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Cat Country 98.7 Nominated for ACM Radio Station of the Year

Posted on: January 29th, 2014 by brent

ACM Radio Nominations: 

The Academy of Country Music radio award nominees for its 49th annual Awards show, set for April 6 in Las Vegas, are:

Small Market Station: KSJJ/Bend, OR; WGSQ/Cookeville TN; WUSY/Chattanooga, TN; WXFL/Florence, AL; WYCT/Pensacola, FL.


ACM Nominees (Televised Categories): Nominees for the49th Annual ACM Awards were revealed moments ago. Televised category nominees are:

Entertainer: Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Taylor Swift.

Male Vocalist: Jason Aldean, Lee Brice, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban.

Female Vocalist: Sheryl Crow, Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood.

Vocal Duo: Big & Rich, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Love and Theft, Thompson Square.

Vocal Group: Eli Young Band, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, The Band Perry, Zac Brown Band.

Album: Based On A True Story…, Blake SheltonCrash My Party, Luke BryanHere’s To The Good TimesFlorida Georgia LineSame Trailer Different ParkKacey MusgravesTwo Lanes Of Freedom, Tim McGraw.

Single: “Cruise,” Florida Georgia Line; “Highway Don’t Care,” Tim McGraw f/Taylor Swift & Keith Urban; “I Drive Your Truck,” Lee Brice; “Mama’s Broken Heart,” Miranda Lambert; “Wagon Wheel,” Darius Rucker f/Lady Antebellum.

Song: “Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain),” Gary Allan; “I Drive Your Truck,”Lee Brice; “Mama’s Broken Heart,” Miranda Lambert; “Mine Would Be You,” Blake Shelton; “Wagon Wheel,” Darius Rucker f/Lady Antebellum.

Video: “Better Dig Two,” The Band Perry; “Blowin’ Smoke,” Kacey Musgraves; “Highway Don’t Care,” Tim McGraw f/Taylor Swift & Keith Urban; “I Drive Your Truck,” Lee Brice; “Mama’s Broken Heart,” Miranda Lambert; “Two Black Cadillacs,” Carrie Underwood.

Vocal Event: “Boys ‘Round Here,” Blake Shelton f/Pistol Annies & Friends; “Cruise (Remix),” Florida Georgia Line f/Nelly; “Highway Don’t Care,” Tim McGraw f/Taylor Swift & Keith Urban; “Wagon Wheel,”Darius Rucker f/Lady Antebellum; “We Were Us,” Keith Urban & Miranda Lambert.

Cat Country Christmas Lights Recommendations

Posted on: December 17th, 2013 by brent
  • Gulf Breeze…. 1617 Kauai Ct… they have a home that does a huge display with lights and music that is also aired over one of the radio stations (106.9). It is also a Toys 4 Tots drop off location. I think it is 530-830pm daily
  •  There’s a really nice one on 17th in Pensacola..a few blocks before Graffiti Bridge. && the Sowell’s Christmas lights in Milton is always awesome! They have a train ride too
  • Sowells north pole lights…..they are off Munson highway in Milton……5$ a car to drive thru or they have a train you can ride for just $1 a person
  • There’s a road one block before you get to Hillcrest Baptist on the right, where la petite daycare is, don’t know the name of the road but there is an awesome house with tons of lights, like of like the crazy ones you watch videos of on you tube.
  • Nana Loop in Robertsdale has a house with lights that go with music
  • Pickwood, off of Nine Mile Rd. Twin Oaks off of Berryhill Rd. East Gate, off of Munson Hwy. There’s also one on Ten Mile Rd, just East of Stefani. And, one on McKenzie Rd, off of Hwy 95-A in Cantonment.
  • Grand Pointe in gulf breeze
  • There is a house with lights and music off of Audiss Rd. in Bagdad/Milton
  • Bellingrath Gardens are always nice
  • Lights in allentown!!!!
  • Glenshire drive in loxley .
  • Lights in Allentown by far is the best lit house, and as your walking around you can enjoy some hot chocolate. The people there are very friendly as well.
  • There is some in Crestview near Walker Elementry school
  • Nathan rd, they have a lot of lights synced to the music
  • In crystal creek neighborhood behind the Tom Thumb on the corner of mobile hwy. and blue angel. 40 foot Christmas tree!
  • This is a large neighborhood display.  13 houses participating.  These neighbors have gone the extra mile with their decorating.  Street lined with white luminaries.  Candlestick Place, of Hummingbird Blvd., off nine mile road.
  • Our home in the Coral creek subdivision is lit up so bright!! The lights are synchronized with some of the best Christmas music! Come on by and enjoy! 2025 West Indies Dr. 32506
  • We have a christmas display that plays with music at 1440 W Ten Mile Rd Cantonment Florida

