The JaneDear girls took the stage at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville Tuesday (9/6) to reveal the 2011 CMA Broadcast Personality and Radio Station of the Year finalists live from Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. The winners will be acknowledged by the Country Music Association during the CMA Awards broadcast November 9th after the winners are named in mid-October.
“The 45th Annual CMA Awards,” will be broadcast live on ABC Television Wednesday, November 9th, 8-11 pm ET/PT from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood return to host “Country Music’s Biggest Night” for a fourth year.
No doubt you’ll recognize the names in the National Broadcast Personality of the Year category. Two-time CMA National Broadcast Personality of the Year nominee and 2009 winner, Kix Brooks of “American Country Countdown,” is back in the running with competition from Big D & Bubba and Lia Knight. Big D & Bubba were also nominated for the award in 2002 and 2007. “The Lia Show” has been nominated five times, and Knight took home the trophy in 2005 and 2007.
Five finalists are selected for CMA Broadcast Personality and CMA Radio Station of the Year in four categories: small, medium, large, and major market, based on Arbitron market rankings.
Here are the 2011 CMA Broadcast Awards finalists:
CMA BROADCAST PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR:
“American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks” (Kix Brooks) – Citadel Media
“Big D & Bubba Show” (Derek Haskins and Sean Powell) – Premiere Radio Networks
“The Lia Show” (Lia Knight) – Dial Global
“Ben & Matt Show” (Ben Campbell and Matt McAllister) – KNIX, Phoenix, Ariz.
“Edwards & Lee” (Chuck Edwards and Linda Lee) – WYCD, Detroit, Mich.
“Kelly Ford & Rider” (Kelly Ford and Mark Newman) – KYGO, Denver-Boulder, Colo.
“Laurie DeYoung Morning Show” (Laurie DeYoung) – WPOC, Baltimore, Md.
“Paul Schadt Morning Show” (Paul Schadt, Meg Butterly, and Geof Knight) – WKKT, Charlotte/Gastonia, N.C.; Rock Hill, SC
“Chris Carr & Company” (Chris Carr, Jeffrey “Maverick” Bolen, and Jason Statt) – WUBE, Cincinnati, Ohio
“Coffee, Country & Cody” (Bill Cody) – WSM-AM, Nashville, Tenn.
“Jeff Roper in the Morning” (Jeff Roper and Angie Ward) – WTQR, Greensboro/Winston-Salem/High Pont, NC
“Jess, Brian, and Amanda” (Jess Tyler, Brian Phillips, and Amanda Leonardo) – WCTK, Providence/Warwick/Pawtucket, RI
“Q Morning Crew” (Mike Wheless, Marty Young, and Janie Carothers) – WQDR, Raleigh/Durham, NC
“Kevin Richards Show” (Kevin Richards) – WGNA, Albany/Schenectady/Troy, N.Y.
“Mornings with Brian and Kellie” (Brian Pierce and Kellie Michaels) – KFDI, Wichita, Kan.
“The 97 Country Breakfast Club” (Tom O’Brien, Roger Todd, Melissa Moran) – WPCV, Lakeland/Winter Haven, Fla.
“The Kat 103 Morning Show” (Steve Lundy and Gina Melton) – KXKT, Omaha, Neb./Council Bluffs, Iowa
“Ellis and Bradley Morning Show” (Bill Ellis and Beth Bradley) – WSSL, Greenville/Spartanburg, SC
“Barrett, Fox & Berry” (Bill Barrett, Tim Fox, and Tracy Berry) – KKNU, Eugene/Springfield, Ore.
“Bearman and Ken in the Morning” (Benny “Bearman” Martin, Ken Hicks, Daniel Wyatt) – WUSY, Chattanooga, Tenn.
“Scotty and Carissa in the Morning” (Scotty Cox and Carissa Loethen) – KCLR, Columbia, Mo.
“The Eddie Foxx Show” (Eddie Foxx and Sharon Green) – WKSF, Asheville, NC
“The Good Morning Guys” (Brian Gary, Todd Harding, and Susan Moore) – KUAD, Ft. Collins/Greeley, Colo.
CMA RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR
KMLE – Phoenix, Ariz.
KNIX – Phoenix, Ariz.
WKKT – Charlotte/Gastonia, N.C./Rock Hill, SC
WMZQ – Washington, DC
WYCD – Detroit, Mich.
KASE – Austin, Texas
KVET – Austin, Texas
WFMS – Indianapolis, Ind.
WQDR – Raleigh/Durham, NC
WUBE – Cincinnati, Ohio
KATM – Modesto, Calif.
KFDI – Wichita, Kan.
KUZZ – Bakersfield, Calif.
WBBS – Syracuse, NY
WYRK – Buffalo/Niagara Falls, NY
KCLR –Columbia, Mo.
KUAD – Ft. Collins/Greeley, Colo.
WKSF – Asheville, NC
WKXC – Augusta, Ga.
WUSY – Chattanooga, Tenn.