Kix Brooks among ACM radio finalists
Thursday, February 4, 2010
– Nominations were announced Thursday for the Academy of Country Music radio finalists with Kix Brooks among them.
Categories and nominees were:
National On-Air Personality: Blair Garner, AfterMidNite (Premiere); Cody Alan, CMT Radio Live (CMT Radio/Westwood One); Crook & Chase, Crook and Chase Countdown (Premiere); Kix Brooks, American Country Countdown (Citadel Media); Lia Knight, The Lia Show (Dial Global).
Major Market Personality: Ben Campbell and Matt McAllister, KNIX/Phoenix; Catherine Lane, WSOC/Charlotte; Cliff, Morgan, Tanner and Tori, KSON/San Diego; Kelly Ford and Mark Rider, KYGO/Denver; Cornbread, Pat James, Producer Annie, Captain Mac Douglas and Father Harry Schroeder, WIL/St. Louis.
Large Market Personality: Chris Carr, Maverick and Statt, WUBE/Cincinnati; Gerry House, Mike Bohan, Al Voecks, Duncan Stewart and Richard Falklen, WSIX/Nashville; Jim Denny, Deborah Honeycutt and Kevin Freeman, WFMS/Indianapolis; Jeff Roper, WTQR/Greensboro; Tommy and Joe Johnson, KUBL/Salt Lake City.
Medium Market Personality: Buzz Jackson, KIIM/Tucson; Clay and Dale, WYRK/Buffalo; Dan Brennan and Shelby Mitchell, WKSJ/Mobile; Roger Todd, Tom O'Brien and Melissa Moran, WPCV/Lakeland; Tom Owens and Becky Palmer, WBBS/Syracuse.
Small Market Personality: Barrett, Fox and Berry, KKNU/Eugene, OR; Eddie Foxx and Sharon Green, WKSF/Asheville, NC; Gator and The StyckMan, WGSQ/Cookeville, TN; Jess Wright, WFRE/Frederick, MD; Scotty and Carissa, KCLR/Columbia, MO.
Major Market Station: KKGO/Los Angeles, KMPS/Seattle, KSCS/Dallas, KYGO/Denver and WUSN/Chicago.
Large Market Station: KNCI/Sacramento, WFMS/Indianapolis, WQDR/Raleigh and WUBE/Cincinnati.
Medium Market Station: KIZN/Boise, ID; KUZZ/Bakersfield; WGNA/Albany, NY; WKSJ/Mobile; and WYRK/Buffalo.
Small Market Station: KMDL/Lafayette, LA; WGSQ/Cookeville, TN; WKSF/Asheville, NC; WKXC/Augusta, GA and WUSY/Chattanooga, TN.
The awards will be handed out April 18 in Las Vegas.
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