Fox to Debut ‘American Country Countdown Awards’

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Dick Clark Productions and Cumulus will produce December’s two-hour concert event

Merry Christmas, country music fans: Fox, Cumulus and Dick Clark Productions all chipped in and got you a new awards show.

The “American Country Countdown Awards” will air live from Nashville on Monday, Dec. 15 on Fox. Country music’s biggest stars are expected to participate in the show and also pay tribute to the first-ever “NASH Icons” award winner.

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“American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks” celebrates its 41st year as America’s longest-running country music countdown show on radio. Since launching in 1973, the radio show now airs on more than 280 radio stations in 155 markets, covering 90 percent of the country.

“Fans of the ‘American Country Countdown’ are some of the most loyal and passionate fans around, so it’s a natural next step to bring that popular brand to television,” said Simon Andreae, executive vice president of Alternative Entertainment for Fox. “Fox has a long history of big, bold music events, and we can’t wait to bring down the house in Nashville this December with some of the most popular names in country music.”

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“Expanding our NASH brand and the audience for our iconic ‘American Country Countdown’ franchise to a national TV audience is an exciting example of how we’re committed to serving the needs of America’s rapidly growing passion for country music,” said John Dickey, executive vice president and co-chief operating officer of Cumulus.

“The ‘American Country Countdown’ radio show is one of the most respected brands in country music, highlighting the most successful stars on country radio,” said Mike Mahan, president of Dick Clark Productions. “Through our broadcast partnership with Fox and Cumulus, we are able to create an innovative and new television format honoring superstars and spectacular emerging talent that fuel American country radio.”