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Dave and Mary Hoxeng named “Spirit of Pensacola at 2021 PACE Awards

Posted on: March 4th, 2021 by brent

Pace WinnersCongratulations to Station Owners Dave and Mary Hoxeng who were amongst the honorees at the 61st Annual PACE Awards.  Recognized as the “Spirit of Pensacola” for their commitment to the greater Pensacola Area, Dave and Mary said “We came here to build Cat Country and quickly discovered how wonderful the people are.”

Dave Hoxeng said “I am very passionate about the the Pensacola Chamber, it’s a great organization that makes huge difference in our community.”

Pensacola, FL-March 3, 2021- The Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce held its annual Pensacola Area Commitment to Excellence (PACE) Awards tonight at Blue Wahoos Stadium. Sue Straughn from WEAR-TV Channel 3 emceed the event and announced the following PACE Award winners:

Dave and MarySpirit of Pensacola: Dave and Mary Hoxeng, CatCountry 98.7, NewsRadio 92.3, ESPN Pensacola-99.1 | 1330, Playlist 94.5

Advocate Leader: Brian Wyer, CEO, Gulf Coast Minority Chamber of Commerce

Leader in Education: Shannon Nickinson, Director of Early Learning, Studer Community Institute

Professional Leader: Dr. David Josephs, Clinic Director, Lakeview Center

Business Leader: Norris Ayvazian, Operations Manager, Peaden Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electrical 

Community Leader: Lisa Lyter, Creative Strategist, Red Iron Design House

Emerging Leader: D.C. Reeves, Co-Founder/CEO, Perfect Plain Brewery

“My congratulations go to this year’s PACE Award honorees,” stated Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce President Todd Thomson. “After such a trying year, it is wonderful to come together and celebrate our community’s excellence.”

Cat Country 98.7 Wins CRS 2021 Station of the Year

Posted on: February 19th, 2021 by brent

CRS Station of the YearPensacola’s locally-owned country radio station, CatCountry 98.7, has been awarded as the Radio Station of the Year at Country Radio Seminar (CRS).  The special industry recognition is voted on by broadcast professionals and country music industry professionals.  This was CatCountry 98.7’s first win after being a multi-year nominee.

Brent Lane, Program Director of Cat Country 98.7, said “I am super proud of our team today! Thanks to our radio and country music colleagues who saw fit to cast a vote for the Cat! We are proud represent Pensacola, but we are also proud to represent the Country Music community on the Gulf Coast.”

Pensacola Mardi Gras postpones kickoff

Posted on: December 28th, 2020 by Candy

PMG

Pensacola Mardi Gras Inc. is postponing the 2021 Season Kick-Off Celebration and Blessing  of the Krewe Fleets event previously scheduled on January 8th, 2021. This year, the event will  be moved to the month of May and will kick-off an even larger Pensacola “Carnivale  Celebration.”  

“We want to have the best Mardi Gras experience for our wonderful Krewes of Pensacola, in  the safest way possible for the entire community,” said Danny Zimmern, President of  Pensacola Mardi Gras, Inc. “This year, that is just going to look a little different from the  experience we all know and love, as we celebrate together in Carnivale”  

The decision to postpone derived from many long and detailed conversations between  Pensacola Mardi Gras, the Mayor, and City Staff with focus centered on public health. Due to  the current rising number of virus cases, the team members of Pensacola Mardi Gras Inc. and  the City of Pensacola staff agreed that postponing the event was the most responsible course of  action. This decision was difficult but will not mean a cancellation of ceremonies for  Pensacola’s great Krewes and a Grand Parade. Postponing means a slight change in  celebration, but means we gather as Krewes and citizens to celebrate together.  

“The spike in hospitalizations makes a postponement of celebrations logical” says Mayor  Grover Robinson. “At City Hall, we recognize how important the community of our great  Krewes is, and we want to celebrate all together. We look forward to gathering after this pause,  outside and being socially responsible at Roger Scott, and in the historic streets of  Downtown.”  

The one-time, unique 2021 Carnivale Celebration will begin in May and is set to include a  Kick-Off celebration to ignite the experience, as well as a Grand Parade, and a few other  unique and exciting experiences inspired by the local krewes, and will lead into Pensacola’s  celebration of its history, Fiesta. The Grand Fiesta Parade will be on Friday June 4, 2021.  

For those who have already purchased tickets to the original Kick-Off event, all tickets remain  valid for the 2021 Carnivale Kick-Off Celebration in May and will include a unique gift from  the Pensacola Mardi Gras Inc. team as a special thank-you for your support in 2020 during a  unique year that we have all been forced to deal with. This includes VIPs and VIP upgrades.  All ticket buyers will receive direct email correspondence in the coming days, which will  provide more information. 

The 2021 Kick-Off will take place in the same location and will include the traditional  Blessing of the Krewes along with a concert style dance party featuring beverages and food.  Tickets to the 2021 Carnivale Kick-Off Celebration will again be available for purchase  starting on February 1, 2021 on the Pensacola Mardi Gras website. Beginning on February 1,  2021, tickets will be re-priced at $50 for general admission and $120 for VIP tickets, which  will be limited in number. More details regarding what is included in the ticket purchase will  be announced.  

