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2016 ACM Nominee’s – Complete List

Posted on: February 2nd, 2016 by brent
Artist Nominees:

Entertainer: Jason Aldean, Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert.

Male Vocalist: Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Brett Eldredge, Chris Stapleton.

Female Vocalist: Kelsea Ballerini, Jana Kramer, Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, Carrie Underwood.

Vocal Duo: Brothers Osborne, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Joey + Rory, Maddie & Tae.

Vocal Group: Eli Young Band, Little Big Town, Old Dominion, Rascal Flatts, Zac Brown Band.

New Male: Brett Eldredge, Chris Janson, Thomas Rhett, Chase Rice, Chris Stapleton.

New Female: Kelsea Ballerini, Cam, Mickey Guyton, RaeLynn.

New Vocal Duo/Group: A Thousand Horses, Brothers Osborne, Maddie & Tae, Old Dominion, Parmalee.

Album: I’m Comin’ Over, Chris Young; Montevallo, Sam Hunt; Mr. Misunderstood, Eric Church; Tangled Up ,Thomas Rhett; Traveller, Chris Stapleton.

Single: Burning House,” Cam; “Buy Me A Boat,” Chris Janson; “Die A Happy Man,” Thomas Rhett; “Girl Crush,” Little Big Town; I’m Comin’ Over,” Chris Young; “Take Your Time,” Sam Hunt.

Video: “Biscuits,” Kacey Musgraves; “Burning House,” Cam; “Girl Crush,” Little Big Town; “Mr. Misunderstood,” Eric Church; “Riser,” Dierks Bentley.

Vocal Event: ”Hangover Tonight,” Gary Allan f/Chris Stapleton; “Home Alone Tonight,” Luke Bryan f/Karen Fairchild; “Raise ‘Em Up,” Keith Urban f/Eric Church; “Smokin’ And Drinkin’,” Miranda Lambert f/Little Big Town; “Wild Child,” Kenny Chesney w/Grace Potter.

» ACM Radio & Artist Nominees:Nominations for the 51st Annual ACM Awardsin Radio and general categories are:

Radio Nominees:

 

Small Market Personality:

  • Bill Barrett, Tim Fox, Tracy Berry, KKNU/Eugene, OR
  • Brent Lane, Candy Ruddy; WYCT/Pensacola, FL
  • Brian Gary, Todd Harding, Susan Moore, KUAD/Fort Collins, CO
  • Scotty Cox, Cara Denis, KCLR/Columbia, MO
  • Sherry St. John, WXFL/Florence, AL.

Small Market Station:

  • KKNU/Eugene, OR
  • KTTS/Springfield, MO
  • WGSQ/Cookeville, TN
  • WXFL/Florence, AL
  • WYCT/Pensacola, FL

 

She’s got the girl! Jana Kramer is a new mama!!

Posted on: February 2nd, 2016 by Candy

Jana Kramer and husband Michael Caussin have welcomed a baby girl. Jolie Rae Caussin was born on Sunday (Jan. 31), and the singer says she and her husband are “so thankful for this wonderful blessing!”

The singer tells People that Jolie Rae entered the world at 4:01PM in Nashville, weighing just over seven pounds and measuring 19 1/2 inches. She’s the couple’s first child. Kramer and Caussin married in May 2015 and announced they were expecting in August.

Words can’t even begin to describe how much happiness I’m feeling right now,” Kramer tells People. “Holding my healthy and beautiful baby girl in my arms is something that’s truly indescribable.”

The last few weeks of pregnancy were a struggle, as Kramer was one of the few women who experienced morning sickness throughout her entire pregnancy. Recently she told radio station K92.3 in Orlando, Fla., that she broke down because of it.

“After losing some food, I was in the bathroom crying,” Kramer explained. “I’m like, ‘I don’t want to be pregnant anymore.’”

Still, she says she’s anxious to have another baby, although maybe not immediately. “I need time with wine again,” she jokes.

Kramer was tweeting and sharing pics almost up to Jolie’s due date, using the #mylastFridaypregnant hashtag. On Saturday she used #lastSaturdaypregnant, an indication she knew she would deliver very soon. On Monday morning, the new mom learned she’s up for an ACM award. She’s one of five nominated in the Female Vocalist of the Year category.

Read More: Jana Kramer Welcomes Baby Girl | http://tasteofcountry.com/jana-kramer-baby-girl-born/?trackback=tsmclip

Communities Caring at Christmas

Posted on: December 9th, 2015 by Candy

This is a program Cat Country has been proud to take part in w WEAR-TV and Gulf Power every year.

