In a wide-ranging interview with Billboard, new SONY Music Nashville Executive Vice President Steve Hodges was asked about radio as a platform for country music artists. His answer is bulletin board material. "It's definitely the priority platform, and country listeners are still a very specific life group. For them, they use radio as their priority place to listen to music, and it's still a destination for our listeners, instead of being an impulse. Radio seems to deliver them the product that they want, so for us it maintains a great amount of importance. The music today is as important as it ever has been." SONY Music Nashville includes superstars Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, and Carrie Underwood, among many others. Read the full Billboard interview HEREPicture courtesy Billboard.