Tuesday, May 9, 2006
– Buddy Cannon, producer of Kenny Chesney, was named producer of the year by the Academy of Country Music, in awards announced Tuesday by the group.
The ACMs also announced radio and musician awards.
Michael Rhodes won the bass player award, while Jonathan Yudkin was the fiddle winner, Pat Buchanan the guitar winner, Shannon Forrest percussion/drum Mike Rojas piano/keyboard; Bryan Sutton specialty instrument and Paul Franklin, steel guitar.
Blair Garner of After MidNight with Blair Garner was named the national on-air personality of the year award winner. Gerry House & The House Foundation of WSIX-FM of Nashville took the award for major markets, Scott Innes of WYNK-FM Louisiana for medium markets and Becky Austin and Brad Austin of KLUR-FM in Texas for small markets.
Radio stations of the year were WFMS-FM in Indiana for major markets; WUSY-FM of Tennessee for medium markets and WGSQ-FM of Tennessee and WYCT-FM of Florida for small markets in a tie.
Justin Niebank took home audio engineer of the year.
Texas institution, Billy Bob's of Fort Worth, was named nightclub of the year.
Mohegan Sun Casino, of Uncasville, Conn., won casino of the year.
Suzanne Wilson of Wilson Events was named Don Romeo Talent Buyer of the Year, while Louis Messina of the Messina Group received the Don Romeo Promoter of the Year.
The full awards ceremony is being held May 23 in Las Vegas.