We’re going to be celebrating the tradition of the Country Music Associations ‘Song of the Year’ award winners.
In 1967, Country legend Eddy Arnold ascended the steps of the CMA Awards stage to claim the first-ever CMA Award for Entertainer of the Year. Arnold’s steps set forth a journey of honoring excellence – a journey that continues more than four decades and 32 Entertainers of the Year later, right up to the reigning 2011 honoree, Taylor Swift. Recognized worldwide as “Country Music’s Biggest Night™,” the CMA Awards stand as the only entirely peer-voted honor in the format, and as such represent the pinnacle of achievement in the Country Music industry. Each year, trophies are doled out in 12 categories, while music lovers coast-to-coast gather to celebrate America’s music.
It’s a great tradition, and a perfect way for us to play some of the best country songs ever produced. We’re starting in 1968 with Jeannie C. Riley’s “Harper Valley P.T.A.” and climbing all the way up to 1993 to Alan Jackson’s “Chattahoochie.”
Make sure to tune in to this year’s CMA Awards as well. They’ll be coming to you on ABC on November 1st.
Jim Ed wanted me to remind you all that ‘the greatest achievers are the greatest dreamers.’ Have a great week, and we’ll see you on the radio!