CMA Announces 2015 Broadcast Awards Finalists

CMA Announces 2015 Broadcast Awards Finalists

CMA and Kelsea Ballerini joined forces with ABC Radio to announce the 2015 CMA Broadcast Awards finalists for Radio Personality and Station of the Year today during a media tour in New York City.

The finalists were surprised by the two-time CMA Awards finalist when she called under the pretense of talking about the nominations and then turned the tables.

Sarah Trahern, Photo: Donn Jones/CMA

Sarah Trahern, Photo: Donn Jones/CMA

“Radio has played such an important part in this amazing year that I jumped at the opportunity to call the stations to tell them they were nominated for a CMA Broadcast Award,” said Ballerini. “It has been an amazing day and I was really happy to share it with people who have contributed so much to my career.”

The CMA Broadcast Award winners will be notified in mid-October and will be acknowledged at “The 49th Annual CMA Awards,” to be held Wednesday, Nov. 4 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) and broadcast live by the ABC Television Network from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood return to host “Country Music’s Biggest Night™” for the eighth time.

“Country radio stations and personalities reinforce what makes our format so powerful,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “They play a crucial part in establishing those common bonds between Country artists and listeners. We are thrilled to recognize these individuals who are exemplary advocates of our format.”

Five finalists are selected for CMA Broadcast Personality and CMA Radio Station of the Year in four categories: Small, Medium, Large, and Major Market. This year, however, there was a tie in the Medium Market Radio Station of the Year category, resulting in six nominees.

CMA BROADCAST PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR:

National

  • “The Big D and Bubba Show” (Derek Haskins, Sean Powell, and Patrick Thomas) –  Compass Media Networks
  •  “The Crook and Chase Countdown” (Lorianne Crook and Charlie Chase) – iHeartMedia
  •  “The Lia Show” (Lia Knight) – Westwood One

Major Market

  • “Barrel Boy @ Night” (Eric Gruneisen) – KNIX, Phoenix, Ariz.
  • “Ben and Matt in the Morning” (Ben Campbell and Matt McAllister) – KNIX, Phoenix, Ariz.
  • “The Michael J Show” (Michael J. Stuehler) – WPOC, Baltimore, Md.
  • “Paul Schadt and Meg in the Morning Show” (Paul Schadt, Meg Butterly, and Geof Knight) – WKKT, Charlotte-Gastonia, N.C./Rock Hill, S.C.
  •  “The Q Morning Zoo” (Tim Tuttle, Kevin Kline, and Erica Rico) – KKBQ, Houston-Galveston, Texas

Large Market

  • “The Big Dave Show” (David Chandler, Chelsie Shinkle, and Jason Statt) – WUBE, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • “Karen, Scott & Radar” (Karen Dalessandro, Scott Dolphin, and Tony “Radar” Hess) – WMIL, Milwaukee-Racine, Wis.
  • “Mornings with Dave O’Brien” (Dave O’Brien) – WLHK, Indianapolis, Ind.
  • “Q Morning Crew” (Mike Wheless, Marty Young, and Janie Carothers) – WQDR, Raleigh-Durham, N.C.
  • “Randy and Jamie” (Randy Carroll and Jamie Martin) – KAJA, San Antonio, Texas

Medium Market

  • “The 97 Country Breakfast Club” (Roger Todd, Melissa Moran and Dale Sellers) – WPCV, Lakeland-Winter Haven, Fla.
  • “Andy & Allison and The Morning Crew” (Andy Ritchie, Alison Mencer, and Jimmy Holt) – WIVK, Knoxville, Tenn.
  • “DJ Walker In The Morning” (Dennis Walker and Jim Wells) – KATM, Stockton, Calif.
  • “Maverick & Lulu” (Maverick Johnson and Luanne Kyrsz) – WCTQ, Sarasota-Bradenton, Fla.
  • “Tom and Becky” (Tom Owens and Becky Palmer) – WBBS, Syracuse, N.Y.

Small Market

  • “Barrett, Fox & Berry” (Bill Barrett, Tim Fox, and Tracy Berry) – KKNU, Eugene-Springfield, Ore.
  • “Bobby and Steve Show” (Bobby Cook and Steve Schwetman) – WKYQ, Paducah, Ky.
  •  “The Dex & Mo Show” (Bill “Dex” Poindexter and Melissa “Mo” Turner) – WUSY, Chattanooga, Tenn.
  • “Ken and Daniel” (Ken Hicks and Daniel Wyatt) – WUSY, Chattanooga, Tenn.
  •  “Scotty & Cara in the Morning” (Scotty Cox and Cara Denis) – KCLR, Columbia, Mo.

CMA RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR

Major Market

KNIX – Phoenix, Ariz.
WKKT – Charlotte-Gastonia, N.C./Rock Hill, S.C.
WKLB – Boston, Mass.
WPOC – Baltimore, Md.
WSOC – Charlotte-Gastonia, N.C./Rock Hill, S.C.

Large Market

WCOL – Columbus, Ohio
WLHK – Indianapolis, Ind.
WMIL – Milwaukee-Racine, Wis.
WQIK – Jacksonville, Fla.
WUBE – Cincinnati, Ohio

Medium Market

CKRY – Calgary, Alta.
KUZZ – Bakersfield, Calif.
WBBS – Syracuse, N.Y.
WCTQ – Sarasota-Bradenton, Fla.
WHKO – Dayton, OH
WIVK – Knoxville, Tenn.

Small Market

KCLR – Columbia, Mo.
KFDI – Wichita, Kan.
KTTS – Springfield, Mo.
WGSQ – Cookeville, Tenn.
WHWY – Ft. Walton Beach/Destin, Fla.

Ballerini recorded personal messages for those radio stations and nominated personalities who weren’t able to participate in the calls. ABC Radio is making that audio in addition to audio from “The 49th Annual CMA Awards” nominee announcements on ABCnews.com available via FTP.

“The 49th Annual CMA Awards” is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the Executive Producer and Paul Miller is the Director. The CMA Awards will be shot in high definition and broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound.

ABC Radio is the audio extension of the Disney/ABC Television Group and produces ABC News Radio, ABC Sports Radio, entertainment service ABC Air Power and content for radio websites under the ABC Digital brand. ABC News Radio is America’s most-listened to news audio network and winner of the Edward R Murrow “Overall Excellence” award. ABC Radio syndicates content to more than 1300 radio stations reaching more than 42-million listeners each week along with multiple digital radio partners.

By CMA