“In fairness, we experienced a longer tail than other genres, but finally everyone gets to the finish line, and we’re there.” -- UMG/Nashville EVP/Sales, Marketing & New Media Ben Kline.
Arbitron, Media Audit and BBM estimates would indicate that there are roughly 41 million 18+ adults across North America who listen to country music radio for at least five minutes (weekly cume) in an average week.
Extrapolating those audience figures and the dismal Soundscan sales, it’s possible to make the assumption that the average country radio station has less than one percent (.098%) of its weekly audience buying a CD in a store this week.
It’s time to stop calling them “CD’s” and begin referring to the music we play as “songs.” Why should any air personality, other than offering some charity to our dying friends, ever bother to talk about “the latest from” or a new album being "available in stores?"
I’m a big believer in “selling” the music, if that means relating to each song and artist in a passionate way, as if you love it as much as the listener does. But, please reassess the words you're using. Old habits die hard, but you may be trying to sound “in,” but actually sending the message that you are - like the CD - a has-been.