2016 CMB Station of the Year Awards

The CMB Station of the Year Awards are open to any station who plays Christian music for a majority of their broadcast day, and voted on by a panel of radio professionals primarily OUTSIDE of the Christian music industry. The CMB Station of the Year Awards are presented to stations which show outstanding achievement in on-air presentation, community service, ratings, new media and industry leadership.

  • Previous year’s winners of the Christian Music Broadcasters Radio Station Of The Year Award are not eligible to enter in the same, or smaller, category the following year.
  • At least one staff member of the station must be a member of Christian Music Broadcasters.
  • Stations that are part of a network can enter individually IF they have their own locally originated programming, on-air presence and local community events. While the station may make use of network programming and on-air presence as part of their overall offering, ONLY content that originates from and applies to the local station may be submitted with an award entry.

One award is given in each of four market categories – Major, Large, Medium and Small.

Major: Markets 1-25 (including Networks*)
Large: Markets 26-75
Medium: Markets 76-125
Small: Markets 126+

*A Network is defined as any station that simulcasts their programming, on other signals, in more than 5 Arbitron rated markets.

IMPORTANT DATES

Eligibility period: May 1, 2015 – April 30, 2016
Submissions welcome beginning: May 1, 2016
Deadline for entries: June 3, 2016
Finalists announced: July 8, 2016

Winners will be announced at the CMB Networking Dinner on Wednesday night, Sep 7th at Momentum 2016 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida at the Disney Yacht & Beach Club Convention Center. 

The following must be a part of each entry:

Audio Elements (30 points possible)

1. 15 minute scoped aircheck from any locally-originating daypart(s)
2. 5 minutes of production / promotion / public service

Community Involvement (25 points possible)

IN 400 WORDS OR LESS – The station should highlight original/locally oriented events, promotions or news coverage that display exceptional public service, ministry impact and responsiveness to the needs and problems facing their market and defined core audience. 400 WORDS OR LESS.

Ratings (20 points possible)

IN 200 WORDS OR LESS – The station should show exceptional ratings, or exceptional growth in ratings, within their market or the Christian music genre. Stations may submit any ratings information to which they have LEGAL access. Legal access includes any ratings information purchased by the station (it is up to the station to understand and follow the usage rules of whatever ratings service they may subscribe to), and any ratings information that has entered the public domain (i.e. printed in a trade magazine or in a local newspaper). All ratings information must be sourced. 200 WORDS OR LESS.

New Media (15 points possible)

IN 200 WORDS OR LESS – The station should show examples of how they utilize new media – including (but not limited to) their web-site, social media outlets, email and podcasts. Data for on-line listenership can be included in this section. 200 WORDS OR LESS.

Industry Leadership (10 points possible)

IN 150 WORDS OR LESS – The station should show how they have been a positive force in helping to improve the genre of Christian radio. Memberships and active participation in CMB, GMA, NRB, NAB, etc. are good examples of this. Also, the station may submit examples of how they are helping to make other Christian music stations better…such as mentorship programs. Any awards won by the station in the period of eligibility may be referenced. 150 WORDS OR LESS.


All entries become property of Christian Music Broadcasters. For more information regarding the 2016 Christian Music Broadcasters Radio Station Of The Year Awards, contact Morgan Wood at awards@cmbonline.org.

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