First row (l to r): BMI songwriter Marshall Altman, Beasley Broadcast Group VP of Communications Denyse Mesnik, Sherrie Austin, FRLA President & CEO Carol Dover, BMI’s Dan Spears. Second row: Dylan Altman, Clear Channel Communications VP/Regional Manager Sherri Griswold, IBiquity/HD Radio Senior VP Joe D’Angelo, Illinois Broadcasters Association President Dennis Lyle, Ruth Collins, BMI songwriter Hailey Steele, Kristen Kelly, Toby Lightman, Three Eagles Communications President Gary Buchanan. Last row: Big River Broadcasting GM Nick Martin, Commonwealth Broadcasting President and BMI Board Member Steve Newberry, BMI’s Mason Hunter, Three Eagles Communications Chairman Rolland Johnson, BMI songwriter Will Rambeaux.
BMI hosted a group of radio executives at the 19th Annual Key West Songwriters Festival held recently (5/7-5/11) in the Conch Republic, with the goal of providing the broadcasters with a chance to connect with the many songwriters that are the beneficiaries of the licensing fees they pay to the performing rights organization. During their time in Key West, the radio group attended a number of songwriter shows and events, including a private reception that was put on in partnership with the Florida Restaurant Association and featured performances by BMI songwriters Sherrie Austin, Ruth Collins, Kristen Kelly, Toby Lightman and Dylan Altman. Afterwards, the group gathered for a photo.