Alan Tompkins nominated for 2017 IBMA Broadcaster of the Year Award
August 10, 2017
Alan W. Tompkins, President and founder of the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation, has been nominated, for a second year in a row, by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) for the Bluegrass Broadcaster of the Year Award based on his work on the Bluegrass Heritage Radio Show. The winner will be announced at a luncheon on Sept. 28 in Raleigh, North Carolina as part of IBMA’s World of Bluegrass.
The Broadcaster of the Year Award recognizes outstanding service to bluegrass music in the field of broadcasting. Recipients are judged by the award committee for their contributions to the field of endeavor, professionalism (including their work in their community), and their demonstrated ability to foster the image of bluegrass music. Starting with IBMA member recommendations, nominees are chosen by committees of respected musicians and industry leaders.
Alan said that he was “honored and humbled to be nominated for the Bluegrass Broadcaster of the Year Award. To be on the list with Cindy Baucom, Steve Martin, Kris Truelson, and Michelle Lee is a terrific honor. My sincere thanks again goes out to Josh Jones, Big Gus Samuelson, Chuck Taylor, Brett Dillon, and Allan Peck of KHYI-FM 95.3 The Range in Dallas for their help in putting bluegrass on the FM airwaves in Texas, to Gerald Jones for helping me to produce the show, to Charlie Seraphin for his radio coaching, to Burton Gilliam for being THE VOICE of KHYI and my show, to my wife Julie for listening all these years, and to Jessica Lynn for her great promo spots. And of course the biggest thank-you goes to all those who listen in to FM 95.3.”
Alan received the IBMA Momentum Award for Industry Involvement in 2015. That award honors exemplary efforts to further the careers of a new generation of musicians and industry professionals.