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Radio’s Best at Marconi Awards

Following a long-established tradition, Thursday night welcomes the annual NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show. Honoring the best in radio personalities, stations, formats and markets, the reception, dinner and show start at 6 p.m.

Following a long-established tradition, Thursday night welcomes the annual NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show. Honoring the best in radio personalities, stations, formats and markets, the reception, dinner and show start at 6 p.m.

Billy Bush, host of Westwood One’s “The Billy Bush Show” and co-anchor of the show “Access Hollywood,” will serve as the evening’s emcee.

Bush began his career in radio by hosting an afternoon drive time show at WLKZ(FM) in Hooksett, N.H. He also hosted a midday show for WARW(FM) in the Washington, D.C. area.

Since then he has reported for NBC at the 2004 Summer Olympics, the 2006 Winter Olympics and most recently at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. He’s also covered a number of red carpet events including the Golden Globes and Grammys, the pre-show for Academy Awards and the “2006 Emmy Red Carpet Special.”

Leading broadcast executives will present the annual NAB Marconi Radio Awards.

Presenters include Don Benson, president, Radio Division, Lincoln Financial Media; David Field, president and CEO, Entercom Communications; Val Maki, senior vice president and market manager, Emmis Communications; Virginia (Ginny) Morris, president, Hubbard Radio; Kevin Perry, vice president and COO, Perry Publishing & Broadcasting Co.; Heidi Raphael, vice president of corporate communications, Greater Media; David Rehr, president and CEO, National Association of Broadcasters; and Bayard (Bud) Walters, president, The Cromwell Group.

The evening’s entertainment will take advantage of Austin’s renowned musical reputation with appearances by John Arthur Martinez, Sarah Pierce and Seth Walker. Martinez is a Texas-based singer/songwriter utilizing a mix of country/jazz/Tejano music. Pierce is an Austin-based singer/songwriter with country flavor. Also based in Austin is Walker, a blues guitarist.

Nominations for the Marconi Awards are made by station general managers. Winners are determined by the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Selection Academy. The academy is made up of station general managers, program directors, regional radio executives, programming consultants and former radio executives. Awards include station of the year in major, large, medium and small markets, along with personality of the year in the same divisions. There are also awards for personalities and numerous format types.

This year’s Marconi Radio Awards finalists are:

Legendary Station
KOIT-FM San Francisco, CA
KSTP-FM Minneapolis, MN
WBLS-FM New York, NY
WBT-AM Charlotte, NC
WSM-AM Nashville, TN

Network Syndicated Personality
Glenn Beck, Premiere Radio Networks
Bob & Sheri, Greater Media Charlotte
Neal Boortz, Cox Radio/Dial Global
Steve Harvey, Premiere Radio Networks
Kidd Kraddick, Yea! Network

Major Market Station
KBWF-FM San Francisco, CA
KIIS-FM Los Angeles, CA
KOIT-FM San Francisco, CA
WBLS-FM New York, NY
WMAL-AM Washington, DC

Large Market Station
KOA-AM Denver, CO
KSDS-FM San Diego, CA
WEBN-FM Cincinnati, OH
WLNK-FM Charlotte, NC
WSWD-FM Cincinnati, OH

Medium Market Station
KSTZ-FM Des Moines, IA
WLAV-FM Grand Rapids, MI
WNCT-FM Greenville, NC
WTUE-FM Dayton, OH

Small Market Station
KAIR-FM Atchison, KS
KBHP-FM Bemidji, MN
WGIL-AM Galesburg, IL

Major Market Personality
Eric & Kathy, WTMX-FM Chicago, IL
Grandy & Andy, WMAL-AM Washington, DC
John & Ken, KFI-AM Los Angeles, CA
Glenn Ordway, WEEI-AM Boston, MA
Ryan Seacrest, KIIS-FM Los Angeles, CA

Large Market Personality
Amos Brown, WTLC-AM Indianapolis, IN
Bob Conners, WTVN-FM Columbus, OH
Cornbread, WIL-FM St. Louis, MO
Kelly, Mudflap & JoJo, KYGO-FM Denver, CO
Moon & Staci, KSTP-FM Minneapolis, MN

Medium Market Personality
Corey & Jay, KDJE-FM Little Rock, AR
Tony Gates, WLAV-FM Grand Rapids, MI
Dave Kane, WCMF-FM Rochester, NY
Jim Villanucci, KKOB-AM Albuquerque, NM
Don Weeks, WGY-AM Albany, NY

Small Market Personality
Mark Clark, KRCH-FM Rochester, MN
George & Katie, WAXX-FM Eau Claire, WI
Kate Hayes, KOZT-FM Fort Bragg, CA
JJ Thomas, KOFM-FM Enid, OK
Will & Barry, KITX-FM Hugo, OK

Spanish Format Personality
Diamond Boy Luis, KXOL-FM Los Angeles, CA
Los Hijos de la Mañana, KTTA-FM Sacramento, CA
Marimar, KMYX-FM Bakersfield, CA
Eddie “Piolín” Sotelo, KSCA-FM Los Angeles, CA
Omar & Argelia, KLVE-FM Los Angeles, CA

AC Station
KSTZ-FM Des Moines, IA
WJJR-FM Rutland, VT
WLIT-FM Chicago, IL
WTMX-FM Chicago, IL

CHR Station
KHKS-FM Dallas, TX
WKFS-FM Cincinnati, OH
WKST-FM Pittsburgh, PA
WNCI-FM Columbus, OH
WSTR-FM Atlanta, GA

Country Station
KMFX-FM Rochester, MN
KSON-FM San Diego, CA
KYGO-FM Denver, CO
KZKX-FM Lincoln, NE
WFMS-FM Indianapolis, IN

News/Talk Station
KFI-AM Los Angeles, CA
KKOB-AM Albuquerque, NM
WBEN-AM Buffalo, NY
WJBC-AM Bloomington, IL
WTMJ-AM Milwaukee, WI

Oldies Station
KQQL-FM Minneapolis, MN
WBHF-AM Cartersville, GA
WNCT-FM Greenville, NC
WOLX-FM Madison, WI

Religious Station
WFMV-FM Columbia, SC
WLIB-FM New York, NY
WMIT-FM Black Mountain, NC
WTLC-AM Indianapolis, IN
WVEL-AM Peoria, IL

Rock Station
KBZT-FM San Diego, CA
KOZT-FM Fort Bragg, CA
WAPL-FM Appleton, WI
WMGK-FM Philadelphia, PA
WSWD-FM Cincinnati, OH

Spanish Station
KMYX-FM Bakersfield, CA
KNRV-AM Denver, CO
KNUV-AM Phoenix, AZ
KSCA-FM Los Angeles, CA
KTTA-FM Sacramento, CA

Sports Station
KESN-FM Dallas, TX
KGME-AM Phoenix, AZ
KXNO-AM Des Moines, IA
WEEI-AM Boston, MA
WGR-AM Buffalo, NY

Urban Station
WBLS-FM New York, NY
WFXC-FM Raleigh, NC
WHQT-FM Hollywood, FL
WKYS-FM Washington, DC
WPHI-FM Philadelphia, PA