Cumulus To Launch American Country Countdown Awards
Cumulus Media is partnering with Fox and Dick Clark Productions to debut the “American Country Countdown Awards” on Monday, December 15.
The live event will air nationwide on Fox from Nashville from 8-10pm Eastern. The awards takes its name from the nationally syndicated “American Country Countdown” currently hosted by Kix Brooks. Formerly one half of Country duo Brooks and Dunn, Brooks also hosts the daily syndicated “Kickin’ It With Kix” that airs in nights and overnights.
Cumulus will use the award show to help launch its new Nash Icons brand as they will crown the recipient of the first Nash Icon award.
The televised award show comes on the heels of Clear Channel and NBC partnering for the “IHeartRadio Music Awards” in May.
FOX, Cumulus and dick clark productions announced today the television debut of the AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS, bringing country music’s longest-running radio countdown show to a national television audience for the first time. The two-hour live concert event will broadcast from Nashville on Monday, Dec. 15 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX, and will honor the year’s best country music with awards, thrilling performances, special moments and additional surprises. Country music’s biggest stars will participate in the show and also pay tribute to the first-ever “NASH Icons” award winner.
“American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks” celebrates its 41st year as America’s longest-running country music countdown show on radio. Since launching in 1973, the radio show now airs on more than 280 radio stations in 155 markets, covering 90% of the country.
“Fans of the ‘American Country Countdown’ are some of the most loyal and passionate fans around, so it’s a natural next step to bring that popular brand to television,” said Simon Andreae, Executive Vice President of Alternative Entertainment for FOX. “FOX has a long history of big, bold music events, and we can’t wait to bring down the house in Nashville this December with some of the most popular names in country music.”
“Expanding our NASH brand and the audience for our iconic ‘American Country Countdown’ franchise to a national TV audience is an exciting example of how we’re committed to serving the needs of America’s rapidly growing passion for country music,” said John Dickey, Executive Vice President and Co-Chief Operating Officer of Cumulus. “We’re also grateful to our partners, dick clark productions and FOX, for making this possible.”
“The ‘American Country Countdown’ radio show is one of the most respected brands in country music, highlighting the most successful stars on country radio,” said Mike Mahan, President of dick clark productions. “Through our broadcast partnership with FOX and Cumulus, we are able to create an innovative and new television format honoring superstars and spectacular emerging talent that fuel American country radio.”