The sales and marketing blitzes we could viral market with all the real positives of the two branches would be over the top. If I had no association with Country radio and the music components (these components starting moving in 2008 away from a 90's based gold sound and still limited current placement)
I would swear as an outsider it's a format for 24 Women who work 9-5, has a family or date, maybe have been married, single mother - Parents took her to Country concerts and she remembers the 90's into 2000 and the change to a 2004 music base is geared towards her. She loves Taylor Swift, drives a Camry or Civic, strong family roots - Usual rural based. Country P-1 because of the values and fun of the Country life group. Parents were Country P-1's too. Boyfriend or husband vocal about the music/song styles of Country music now. Are you kidding me she loves LIFE IS A HIGHWAY. He wonders where the variety or other songs are and complains about rotations.
The format and the writing of the songs will become younger and more down on the farm with a jeep and wine with a few more Hank Williams Jr. references. (Cooler to do DAC ask Aldean). The core of the younger pack: Rascal Flatts, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Glorianna, Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean will continue to have merge problems with Tim McGraw, Toby Keith, Martina Mc Bride, George Strait, Alan Jackson. We only go so far to exemplify this sound with CMT and Lance Smith, awards shows, People Magazine and some Country stations who have a real handle on the 18-34 (70%) female driven Country station. There are going to be harder lines to cross. Like dance and urban songs rarely make it to AC, younger sounding Country acts might not be advisable for the other format, 25-54 (44) geared stations. Just like a
song might not be played on the younger version. This has happened with strong contemporary music superstar acts. Rod Stewart, Billy Joel and Elton John. George Strait
The format and age split is coming to Country. Smart programmer's will see that and begin to eliminate the scrapes and bumps that are causing tune out in a cume to time spent listening PPM world. The massive panel shifts from markets where Country life group members shift out after a spell can be corrected with format splinters. The $64k line from the life group will cease: "Why don't you play any of the old songs anymore". "My husband and me don't like those young girl singers". "I drive truck and grew up Country but this ain't Country". I mean listeners to Classic Rock never ask why they don't play The Rolling Stones, Who and Beatles any longer. The new and old have a tough time playing on the same stage. It's causing friction within the Country life group. Eliminate any perception problems by creating another wing.