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2011 CRB-Country Aircheck Awards Presented at CRS New Faces of Country Music Show

2011 CRB-Country Aircheck Awards Presented at CRS New Faces of Country Music Show

2011 CRB-Country Aircheck Awards Presented at CRS New Faces of Country Music Show
(Nashville, Tenn. – March 4, 2011) The second annual CRB-Country Aircheck Awards were presented Friday night, March 4, during the CRS New Faces of Country Music Show® at Country Radio Seminar 2011.

CRB President Mike Culotta co-presented the awards with Country Aircheck’s Lon Helton in between performances at the New Faces show inside the Nashville Convention Center.

The 2011 CRB-Country Aircheck Award winners are:

Major Market Country Radio Station – WUSN/Chicago

Large Market Country Radio Station – WMIL/Milwaukee

Medium Market Country Radio Station – WIVK/Knoxville

Small Market Country Radio Station – WUSY/Chattanooga


Market Manager/GM, Major Market – Natalie Conner, WXTU/Philadelphia 

Market Manager/GM, Large Market - Tom English, WSIX/Nashville

Market Manager/GM, Medium Market - Thom Mandel, WQMX/Akron

Market Manager/GM, Small Market - Ken Salyer, WKSF/Asheville


Major Market OM/Program Director - Mike Culotta, WQYK-FM/Tampa

Large Market OM/Program Director - Keith Kaufman, WSIX/Nashville

Medium Market OM/Program Director - Mike Hammond, WIVK/Knoxville

Small Market OM/Program Director - Rob Kelley, WQHK/Ft. Wayne


Major Market Music Director – TIE - Marci Braun, WUSN/Chicago and Ginny Rogers, WKLB/Boston

Large Market Music Director - TJ McEntire, KBEQ/Kansas City

Medium Market Music Director - Dave Taft, WBCT/Grand Rapids

Small Market Music Director - Brian Hatfield, WKSF/Asheville, NC


National Air Personality - Bob Kingsley, Country Top 40

Major Market Personality - Lisa Dent & Ramblin' Ray, WUSN/Chicago

Large Market Personality - Gerry House & The House Foundation, WSIX/Nashville

Medium Market Personality - Andy And Allison, WIVK/Knoxville

Small Market Personality - Dan, Dude And Lori Mae, WQHK/Ft. Wayne


Platinum Record Label – Capitol Records

Gold Record Label - Big Machine Records

VP/Promotion - Jack Purcell, Big Machine

Director/National Promotion - George Briner, Valory

Regional Promoter - Erik Powell, Big Machine

Independent Promoter - Nine North

New Face Of Country - John Esposito, Warner Music Nashville

Radio awards were divided into four markets: Major (1-25), Large (26-50), Medium (51-100) and Small (101+).  Awards for each market recognized outstanding achievement in the Station, General Manager, Program Director, Music Director and Air Personality categories. There was also one National Personality award presented.

Record Label awards included a Platinum award (given to a label with an affiliated distribution company), a Gold award (given to a label with external distribution), and one award each in the VP/Promotion, Director/National Promotion, Independent Promoter and Regional Promoter categories.  Additionally, a discretionary New Face of Country award was given to an emerging professional who has made a specific impact in the Country radio or Country music industry in the previous 12 months.

About CRB:  The Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc.® is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization founded in 1969 to bring radio broadcasters from around the world together with the Country Music Industry to ensure vitality and promote growth in the Country Radio format.

About CRS:  The Country Radio Seminar (CRS) is an annual convention designed to educate and promote the exchange of ideas in the country music industry.  CRS takes place at the Nashville Convention Center in downtown Nashville, Tenn.  Country Radio Seminar is a registered trademark of Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc.

About Country Aircheck:  Country Aircheck is the leading force in the Country radio trade publication industry as a multi-faceted news and information source.  The Nashville-based company publishes several branded products, including Country Aircheck Today, Country Aircheck Weekly, Country Aircheck's "The Adds," and Country Aircheck quarterly Print Publications. For more information, call (615) 320-1450 or visit www.CountryAircheck.com.

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