The award is given out annually to the radio station personality or team who best demonstrates on-air excellence, passion for the country music format, ratings success, entertainment value, and community contributions. Ryan and his WIVK @ NITE radio program was nominated for this award every year since 2005. His fifth consecutive nomination was the charm as he claimed his first victory.
The CMA Broadcast Awards are among the most prestigious awards given out in the field of Country Radio. The judging process involves more than 40 distinguished broadcasting professionals, who represent all market sizes and regions of the U.S.
There are two rounds of judging for Radio Station of the Year, Broadcast Personality of the Year and National Broadcast Personality of the Year. The first round determines the finalists. The second round determines the winners in each category.
The international accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP® tabulate the scores for both rounds of judging.
Finalists from all categories receive certificates of recognition. Winners receive their trophies during pre-telecast ceremonies for "The 43rd Annual CMA Awards" and will be recognized during the live broadcast November 11, 2009 on the ABC Television Network.
Winners in the Broadcast Personality categories (all team members of winning entry) also receive a complimentary CMA individual lifetime membership.
WIVK has been nominated for the CMA Medium Market Station of the Year award seven times over the past decade. The station has won six of those seven times. WIVK has been named Medium Market radio station of the year in 2008, 2006, 2004, 2001, 2000, 1999, and 1987.
Other WIVK personalities have also been named CMA personality of the year previously. Morning hosts Andy & Allison have won the award multiple times since joining the station in 1998. They've been nominated six times and they've won the award three times.
Midday host Colleen Addair was nominated four consecutive times from 2000-2003. Afternoon drive host Gunner has been nominated twice since 2004.
Additionally, former WIVK on-air personalities Claude Tomlinson (in 1988) and the morning team of Darren Wilhite & Tim Wall (in 1992), as well as WIVK Program Director Mike Hammond have also been recipients of CMA trophies in the past.
See a full list of all previous CMA Medium Market Personality of the Year winners on the CMA Website.
Watch Jack Ryan do "the worm" dance on stage with Trailer Choir at the Cotton-Eyed Joe: