Rules and Guidelines

2018 Broadcast Awards Application Criteria:

CMA Station of the Year:

All Station of the Year entrants must be current CMA Organizational members. Each CMA Broadcast Station of the Year entry will be judged on the following criteria.

Aircheck

Aircheck should not exceed 8 minutes in length and should have ALL dayparts represented. Judging will be based on the overall sound of the station including flow, production and entertainment value

Community Participation

Exhibit the best of your station’s community involvement, including news and public service, social media presence and influence, as well as responsiveness to local community concerns and issues.

Ratings

Include Market rank and Country rank for AQH shares, 12+, Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54. Also provide last 4 books for diary markets and last 6 for PPM markets.

Leadership

Your station’s impact on the Country Music industry nationally and locally. Include staff participation in local and national Country events and organizations.

Additional Information

Include awards or accolades received by the station during the eligibility period. The information provided in this section may be considered by the judges in their overall assessment of the station.

CMA Broadcast Personality of the Year:

All Broadcast Personality teams will be judged as a single entry. Each CMA Broadcast Personality of the Year entry will be judged on the following criteria.

Aircheck

Aircheck should not exceed 5 minutes in length. Aircheck should include strong entertainment value; technical aspect of show (production, flow, etc.); ability to communicate; sense of community; pride of association with your station and Country Music; and knowledge of Country Music.

Community Involvement

Include participation in local community events, as well as social media presence and influence. This may also include any awards or commendations from community leaders.

Ratings History

Include Market rank and Country rank for AQH shares, 12+, Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54. Also provide last 4 books for diary markets and last 6 for PPM markets during your daypart. Entrants must be on the air for at least 12 months at their current station to qualify.

Biographical Information

Include where you have been employed and involvement and/or membership in Country Music organizations.

Additional Information

Please include awards, accolades, news clippings, etc. The information provided in this section may be considered by the judges in their overall assessment of the Broadcast Personality.

CMA National Broadcast Personality Award:

National Broadcast Personality entrants must prove that they are syndicated in at least three markets within the United States and Canada, with a minimum of 40 shows per year. Syndicated, Short-Form, Hub Voice-Tracking and Satellite personalities are eligible. Entrants must be on the air for at least 12 months to qualify. Personalities submitting entries for the CMA National Broadcast Personality Award may NOT apply separately in their market of origin for Small, Medium, Large and Major Market Broadcast Personality of the Year.

Each CMA Broadcast Personality of the Year entry will be judged on the following criteria. The following criteria apply to the CMA National Broadcast Personality Award ONLY:

Aircheck

Aircheck should not exceed 5 minutes in length. Aircheck should include strong entertainment value; ability to communicate; pride of association with the program and Country Music; and knowledge of Country Music.

Leadership/Accolades

Any involvement in industry-related organizations and awards received.

Biographical Information

Include your biography and any other personal information.

Categories:

The best of Country Radio are honored annually by the Country Music Association in the following classifications for Personality of the Year and Radio Station of the Year:

  • National Personality
  • Major Market (Arbitron Ranking 1-25)
  • Large Market (Arbitron Ranking 26-50)
  • Medium Market (Arbitron Ranking 51-100)
  • Small Market (All other Markets)
Canadian markets are ranked on a population equivalency.

Prizing:

Winners receive their trophies during the pre-telecast ceremony for “The 52nd Annual CMA Awards” and will be recognized during the live broadcast on the ABC Television Network. Winners in the Broadcast Personality categories (all team members of winning entry) also receive a complimentary CMA Individual Lifetime membership.

Judging:

The judging process involves more than 80 distinguished broadcasting professionals, who represent all market sizes and regions of the U.S. There are two rounds of judging for Radio Station of the Year, Broadcast Personality of the Year and National Broadcast Personality of the Year. The first round determines the finalists. The second round determines the winners in each category. The international accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP® tabulates the scores for both rounds of judging.

Eligibility:

Radio Station of the Year: Only current CMA Organizational Member stations in the U.S. or Canada will be considered for Radio Station of the Year. Broadcast Personalities: Only current CMA Individual Members in the U.S. or Canada will be considered for Broadcast Personality of the Year. Entrants must be on the air for at least 12 months at their current station to qualify for Broadcast Personality in the Small, Medium, Large and Major markets. Entrants must also be on the air for at least 12 months in order to qualify for the National Personality category. Membership information is available at (800) 788-3045 or at www.CMAworld.com. Completed membership applications must be received by CMA prior to Broadcast Award entry deadline.

Important:

  • Submissions begin Monday, May 7, 2018. Entries MUST be received by 5:00 PM/CT, Saturday, June 30, 2018.
  • ALL entry events must reflect performances and events between June 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018.
  • Entries must include market, market size, a contact name, phone number and email address.
  • Entries must include an eps file or 300 dpi resolution jpeg file of the station logo or a personality photo at 300 dpi resolution. (Station entrants attach a logo and personality entrants attach a photo).
  • All Broadcast Personality teams will be judged as a single entry.
  • CMA Broadcast Award winners cannot win the same award in consecutive year's. Winners from the previous year are ineligible unless competing in a different category.
  • Entries may not contain any external links Total file size for online entry may not exceed 20 MB (excluding aircheck).
  • If you are returning to enter for the 2018 CMA Broadcast Awards, your login credentials will be the same as the account you created last year.
  • ENTRY REQUIREMENTS AND ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA WILL BE STRICTLY UPHELD. ENTRIES NOT ADHERING TO THE LETTER OF THESE SPECIFICATIONS WILL BE DISQUALIFIED. ENTRIES ACCEPTED BEGINNING MONDAY, MAY 7, 2018 DEADLINE: SATURDAY, JUNE 30, 2018