2017 CMA Broadcast Winner Reactions

Large Market Personality of the Year winners, WUBE/Cincinnati afternoon hosts Amanda Valentine and Jesse Tack, got the call this afternoon from Capitol's Keith Urban, as did the other winners this morning (reported earlier in Breaking News). Here's what the honorees had to say:

  • “We’re surprised and honored for the show to be recognized in this way. None of this would be possible without our listeners. They help make the show what it is.” –Premiere's Bobby Bones
  • "We are excited, proud and grateful to our listeners, many of whom have been with us since the beginning in 1999. We've been nominated a few times but this is our first win, and it feels pretty great. Getting that call from Keith Urban was truly thrilling. We've known him since we first started our show, which made it kind of a full circle moment." –KWJJ/Portland's Amy Faust

    “Winning a CMA is a huge honor. I am happy for my partner, Amy Faust and the station too. To be honest, I am still kind of wondering if Keith Urban butt dialed us by mistake.” –KWJJ/Portland's Mike Chase

  • Amanda and Jesse winning their first, of hopefully many CMA Awards today, brings to fruition a year of working very hard to entertain our listeners with fun and compelling content. I, along with the entire staff, are very happy for the two of them!” –WUBE/Cincinnati PD Grover Collins

  • "Natalie and I are very excited about our CMA Award! To say we are honored is an understatement. We have great respect for those that were nominated with us." –KWEN/Tulsa Dir./Branding & Programming/morning host Matt Bradley

  • "When we first got in this business, we never dreamed that we would one day be nominated for such an honor and then to actually win it is unreal to us. It is a blessing each and every day to do something we love and have an absolute blast with it. Thank you to the CMA, the artists, writers and everyone in the industry that made this dream come true.” –WBUL/Lexington's Officer Don & DeAnn
  • "Thank you CMA. The team worked very hard to earn this recognition. I am honored to be surrounded by a cast that consistently trades acceptable for excellent. I have honestly never worked with a team so dedicated to their local community, each other and the health of our industry." –WIL/St. Louis PD Scott Roddy
  • "The competition this year was fierce. I'm so grateful the judges heard our heart and soul in our entry. Major thanks to the record labels who understand what a special bond we have with both our listeners and artists. Mike, Marty, Janie, Cash, Cruise, Steve, Mimi and Rachel, our webmaster, are 100% focused on providing meaningful conversation and companionship connecting on air and online every hour, every day with the most loyal, brilliant listeners who always shine as our stars." –WQDR/Raleigh VP/Programming Lisa McKay Blake
  • "It's a huge honor and very humbling to be able to entertain and serve the people of East Tennessee. This team is nothing short of phenomenal. From the air staff, promotions, sales department, business office, top to bottom we all feel extremely blessed." –WIVK/Knoxville PD Nikki Thomas
  • "This incredible honor and recognition is a direct reflection on our community, every part of our submission has something to do with Pensacola. We are proud to be locally owned and operated by Dave and Mary Hoxeng and it is our privilege to serve in times of need and times of joy. Our listeners are our family and to be recognized as such on a national level is a great and heartfelt honor." –WYCT/Pensacola PD/morning host Brent Lane