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Manna Hat 2013 – Winner Announced

Posted on: December 16th, 2013 by brent

Manna Hat 2013

Thanks to John and Kim Cheney from Pensacola for your

generous donation in support of Manna


I’m Brent Lane from the Cat Pak Morning Show at Cat Country 98.7 in Pensacola, FL. The Manna Hat, as it has come to be known, is all authentic autographs… I know because I collected them myself. So, why all this work just to sell the hat? The simple answer is Manna Food Pantriesof Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties needs the help. Cat Country 98.7 (WYCT-FM) is Pensacola’s Community Radio Station. We are family-owned and put community service first. For more information on Cat Country 98.7 visit us at

Manna Food Pantries began serving the hungry on January 3, 1983, then known as Manna Food Bank. Since then Manna have served over half a million people in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties in Florida, from Century to Navarre. Manna has given out over 7,000 tons of food to hungry families in our communities. In the last year alone, Manna has served about 44,000 individuals in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties.Manna Food Pantries is a private, not-for-profit corporation dedicated to alleviating hunger in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties of Northwest Florida. Manna is nonsectarian, community focused, volunteer supported and committed to the philosophy, “waste not, want not.” Manna believe’s that every person has a right to live free from hunger and that every person is to be treated with respect and dignity.

This year the need is particularly great. Please know that 100% of the proceeds this auction raises will go to Manna Food Pantries of Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties so that those in need in Pensacola, Pace, Milton and the surrounding areas can continue to be taken care of.

Who’s Autograph is on the Hat? 
I will send you a signed certificate saying these are 100% Authentic Pics

Location on the Hat
Steel Magnolia
January 1, 2013 – Pelican Drop
Front Bill
Brett Edlredge
February 1, 2013 – Cat Country Studio
Right Stack
Zac Brown**
February 22, 2013 – Tallahassee Civic Center
Right Bill
Luke Bryan**
March 14, 2013 – The Wharf, Orange Beach, AL
Rear Stack
Florida Georgia Line*
March 14, 2013 – The Wharf, Orange Beach, AL
Right Rear Bill
Thompson Square**
March 14, 2013 – The Wharf, Orange Beach, AL
Rear Bill
Randy Houser
March 15, 2013 – Beulah Fest
Left Bill
John Anderson
March 16, 2013 – Beulah Fest
Left Rear Bill
Kenny Chesney
April 4, 2013 – The Wharf, Orange Beach, AL
Front Stack
Eli Young Band
April 4, 2013 – The Wharf, Orange Beach, AL
Left Front Bill
Kacey Musgraves
April 4, 2013 – The Wharf, Orange Beach, AL
Right Rear Stack
Darius Rucker
May 10, 2013 – Pensacola Bay Center
Front Left Stack (upside down)
Justin Moore
May 10, 2013 – Pensacola Bay Center
Right Bill
Jana Kramer**
May 10, 2013 – Pensacola Bay Center
Front Right Stack
Lady Antebellum*
May 25, 2013 – The Wharf, Orange Beach, AL
Left Stack Dimple
Brad Paisley
June 15, 2013 – The Wharf, Orange Beach, AL
Right Stack Dimple
Chris Young
June 15, 2013 – The Wharf, Orange Beach, AL
Left Rear Stack
Lee Brice*
June 15, 2013 – The Wharf, Orange Beach, AL
Left Rear Bill
Joe Nichols
July 5, 2013 – Captn Fun Beach Club
Left Bill
Cassadee Pope
August 31, 2013 – Black Water Bistro, Milton FL
Right Bill
Dustin Lynch
September 11, 2013 – Captn Fun Beach Club
Left Stack
Sara Evans
October 19, 2013 – Pensacola Interstate Fair
Right Stack Dimple
Brantley Gilbert**
November 8, 2013 – NAS Pensacola
Top Dimple
Josh Thompson
Novemer 12, 2013 – Captn Fun Beach Club
Rear Stack
The Henningsens
December 5, 2013 – The Fish House
Right Rear Bill

