About TEXAS Regional Radio Report
The time came for a resource information project that would present a larger more comprehensive tool available to assist in the development of an enormous and growing number of Texas' Talent.
In January 2004, the Texas Regional Radio Report was initiated and made available to all interested in the Texas Music Industry. This chart-based publication was developed to bring credible recognition to the sizeable assortment of music being played in this "regional" market. It has a purpose to help promote Texas Music and the artists that perform that music throughout the great region of Texas…and beyond. It can assist in the development of an artists’ recording career by authenticating the activity of their music being played within the Texas Regional radio network as well as give the artist a sense of direction and conviction in the Texas music scene.
While the Texas Regional Radio Report supports and promotes the Texas Artists, it also understands that an extreme variety of "Texas Music" is released to radio daily. Likewise, we know that "Texas Red Dirt Music" is not the only music regional Texas radio is receiving and playing in a 24 hour clock in various markets. Radio programming is offering to its listeners all combinations, styles and sounds of music be it Texas, Nashville, Mainstream, Country, Country Rock or Americana while not forgetting the definitive historical sounds of Texas Swing … all of which melts together into music for the World!
To have the visual inventory of radio airplay, the TRRR initially featured TWO charts. A "Texas Only" Chart to reflect the song activity of "Texas Red Dirt" Artists and the "Top 75 All*Inclusive" Chart to track everything the reporting panel reports to TRRR. However, in the beginning of 2009, we expanded the "Texas 50 Only" chart to a "TOP 100" chart plus an additional 15 bubbling under slots we call "The Next 15". The total 115 slots allows more Texas/Red Dirt Regional artists to be recognized.... quicker!
"Top 100 Texas Only" chart: – To be considered a Texas Red Dirt artist for inclusion within the Texas Top 100 chart, any one or more of the following criteria must be met:
1. Entertainer must be born, reared or currently living in Texas/Oklahoma
2. Entertainer must pay property taxes in either state – Texas/Oklahoma
3. GIG/Show/Tour itinerary should include 30% playing dates in Texas/Oklahoma within a
6 month period and
a. Does not include private parties, gigs, events or house parties
b. Ticket sales for gigs listed MUST be verifiable thru the venue listed or hosting and/or a credible ticket agency responsible for the posted dates
It however, does not count those entertainers passing thru stopping long enough for our 72oz steak in Amarillo or the infamous Texas Style Chicken Fried Steaks found border to border.
The "Top 75 All*Inclusive" Chart not only shows how all music reported charts but will show designation by the song title font color. Texas artist = RED font. Not a Texas artist in BLACK font.
Label affiliation is not considered a situation as major and independent labels both roster Texas Artists. But some of those artists that possibly meet the Texas artist criteria are also considered an “established artist”. An established artist is defined as having, during their career, been associated with major or major independent labels and/or having some success and recognition in releases and touring. That said, the established artist product reports which garners enough spins reported each week will be included in the ALL*INCLUSIVE Top 75 chart. If our reporting panel believes that the release from an established artist warrants inclusion in the Texas Top 100 chart, the following ruling will apply... "When the ES product achieves 55% of the reporting panel reports - the TRRR/T3R will move that song to the Texas Top 100 chart".
The charts are published weekly. The charts are compiled from accumulated total airplay spins or rotations submitted weekly from the TRRR reporting panel. The panel is comprised from radio stations, special and syndicated programs and qualified internet radio stations.
A chart position and placement is a result of the total weekly spins reported by the TRRR/T3R Reporting Panel. The song with the most spins for the week is number one and declines to #115 based on spin count totals.
Because at times songs take a slow road in coming down after peaking, or as one song is declining and another song by the same artist is released, there will be terms and limitations on those tunes in the current chart that would potentially cause a chart to becomes clogged or congested. If a tune occupies space on the chart for an excessive period of time it is subject for removal into recurrent status. If a song remains on the chart 24 wks or longer and between the chart numbers of 26-115 or has 3+ consecutive weeks of declining spin counts or chart position, that song will be removed to a Recurrent status in an effort to help maintain a fresh reflection of what “current” product is being played in Texas. Any song within positions 1-25 can remain on the chart as long as it remains within the top 25 chart spots.
If there is a tie for any particular weeks total spin counts then the song with the greater increase in spins will receive the higher numbered slot on the chart. Should the songs still be tied, then the song with a greater number of new station adds will prevail. However, should there still be a tie after two tie-breakers, than whichever artist has the most number 3's in their Texas license plate will prevail... If there are no number 3's in the license plate ...... then the first artist that can call TRRR and correctly tell us where Gottabachertschnoggin, Texas is located will prevail! Good Luck!
Fair and Balanced Reporting Results: In late 2006, after it was found that unfair practices were being executed, a level playing ground stipulation was created that would limit the number of stations any one programmer or consultant had the authority to report spin counts that could potentially control the final spin count result on any given weeks chart for any reported song or title. It was decided at that time, that a limit of three reporting stations controlled by one programmer or consultant would be fair and balanced and eliminate any controlling aspect of a charts results given intentionally or unintentionally. This stipulation may be reviewed in the future for continuation or revision.
While you're in the website, be sure to visit the charts. You'll love the size of our charts because they allow a quicker opportunity for you, our industry and the fans of Texas Red Dirt Music to see your song charted in a Texas chart. We appreciate you stopping by to see what the Texas Regional Radio Report is all about.