CRB Announces 2010 Artist & Radio Humanitarian Award Winners
February 24, 2010 at 2:36 PM (PT)
The COUNTRY RADIO BROADCASTERS (CRB) handed out its 2010 Artist Humanitarian, Radio Humanitarian and TOM RIVERS Humanitarian Awards at COUNTRY RADIO SEMINAR (CRS) 2010 TODAY (2/24) in NASHVILLE.
This year’s CRB Artist Humanitarian award was presented to SHOW DOG-UNIVERSAL MUSIC artist TRACE ADKINS for his work with the FOOD ALLERGY & ANAPHYLAXIS NETWORK (FAAN). TRACE has worked closely with the organization since 2002, helping spread awareness of potentially life-threatening food allergies. His daughter BRIANNA was diagnosed with severe food allergies at nine months old. TRACE appeared on NBC’s “The Celebrity Apprentice” in 2008 to raise funds for the organization.
The CRB Radio Humanitarian Awards recognize full-time Country radio stations for their efforts to improve the quality of life for the communities they serve. The Large Market Winner was MAX MEDIA Country WGH/NORFOLK-HAMPTON ROADS, VA for their work with the CENTER FOR CHILD & FAMILY SERVICES to raise funds for COUNTRY CARES FOR St. JUDE KIDS during their “Country For Kids Concert.” They also assist with several local homecoming celebrations for troops returning from their deployment around the world. Other organizations they frequently work with include the SUSAN G. KOMEN programs, FEED THE HUNGRY UNION MISSION, MARCH OF DIMES and more.
The Medium Market Winner is CLEAR CHANNEL Country KXKT/OMAHA, NE for raising more than $1.3 million for more than 50 different charities, including CHILDREN’s HOSPITAL of OMAHA, THE SALVATION ARMY, THE FOODBANK FOR THE HEARTLAND, NEBRASKA ORGAN RECOVERY PROGRAM, YMCA, TOYS FOR TOTS, HEART ASSOCIATION, THE NEBRASKA CHILDREN’s HOME and many more.
The Small Market Award went to CLEAR CHANNEL Country WKSF/ASHEVILLE, NC, who has raised funds for MISSION CHILDREN’s HOSPITAL, TOYS FOR TOTS, WESTERN CAROLINA RESCUE MISSION, LOCAL HOSPICE, The TYE BLANTON FOUNDATION, HUMANE SOCIETY, The FIRST LIFE ORGANIZATION, MARCH OF DIMES and more. In 2009, the station contributed more than $1 million to more than 70 charities.
The TOM RIVERS Humanitarian Award recognizes an individual in the Country radio industry who has displayed a magnanimous spirit of caring and generosity in service to their community. It is presented in honor of the late CRB Board member TOM RIVERS, who passed away at age 38 in 2004 of bronchial asthma. He is known for his work at CBS Country sisters WQYK/TAMPA and WUSN/CHICAGO.
This year’s recipient of the award is GEORGE G. BEASLEY, radio broadcaster, educator and founder of BEASLEY BROADCAST GROUP. The company owns and operates 42 radio stations in 11 large and mid-sized marketing, including five markets with Country-formatted stations. GEORGE was inducted into the NORTH CAROLINA ASSOCIATION OF BROADCASTERS HALL OF FAME in 1998 after receiving the prestigious Distinguished Broadcaster of NORTH CAROLINA Award. In 2003 he was given the Broadcast Pioneer Award from the BROADCASTERS FOUNDATION, and APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY in BOONE, NC recently added the GEORGE G. BEASLEY BROADCASTING COMPLEX to their campus.
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