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Country Radio Programming Consultant

About Country Music Consultant Joel Raab

About Joel Raab

Joel Raab currently advises Country radio stations for media companies including Audacy, Bonneville, Max Media, Beasley, Americom, Forever Media, Renda, Saga, VerStandig, Leighton, and others.

Prior to consulting, Country Music Consultant Joel Raab, programmed and served as an on-air personality in three major markets; New York, Cleveland and Pittsburgh. A graduate of Northwestern University, Joel was born in the Pittsburgh area and currently lives outside of Philadelphia. He’s married with two children in college.

Awards & Accolades

  • Inducted into the Country Radio Hall of Fame 2015.
  • Board of Directors, Country Radio Broadcasters 2009 – Present.
  • Named one of country radio’s most influential people for thirteen consecutive years by Lon Helton’s Country Aircheck 2007-2019.
  • Chairman of Country Radio Seminar research committee 2013 – 2018.
  • Co-Chairman of the Country Radio Hall of Fame Selection Committee 2019-2020.

Click here: Joel Raab On Making The Most Of New Music |

Click here: Joel Raab: Being A Better Air Personality |

Click here: Joel Raab: 10 Ways To Up Your Talent-Coaching Game |

Click here: Joel Raab: Giving Your Radio Station A Heartbeat |

Click here: Joel Raab | Getting Our Touch Back During the Pandemic |

Click here: Joel Raab | What Country Radio Means To Our Audience |

Click here: Joel Raab | 10 Questions With Joel Raab From All Access |

Click here: Joel Raab, Radio Whisperer, Explains the Art of His Craft | Billboard



“Joel Raab has been delivering winning strategic plans, talent evaluation and coaching and music research for Country Radio for decades. Joel is continually is at the top of the ratings game, he gets results!”

Tim Roberts, VP Programming/Program Director, Programming, Entercom/Detroit

“I had never been involved in the country format when I took over KNCI; so it was important for me to find a partner who could help educate me in the areas of this format that I was not well versed in. I wanted that partner to have the music knowledge of the format that I was missing, be open to utilizing strategies that I found successful in other formats, and most importantly be as obsessed about the success of the station as me; and I found that in Joel Raab. Joel is a great strategic partner for our team at KNCI. His guidance has helped move KNCI back into the top three with Adults 25-54.”

Chad Rufer, Group Director of Programming, Bonneville/Sacramento

Joel Raab has guided Country WAYZ 104.7 FM for some 20 years and almost without exception has kept the station #1 in the Hagerstown/Chambersburg Market in every imaginable demo. In the last “book” WAYZ was #1 12 + Adults with 10.9 share to the #2 station’s share of 6.9 and the market has three country stations competing for share! Joel Raab has been the driver for two decades behind the most competitively dominant mid-market country station in America. By the way – that translates into revenues!!”

John VerStandig, Owner, WAYZ Hagerstown, MD

I can’t imagine programming without Joel Raab on my team. He is a valuable resource and knows the format better than anyone!” 

T Gentry, Operations Manager Beasley Augusta, GA (WKXC, Kicks 99)