- “I’ve been a Republican all my life." - Phyllis Schlafly
- "Raised on it/Grew up with it." - one of five of the 121 who named country as their preference of 805 18-64′s nationwide on WHY IS COUNTRY YOUR FAVORITE KIND OF MUSIC TO LISTEN TO ON RADIO? when questioned by Researcher Mark Kasoff
We've been hearing these comments on both our music and many of our core listeners' vaues for 30 years.
Maybe it's because 18-64 is too wide a swath to accurately reflect what Roadmap 2013 and rating trends across North American are documenting, but as Mike O'Malley said after seeing Kasoff's report "nothing about exciting new acts, nothing about how the format has evolved, nothing about the powerful younger demo growth?"
Fortunately, another new research study on country music partisans also just came out yesterday from the CMA:
The latest member-only research tracking the country music "Insider's Panel" by the Country Music Associations research department shows a young, active, well-educated group of country fans lead active, busy, youthful family oriented lives.
Top single-day family activities include going to the movies, attending a concert or music festival, and visiting family entertainment centers.
To grow a country brand: don't be like Republicans.
Be like Disneyland.