LONDON – During a recent visit to London, Brian D’Arcy was surprised with the CMA International Country Broadcaster Award by CMA Director of International Relations Bobbi Boyce.
D’Arcy broadcasts a weekly show on BBC Radio Ulster and is a frequent contributor to RTE Radio. Until recently, D’Arcy, who is known throughout Ireland as a priest and humanitarian, also broadcast a weekly inspirational show on BBC Radio 2.
He is a long-time supporter of Country Music and has covered the CMA Awards annually since his first trip to cover “Country Music’s Biggest Night™” in 1972. He is a regular contributor to the Chris Evans Show on BBC Radio 2 in “Pause for Thought,” and he has been writing professionally about Country Music since 1967. In that time, he has interviewed all of the greats in the industry.
D’Arcy is also an author (with 14 books to his name), a newspaper columnist, journalist, and chaplain to the entertainment industry. For nearly four decades, he has written a weekly column in Sunday World, which has the largest readership across Ireland and Northern Ireland with more than a million readers.
He said on receiving the CMA International Country Broadcaster Award, “I was not just surprised but truly shocked to receive this prestigious Award. It is the most rewarding recognition I’ve had or will have, as a broadcaster. I’ve devoted my broadcasting career to the promotion of good Country Music because I believe in Country Music and its people. The Award will have place of pride in my life. I’m sincerely grateful to all who brought this about.”
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.