Radio stations and air personalities in Indiana, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Florida are this year’s winners of industry awards from the Academy of Country Music. Additionally, the winners of the ACM’s musician of the year award and other industry honors were announced Tuesday (May 1).
The awards will be presented just prior to the live telecast of the 42nd annual ACM Awards show in Las Vegas. The event takes place May 15 at the MGM Grand.
In the radio category, WSIX/Nashville was named major market station of the year. WIVK/Knoxville, Tenn., and WPAP/Panama City, Fla., were the respective winners for medium and small market station of the year.
Bob Kingsley, host of Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40, was named on-air personality in the national category. Other on-air personality winners include Jim, Deb and Kevin of WFMS/Indianapolis (major market), Charlie James and Pam Wilder of WCOS/Columbia, S.C. (medium market) and Mike Lawrence and Dana Carole of KHKX/Midland, Texas (small market).
In the recording category, producer of the year honors went to Dann Huff, whose recent credits include Rascal Flatts’ Me and My Gang and Carrie Underwood’s Some Hearts. Steve Marcantonio was named audio engineer of the year.
The ACM’s musician of the year winners are designated by musical instrument. This year’s winners are Glenn Worf (bass), Eddie Bayers (drums), Aubrey Haynie (fiddle), Brent Mason (guitar), John Hobbs (piano/keyboards) and Michael Johnson (steel guitar). Mandolinist Stuart Duncan is this year’s winner in the specialty instrument category.
In honoring the concert and touring industry, the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville was named venue of the year and Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace in Bakersfield, Calif., nightclub of the year. Bill Magann of Variety Attractions was named talent buyer of the year, and Mike Smardak of Outback Concerts was named promoter of the year.