Quick Cat Cash $10,000 Winner Announced

Posted on: December 14th, 2013 by brent

Congrats to Forrest Holt from Gulf Breeze…  He takes home the BIG CHECK for $10,000.  After more than 115 of the Cat Country Family had their ball drawn out…  Congrats and as Forrest said… “Semper Fi”


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Thank you for helping Fill the Mayflower for Manna

Posted on: November 20th, 2013 by brent

Help Manna Fill the Mayflower for Thanksgiving…

Manna Food Pantries - Thank you Escambia & Santa Rosa residents for helping raise 112,222 pounds of food for the hungry this year at Fill The Mayflower. Over 28,000 of our neighbors in need will be fed for a day thanks to you!

Thank you to everyone who participated this year! Without Fill The Mayflower, we would not be able to achieve our mission to #leavenooneunfed!

Most Needed Items:
Peanut Butter
Individually Packaged Breakfast
Canned Tuna & Chicken
Canned Fruit
Canned Dinners


You can drop off additional food or Monetary donations at:


116 E. Gonzalez Street, Pensacola, FL 32501

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Trailer

Posted on: October 25th, 2013 by brent

Best of the Coast 2013 – Cat Country 98.7 Honored

Posted on: October 10th, 2013 by brent



The Cat’s Meow
This November will mark 10 whole years that Cat Country 98.7 has been on the air, not to mention six years for NewsRadio 1620. While several local radio stations are just playing syndicated shows, Cat Country/NewsRadio is the only locally owned and operated station. “Our mission is to serve the community in any way we can,” said General Manager and owner Mary Hoxeng. Whether you’re jamming out to Taylor Swift, listening to local news, or catching up with your favorite DJs, the radio station is keeping you entertained throughout the day. Beyond the radio waves, it’s rare to head to a Gulf Coast event and not see the country station’s “cool cat” mascot hanging out with the crowd and handing out free swag. It’s all part of the station’s service. The best part of owning a radio station in Pensacola is the people, Hoxeng said.

Best Radio Station
Winner: Cat Country 98.7

Best Radio DJ
Winner: Brent Lane (Cat Country 98.7)
Candy Ruddy (Cat Country 98.7)
Captain Chris (Cat Country 98.7)
Mark the Shark (TK101)

Best Morning Radio Show
Winner: The Cat Pak (Cat Country 98.7)
Lex & Terry (TK101)
NPR’s Morning Edition (WUWF)
Rob Williams (NewsRadio 1620)

Best Local Website
Winner: Reddit Pensacola
Cat Country 98.7
Go Pensacola

Best Local Person to “Friend” on Facebook
Winner: Jody Link
Ed Banacia
Beej Davis
Brent Lane

Best Local Business to “Like” on Facebook
Winner: The Fish House
Apple Market
The Bodacious Brew
Cat Country 98.7

Best Commercial/Ad (TV, Radio, Print &/or Billboard)
Winner:  Kia AutoSport of Pensacola
Cat Country 98.7
Joe Zarzaur
Sandy Sansing

Best Radio Talk/News Host
Winner: Wendi Summers (NewsRadio 1620)
Branden Rathert (NewsRadio 1620)
Rob Williams (NewsRadio 1620)

See the complete Winner’s List here:

Chloe Channell describes a $1,000,000 Hunting Camp

Posted on: July 11th, 2013 by brent

Chloe Channell from Pace is moving on to the Vegas Round of America’s Got Talent.  Brent and Candy talked to her about the experience and what she would buy with the $1,000,000 if she won the show.

Hear the Interview with Brent and Candy Here:

George Jones has Died

Posted on: April 26th, 2013 by brent
Nashville, Tenn. (April 26, 2013) – Country Music Hall of Famer, Grand Ole Opry member, and Kennedy Center Honoree George Glenn Jones died Friday, April 26, 2013 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. He was hospitalized April 18 with fever and irregular blood pressure.

Born September 12, 1931, Jones is regarded among the most important and influential singers in American popular music history. He was the singer of enduring country music hits including “She Thinks I Still Care,” “The Grand Tour,” “Walk Through This World With Me,” “Tender Years” and “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” the latter of which is often at the top of industry lists of the greatest country music singles of all time.

“A singer who can soar from a deep growl to dizzying heights, he is the undisputed successor of earlier natural geniuses such as Hank Williams and Lefty Frizzell,” wrote Bob Allen in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s “Encyclopedia of Country Music.”

