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Country Radio Seminar Announces the Return of “Paddle Royale” Ping Pong Tournament at CRS 2023

(NASHVILLE, TN – March 9, 2023) – Country Radio Seminar (CRS) is thrilled to announce the return of the highly anticipated “Paddle Royale” multi-player Ping Pong Tournament. Paddle Royale is expected to be one of the many fun highlights of CRS 2023, with players including Ashley Cooke, Morgan Evans, Gator Harrison, Laura Hostelley, Riley Green, Erin Kinsey, Chris Lane, Scotty McCreery, Jake Owen, Tim Roberts, Jelly Roll, Lily Rose, Nate Smith, Kristen Williams, and Brett Young confirmed at press time.


This one-of-a-kind event features top country artists and prominent names in the music industry competing for bragging rights and a ridiculously large championship trophy that’s sure to turn heads. The trophy’s grandiosity matches the level of talent on display, with a design that’s equal parts impressive and amusing. Even the losers will be able to walk away with a pristine participation trophy, commemorating their valiant effort on the ping pong table.


Tennessee Titans Play-by-play man Mike Keith returns to call the action and will be joined by color commentator Mike Dungan, UMG Nashville Chairman.


Sponsored by PickleJar, the tournament will occur on Monday, March 3, 2023, immediately following “Amazon Music Presents: Country Heat” at the Omni Nashville Hotel’s Legends D-G on Level 2.


Doors open at 8:30 p.m., with the tournament play starting at 9:00 p.m. Paddle Royale, is set to kick off the first day of CRS with a fun and exciting twist. 


The Prime Ministers of Paddle Royale, George Couri and Tim Roberts, “The vision here is to have everyone working in this community come together to laugh with and at one another, trash talk, drink a little together, cheer, boo, and enjoy one another without any panels or performances. And to give Mike Dungan a microphone to unleash on everyone.”


Agenda details surrounding the 3-day event are now available on the official CRS 2023 mobile app. To download the app, visit the App Store and Google Play for iPhone and Android devices and simply search for “CRS2023.” 


Registration for CRS 2023 is open and is $749 per person. Registration is available through Single-day passes are also being made available for purchase. Single-day passes (limited to two-day passes per person) are $249 and includes access to panels, speakers, luncheons, and networking destinations on the day of pass purchase, with the exception of Friday’s New Faces of Country Music show. Day passes are now available on the CRS 2023 registration page (here) and will also be available for purchase on-site.

About Country Radio Seminar (CRS): CRS is an annual convention designed to educate and promote the exchange of ideas and business practices in the Country music industry, with specific emphasis on issues relevant to Country radio. CRS 2023 dates are set for March 13-15, 2023.


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