– CMA Award winners Little Big Town surprised Bob Harris of BBC Radio 2 on
the CMA Awards Macy’s Walk of Stars Thursday night with the presentation of
the 2012 Wesley Rose International Media Achievement Award. The award was presented
during the red carpet media interviews leading up to the broadcast of “The 46th Annual CMA Awards”
on the ABC Television Network.
The Wesley Rose International Media Achievement
Award recognizes outstanding achievements in the media, which contribute to the
development of Country Music outside the United States. Radio, TV, print journalists,
authors, editors, television writers, producers, and PR companies who reside outside
the United States are eligible to win this award.
“I feel truly honored to receive
the Wesley Rose International Achievement Award,” said Harris. “For my work
to be acknowledged by the Nashville Music Community and to have the award presented
by Little Big Town on the Red Carpet means the world to me.
thank the Country Music Association, my wife Trudie, my family for their unbelievable
support, and my friends and colleagues at BBC Radio 2 – station controller Bob
Shennan and my producers Al Booth and Mark Hagen. None of this would be possible without them.
“I am so
proud to be regarded as a UK ambassador for the music I love and I am thrilled
that so many of Nashville’s great artists, including Little Big Town, will be
bringing their music to Britain in 2013. I hope to serve you to the best of my
ability for many years to come. Thank you Nashville. You are the greatest music
city on the planet.“
Harris is a respected and beloved supporter of Country
Music in the United Kingdom. He started his broadcast career with the BBC more
than four decades ago and was recently inducted into the British Country Music
Hall of Fame. He hosted “The Old Grey Whistle Test” and was co-founder of
Out and runs his own independent radio and television production company,
The Whispering Bob Broadcasting Company, with his wife Trudie Myerscough-Harris. He has won multiple
awards including the Mojo Medal in 2011, the Americana Music Association Trailblazer
Award the same year, and being made an OBE (Order of the British Empire) in 2011
Queen’s Honours List for “services to music broadcasting.”
Perhaps the Mail on Sunday described Harris best as “a national treasure.”
A long-time supporter of the Country Music industry, Harris is respected
for his gifts as a knowledgeable interviewer and admired for his enthusiasm for
the music and willingness to help everyone from up and coming artists to the legends.
He covers the CMA Awards from Nashville for BBC Radio 2 and broadcasts
“Bob Harris Country” and “The Bob Harris Show” on BBC Radio 2 each week.
He received the CMA International Country Broadcaster Award in 2004.
The CMA International Awards are voted on by a confidential panel of
industry executives from USA and around the world.