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Country Radio Broadcasters honor Merle Haggard, Shelia Shipley Biddy

Tuesday, November 4, 2008 – Merle Haggard and Shelia Shipley Biddy will be honored by the Country Radio Broadcasters at the Country Music DJ and Radio Hall of Fame Dinner and Awards Ceremony on March 3, 2009. Haggard will receive the Career Achievement Award, while Shipley Biddy, who has worked at record companies and been a manger, will be presented with the President's Award.

The Career Achievement Award is presented to an individual artist or act that has made a significant contribution to the development and promotion of country music and country radio. "What can I add to the long list of accomplishments that Merle Haggard has had during his illustrious career in country music?" said CRB President Becky Brenner. "Not only has he been a great friend to country radio, he's also recognized worldwide as one of the true ambassadors of the country genre."

The President's Award is presented to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the marketing, production, growth and development of the Country Radio Seminar and the multiple services that Country Radio Broadcasters provides to the country radio and music communities.

Biddy is president of Stringtown Records. She works as an artist manager at Hallmark Direction Company overseeing the careers of Trent Willmon and Ray Scott. She has also held positions at Vivaton Records (Executive Vice President of National Promotion and Artist Development), Shipley Biddy Entertainment (President/CEO) and Decca Records (Senior Vice President and General Manager - the first woman to head a major label in Nashville), where she introduced artists such as Lee Ann Womack, Gary Allan and Rhett Akins. She also served as Senior Vice President of National Promotion for MCA Records. During a 10-year period, the label saw more than 125 number 1 singles from artists such as Vince Gill, Steve Wariner, Patty Loveless, Trisha Yearwood, Mark Chesnutt, Tracy Byrd, The Mavericks, Wynonna and David Lee Murphy.

"Over the years, many people have contributed to the growth and development of the Country Radio Broadcasters...one of the true standouts is Shelia Shipley Biddy, whose service to the board and Agenda Committee of this organization has lasted well over a decade," said Brenner. "It is certainly a pleasure for me as president to recognize her with this prestigious award."

"When I received the call...informing me of the board's decision to present me with the President's Award, I was overwhelmed with emotion and had to take a moment to compose myself," said Shipley Biddy. "Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. is an organization I have been honored to serve and one that allows me to serve the two sides of the industry I love most - music and radio. Some of my fondest memories and learning experiences are tied to events that took place at CRS."

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Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
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