Lon Helton Wins CMA’s 2021 “Broadcast Personality of the Year” Award for “Country Countdown USA” on Westwood One

CMA Honors Helton for the 11th Time

NEW YORK – October 18, 2021 – CUMULUS MEDIA’s Westwood One today announced that“Country Countdown USA”host Lon Helton was honored with the “Broadcast Personality of the Year” Award for a Weekly National Show by the Country Music Association. The winners were announced in advance of the 55th Annual CMA Awards Show to be held November 10, 2021, in Nashville. 

The Country Music Association Awards (CMAs) recognize outstanding country music artists and broadcasters. 

For more information about “Country Countdown USA” on Westwood One please contact Todd Alan: talan@westwoodone.com; 212.735.1107. 

About “Country Countdown USA”  

Westwood One’s “Country Countdown USA” is a nationally syndicated weekly country music Top-30 countdown program started by Lon Helton in 1992, airing live from Nashville’s historic Music Row.  

About Lon Helton 

Lon Helton’s country radio career began in 1971. He spent 12 years as both personality and programmer in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Denver, and was Country Editor of Radio & Records for 23 years before founding Country Aircheck. Helton is a member of the Board of Directors of the Country Music Association, the Country Music Hall of Fame, and the National Corvette Museum; and was named CMA “National Personality of the Year” in 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018, and 2020. In 2009, 2012, 2014, 2016, and 2018, he won that honor from the Academy of Country Music. Helton was inducted into the Country Radio DJ Hall of Fame in 2006 and is country radio’s best known star interviewer. 

About Westwood One 

Westwood One, the national-facing arm of Cumulus Media (NSDQ: CMLS), offers iconic, nationally syndicated sports, news, and entertainment content to more than 250 million monthly listeners across an audio network of nearly 7,300 affiliated broadcast radio stations and media partners. Westwood One is the largest audio network in America, home to premium content that defines the culture, including the NFL, the NCAA, the Masters, CNN, the AP, the Academy of Country Music Awards, and Westwood One Backstage. The rapidly growing Cumulus Podcast Network delivers popular network and industry personalities and programs. Westwood One connects listeners with their passions through programs and platforms that have everyone listening. For more information, please visit www.westwoodone.com

Press Contact:  

Karen Glover | Westwood One | kglover@westwoodone.com