Tuesday, February 24, 2009
– Lon Helton of Country Countdown USA won the national on-air personality of the year award from the 44th annual Academy of Country Music Awards it was announced Tuesday. Radio stations WIVK-FM & WYCT-FM each won in two categories.
Helton has hosted Westwood One's "Country Countdown USA" since its inception in 1992. He has been honored as the CMA's National Broadcast Personality of the Year four times and was inducted into the Country Music DJ Hall of Fame in 2006, the same year he launched the trade publication, Country Aircheck.
Winners for on-air personality awards were:
National - Lon Helton, Country Countdown USA
Major Market - Dorsey Gang - KSCS-FM, Dallas
Large Market - JD Cannon - WFMS-FM, Indianapolis
Medium Market - Andy Ritchie, Alison West and Jimmy Holt - WIVK-FM, Knoxville, Tenn.
Small Market - Brent Lane and Dana Cervantes - WYCT-FM, Pensacola, Fla.
Radio station of the year winners were:
Major Market - WSOC-FM, Charlotte
Large Market - WSIX-FM, Nashville
Medium Market - WIVK-FM, Knoxville, Tenn.
Small Market - WYCT-FM, Pensacola, Fla.
These awards will not be part of the televised show being held April 5 in Las Vegas due to time constraints. This year, however, individual On-Air Personality of the Year winners (or one individual from the teams who win Personality of the Year categories) can be the voices for bumpers leading into commercials for the awards.