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It’s a Two-peat!

It’s a Two-peat!

US99, Lisa Dent, Ramblin’ Ray and Marci Braun pick up some new hardware at annual industry awards program.

Annually, the Country Radio Broadcasters Association convenes, in Nashville, to discuss the state of the industry, meet with the artists and to honor some of country radio’s top stations and personalities.

While there’s no question to us Chicago’s country radio station is award-winning, it appears members of the country radio industry concur. For the second year in a row, America’s largest country station, WUSN – US99.5, picked up the coveted Major Market Station of the Year Award presented by the broadcasters’ association and a industry trade publication.

In addition to the station’s overall win, the morning drive team at the Lisa Dent and Ramblin’ Ray show grabbed their second Personality/Show of the Year Award and evening DJ, Marci Braun, picked up another CRB Award for Station Music Director.

Congratulations to the WUSN Team!

 

Here’s some archive footage from the station’s “All Access Week” freaturing a bit of Braun and some other cool stuff.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJ5F91Ts21A://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJ5F91Ts21A

Country Music Festival loses weekend

Country Music Festival loses weekend

Chicago Country Music Festival Rejoins Taste of Chicago as a Side Dish. It’s official. The Chicago Country Music Festival will join the Gospel Fest, Celtic Fest and the Viva Chicago Latin Music Festival as scaled-back, one-day stints as part of the annual Taste of Chicago. As reported by the Chicago Tribune, the annual downtown food… Continue Reading

Country Music Fest wrap

Country Music Fest wrap

Beautiful weather was key for the 20th annual Chicago Country Music Festival. In addition to the unseasonably warm streak, a new Millennium Park location, retooled layout and “perfect price” proved pivotal for the success of this year’s fest. Although the ever-changing character of country music, combined with the vast opinions of what “country music” has… Continue Reading

Word on the Street – Sept. 23

Word on the Street – Sept. 23

Traffic Jam… The afternoon commute in Chicago just got a little worse. Metro’s PM traffic reporter, Marti Jones, has signed off at WUSN, US99 radio. The intent of her abrupt departure from the Drew Walker show is unclear but her afternoon presence on the Chicago country radio station will be missed. After dedicating the show’s… Continue Reading

Word on the Street – Aug. 23

Word on the Street – Aug. 23

Wait for it…Wait for it… The official Chicago Country Music Festival headliner announcement is expected very soon. How soon is “very soon” is the question. Taunting fans, yet again, festival organizers posted on the event’s official Facebook fan page wall, “Headliners will be announced very soon! Stay tuned!”, early this morning. While we don’t know… Continue Reading

Country fest lineup peek

Country fest lineup peek

Downtown country music festival announces first round of performers; festival changes CHICAGO – The Mayor’s Office of Special Events released the first round of entertainment for the 2010 Chicago Country Music Festival. Country music star Jake Owen, Love and Theft are among the first entertainers announced. Main stage headliners have not been released. In addition… Continue Reading

Word on the Street – Feb 21

With a chart topping album release, an Oprah Show exclusive and a couple of GRAMMY “wins”, Lady Antebellum’s country music career continues to soar in 2010. Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott had a remarkable 2009 but for the trio best known as Lady Antebellum, 2010 is rolling out quite nicely. Just after their… Continue Reading

Word on the Street – Jan. 19

Phil Vassar helped Chicago kick the year off right. Even without a full band, Phil Vassar made the first “live country” concert of the year a hit. Accompanied by a zebra striped piano and two members of his band, Vassar pleased the ecstatic crowed with a semi-acoustic mix of his countless hits. Vassar never left… Continue Reading