Tampa's WQYK-FM named Station of the Year by Academy of Country Music
The power of radio may have diminished in other music categories, but it remains a potent force in the country arena, where artists still depend on strong stations to sell records and mint new stars.
So it is notable that the Academy of Country Music has named Tampa station WQYK-FM (99.5) as Station of the Year during its 47th annual awards ceremony. WQYK had snagged two nominations, including one for on-air personality of the year (Cledus T. Judd, Dave McKay and Veronica).
The awards were announced today, but will be distributed April 1 at a ceremony broadcast live from Las Vegas on CBS (locally WTSP-Ch. 10).
Below is the press release:
Local Radio Station Wins Station of the Year Award from the Academy of Country Music®
Tampa, FL (February 15, 2012) – Winners were announced February 15 for the 47th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, and Tampa Bay radio station, 99.5 WQYK, has been chosen as the winner in the Major Market category for Station of the Year.
“It is a distinct honor to have WQYK recognized by our peers as one of the most significant country music radio stations in the country,” said Benjamin Hill Senior Vice President of CBS Radio/Tampa.
The selection was the result of the station’s dedication to the community and our ability to become part of our listeners’ extended families. “WQYK has served the listeners of Tampa Bay for many years and we are truly a part of their lives,” said Hill, “We take that responsibility very seriously every day when we’re invited into their homes, offices and automobiles.”
As a station rich in its own heritage, it is easy for WQYK to continue the commitment to do nothing short of exceptional. Operations Manager/Program Director Mike Culotta said, “Being recognized for what we’ve done and accomplished is very gratifying and humbling for us. I couldn’t be more proud of our WQYK family.”
The 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards is a star-studded event that will broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 8:00 PM ET on the CBS Television Network.
99.5 WQYK is owned and operated by CBS RADIO, one of the largest major-market radio operators in the United States. A division of CBS Corporation, CBS RADIO operates 130 radio stations, the majority of which are in the nation’s top 50 markets. CBS RADIO also owns and operates WSJT, WLLD, WYUU, WRBQ, WQYK-AM in Tampa.