Thursday, 25 August 2011
Sandy Harsch, presenter of the radio show 'Country Time' on RTE, the Irish national broadcasting station, has received the International Broadcaster of the Year award from the Country Music Association (CMA) of Nashville, TN. The photo shows Sandy with country star Brad Paisley, current CMA Entertainer of the Year and co-host of the CMA Awards show, at the presentation backstage at the Olympia Theatre, Dublin
The award honours radio broadcasters outside the USA who have made outstanding contributions toward the development of country music in their country. Sandy has worked in and around the music business in Ireland in many roles (including chief photographer, record reviewer, and interviewer for Hot Press magazine), has broadcast since 1989, and has presented 'Country Time' since 1996, playing, in her own words, 'bluegrass, old-time string-band music, Cajun, roots country, Western swing... honky-tonk, cowboy songs, hillbilly, Bakersfield, rockabilly – in fact everything from Americana to zydeco'.
The full CMA press release can be read here. (A minor detail: the trophy itself was held up in customs, so its role in the photo is being played by a digital recorder.)