CMA Broadcast/Radio Nominations

Final nominees for the nation’s tcma-awardsop Country radio stations and broadcast personalities were delivered to Country Radio today, when Chuck Wicks revealed the 2009 CMA Broadcast Personality and Radio Station of the Year finalists live from Premiere Radio Networks’ New York City studios. The winners will be notified in mid-October and will be acknowledged at “The 43rd Annual CMA Awards.”

A tough race to call this year is who will claim bragging rights for the National Broadcast Personality of the Year. Nominee Bob Kingsley has won the trophy two times, in 2001, which was the inaugural year for the CMA National Broadcast Personality Award, and 2003. Lia Knight was nominated in 2003 and won in both 2005 and 2007. Nominated for the first time in 2008, Kix Brooks, of Brooks & Dunn, host of “American Country Countdown,” is nominated again in 2009 and if he wins it would be the first time that a County artist would claim a CMA Broadcast Awards trophy.

CMA BROADCAST PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR:
National
“American Country Countdown” (Kix Brooks) – Citadel Media
“Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40″ (Bob Kingsley) – KCCS Productions, Inc.
“The Lia Show” (Lia Knight) – Dial Global

Major Market
• “The All New Dr. Don Morning Show with Doc, Grunwald, Rachael, and Jason” (Don Carpenter, Steve Grunwald, Rachael Hunter, Jason “The 300 Pound Cowboy” Raithel) – WYCD, Detroit, Mich.
• “Cliff and Company: Cliff, Morgan, Tanner, and Tori” (Cliff Dumas, Morgan Thomas, Bill Tanner, Tori Peck) – KSON, San Diego, Calif.
• “The Cornbread Morning Show featuring Cornbread, Pat James, Producer Annie, Father Harry, and Captain Mac” (Cornbread, Pat James, Annie Henson, Harry Schroeder, Mac “Captain Mac” Douglas) – WIL, St. Louis, Mo.
•  “The Laurie De Young Morning Show” (Laurie De Young) – WPOC, Baltimore, Md.
• “Paul Schadt and Sarah in the Morning” (Paul Schadt, Sarah Waters) – WKKT, Charlotte, N.C.

Large Market
• “Bucky & Bob: The Talk of Austin” (Bucky Godbolt, Bob Cole) – KVET, Austin, Texas
• “Chris Carr & Company” – (Chris Carr, Jeffrey “Maverick” Bolen, Jason Statt) – WUBE, Cincinnati, Ohio
• “Jeff Roper in the Morning” (Jeff Roper, Angie Ward, Adam “Flash” Dellinger) – WTQR, Greensboro/Winston-Salem/High Point, N.C.
• “Jim Denny and Friends” (Jim Denny, Deborah Honeycutt, Kevin Freeman) – WFMS, Indianapolis, Ind.
• “Karen, Scott and Radar. . .The Moo Crew” (Karen Dalessandro, Scott Dolphin, Tony “Radar” Hess) – WMIL, Milwaukee-Racine, Wis.

Medium Market
•    “The 97 Country Breakfast Club with Roger, Tom, and Melissa” (Roger Todd, Tom O’Brien, Melissa Moran) – WPCV, Lakeland, Fla.
•    “Brian and Kellie Morning Show” (Brian Pierce, Kellie Michaels) – KFDI, Wichita, Kan.
•    “The Kat 103 Morning Show with Steve Lundy, Gina, and Craig (Steve Lundy, Gina Melton, Craig Allen) – KXKT, Omaha, Neb.
•    “Tom & Becky in the Morning” (Tom Owens, Becky Palmer) – WBBS, Syracuse, N.Y.
•    “WIVK at Night with Jack Ryan” (Jack Ryan) – WIVK, Knoxville, Tenn.

Small Market
•    “Barrett, Fox & Berry” (Bill Barrett, Tim Fox, Tracy Berry) – KKNU, Eugene, Ore.
•    “Bearman and Ken in the Morning” (Benny “Bearman” Martin, Ken Hicks) – WUSY, Chattanooga, Tenn.
•    “Gator & The StyckMan” (Gator Harrison, Greg “StyckMan” Owens) – WGSQ, Cookeville, Tenn.
•    “Mee in the Morning” (Kevin Mee, Brenda Mee) – KIZN, Boise, Idaho
•    “Middays with Philip Gibbons” (Philip Gibbons) – WGSQ, Cookeville, Tenn.

CMA RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR
Major Market
KMPS – Seattle/Tacoma, Wash.
KYGO – Denver/Boulder, Colo.
WPOC – Baltimore, Md.
WUSN – Chicago, Ill.
WYCD – Detroit, Mich.

Large Market
KAJA – San Antonio, Texas
KASE – Austin, Texas
WQDR – Raleigh, N.C.
WTQR – Greensboro/Winston-Salem/High Point, N.C.
WUBE – Cincinnati, Ohio

Medium Market
KSSN – Little Rock, Ark.
KUZZ – Bakersfield, Calif.
KXKT – Omaha, Neb.
WBBS – Syracuse, N.Y.
WGNA – Albany/Schenectady/Troy, N.Y.

Small Market
WAXX – Eau Claire, Wis.
WBKR – Owensboro, Ky.
WKSF – Asheville, N.C.
WUSY – Chattanooga, Tenn.
WYCT – Pensacola, Fla.

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