CMA Award winners Little Big Town surprisedBob Harris of BBC Radio 2 on the CMA Awards Macy’s Walk of Stars Thursday night with the presentation of the 2012 Wesley Rose International Media Achievement Award. The award was presented during the red carpet media interviews leading up to the broadcast of “The 46th Annual CMA Awards” on the ABC Television Network.
The Wesley Rose International Media Achievement Award recognizes outstanding achievements in the media, which contribute to the development of Country Music outside the United States. Radio, TV, print journalists, authors, editors, television writers, producers, and PR companies who reside outside the United States are eligible to win this award.
“I feel truly honored to receive the Wesley Rose International Achievement Award,” said Harris. “For my work to be acknowledged by the Nashville Music Community and to have the award presented by Little Big Town on the Red Carpet means the world to me.
"I sincerely thank the Country Music Association, my wife Trudie, my family for their unbelievable support, and my friends and colleagues at BBC Radio 2 - station controller Bob Shennan and my producers Al Booth and Mark Hagen. None of this would be possible without them.
“I am so proud to be regarded as a UK ambassador for the music I love and I am thrilled that so many of Nashville's great artists, including Little Big Town, will be bringing their music to Britain in 2013. I hope to serve you to the best of my ability for many years to come. Thank you Nashville. You are the greatest music city on the planet.“
Harris is a respected and beloved supporter of Country Music in the United Kingdom. He started his broadcast career with the BBC more than four decades ago and was recently inducted into the British Country Music Hall of Fame. He hosted “The Old Grey Whistle Test” and was co-founder ofTime Out and runs his own independent radio and television production company, The Whispering Bob Broadcasting Company, with his wife Trudie Myerscough-Harris. He has won multiple awards including the Mojo Medal in 2011, the Americana Music Association Trailblazer Award the same year, and being made an OBE (Order of the British Empire) in 2011 Queen’s Honours List for “services to music broadcasting.”
Perhaps the Mail on Sunday described Harris best as “a national treasure.”
A long-time supporter of the Country Music industry, Harris is respected for his gifts as a knowledgeable interviewer and admired for his enthusiasm for the music and willingness to help everyone from up and coming artists to the legends.
He covers the CMA Awards from Nashville for BBC Radio 2 and broadcasts “Bob Harris Country” and “The Bob Harris Show” on BBC Radio 2 each week. He received the CMA International Country Broadcaster Award in 2004.
The CMA International Awards are voted on by a confidential panel of industry executives from USA and around the world.