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Radio personalities nominated for CMA awards, Kix Brooks nominated

Wednesday, September 10, 2008 – Nominations for radio personalities and stations for the 42nd annual Country Music Association awards were disclosed Wednesday with Kix Brooks being among the nominees for a radio show he hosts. If he wins, he would be the first artist to win a broadcast CMA award. >Many of the radio stations and personalities were first-time finalists for a CMA Broadcast Award. Nearly half of the finalists for Broadcast Personality of the Year were nominated for the first time in 2008, including Brooks.

"It is wonderful to see so many new names and stations nominated this year," said CMA Chief Executive Officer Tammy Genovese. "The talent, time and creativity the stations and broadcast teams put into their entries is really amazing. It is obvious they take this competition very seriously and they set a high standard each year."

Five finalists are selected for Broadcast Personality of the Year and Station of the Year in four categories (Small Market, Medium Market, Large Market, and Major Market).

Broadcast personality of the year:
National
"American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks" (Kix Brooks) - ABC Radio Networks
"CMT Country Countdown USA with Lon Helton" (Lon Helton) - Westwood One
"The Crook & Chase Countdown" (Lorianne Crook and Charlie Chase) - Jim Owens Entertainment

Major Market
"The Dr. Don Morning Show" (Don Carpenter, Steve Grunwald, Rachael Hunter, Jason Raithel) - WYCD, Detroit, Mich.
Catherine Lane - WSOC, Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, N.C.
"Cliff and Company" (Cliff Dumas, Tori Peck, Bill Tanner, and Morgan Thomas) - KSON, San Diego, Calif.
"Jesse and Shotgun in the Morning" (Jesse James and Randy Shannon) - KWLI, Denver-Boulder, Colo.
"Kelly, Mudflap, and JoJo Morning Show" (Kelly Ford, Steve "Mudflap" McGrew, and JoJo) - KYGO, Denver-Boulder, Colo.
"Randy & Dave" (Randy Price and Dave McKay) - WQYK, Tampa-St. Petersburg, Fla.

Large Market
"B-105 Morning Show" (Bill Whyte, Amanda Orlando, and Jason Statt) - WUBE, Cincinnati, Ohio Bob Pickett - KASE, Austin, Texas
"Gerry House & The House Foundation" (Gerry House, Mike Bohan, Duncan Stewart, Al Voecks, and Richard Falklen) - WSIX, Nashville, Tenn.
"The Moo Crew with Karen, Scott and Radar" (Karen Dalessandro, Scott Dolphin, and Tony "Radar" Hess) - WMIL, Milwaukee-Racine, Wis.
"Wake Up with the Wolf" (Darren Wilhite, Tim Wall, and Codie Allen) - WDAF, Kansas City, Mo.

Medium Market
"Andy & Alison and the Morning Crew" (Andy Ritchie and Alison West) - WIVK, Knoxville, Tenn.
Carol Hughes - KFDI, Wichita, Kan.
"Roger and Tom" (Roger Todd and Tom O'Brien) - WPCV, Lakeland-Winter Haven, Fla.
"Ron and Becky Show" (Ron Bee and Becky Palmer) - WBBS, Syracuse, N.Y
"WIVK at Night with Jack Ryan" (Jack Ryan) - WIVK, Knoxville, Tenn.

Small Market
"Big Al and Dex" (Al McClure and Bill Poindexter) - WUSY, Chattanooga, Tenn.
"The Cat Pak Morning Show" (Brent Lane and Dana Cervantes) - WYCT, Pensacola, Fla.
"The Good Morning Guys" (Brian Gary and Todd Harding) - KUAD, Ft. Collins-Greeley, Colo.
"Carol Metz and the More Music Morning Show" (Carol Metz) - WAKG, Danville, Va.
"Mark & Danielle and the Morning Waking Crew" (Mark Ericson and Danielle Carrier) - WOKQ, Portsmouth-Dover-Rochester, N.H. STATION OF THE YEAR

Major Market
KMPS - Seattle-Tacoma, Wash.
KNIX - Phoenix, Ariz.
KSON - San Diego, Calif.
WQYK - Tampa-St. Petersburg, Fla.
WXTU - Philadelphia, Penn.

Large Market
KAJA - San Antonio, Texas
KASE - Austin, Texas
WFMS - Indianapolis, Ind.
WTQR - Greensboro-Winston-Salem-High Point, N.C.
WUBE - Cincinnati, Ohio

Medium Market
KFDI - Wichita, Kan.
KUZZ - Bakersfield, Calif.
WBBS - Syracuse, N.Y.
WIVK - Knoxville, Tenn.
WYRK - Buffalo-Niagara Falls, N.Y.

Small Market
KUAD - Ft. Collins-Greeley, Colo.
WFYR - Peoria, Ill.
WGSQ - Cookeville, Tenn.
WKML - Fayetteville, N.C.
WUSY - Chattanooga, Tenn.

The categories are established by market size based on population as ranked by Arbitron. Entries for Broadcast Personality of the Year are judged on aircheck, ratings, community involvement, and biographical information. Candidates for Station of the Year are judged on airchecks, ratings history, community involvement, and format leadership.

Three finalists are selected for National Broadcast Personality of the Year. To be eligible for National Broadcast Personality of the Year candidates must be syndicated, short-form, hub voice-tracking, and satellite personalities heard in at least 3 markets with a minimum of 40 shows per year.

CMA members who are full-time, on-air personalities and CMA member radio stations in the U.S. and Canada were eligible to enter. The entries are judged by a panel of distinguished broadcast professionals, representing all market sizes and regions. An aggregate score of the first round of judging and the second round, which is done by a different panel of judges, determines the winners. The international accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP tabulates scoring by the judges. CMA Broadcast Award winners are not eligible to enter in consecutive years; therefore, those who received trophies in 2007 were not eligible in 2008.

Winners will be notified in mid-October. The awards show is Nov. 12 in Nashville.

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