CRB Announces Humanitarian, Radio Promotion Awards

Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc.® announced recipients of its Radio Promotion Awards, Artist Humanitarian Award, Radio Humanitarian Award and Tom Rivers Humanitarian Award yesterday, (3/5) at CRS-40.

Radio Promotion Awards:
Large Market
1st Place: KILT/ Houston, TX — “Ten Man Jam”
2nd Place: WUBL/Atlanta, GA — “A Taste of Trisha Yearwood”
3rd Place: WXTU/Philadelphia, PA — “Text 2 Win Julianne Hough at Your School”

Medium Market
1st Place: KCCY/Colorado Springs, CO — “Acoustic Happy Hour”
2nd Place: KFDI /Wichita, KS — “Christmas in a Box”
3rd Place: WQMX/Akron, OH — “Send Me Backstage”

Small Market
1st Place: WKKR/Opelika, AL — “Wall of Water”
2nd Place: KRYS/Corpus Christi, TX — “Independence Day”
3rd Place – Tie: WFYR/Peoria, IL — “Valentine” and KZPK/St. Cloud, MN — “We Fest”

Artist Humanitarian Award: Randy Owen
Owen co-founded Country Cares for St. Jude Kids® in 1989. To date, Country Cares has raised more than $345 million to fund cancer research. Past honorees include Brad Paisley, Brooks & Dunn, Garth Brooks, Charlie Daniels and Kenny Rogers.  Last year’s recipient, Clay Walker, presented Owen with the award on Wednesday, (3/4).

Radio Humanitarian Award:
Large Market: 97.3 WGH, Norfolk-Virginia Beach, VA
This year’s honoree pursued year-round public service efforts benefiting  Country Cares for St. Jude Kids, the Center for Child and Family Services in Hampton Roads, the March of Dimes and the Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure. Their monthly guitar auction “Chords For The Cause” benefits a different non-profit each month. WGH is also involved in military causes and provided aid to those affected by local tornadoes.

Medium Market: 107.7 WIVK, Knoxville, TN
The 2009 honoree enlisted Randy Owen for a benefit concert for victims of a local church shooting and John Michael Montgomery to help collect 1,400 pounds of food for Second Harvest Food Bank. Performances from Joe Nichols and Jewel helped raise money for local Knoxville schools. WIVK also sponsored “Feed The Need” to help feed the homeless, and “Buddy’s Barbeque Race Against Cancer” to raise funds for Cancer Outreach Services. Radiothons have benefited Variety Children’s Charity and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, among others.

Small Market: 93.3 WFLS, Fredericksburg, VA
This year’s honoree successfully encouraged listeners to contribute more than $150,000 to charities, including the Children’s Miracle Network, the Salvation Army, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and more. The station enlisted listeners to donate blood to the American Red Cross, school supplies to the Spotsylvania and Stafford County School Supply Collection and food to the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank.

Tom Rivers Humanitarian Award: Mick Anselmo, Sr.
During his tenure at KEEY-FM, Anselmo organized and created a radiothon which has helped raise more than $12 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. His partnership with Sharing and Caring Hands of Minneapolis set a food drive record. Anselmo also created Project Northern Lights, which collected calling cards for troops in Baghdad.

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