BBC producer receives CMA international honor
Thursday, November 12, 2009
– BBC Radio 2 Executive Producer Al Booth was surprised at this week's CMA International Media Reception when she was presented with the 2009 Wesley Rose International Media Achievement Award. The award recognizes outstanding achievements in media, which contribute to the development of country music outside of the U.S.
"Country music is always what I wanted to work, and I wanted to work in country music radio," said Booth. "That's not very easy in the U.K., so to get this award is absolutely incredible. I want to thank CMA for all they do to help us put on our CMA show, which is going out across the U.K. on Friday night. "
A lifelong country fan, Booth is the country specialist at the United Kingdom's most popular radio station BBC Radio 2, with a weekly reach of nearly 13.5 million listeners. She produces the station's weekly country program, hosted by Sony Award-winning presenter Bob Harris. For 10 years, she has worked alongside Harris and other presenters on BBC Radio 2's coverage of the CMA Awards, the Americana Music Awards and the South by Southwest Festival. She has written and produced BBC documentaries including "Roots, Rappers and Rednecks" and "'80s Nashville - Taking Back the Country," the latter presented by Wynonna.
"Al has been a strong voice for country music in London and throughout the United Kingdom with her work on BBC Radio 2," said Wendy Pearl, CMA Vice President of Communications. "She is a passionate advocate of our artists and format, and very deserving of this award."
Booth was in town preparing to produce BBC Radio 2's coverage of the Country Music Association awards. The highlights show with performances and interviews will be broadcast in the United Kingdom on Nov. 13.
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