Radio Gets Props At CMAs
November 8, 2007 at 4:21 PM (PT)
Many of the winners at last night's COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS ceremony publicly thanked radio for contributing to their success.
"Country radio, thank you so much for being our mouthpiece," members of Vocal Group of the Year RASCAL FLATTS said. "You know what we do means nothing if it never gets played, and no one gets to hear it."
"Thank you, radio, for playing this song like crazy," said multi-award winner CARRIE UNDERWOOD.
"I wanna thank ... my band, my crew, my mom who is with me tonight... I wanna thank the fans and country radio and everybody." said Entertainer of the Year KENNY CHESNEY.
"I can't even believe that this is real," Horizon Award winner TAYLOR SWIFT. "I want to thank Country radio. I'll never forget the chance you took on me."
"Last night's display of appreciation for the power of local radio stands in stark contrast to the ridiculous RIAA-funded study claiming that radio airplay actually hurts music sales," stated NAB EVP/Media Relations DENNIS WHARTON. "Throughout history, artists, record label executives and CONGRESS have recognized the enormous promotional value of AMERICA's hometown radio stations. RIAA and executives from the foreign-owned record labels should know better than to bite the radio-hand that feeds them."