Billboard Country Update editor Tom Roland was the recipient of the 2018 CMA Media Achievement Award offered Nov. 14 through the 52nd annual CMA Awards at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.
Country Music Hall of Fame member and three-time CMA Awards winner Bill Anderson stunned Roland with the honour on the CMA Awards press convention.
In presenting the 37th recipient with the award, Anderson stated to press convention attendees, “Even the professionals look to Tom Roland. He’s one among nation music’s bedrock authorities.”
“At each important juncture in my life, some music was there to behave as consolation, to punctuate the enjoyment or to guarantee me that I wasn't solely alone,” Roland stated. “Music is basically essential, and to get an award for merely attempting to convey little items of the way it works -- or the way it's made and marketed -- is superior. And surprisingly significant. Much appreciation for this!”
Roland has been editor and lead author for Billboard Country Update for eight years. Previously, he spent seven years because the senior music author for The Tennessean, wrote community radio applications for Westwood One and the United Stations Radio Networks and compiled credit in The Hollywood Reporter. He additionally operates RolandBe aware.com, a database that catalogs 60,000 occasions from nation music historical past.
The CMA Media Achievement Award acknowledges excellent achievements within the media as they relate to nation music. Print and Internet journalists, columnists, authors and editors; tv writers, producers and bookers; and syndicated radio reporters are eligible to win this award.
A activity power of business publicists nominates a slate of 5 candidates for consideration by CMA member publicists. The publicists choose the winner, which is offered to the CMA Awards and Recognition Committee after which permitted by the CMA Board of Directors.
A variety of different Billboard alumni have been offered the award, together with contributors Deborah Evans Price in 2013 and Chuck Dauphin in 2014.