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CMA names broadcast award winners

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 – Radio jocks sure would have been thrilled to hear from Luke Bryan on Tuesday because that meant they would have won a 2014 CMA Broadcast Award.

Lon Helton of Country Countdown USA won the National Award for Broadcast Personality of the Year.

"CMA recognizes the influence that country radio stations have on the genre," said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. "I would like to congratulate these winners and thank them for their contributions to the format."

Other winners were:
Major Market - "Laurie DeYoung Show" (Laurie DeYoung, Mark Williams, Jeff St. Pierre, and Claire Scattergood) - WPOC, Baltimore
Large Market - "Chris Carr & Company" (Chris Carr, Jeff "Maverick" Bolen, and Jason Statt) - WUBE, Cincinnati
Medium Market - Buzz Jackson - KIIM, Tucson, Ariz. Small Market - "Gator & The Styckman" (Gator Harrison, Greg "Styckman" Owens,and "Cowboy" Kyle Croft) - WUSY, Chattanooga, Tenn.

Radio station of the year winners:
Major Market - KKBQ - Houston-Galveston, Texas
Large Market - WQDR - Raleigh-Durham, N.C.
Medium Market - KXKT - Omaha, Neb./Council Bluffs, Ia.
Small Market - 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 aircheck, ratings history, community involvement and format leadership.

To be eligible, 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. The entries are judged by a panel of broadcast professionals, representing all market sizes and regions.

CMA Broadcast Award winners are not eligible to enter in consecutive years. Those who received trophies in 2013 were not eligible in 2014.

Winners will be recognized at the 48th Annual CMA Awards" to be held Nov. 5 in Nashville.

"Country radio has been so supportive of me and my career," said Bryan. "I was honored to be the one to call and tell them about this huge honor. Congrats to all the winners."

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