In 1979, WEAR-TV began the Communities Caring at Christmas program. It was the stations effort to share the true meaning of the holiday with those who are less fortunate. The program has evolved over the years to address the changing needs in our communities. Currently, Communities Caring provides new toys, clothing and daily living needs for abused, neglected or abandoned children living in foster care, children living in poverty and adults with developmental disabilities in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties.

Communities Caring At Christmas is solely a volunteer effort. Leading the way are our corporate sponsor, Sandy Sansing Dealerships and the employees of Gulf Power Company. Hundreds of willing hands and open hearts provide the donations and manpower to make this program what it is. In 2013, through the generosity of compassionate individuals, organizations, churches and schools, we were able to share the joy of Christmas with almost 7,000 of our neighbors.

This year looks to be especially challenging as we try to meet the needs of a growing number of children coming into foster care and families in financial crisis. Were asking you to please help us continue the tradition of caring through your donation of cash, new toys or clothing. Your gifts can me brought or mailed to:

Communities Caring At Christmas
c/o WEAR-TV
4990 Mobile Highway
Pensacola, FL 32506

Thank you for your consideration and for sharing in the true meaning and spirit of the season.

Fill The Mayflower – Raises over 60,000 meals

Posted on: November 23rd, 2015 by brent

This year Fill the Mayflower raised over 60,000 meals… You can still help at MannaFoodPantries.org

Save your nonperishable food items and help… We need Peanut Butter, Canned Tuna, Cereal and more….

 

PANTRIES

MANNA operates four pantries in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. Thanks to the generosity of donors, we are able to offer Emergency Food Assistance to those in need.

Pantry Locations & Service Information

For each person seeking assistance, the following is required:
For each adult in the household (18+ years old): a picture i.d. and social security card;
For each child (17 years or younger): a social security card, birth certificate or recent shot record.

Main Pantry
116 East Gonzalez Street
Pensacola, FL 32501
*Service is by appointment only. Please call (850)432-2053, Monday – Friday, from 9 am – 4 pm to schedule an appointment.

Food is offered on a first come, first serve basis at the following pantries:

Cantonment Pantry
Allen Memorial United Methodist Church
206 Pace Parkway
Cantonment, FL 32533
*Service is offered every Thursday from 10 am-12 noon.

Milton Pantry
Community of Christ Church
110 Raymond Hobbs Road
Milton, FL 32570
*Service is offered every Friday beginning at 12 noon.

Jay Pantry
First Baptist Church
214 South Alabama Street
Jay, FL 32565
*Service is offered every first and second Tuesday of the month from 9:30-11:30 am.

Miracle on Palafox – Raises over $15,000

Posted on: November 23rd, 2015 by brent

This year for Christmas Wishes, we are assisting United Way in helping needy children have toys under their Christmas tree.  It started with an idea…  What if we could raise thousands of dollars and fulfill more toy wishes this year?  The United Way says that Christmas 2015 will likely see the largest number of kids in need but there are fewer organizations who are able to help.

Next we came up with how we could do it… Have a Concert!  William Michael MorganMo Pitney and SCOTTY MCCREERY all agreed to come to Pensacola and donate their talent to the show.

Next…  how do we get a location that can hold enough people to make a difference?  That’s where Gulf Winds Federal Credit Union came in.  Gulf Winds has underwritten the cost of doing a concert event at the Saenger Theater on Palafox. Thanks to the generosity of Gulf Winds, all of the proceeds of the show go directly to United Way to help some needy children have something under their Christmas tree.

The result?  We raised over $15,072 to be distributed by the United Way!

United Way Escambia County is the fiscal agent. Florida Solicitation of Contributions Act# CH746.

 A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from Division of Consumer Services at 1-800-help-fla or www.800helpfla.com. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state.

 

Cat Country 98.7 Named “Best of the Coast 2015″

Posted on: October 7th, 2015 by brent

Cat Country 98.7

Winner: Best Radio Station 

Winner: Best Website  

Winner: Best Person to “Friend” on Facebook (Brent Lane)

Winner: Best Radio Personality (Brent Lane) 

 

Runner-up Best Morning Radio Show (The Cat Pack Morning Show) 

Runner-up: Best Person or Business to Follow on Instagram

Runner-up: Best Person or Business to Follow on Twitter 

Runner-up: Best Person or Business to Follow on Twitter (Brent Lane)

 

NewsRadio1620 

Winner: Best Morning Radio Show (Pensacola Morning News with Andrew McKay)

Runner-up:Best Radio Personality  (Andrew McKay)

Runner-up: Best Radio Personality (Wendi Summers ) 

Runner-up: Best Person to “Friend” on Facebook (Wendi Summers )

Blue Wahoos / Tommy Thrall win Southern League Awards

Posted on: September 10th, 2015 by brent

Blue Wahoos Named Southern League Organization of the Year

Tommy Thrall, Ray Sayre honored.

