– Three-time 2012 CMA Award nominee Jason Aldean and CMA Awards co-host and
2012 Entertainer of the Year nominee
Brad Paisley surprised radio
professionals around the country with news of their CMA Broadcast Award win.

The announcement
of the CMA Broadcast Award winners is the pinnacle of what CMA has deemed the
Year of Country Radio. As a cornerstone of the campaign, CMA granted complimentary
membership to every Country radio station in the U.S. as well as complimentary
individual memberships to the general manager and program director at each station.

knows the importance of Country radio to our genre” said
Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive
Officer. “We’ve spent 2012 highlighting the hard work of these radio professionals,
and we’re thrilled to shine the spotlight on our best and brightest – the
CMA Broadcast Award winners.”

Aldean kicked off the string of good
news by notifying National Broadcast Personality of the Year winner
Lon Helton during a visit
to a taping of Helton’s popular “CMT’s Country Countdown USA.” This marks
the sixth National Personality of the Year award for Helton who won the award
in 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2010. Helton holds the record for most wins in
the category since its introduction in 2001.

Today Paisley followed
suit by calling all Station and Broadcast Personality of the Year winners in the
Small, Medium, Large, and Major Market categories.

The CMA Broadcast
Personality of the Year and CMA Radio Station of the Year recipients will be recognized
during “The 46
th Annual CMA Awards,” hosted by Paisley and Carrie Underwood and airing live
Thursday, Nov. 1 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network from
the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.

2012 CMA Broadcast
Personality of the Year Winners:

National – Lon Helton, “CMT’s Country
Countdown USA with Lon Helton” (Dial Global).

Major Market – Donna Valentine
and Mike Mussman, “K102 Wakeup Crew” KEEY, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.

Large Market
Randy Carroll and Jamie Martin,“KJ and Friends”
KAJA, San Antonio, Texas

Medium Market – Tom O’Brien, Roger Todd,
and Melissa Moran, “The 97 Country Breakfast Club”
WPCV, Lakeland-Winter Haven, Fla.

Small Market – Bill Poindexter
and Melissa Turner, “Dex and Mo Show” WUSY, Chattanooga, Tenn.

CMA Radio Station of the Year Winners:

Major Market –
WKLB, Boston, Mass.

Large Market – WUBE, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Market –
WIVK, Knoxville, Tenn.

Small Market – WUSY, Chattanooga, Tenn.

Five finalists
are selected for Broadcast Personality of the Year and Station of the Year in
four categories (small, medium, large, and major market). The categories are established
by market size based on population as ranked by Arbitron. Entries for Broadcast
Personality of the Year are judged on aircheck, ratings, community involvement,
and biographical information. Candidates for Station of the Year are judged on
airchecks, ratings history, community involvement, and format leadership.         

Three finalists
are selected for National Broadcast Personality of the Year. To be eligible for
National Broadcast Personality of the Year candidates must be syndicated, short-form,
hub voice-tracking, and satellite personalities heard in at least three markets
with a minimum of 40 shows per year.

CMA members who are full-time, on-air
personalities and CMA member radio stations in the U.S. and Canada were eligible
to enter. The entries were judged by a panel of distinguished broadcast professionals,
representing all market sizes and regions. An aggregate score of the first round
of judging and the second round, which is done by a different panel of judges,
determined the winners. The international accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche
LLP tabulates scoring by the judges. CMA Broadcast Award winners are not eligible
to enter in consecutive years; therefore, those who receive trophies in 2012 are
not eligible in 2013.

Full 2012 CMA Awards details, including nominations
and performers are available at
CMAawards.com, which also includes
CMA Awards history, a searchable database of past CMA Awards nominees and winners,
host information, merchandise, and much more. The CMA Awards
Store has T-shirts,
hoodies, hats, mugs, tote bags, and more official merchandise for fans to purchase
online. Fans can connect with CMA online at
Facebook.com/CMA, Twitter.com/CountryMusic (#CMAawards),
YouTube.com/CountryMusicAssoc, Pinterest.com/CMAworl,d and by downloading
free CMA Awards
available for iPhone and Android. October is Country Music Month. Learn
more at
CountryMusicMonth.com, and join the
conversation on Twitter using official hashtag #CountryMusicMonth.

th Annual CMA Awards” is a production of the Country Music Association.
Robert Deaton is the Executive Producer, Paul Miller is the Director,
David Wild is the writer. The special will be shot in high definition
and broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1
channel surround sound.

Chevrolet™ is the Official Ride of Country Music. American
Airlines is the Official Airline of the CMA Awards. 


Jason Aldean
congratulates “CMT’s Country Countdown USA” host Lon Helton on winning the CMA
Award for National Broadcast Personality of the Year.

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