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CMA broadcast award winners announced

Monday, October 17, 2011 – A few radio stations and broadcast personalities received a special call from Taylor Swift this morning and with that, news that they had won CMA Broadcast Awards.

Swift personally notified them of their CMA Broadcast Award wins. Swift spread the good news by calling Major, Large, Medium, and Small Market Station and Large, Medium, and Small Market Broadcast Personality of the Year winners from her Nashville home.

Personality of the Year winners were:

Major Market -WYCD, Detroit, Mich. (CBS Radio). WYCD is a first time winner after being nominated in 2009 and 2010.

Large Market - Chris Carr, Jeffrey "Maverick" Bolen, and Jason Statt, "Chris Carr & Company," WUBE, Cincinnat). This is the first win for the "Chris Carr & Company" after being nominated in 2009 and 2010. Carr is the 2007 CMA Broadcast Award winner for Major Market Broadcast Personality of the Year for his solo work at KEEY in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.

Medium Market - Brian Pierce and Kellie Michaels, "Mornings with Brian and Kellie," KFDI, Wichita, Kan. This is the first win for Pierce and Michaels after being nominated in 2009 and 2010.

Small Market - Scotty Cox and Carissa Loethen, "Scotty and Carissa in the Morning," KCLR, Columbia, Mo. This is the first win for Cox and Loethen, who were first nominated in 2010.

2011 CMA Radio Station of the Year Winners:

Major Market - Chuck Edwards and Linda Lee, "Edwards & Lee," WYCD, Detroit. This is the first CMA Broadcast Award nomination and win for Edwards and Lee.

Major Market -WYCD, Detroit, Mich. WYCD is a first time winner after being nominated in 2009 and 2010.

Large Market - WQDR, Raleigh/Durham, N.C. WQDR is a first time winner after being nominated in 2005, 2009, and 2010.

Medium Market - KATM, Modesto, Calif. KATM is a first time winner and nominee.

Small Market - KCLR, Columbia, Mo. This is the first win for KCLR. The station was first nominated in 2010.

Five finalists are selected for Broadcast Personality of the Year and Station of the Year in four categories (small, medium, large, and major market). 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.

CMA Broadcast Award winners are not eligible to enter in consecutive years; therefore, those who received trophies in 2010 were not eligible in 2011.

The CMA Broadcast Personality of the Year and CMA Radio Station of the Year recipients will be recognized during the 45th Annual CMA Awards on Nov. 9 in Nashville.

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