‘The Bobby Bones Show’ Crowned 2020 ACM National On-Air Personality of the Year

The Academy of Country Music enlisted Carly Pearce to help announce the ACM Radio Awards winners on Wednesday (Feb. 19)…


Lauren Jo Black

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February 19, 2020

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The Academy of Country Music enlisted Carly Pearce to help announce the ACM Radio Awards winners on Wednesday (Feb. 19) and The Bobby Bones Show was named National On-Air Personality of the Year for the fourth time.

The Bobby Bones Show reacted to the news via Twitter, writing, “Wow wow wow! Thank you friends & #ACMAwards! Couldn’t do this without you all ?.”

Pearce, a two-time ACM Award nominee, announced the winners via the Academy of Country Music Facebook page. Her announcement also included Major Market winners The Rob & Holly Show – Rob Stone, Holly Hutton – WYCD-FM – Detroit, MI, Large Market winners The Big Dave Show – Big Dave, Chelsie, Statt, Ashley –WUBE-FM – Cincinnati, OH, Medium Market winners, Clay & Company – WYRK-FM – Buffalo, NY and Small Market winners, Steve & Jessica – Steve Waters, Jessica Cash – WFLS-FM – Fredericksburg, VA.

Additionally, Peace revealed the Radio Station of the Year winners, which include the following: Major Market: KILT-FM – Houston, TX, Large Market: WUBE-FM – Cincinnati, OH, Medium Market: WUSY-FM – Chattanooga, TN, Small Market: WYCT-FM – Pensacola, FL.

“Congratulations to all the winners of the 55th ACM Radio Awards. Country radio continues to be one of the largest connectors between fans, artists and songwriters and this recognition is well-deserved for all of these radio innovators that keep our genre strong. We are honored to celebrate you,” Damon Whiteside, CEO of the Academy of Country Music, shared in a statement.

Carly Pearce will return to host the annual ACM Radio Awards Reception, which will take place on Saturday, April 4 at 4 pm PT in the MGM Vista Ballroom in Las Vegas, NV. The 55th ACM Awards will air the following day, Sunday, April 5, live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena on CBS.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.