 

MARIETTA, Ga., - The Southern League of Professional Baseball Clubs has announced the Pensacola Blue Wahoos as the Don Mincher Organization of the Year. Votes for both awards were received from league general managers.

 

Since joining the Southern League in 2012, the Pensacola Blue Wahoos have produced an unmatched experience in baseball. Recently chosen as the “Best View in MiLB,” the Blue Wahoos organization prides itself on outstanding service to its loyal fanbase. In less than four years from its inception, Pensacola Bayfront Stadium saw its millionth fan walk through the turnstiles on Friday, May 8 of this year.

 

Before the season started, the Blue Wahoos welcomed a new member to its ownership group when two-time Masters Champion Bubba Watson joined Quint and Rishy Studer at the helm of the franchise. Watson made multiple appearances in Pensacola this season, only adding to the fan experience when he jumped on a dunk tank to support local charity. The Blue Wahoos have fully ingrained itself with the local community and have provided the springboard to grow the downtown Pensacola area into a popular destination.

 

Named in honor of the late Don Mincher, who served as Southern League President from 2000-11, the Organization of the Year is awarded to the Southern League club exemplifying the complete baseball franchise. By claiming this honor, Pensacola will be the Southern League’s nominee for the John H. Johnson President’s Trophy, which will be presented at the Baseball Winter Meetings in December. Pensacola previously won this award in 2012.

 

Tommy Thrall has been named the Radio Broadcaster of the Year, as selected by his peers and the League’s general managers. Thrall, who has eased listeners with his conversational tone, vivid descriptions and keeps our listeners up-to-date of former Blue Wahoos in the Major Leagues, has been with the team since its inaugural 2012 season. Besides calling games on a daily basis, the Northwest Missouri State University grad, serves as the play-by-play announcer for Blue Wahoos television games on Cox Sports Television.

 

Ray Sayre, Director of Sports Turf Management for the Blue Wahoos, is this year’s Groundskeeper of the Year, as selected by the league’s field managers and umpires. He won this honor in 2014 and 2013. Sayre has been with the Wahoos since the team’s inaugural season. Growing up in Lexington, Kentucky, he began his turf career working on the athletic fields for the University of Kentucky. Before making the move to Pensacola, Sayre worked for several minor league teams including the Louisville Bats, the Greenville Drive and the Bowling Green Hotrods.

 

Dan Shugart, Sports Director at WEAR-TV, is honored with the Southern League’s Sports Media Award. Covering the team since the inaugural season, Shugart and WEAR constantly covers games, events and offseason activities to produce year round coverage in Pensacola. He continues to go over and beyond in his coverage of the team and league by producing stories to show the positive impact of the Blue Wahoos in the community. Shugart is such a staple in the community that the Wahoos organization help a Dan Shugart bobblehead night in 2014 with his signature mustache wiggling on the figurine. 

 

Winning these awards represents the latest in a growing list of accolades for the Blue Wahoos. The 2012 the team was named the Southern League Organization of the Year, Ballpark Digest’s Organization of the Year, Ballpark of the Year by Baseballparks.com and Bruce Baldwin being named Jimmy Bragan Executive of the Year. In 2013 the team was named Stadium Journey’s Best Minor League Ballpark Experience and the Southern League Southern League Community Service Award and Groundskeeper of the Year. In 2014 the team was again awarded Southern League Groundskeeper of the Year and Stadium Journey’s Best Overall Ballpark Experience Runner-Up. 

 

2015 Southern League Awards

Don Mincher Organization of the Year: Pensacola Blue Wahoos

Radio Broadcaster of the Year: Tommy Thrall

Groundskeeper of the Year: Ray Sayre

Sports Media Award: Dan Shugart, WEAR

Jimmy Brogan Executive of the Year: Brian Cox, Tennessee Smokies

Woman of Excellence Award: Lauren Chesney, Tennessee Smokies

Outstanding Employee of the Year: Jim Bishop, Mississippi Braves

Southern League Promotion Trophy: Mississippi Braves

Southern League Community Service Award: Jackson Generals

Best Visiting Clubhouse Attendant: Nathan Edwards & Terry Fellows, Montgomery Biscuits

Trainer of the Year: Shane Nelson, Tennessee Smokies

 

The Blue Wahoos are heading into the playoffs for the first time in team history! Don’t miss your chance to experience family-fun entertainment with the Pensacola Blue Wahoos! You can follow the team atBlueWahoos.com, facebook.com/PensacolaBlueWahoos and twitter.com/BlueWahoosBBall.

