feature appearances by other iHeartMedia on-air personalities.

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    Good for Bobby. Guess we all need to tune in. Thanks for posting the article.
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    I was just going to say that we need to tune in to let the PTB know that this is something we want. This may be the only country radio I listen to, can't stand most of what is played.
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    I hope this does not lessen the women being played on the other stations tho.
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    wonder how many songs they'll actually play on the 1 hour show.Between Bobby ( who never met a word he didn't speak) and a co host plus guests I imagine it won't be many.Maybe 9-10.Guess I applaud their effort, but it's a weak one.

    Why doesn't Bobby just stop talking for a few minutes on his morning show every day and play more women then?That would give them much more exposure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maddkat View Post
    wonder how many songs they'll actually play on the 1 hour show.Between Bobby ( who never met a word he didn't speak) and a co host plus guests I imagine it won't be many.Maybe 9-10.Guess I applaud their effort, but it's a weak one.

    Why doesn't Bobby just stop talking for a few minutes on his morning show every day and play more women then?That would give them much more exposure.
    Agree -- much more effective in the normal course of business, but BB wouldn't get the attention he craves. However, he's doing something and I applaud the effort however small.
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    Quote Originally Posted by txacar View Post
    Agree -- much more effective in the normal course of business, but BB wouldn't get the attention he craves. However, he's doing something and I applaud the effort however small.
    Yeah, I think this is mostly about him.

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    I appreciate anyone who tries to highlight the inequity for women in country music. He has a huge platform, so many will hear an important message. I applaud his efforts.
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    ^^^i couldn’t agree more! The problem needs an immediate fix. Women are very strong in country music, they just aren’t getting to show it
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    Quote Originally Posted by txacar View Post
    Agree -- much more effective in the normal course of business, but BB wouldn't get the attention he craves. However, he's doing something and I applaud the effort however small.
    No offense,I don’t know what you have against Bobby,but he’s one of the good guys.He has no control over what gets played on his morning show,so he can’t be blamed for more women not being played on the radio.And an attention seeker?He isn’t that kind of person,he just doesn’t strike me as the type that goes around craving attention from others.Sorry,but you have NO right to call him an attention seeker when he’s trying to get more female voices played on the radio.At least he’s trying to help make a huge dent with the problem while others don’t seem to want to help one bit.Calling him an attention seeker is just a low blow & just downright rude.He’s a lot more humble than he lets on.


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    Quote Originally Posted by maddkat View Post
    Yeah, I think this is mostly about him.
    You may hate me for this Maddkat,but this is NOT about him,it never was,it’s to fix an issue that is so glaringly obvious that needs fixing,so he’s using his platform to help fix the problem,not to make himself look better.You have him pegged all wrong,you can’t judge a person’s character just because you don’t like him.He’s doing a lot more than other people in his position would do.He is NOT the bad guy you seem to be making him out to be.I really don’t get why you have such an issue with him.You can call me out all you want,but he isn’t the attention seeker you think he is.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Carrieslegs84 View Post
    No offense,I don’t know what you have against Bobby,but he’s one of the good guys.He has no control over what gets played on his morning show,so he can’t be blamed for more women not being played on the radio.And an attention seeker?He isn’t that kind of person,he just doesn’t strike me as the type that goes around craving attention from others.Sorry,but you have NO right to call him an attention seeker when he’s trying to get more female voices played on the radio.At least he’s trying to help make a huge dent with the problem while others don’t seem to want to help one bit.Calling him an attention seeker is just a low blow & just downright rude.He’s a lot more humble than he lets on.


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    Rude is calling people out for an opinion you do not agree with. I wrote, "Agree -- much more effective in the normal course of business, but BB wouldn't get the attention he craves. However, he's doing something and I applaud the effort however small."
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