NASHVILLE – CMA Director of International Relations Bobbi Boyce, recently presented Ken Macleod, of Radio Tay in Scotland, with the CMA International Broadcaster Award.
“I’m thrilled with my award,” said Macleod. “I love this music and the many, many talented singers and musicians who produce it. I also enormously enjoy introducing the music to the audience at Radio Tay and their loyalty and support for the shows for the past 32 years is very important to me. But this award from CMA is truly special. It’s recognition from my peers in the Country Music world that I have contributed something to preserving and promoting this wonderful music. That means a great deal to me. As we say here in Scotland, I’m well chuffed!”
Macleod has been the presenter of “It’s Country” since the show debuted on Radio Tay in October 1980. The longest-running program on Radio Tay, “It’s Country” airs each Wednesday and Sunday.
Guests over the years have included Boxcar Willie, Garth Brooks, Johnny Cash, Rodney Crowell, Crystal Gayle, Vince Gill, Tom T. Hall, George Hamilton IV, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, George Jones, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Charley Pride, Reba, Gene Watson, Tammy Wynette, and others including many British and Irish Country artists.
His support of the format extends beyond the studio. He has organized bus trips to theaters in Scotland to attend various Country Music concerts including The Highwaymen, Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers and supports local Country Music clubs both on air and with personal appearances.
Apart from Country Music broadcasting, Macleod is also involved in community and education initiatives and has won four national broadcasting awards for his community work. A golf tournament, which Macleod established and organized for 18 years, has raised almost £200,000 for Radio Tay’s “Cash For Kids” charity.
The CMA International Broadcaster Award recognizes outstanding achievement by radio broadcasters outside the United States who have made important contributions toward the development of Country Music in their country. Previous winners are listed at CMAworld.com.
The CMA International Awards are voted on by a confidential panel of industry executives from the U.S. and around the world.