Posted on March 1, 2018

AirPlay Direct is honored to announce that David Haerle, President of CMH Label
Group, has been honored with AirPlay Direct’s “Iconic Innovators” Award - 2018.
AirPlay Direct’s “Iconic Innovators” Award honors the visionaries who have openly embraced digital innovation in the music industry. The AirPlay Direct "Iconic Innovators" Award is presented annually to the member of AirPlay Direct that has proven vision and best executes upon the opportunities that digital innovation in the music industry has and continues to create.

“David is a very fortunate man to have had the opportunity to grow up in this business.  What is amazing about David is his creative ability to see marketplace opportunities that other executives miss," says Lynda Weingartz, CEO - AirPlay Direct.  "David understands legacy and catalogue value very well.  He always has one eye on the future, with a loyal and dedicated mission that always includes his passion for history; and new releases.  David is truly a man of great integrity, creativity and a passion for musical art that has rightfully earned him the AirPlay Direct ‘Iconic Innovators’ Award 2018.”

As an integral component to the “Iconic Innovator” Award, AirPlay Direct is honoring Mr. Haerle with a $50,000 AirPlay Direct “Marketing & Awareness” Campaign to accelerate his on-going brand development and global radio distribution footprint for the CMH Label Group’s new releases and catalogue.

"It is a great honor to receive AirPlay Direct’s 'Iconic Innovator' Award," said David Haerle, President - CMH Label Group.  "All of us here at CMH value Robert and Lynda Weingartz's contributions to our industry with AirPlay Direct’s own innovations and the important service they provide record labels, artists and radio stations.

"To me this award is a tribute to the terrific people who work at CMH now, and who have worked at CMH in the past."  Haerle goes on to say, "Some of the albums we will highlight on AirPlay Direct will be from my father’s and Arthur “Guitar Boogie” Smith’s era.  Others will be albums that came out on CMH during my tenure.  But all our music has this in common: it came out on CMH because someone here had a vision.

So thank you Robert and Lynda for the award, and thank you to all the extraordinary employees of CMH, past and present."

About CMH Label Group: 
CMH Records, a Los Angeles based bluegrass and country record label, was founded in 1975 by Martin Haerle, and renowned guitarist Arthur “Guitar Boogie” Smith.  They set about signing the greatest names in bluegrass and went on to establish a roster unparalleled in the field.  David Haerle took over the helm at CMH after his father, Martin, unexpectedly passed away in 1990.

Photo:  Martin Haerle, CMH Records - Founder

A child of rock ‘n’ roll, David combined his musical passions with the label’s bluegrass roots, and the Pickin’ On Series was born.  Since then, David has carefully guided the expansion of CMH’s award-winning repertoire and musical reach into its current evolution as CMH Label Group.  CMH Label Group is proud to be home to many other unique musical imprints such as Vitamin Records, Rockabye Baby Music, Hushabye Baby Music, Dwell Records, Crosscheck Records, OCD Records, Secret Life of Records, and many more.

About AirPlay Direct:  AirPlay Direct is the premiere digital delivery / distribution company, brand and platform for engaging radio and airplay worldwide.  AirPlay Direct is a professional B2B music business environment for artists, labels, publishing companies, radio promotion firms, PR / Media firms, etc.

AirPlay Direct currently has 11,000 radio station members in over 90 countries and serves over 42,000 artist / label members globally on a daily basis.  AirPlay Direct currently operates and services the largest global independent radio distribution network in the world with respect to Americana, Bluegrass, Folk, Blues, Alt. Country, Roots Music, etc.

About Collective Evolution:  Collective Evolution is a boutique, high-end entertainment and media consulting firm.  Our clients include recording artists, record labels, record producers, management companies and radio promotion / PR firms.  We deliver creative consultative services and customized business solutions to our clients based upon their specific needs and goals.

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