KEITH URBAN CONGRATULATES 2017 CMA BROADCAST AWARDS WINNERS
NASHVILLE – Ten-time CMA Awards winner and four-time 2017 nominee, Keith Urban made surprise phone calls to radio stations and personalities across the country Tuesday to reveal the news of their 2017 CMA Broadcast Awards wins.
“As a trade organization we strive to celebrate every aspect of the industry that contributes to the success of the genre,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “Country radio plays a crucial role in Country Music and I would like to congratulate these deserving winners on a successful year.”
Click below to listen to Keith Urban surprising “The Bobby Bones Show” with the news of their win.
The winners of the 2017 CMA Broadcast Awards are:
2017 CMA Broadcast Personality of the Year Winners
National – “The Bobby Bones Show” (Bobby Bones, Amy Brown, “Lunchbox” Dan Chappell, and Eddie Garcia) – iHeartMedia
Major Market – “Mike & Amy” (Mike Chase and Amy Faust) – KWJJ, Portland, Ore.
Large Market – “Amanda and Jesse” (Amanda Valentine and Jesse Tack) – WUBE, Cincinnati, Ohio
Medium Market – “Cash and Bradley” (Natalie Cash and Matt Bradley) – KWEN, Tulsa, Okla.
Small Market – “Officer Don and DeAnn” (Don Evans and DeAnn Stephens) – WBUL, Lexington-Fayette, Ky.
2017 CMA Radio Station of the Year Winners
Major Market – WIL – St. Louis, Mo.
Large Market – WQDR – Raleigh-Durham, N.C.
Medium Market – WIVK – Knoxville, Tenn.
Small Market – WYCT – Pensacola, Fla.
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, community involvement, and format leadership.
CMA members who are full-time, on-air personalities and CMA member radio stations in the United States and Canada were eligible. The entries are judged by a panel of distinguished broadcast professionals, representing all market sizes and regions.
CMA Broadcast Awards winners are not eligible to enter in consecutive years; therefore, those who received trophies in 2016 were not eligible in 2017. The professional services organization Deloitte & Touche LLP tabulates scoring by the judges.
Winners will be recognized at “The 51st Annual CMA Awards” on Wednesday, Nov. 8 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) and broadcast live on the ABC Television Network from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood return to host “Country Music’s Biggest Night.™”