New Country 96.3’s “Hawkeye in the Morning” Hosts Take Home CMA Broadcast Award for Major Market Broadcast Personality

DALLAS, TX – November 21, 2023 – Cumulus Media (NASDAQ: CMLS) announces that New Country 96.3 (KSCS-FM) morning show, “Hawkeye in the Morning,” hosted by “Hawkeye” Mark Louis Rybczyk and Michelle Rodriguez, was awarded the CMA Broadcast Award for Major Market Broadcast Personality of the Year. The 57th CMA Awards, hosted by Luke Bryan with Peyton Manning, were presented at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN, on November 8, 2023, and were broadcast live on ABC.

“Hawkeye in the Morning” is the longest-running FM morning show in Dallas-Fort Worth. Hawkeye is a member of the Country Radio Hall of Fame, the Texas Radio Hall of Fame and winner of the Billboard Air Personality of the Year and the Academy of Country Music DJ of the Year.

Michelle was voted one of D Magazine’s top Radio Personalities for the Metroplex and has been heard on New Country 96.3 for over 10 years. Hawkeye and Michelle have been leaders in the community, raising millions of dollars for Cook Children’s Hospital, supporting veterans with mobility issues with their Pet For A Vet campaign and helping fight hunger with Hawkeye and Michelle’s Feed the City.

The CMA Broadcast Awards are among the most prestigious awards given out in the field of Country Broadcasting. The categories are established by market size based on population as ranked by Nielsen. Entries for Broadcast Personality and Station of the Year are judged on Aircheck, Community Involvement, Ratings, and Leadership & Impact Information. Any full-time, on-air personalities and radio stations in the United States and Canada were eligible to submit. The entries are judged by a panel of distinguished broadcast professionals, representing all market sizes and regions.

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