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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

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Nashville, Tenn. (Top40 Charts/ AristoMedia) 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

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