Country.com, your source for all things country, is about to change its look.
When you visit us Wednesday (Feb.
14), you may not recognize us
at first. Billy Joel to the contrary, we're gonna go changing -- to try and please you.
look will reflect our new, even stronger emphasis on country
music coverage. Country.com's first major overhaul
since 1997 will
make it easier to find the features, news, reviews, CMT-related
stories and schedules and Country Music
Hall of Fame features
you've come to expect from the site.
Where once we dedicated resources to covering TNN-related
such as motorsports, arena football, outdoors, professional
wrestling and the like, country.com now will focus exclusively
on CMT programming and on country
music, country artists and the country music business. You won't find much about Dale
Dale Jarrett, but we've got Dale Watson, Doc Watson, Willie Nelson and Wynonna.
And you, country music
fans, will have more opportunities than ever to make your voice heard through
polls, sweepstakes, contests and interactive
Our new look will reflect our new focus. We understand that it hasn't always been as easy as it should
to locate what you're looking for at country.com. Sometimes you had to dig a little. If we've done
our job right,
that no longer will be the case.
"The Internet continues to mature, and our priorities have shifted as we become more
fully integrated into
the VH1.com family and even more closely aligned with CMT," says country.com Vice President and
Manager Martin Clayton.
"At the same time, TNN is re-positioning itself as a national pop culture network," Clayton
goes on to
explain. "They will re-evaluate their Internet strategy in the coming months to come up with an online
that makes sense in light of their new programming priorities."
And country.com will continue to evolve in the
months ahead. A brand new site is coming soon, with
more interactivity and added features aimed at connecting country fans
with the artists and music they
The Country Music Hall of Fame will continue to be a part of the country.com
experience. As the new,
downtown museum gears up for a grand opening on May 17, we'll have news of events and previews
what you can expect to see and hear when you visit the new facility.
And you can continue to count on country.com
for news about the Academy of Country Music and the
36th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards coming up in May.
the new world, our crack staff of country music reporters and critics remains intact. Jay Orr, Michael
Gray, Lisa Young,
Shannon Turner, Ed Morris and Charles Wolfe will continue to bring you informative,
insightful commentary on country music,
country artists and the country music industry. And look for
MTVi Country Editor Chet Flippo to join the team soon.
short, we're excited about the changes taking place over the coming months. As we evolve, we're
confident you'll continue
to regard us as your primary source for all things country.