The Academy of Country Music® revealed today the full list of Radio Award winners for the 56TH ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™, including first-time National On-Air Personality of the Year winner Kix Brooks with American Country Countdown. Additionally, KNIX-FM received two awards for Major Market On-Air Personality of the Year and Major Market Station of the Year.
The special announcement was revealed on the Academy of Country Music’s® official social media pages, with a series of heartfelt videos capturing winners receiving surprise gifts from the Academy. To see the full video, watch here.
This is the seventh overall win for KNIX-FM for ACM Major Market Station of the Year and the fourth overall win for KUZZ-AM/FM for ACM Medium Market Station of the Year. Additionally, WQDR-FM received their third win for ACM Large Market Station of the Year. KKNU-FM and Buzz Jackson each received their second wins for Small Market Station of the year and Medium Market Personality of the Year, respectively. Additional first-time winners for On-Air Personality of the Year categories include Lexi & Banks, Lois Lewis and Steve, Ben & Nikki.
“Congratulations to all of our 56th ACM Awards radio winners. Country radio is a vital part of the Country Music industry and artists’ success and we are grateful for the contributions they make to the industry every day,” said Damon Whiteside, CEO of the Academy of Country Music. “For the first time, the Academy was able to showcase our appreciation to these winners with a special package reveal to each of them, along with an iconic ACM trophy. We hope the memory of their win is one they cherish throughout their careers.”
Below is a complete list of the Radio Award winners for the 56th Academy of Country Music Awards:
➤ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR WINNERS:
- NATIONAL – American Country Countdown – Kix Brooks
- MAJOR MARKET – Double L – Lois Lewis – KNIX-FM – Phoenix, AZ
- LARGE MARKET – Lexi & Banks – Lexi Papadopoulos, Jared Banks – KUBL-FM – Salt Lake City, UT
- MEDIUM MARKET – Buzz Jackson – KIIM-FM – Tucson, AZ
- SMALL MARKET – Steve, Ben & Nikki – Steve Stroud, Ben Walker, Nikki Thomas – WXBQ-FM – Bristol, VA
- MAJOR MARKET – KNIX-FM – Phoenix, AZ
- LARGE MARKET – WQDR-FM – Raleigh, NC
- MEDIUM MARKET – KUZZ-AM/FM – Bakersfield, CA
- SMALL MARKET – KKNU-FM – Eugene, OR
The 56th Academy of Country Music Awards™ is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the Country Music industry. The show is produced for television by dick clark productions and will broadcast LIVE on Sunday, April 18, 2021 (8:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network, and will also be available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+. R.A. Clark, Barry Adelman and Linda Gierahn are executive producers. Damon Whiteside is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.