Houston radio station wins big at the Country Music Awards – Chron.com
Country stars and other famous faces showed off their style on the red carpet at the annual Country Music Association Awards, held at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Shown here are models Lily Aldridge and Ruby Aldridge.
The Band Perry — Reid Perry, from left, Kimberly Perry and Neil Perry
Houston country station KKBQ was named Station of the Year in a major market at the Country Music Awards in Nashville Wednesday night.
The Bayou City radio station now called The New 93Q beat out four other nominees from Denver, St. Louis, Mo., Boston and Calgary, Alberta to take the prestigious prize.
On their Facebook page the station celebrated posting, "Winning Station of the Year is amazing!!!!"
It put KKBQ alongside the major country music stars of the year like Kacey Musgraves, who took home Song of the Year for "Follow Your Arrow," and Miranda Lambert, who walked away with Album of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year and Single of the Year.
The station, owned by Cox Media Group, adds this year's title to a Marconi award it won last year and a previous CMA from 2013.
"This has been an incredible year for KKBQ from a ratings standpoint, from a revenue standpoint, and from a recognition standpoint," Mark Krieschen, Vice President and Market Manager for Cox's Houston stations told the Houston Press.
The station's breakfast show team "The Q Morning Zoo" with Tim Tuttle, Kevin Kline and Erica Rico also was nominated in the Broadcast Personality of the Year category.
Kreischen says it was presenters like them who won them the station of the year award because they live and work in the Houston area just like their listeners.
"You can tell stories on the air," Kreischen told the Houston Press. "And when we tell stories on the air about our talent, our audience can relate to that."

Heather Alexander is a reporter for Chron.com and the Houston Chronicle where she writes daily on news breaking all over the Houston metro area.  British born, Heather studied at England's University of Sheffield and University of Central Lancashire and on graduating was named the UK's Broadcast Journalism Training Council Young Journalist of the Year. Heather immediately began a career with perhaps the world's most famous news organization, BBC News, initially covering the UK and Europe before moving to New York to take up the position of US reporter for BBC Radio.  Heather went on to appear on primetime TV in the UK, the US and across the Globe interviewing the likes of former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, writer Maya Angelou and actor George Clooney. Heather has reported live from the White House and the Oscars, as well as produced cutting edge series from sub Saharan Africa. She joined the Chronicle team in December 2013 after moving to Houston to be near her oil industry-based family and lives happily in the Heights.  Heather brings considerable written, audio and video skills to the Chronicle's digital team.


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