Member Spotlight – Kenny Rodgers

What is your favorite song?
Can we negotiate?  Let’s do favorite artists.  John Mayer, Tom Petty, Guster, Allman Brothers, NEEDTOBREATHE.

What is the last book you’ve read?
Pete The Cat, Curious George and any book about tractors are all in heavy rotation at our house these days. 

What led you to a career in radio?
Music has always been an important and integral part of my life.  From picking parties in my grandparents living room all the way up through being in band in high school, music has always been in my life. Before deciding on my major early on in college I made friends with a group of brothers from Ireland who shared stories of being signed to a record label and all the inner workings of what that meant and I was instantly curious.  After discovering that The University Of North Alabama had a Music Business program I jumped in right away and was enrolled a few months later.  During those studies I learned specifically about Radio Promotion and loved the idea of helping people get songs played and traveling.  Through connections with Kat Davis who was a U.N.A. graduate I was able to interview and eventually land an internship with then EMI CMG with Brian Dishon as my boss.  When that internship ended I was able to get my foot in the door as National Promotion Coordinator at Word Entertainment and have been trying to figure this whole thing out ever since.

What advice would you give people new to the business?
I strongly believe so much that happens in this industry is the result of passion and belief.  Make sure you are surrounded by people who share your passions and beliefs in what you are trying to accomplish and you can make great and sometimes unexpected things happen!

Give a shoutout to someone who is making a difference in radio and what are they doing to make an impact?
There are so many that I’m sure to leave someone out.  I love the continued growth and success that the team of The Joy FM network is having all while still doing it “their way”. I’m grateful for those who can have success without becoming consumed by it.  I look at Mike Prendergast at KLTY or a Troy West at KSBJ and as PD’s of two of the biggest stations in the country they could easily fall victim to buying into their own success or hype.  Yet both of these guys are simply great radio guys, people leaders and men who would be the first to point to everyone around them for anyone success they have.

How do you refresh your creative energy at work?
Honestly the single most effective thing is to sit down and spend time with people who I admire and who I know also are passionate about what they do.  Anytime I can spend an hour brainstorming with Andrea Kleid I am always better for it.

Amazon Echo or Google Home?
Amazon Echo

What is your favorite part of your job?
One of the most special parts of this role is attending a concert and experiencing these songs alongside fans.  When a group of people is singing these songs at the top of their lungs you remember these songs aren’t throw away, they are lifelines for these folks.  I recently attended the Chris Tomlin Christmas Tour and the entire night is such a special time of worship.

 What was your last non-industry job?
Arrington Vineyards here in Nashville.  Co-owned by Kix Brooks (of Brooks And Dunn) it is a beautiful place south of Nashville.

Tell me about a project or accomplishment that you consider to be the most significant in your career.
I have so many fond memories from being part of the team that launched Francesca Battistelli at radio.  From 92 adds out of the box on her second single “Free To Be Me” to her first Grammy, there were simply so many special moments during that time.

Teach me something I don’t know in the next five minutes.
Did you know your iPhone charges 50% faster when placed in airplane mode? Or perhaps the fact that the distance from the bend in your arm to your wrist is the same length as your foot?

Kenny Rodgers
Capitol CMG – Sr. Director, National Promotion
CMB Member Since 2013


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