Ed Hardy Receives CMA Chairman's Award Scott Frans November 21, 2013 NASHVILLE – During today’s CMA Board of Directors meetings (Nov. 20-21), the organization’s Chairman Troy Tomlinson surprised CMA Board President Ed Hardy by presenting him with the CMA Chairman’s Award, which is given at the discretion of the Chairman of the Board. Tomlinson praised the leadership and hours of dedication that Hardy has devoted to the Association since taking over as the Board liaison with the staff in July. “Under Ed’s interim leadership, CMA had its strongest Awards ratings in four years,” Tomlinson said. “Ed set the bar and maintained a high level of expectation, which was not just met, but exceeded by our professional staff and television production teams. His contributions during this transition have been meaningful and will have a lasting impact on the Association.” The CMA Chairman’s Award, which was known as the CMA President’s Award until 2010, is given when the Chairman feels an individual or individuals, through outstanding service to CMA, merit the recognition (the Award maybe given to a current Board member or non-Board member). Hardy has been a member of the CMA Board of Directors for eight years, serving on every committee. He was named President-Elect in 2012 and assumed the role of President on Jan. 1. He will become Chairman of the Board on Jan. 1, 2014. A graduate of Kent State University with a bachelor’s degree in communications/journalism, Hardy was President of Scripps Networks Interactive’s Great American Country (GAC) Television Network from 2004 until 2012, where he led the successful integration of GAC into Scripps Networks. The move marked his return to Scripps, after having spent nine years as Vice President of the Scripps-owned Country–formatted radio properties, KUPL AM/FM in Portland, Ore. Hardy broke into the radio business in 1968 at WJW Radio, Cleveland. His management career began at KERE Denver in 1974, first as General Sales Manager, then General Manager. Later he became VP/General Manager of WCII, Louisville. By 1994, he employed his innovative management skills as founder, President and CEO of Deschutes River Broadcasting in Portland, Ore. Hardy later merged his company into Citadel Broadcasting and served as President – West Region for Citadel. He then became CEO and President of MeasureCast, Inc. (now SelectMetrics, Inc.). For 20 years, following his active duty service with the United States Army, he was an active member of the U.S. Army Reserves, rising to the rank of Major. Hardy currently serves as Chairman of the Board for the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau. Past Recipients (President’s Award now CMA Chairman’s Award): 1965 President Tex Ritter to C.L. (Leo) Fender 1969 President Bill Williams to Jack Stapp and Irving Waugh 1970 President Harold Hitt to Frank Jones 1972 President Bill Farr to A. Torio and Bob Neal 1973 President Frances Preston to Irving Waugh 1975 President Jerry Bradley to Terry Davis 1976 President Ron Bledsoe to Gene Nash 1977 President Dan McKinnon to Johnny Cash 1981 President Tandy Rice to David Lieberman, Jerry Bradley, and Norm Anderson 1984 President Dick McCullough to the Oak Ridge Boys 1985 President Dick McCullough to Willie Nelson 1986 President Rick Blackburn to subcommittee chairmen: Phil Graham, Ted Hacker, Mary Ann McCready, and Jack Weston 1987 President Al Greenfield to Dick McCullough 1991 President Thom Schuyler to Kitty Moon 1992 President Roy Wunsch to Don Schlitz 1993 President Paul Corbin to Jim Foglesong 1995 President Tony Conway to Bob Saporiti and Wayne Halper 1996 President Kitty Moon to Rick Blackburn and Jeff Walker 1997 President Tim DuBois to Bud Wendell 1998 President Tim DuBois to David Ross 1999 President Bud Wendell to Jerry Bradley 2000 President Luke Lewis to Tony Conway 2003 President Charlie Anderson to Kix Brooks 2004 President Kix Brooks to Robert Deaton 2005 President Victor Sansone to Kitty Moon Emery 2006 President Mike Dungan to Charlie Anderson 2007 President Clarence Spalding to Walter Miller 2008 President Randy Goodman to Joe Galante 2009 President Steve Moore to Clarence Spalding 2010 Chairman Steve Buchanan to Jim Free and Randy Goodman 2011 Chairman Steve Buchanan to Mayor Karl Dean For more information, visit CMAworld.com. About CMA: Founded in 1958, the Country Music Association was the first trade organization formed to promote a type of music. In 1961, CMA created the Country Music Hall of Fame to recognize artists and industry professionals with Country Music’s highest honor. More than 7,000 music industry professionals and companies from around the globe are members of CMA. The organization’s objectives are to serve as an educational and professional resource for the industry and advance the growth of Country Music around the world. This is accomplished through CMA’s core initiatives: the CMA Awards, which annually recognize outstanding achievement in the industry; the CMA Music Festival, which benefits music education and is taped for a three-hour TV special; and “CMA Country Christmas,” featuring Country artists performing original music and Christmas classics for broadcast on Monday, Dec. 2 (9:00-11:00 PM/ET). All of CMA’s television properties will air on the ABC Television network through 2021.