Jones was born in Saratoga, Texas, and he played on the streets of Beaumont for tips as a teenager. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps before returning to Texas and recording for the Starday label in Houston, Texas. In 1955, his “Why Baby Why” became his first Top 10 country single, peaking at number four and beginning a remarkable commercial string: Jones would ultimately record more than 160 charting singles, more than any other artist in any format in the history of popular music.

Jones’ first number one hit came in 1959 with “White Lightning,” a Mercury Records single that topped Billboard country charts for five weeks. He moved on to United Artists and then to Musicor, notching hits including “She Thinks I Still Care,” “The Race Is On,” “A Good Year for the Roses” and “Walk Through This World With Me.”

Jones signed with Epic Records in 1971 and worked with producer Billy Sherrill to craft a sound at once elegant and rooted, scoring with “The Grand Tour,” “Bartenders Blues” and many more. Sherrill also produced duets between Jones and his then-wife Tammy Wynette, and in the 1970s they scored top-charting hits including “We’re Gonna Hold On,” “Golden Ring” and “Near You.”

By the time “Golden Ring” and “Near You” hit in 1976, Jones and Wynette were divorced, and Jones was battling personal demons. His solo career cooled until 1980, when he recorded “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” a ballad penned by Curly Putman and Bobby Braddock that helped Jones win Country Music Association prizes for best male vocal and top single. “He Stopped Loving Her Today” revived a flagging career, and Jones won the CMA’s top male vocalist award in 1980 and 1981. He also earned a Grammy for best male country vocal performance.

In 1983, Jones married the former Nancy Ford Sepulvado. The union, he repeatedly said, began his rehabilitation from drugs and alcohol and prolonged his life. He signed with MCA Records in 1990 and began a successful run, and he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1992. His guest vocal on Patty Loveless’ “You Don’t Seem To Miss Me” won a CMA award for top vocal event in 1998, and it became his final Top 20 country hit.

In 1999, Jones nearly died in a car wreck, but he recovered and resumed touring and recording. He remained a force in music until his death, playing hundreds of shows in the new century and collecting the nation’s highest arts award, the Kennedy Center Honor for lifetime achievement, in 2008. In late 2012, Jones announced his farewell tour, which was to conclude with a sold-out, star-packed show at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on November 22, 2013. Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks, Randy Travis, Charlie Daniels, Kenny Rogers, Sam Moore, The Oak Ridge Boys and many others were set to perform at Jones’ Bridgestone show.

Jones is survived by his loving wife of 30 years Nancy Jones, his sister Helen Scroggins, and by his children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Cat Country 98.7 wins NAB Crystal Award

Posted on: April 9th, 2013 by brent




Cat Country 98.7 / WYCT-FM


LAS VEGAS, NV — WYCT-FM Pensacola, FL today was awarded the National Association of Broadcasters’ Crystal Radio Award. WYCT-FM AKA CatCountry 98.7 is a first time recipient of the award. Since 1987, the NAB Crystal Radio Awards have recognized radio stations for their outstanding year-round commitment to community service.


Ten winners were chosen among 50 finalists who were honored at today’s NAB Show Radio Luncheon.


For more information on WYCT-FM’s accomplishments, contact Dave Hoxeng, owner,   Cell-850-485-7222

The Crystal Heritage Award honors those stations that have won a total of five Crystal Radio Awards. Entertainer, musician, author and broadcast personality John Tesh provided a keynote address and personal money-management expert and popular national radio personality Dave Ramsey was inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame. The luncheon was sponsored by ASCAP.

About NAB Show
NAB Show, held April 6-11, 2013 in Las Vegas, is the world’s largest electronic media show covering filmed entertainment and the development, management and delivery of content across all mediums. With more than 90,000 attendees from 151 countries and 1,600+ exhibitors, NAB Show is the ultimate marketplace for digital media and entertainsment. From creation to consumption, across multiple platforms and countless nationalities, NAB Show is home to the solutions that transcend traditional broadcasting and embrace content delivery to new screens in new ways. Complete details are available at


About NAB
The National Association of Broadcasters is the premier advocacy association for America’s broadcasters. NAB advances radio and television interests in legislative, regulatory and public affairs. Through advocacy, education and innovation, NAB enables broadcasters to best serve their communities, strengthen their businesses and seize new opportunities in the digital age. Learn more at