NASHVILLE – CMA
Director of International Relations Bobbi Boyce, recently presented
Ken Macleod, of Radio Tay in Scotland, with the CMA International Broadcaster Award.
with my award,” said Macleod. “I love this music and the many, many talented
singers and musicians who produce it. I also enormously enjoy introducing the
music to the audience at Radio Tay and their loyalty and support for the shows
for the past 32 years is very important to me. But this award from CMA is truly
special. It’s recognition from my peers in the Country Music world that I have
contributed something to preserving and promoting this wonderful music. That
means a great deal to me. As we say here in Scotland, I’m well chuffed!”
has been the presenter of “It’s Country” since the show debuted on Radio Tay
in October 1980. The longest-running program on Radio Tay, “It’s Country”
airs each Wednesday and Sunday.
Guests over the years have included
Boxcar Willie, Garth Brooks, Johnny Cash, Rodney Crowell, Crystal Gayle, Vince
Gill, Tom T. Hall, George Hamilton IV, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, George
Jones, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Charley Pride, Reba, Gene Watson, Tammy Wynette,
and others including many British and Irish Country artists.
of the format extends beyond the studio. He has organized bus trips to theaters
in Scotland to attend various Country Music concerts including The Highwaymen,
Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers and supports local Country Music clubs both on air
and with personal appearances.
Apart from Country Music broadcasting,
Macleod is also involved in community and education initiatives and has won four
national broadcasting awards for his community work. A golf tournament, which
Macleod established and organized for 18 years, has raised almost £200,000 for Radio
Tay’s “Cash For Kids” charity.
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.
International Awards are voted on by a confidential panel of industry executives
from the U.S. and around the world.