Ronnie Dunn has been on a bit of a tear against corporate/conglomerate radio lately, and he recently took to Facebook to make some interesting implications about the real reason Brooks & Dunn split up back in 2009. On Sunday he posted a message that said, “Will you do some trivia research for me ? 1. The LAST Brooks and Dunn #1 was what song and what year ? 2. What year did Kix take over American Country Countdown ? – RD”
When fans began asking if he was trying to make a correlation between the fact that Brooks & Dunn’s last hit was “Play Something Country” in 2005 and Kix took over ACC in January 2006, Ronnie said, “This is about the competitive environment of conglomerated radio…..nothing negative about the guy in the cowboy hat. Play Something Country was the last #1 B&D had. Kix taking over the countdown on a major conglomerate’s network in a highly competitive environment was the beginning of the end for B&D.”
Kix Brooks was just named National Air Personality by the CMA, and needless to say, he was not happy when he heard the implications Ronnie was making, so he responded to him with an open letter on Facebook that said:
“This one really makes me sad pard – whatever you’ve got going on with your attack on Radio now is certainly your business, but when someone said you’d implied that my hosting ACC had something to do with any lack of BnD success at Radio I didn’t believe it – if you remember ABC not Cumulus signed me back in 06 – a big network, but every major network without exception carried the show though out our carrier – I sat down with you and asked you what you thought, and said I would never do it if you thought there was any chance it would not be good for us – you encouraged me to do so – it’s been really fun for me – today our dear friend Reba called to congratulate me on winning the National Air Personality award – I was so excited, and then I read this – I cherish the years we made music and ran the road together -thanks to these fans we certainly got to live the dream – I’ve always admired your singing and I think you’ve always been admired for being one of the best – not sure what all this is about – wish all our fans the best – this music was for you – thanks for the ride – let’s a break on the hate – kb”
As of Wednesday night, Ronnie had not responded to Kix’s open letter, at least not publicly.