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Academy of Country Music changes awards categories

Monday, November 3, 2008 – The Academy of Country Music announced today that open submissions for the 44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards will begin for the radio awards categories on Monday, Nov. 10, earlier than usual to maximize the time that radio stations nationwide will have to prepare submissions. The 44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards will be held Sunday, April 5, 2009.

The Academy's Board of Directors voted to recognize four market size categories instead of three, adding a Large Market category in-between Major Market and Medium Market. "The Academy is lucky to have an esteemed Radio Task Force made up of veteran radio industry influencers, and they made some recommendations following the show in May that made a lot of sense," said Bob Romeo, Executive Director of the Academy of Country Music. "The board listened and supported the timeline and market size shifts, without hesitation."

"We feel these important changes will even the playing field for mid-size markets in particular, more than ever," said Charlie Cook, chairman of the ACM Radio Task Force. "We look forward to the many amazing submissions we'll get for the 2008 calendar year, and we think giving more time to submit will enhance and streamline the submissions experience for program directors nationwide."

Nominees for the following radio awards categories will be announced in spring 2009:
On-Air Personality of the Year - National
On-Air Personality of the Year - Major (Markets 1-25)
On-Air Personality of the Year - Large (Markets 26-50)
On-Air Personality of the Year - Medium (Markets 51-100)
On-Air Personality of the Year - Small (Markets 101 and above)
Radio Station of the Year - Major (Markets 1-25)
Radio Station of the Year - Large (Markets 26-50)
Radio Station of the Year - Medium (Markets 51-100)
Radio Station of the Year - Small (Markets 101 and above)

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