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10.13.2010

WUSN Morning Show Lisa Dent & Ramblin' Ray Win CMA Personality of the Year

The WUSN morning show, “Lisa Dent & Ramblin’ Ray,” was informed Wednesday morning that they are the recipients of the Country Music Association’s coveted Major Market “Personality of the Year” Award for 2010.  The call came in just before 8 a.m., when Phillip Sweet of the Country group “Little Big Town” called them live on the air with the announcement from the CMA.  Later in the show, Country and crossover mega star Taylor Swift called live on the air to congratulate them.   

“What an honor.  We had already felt like winners because we have the best job and listeners in the world,” said host Lisa Dent.  Partner Ramblin’ Ray Stevens added, “We always want to do a good job for our listeners, the people who get up and go to real jobs every day.  We just try to make them laugh.  This award is icing on the cake.”

The Lisa Dent & Ramblin’ Ray Show was one of five nominated shows who were selected as finalists in this year’s competition.  The finalists were then judged by a CMA panel of industry experts who evaluated them on the following criteria: ratings success, community involvement, industry involvement and a sample of their show.

WUSN Program Director Buddy Scott weighed in on why he thinks Lisa and Ray won the award.  “I’m not surprised.  They do an amazing job of entertaining our listeners every day with fun and topical shows, and their commitment to the community is second to none.”

The Lisa Dent & Ramblin’ Ray Morning Show debuted nearly four years ago and airs each weekday morning from 5:00 a.m.- 10:00 a.m. on WUSN-FM, known to Chicagoland listeners as US99.5, America’s Country Station, and online at www.us99.com.  US99.5, which is owned and operated by CBS RADIO, has an average audience of 1.2 million weekly listeners.

Dent has been with the station for eight years and previously won the CMA “Personality of the Year” Award as a midday personality in 2005.  Stevens has been with US99.5 for over 17 years.