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Country Radio Broadcasters Induct the Class of 2022 into the Country Radio Hall of Fame

The 2022 Country Radio Hall of Fame Inductees Pictured L to R: Front - Barry Mardit, Steve Grunwald, CRB/CRS Executive Director RJ Curtis, Bob Call. Back - Cathy Martindale, Rachael Hunter, Debbie Conner, Whitney Allen, Becky Brenner Photo Credit: Caitlin Harris

(Nashville, Tenn. – June 30, 2022). The Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. held the 2022 Country Radio Hall of Fame dinner and awards ceremony last night, June 30, 2022, at the Virgin Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee.

The evening was filled with honoree presentations, acceptance speeches, video segments, and an exceptional performance by Lauren Alaina. Many of the honorees praised their mentors and reflected on their journeys by sharing some of their most cherished moments throughout their career.

Honored during the event were three off-air radio broadcasters and four on-air radio personalities. The off-air honorees were Becky Brenner and Barry Mardit, along with 2021 honoree Bob Call, who was unable to attend last year’s event. The on-air honorees were Whitney Allen, Debbie Conner, Cathy Martindale, and Rachael & Grunwald.


CRB/CRS Board President, Kurt Johnson, presented Chairman & CEO of Warner Music Nashville, John Esposito, with the 2022 CRB President’s Award, and CRB Executive Director RJ Curtis presented multi-award-winning artist Trisha Yearwood with the 2022 CRB Artist Achievement Award. A musical tribute featuring Lauren Alaina was held during the evening in honor of Yearwood.


Among the sold-out audience were past inductees, including Jaye Albright, Beverlee Brannigan, Charlie Chase, Charlie Cook, Lorianne Crook, RJ Curtis, Jonathan Fricke, Jeff Garrison, Dan Halyburton, Mike Hammond, Lon Helton, Gregg Lindahl, Mike O’Malley, Joel Raab, Tim Roberts, and Ed Salamon.  The evening also paid tribute to honorees lost over the past year, who were Ralph Emery (Class of 1989), Eddie Edwards (Class of 2013), and Bob Robbins (Class of 2008).


The Country Radio Hall of Fame was made available for viewing worldwide through the PickleJar app and  Facebook Livestream. 


Nominations for the 2023 Country Radio Hall of Fame are being accepted here.  The Class of 2023 will be revealed at CRS 2023, to be held March 13-15, 2023.

Founded in 1974, The Country Radio Hall of Fame is dedicated to the recognition of those individuals who have made significant contributions to the radio industry over a 20-year period, 15 of which must be in the Country format. For a complete list of past inductees, visit

About CRB: The Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc.® is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization founded in 1969 to bring radio broadcasters from around the world together with the Country Music Industry to ensure the vitality and promote growth in the Country Radio format.


About CRS: Country Radio Seminar is an annual convention that gathers key business leaders in various radio and music industry fields, featuring presentations on best business practices, emerging technology, personal career development, and new music showcases. CRS 2023 will be held at Omni Nashville Hotel March-13-15, 2023. For more information on CRS, visit and follow CRS on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Pictured above: CRB/CRS Board President, Kurt Johnson, presented Chairman & CEO of Warner Music Nashville, John Esposito, with the 2022 CRB President’s Award. Pictured L to R: John Esposito and Kurt Johnson. Photo Credit: Caitlin Harris
Pictured above: Multi-award-winning artist Trisha Yearwood was honored with the 2022 CRB Artist Achievement Award. Lauren Alaina performed a musical tribute in honor of Trisha Yearwood during the 2022 Country Radio Hall of Fame. Pictured L to R: Kurt Johnson, Lauren Alaina, Trisha Yearwood, and RJ Curtis. Photo Credit: Caitlin Harris