Friday, October 19, 2012
– A Northern Ireland broadcaster received the CMA International Country Broadcaster Award.
Brian D'Arcy was surprised by CMA Director of International Relations Bobbi Boyce during a recent visit to London.
D'Arcy broadcasts a weekly show on BBC Radio Ulster and is a frequent contributor to RTE Radio. Until recently, D'Arcy, who is known throughout Ireland as a priest and humanitarian, also broadcast a weekly inspirational show on BBC Radio 2.
"I was not just surprised, but truly shocked to receive this prestigious award. It is the most rewarding recognition I've had or will have, as a broadcaster. I've devoted my broadcasting career to the promotion of good country music because I believe in country music and its people. The award will have place of pride in my life. I'm sincerely grateful to all who brought this about."
D'Arcy is a long-time supporter of country and has covered the CMA Awards annually since his first trip to cover it in 1972. He is a regular contributor to the Chris Evans Show on BBC Radio 2 in "Pause for Thought," and he has been writing professionally about country since 1967.
D'Arcy is also an author of 14 books, a newspaper columnist, journalist, and chaplain to the entertainment industry. For nearly four decades, he has written a weekly column in Sunday World, which has the largest readership across Ireland and Northern Ireland with more than a million readers.