 


2015 CMA Nominees

Posted on: September 9th, 2015 by brent
Entertainer

  • Garth Brooks
  • Luke Bryan
  • Kenny Chesney
  • Eric Church
  • Miranda Lambert

Female

  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Kacey Musgraves
  • Carrie Underwood
  • Lee Ann Womack

Male

  • Dierks Bentley
  • Luke Bryan
  • Eric Church
  • Blake Shelton
  • Chris Stapleton

Group

  • Lady Antebellum
  • Little Big Town
  • Rascal Flatts
  • The Band Perry
  • Zac Brown Band

Album

  • Old Boots, New Dirt, Jason Aldean
  • Pageant Material, Kacey Musgraves
  • Pain Killer, Little Big Town
  • The Big Revival, Kenny Chesney
  • Traveller, Chris Stapleton

Single

  • “American Kids,” Kenny Chesney
  • “Girl Crush,” Little Big Town
  • “I Don’t Dance,” Lee Brice
  • “Take Your Time,” Sam Hunt
  • “Talladega,” Eric Church

 

Song Of The Year

  • “American Kids,” Rodney Clawson, Luke Laird and Shane McAnally
  • “Girl Crush,” Liz Rose, Lori McKenna and Hillary Lindsey
  • “Like A Cowboy,” Randy Houser and Brice Long
  • “Like A Wrecking Ball,” Eric Church and Casey Beathard
  • “Take Your Time,” Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne

 

Duo

  • Brothers Osborne
  • Dan + Shay
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Maddie & Tae
  • Thompson Square

 

Musical Event

  • Django And Jimmie, Willie Nelson And Merle Haggard
  • “Lonely Tonight,” Blake Shelton f/Ashley Monroe
  • “Raise ‘Em Up,” Keith Urban f/Eric Church
  • “Smokin’ And Drinkin’,” Miranda Lambert f/Little Big Town
  • “Wild Child,” Kenny Chesney w/Grace Potter

 

Musician

  • Sam Bush
  • Jerry Douglas
  • Paul Franklin
  • Dann Huff
  • Mac McAnally

 

Video

  • “Biscuits,” Kacey Musgraves
  • “Girl Crush,” Little Big Town
  • “Girl In A Country Song,” Little Big Town
  • “Little Red Wagon,” Miranda Lambert
  • “Something In The Water,” Carrie Underwood

 

New Artist

  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • Sam Hunt
  • Maddie & Tae
  • Thomas Rhett
  • Chris Stapleton

 

Blue Bell Ice Cream Returning!

Posted on: August 6th, 2015 by Chris

SYLACAUGA, Ala. — Blue Bell Creameries confirmed on Twitter Wednesday that the company is producing ice cream and building inventory at its Sylacauga, Alabama, plant.

The Alabama Department of Health said it has cleared the facility to make ice cream.

We’re busy at our Sylacauga, AL, facility crankin’ out ice cream and building inventory. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for the details of our return!

Posted by Blue Bell Ice Cream on Wednesday, August 5, 2015

A Blue Bell spokesperson said employees started work on Wednesday. The facility first began testing products last week.

Blue Bell Creameries issued a voluntary recall April 20 for all of its products on the market after two samples of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream tested positive for listeriosis.

Source: Fox 23, Tulsa

Blake Shelton And Miranda Lambert Divorce

Posted on: July 20th, 2015 by Chris

This time the rumors were true. Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert are divorced after 4 years of marriage.

TMZ was among the first to break the story and says Blake filed “a while ago” and a judge finalized the split today.

The couple released the following statement through the Associated Press:

“This is not the future we envisioned. And it is with heavy hearts that we move forward separately. We are real people, with real lives, with real families, friends and colleagues. Therefore, we kindly ask for privacy and compassion concerning this very personal matter.”

TMZ also says the two signed a pre-nup before getting married, so the financial arrangements have been settled. Reportedly, he got the Oklahoma ranch, and she took the home in Nashville.

They have no kids, but had talked about possibly starting a family one day.

A source close to the couple says Blake has been working on new music since filing.

Source: Taste Of Country, TMZ