Pensacola Mardi Gras is not cancelled, it is postponed, and Pensacola is following other Gulf  Coast Communities in re-envisioning a classic celebration of our community, Krewes, and  customs. A series of events will tie multiple celebrations together, with a Kick-Off in the end  of May, (the precise date of the Kick-Off Celebration and Blessing of the Krewes will be  announced soon) a Grand Carnivale Parade (replacing the Grand Mardi Gras Parade) on  Saturday May 29, 2021 (Memorial Weekend), Fiesta Days on Wednesday June 2, 2021 and the  Grand Fiesta Parade on Friday June 4, 2021.  

Although the 2021 Mardi Gras Kick-Off event is being moved to the summer, the spirit of  Mardi Gras will once again fill Pensacola as Krewes and patrons alike will gather to celebrate  a mini-Carnivale season. The headliners and performers will carry over into the Carnivale  Celebration to provide entertainment at the outdoor venue.  

The Carnivale Kick-Off and Grand Parade will still be a series of socially responsible events  that include masks (Laisse le Masque le Faire!), socially distanced seating and dance areas,  temperature checks at the entrances, and all transactions including entrance and purchases will  be cashless using a special RFID technology.  

For more information about Pensacola Mardi Gras, please visit our website,  pensacolamardigras.com, email us at pensacolamardigras@gmail.com, or call us at 850-465- 4657. 

Job Opening – Lifestyle Talk Show

Posted on: December 27th, 2020 by brent

Locally owned ADX Communications is currently accepting applications for a lifestyle talk show host on NewsRadio 92-3 – AM 1620.  This position is part-time …Monday – Friday… and requires knowledge of our Escambia and Santa Rosa listening area and lifestyles.  Schedule and perform on-air  interviews with guests involved in local businesses, civic activities, non-profits, arts and entertainment.  Excellent planning, writing and communication skills are required.  Experience in public speaking or radio or television is preferred.

Send resumes and apply here.  ADX is an equal opportunity employer. 

 

Mission Restore Hope – Raised over $275,000

Posted on: September 28th, 2020 by brent

Mission Restore Hope

Channel 3 News, Cat Country and United Way of West Florida hosted “Mission: Restore Hope:” an effort to help our community recover from Hurricane Sally.

Our community proudly raised over $275,000 for the United Way of West Florida.  The money will ALL stay local.

You can still donate:  TEXT 850RELIEF TO 41444

VISIT uwwf.org/sally

BACKGROUND ON HOW FUNDS ARE USED: 

United Way of West Florida will administer the funds.  The money will support recovery efforts for those who were impacted by Hurricane Sally, including assistance to households, building supplies and materials, and support for underinsured and uninsured individuals.   Funds will remain in the community to support recovery efforts.

What the United Way of West Florida is doing:

We are working around the clock to support Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, as we recover TOGETHER from Hurricane Sally.

United Way of West Florida is here before, during, and after disasters. While there is much work to be done in helping our community recover, your gift of money or time helps families get back in their homes and give our vulnerable community members the care they need. UWWF works with local organizations to thoughtfully build strategies to create resilient communities.

WAYS TO AID IN RELIEF EFFORTS

GIVE

The most immediate and useful way to support recovery efforts in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties is through financial assistance. This allows relief organizations to purchase and provide the supplies and resources most needed. To donate to UWWF’s Hurricane Relief Fund, text 850RELIEF to 41444.

VOLUNTEER

You can also support recovery efforts through volunteerism. We have combined our efforts with Be Ready Alliance Coordinating for Emergencies (BRACE) to coordinate volunteers for the impacted areas. If you would like to support those affected by Hurricane Sally, please create a profile through the UWWF online volunteer portal, GET CONNECTED. BRACE will recruit volunteers by using this platform.

 

CONNECT TO RESOURCES

If you or someone you know need assistance, our information and referral hotline, 211 Northwest Florida, is available 24/7 identifying or accessing any support services in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties needed in the aftermath of Hurricane Sally. To access this completely free service, simply dial 211 from any landline or cellphone.

Please be patient when calling for resources, as the hotline has been inundated by calls.

You may also visit the links below, based by counties, for the most up-to-date and verified information on basic services – food, water, and shelter.

 

 

 

CMA Nominations – Brent and Candy get a nod – Sept. 1, 2020

Posted on: September 1st, 2020 by brent

Look for some friends of yours around 18:11…

 

» 2020 CMA Awards Nominees: Luke Combs, Carly Pearce, Gabby Barrett and Ingrid Andress revealed final nominees for the 54th Annual CMA Awards this morning (9/1). They are:

Entertainer
  • Eric Church
  • Luke Combs
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Carrie Underwood
  • Keith Urban
Female
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Ashley McBryde
  • Maren Morris
  • Kacey Musgraves
  • Carrie Underwood
Male
  • Eric Church
  • Luke Combs
  • Thomas Rhett
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Keith Urban
Group
  • Lady A
  • Little Big Town
  • Midland
  • Old Dominion
  • Rascal Flatts
Duo
  • Brooks & Dunn
  • Brothers Osborne
  • Dan + Shay
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Maddie & Tae
Album
  • Heartache Medication, Jon Pardi
  • Never Will, Ashley McBryde
  • Old Dominion, Old Dominion
  • What You See Is What You Get, Luke Combs 
  • Wildcard, Miranda Lambert
Single
  • “10,000 Hours,” Dan + Shay w/Justin Bieber
  • “Beer Never Broke My Heart,” Luke Combs
  • “Bluebird,” Miranda Lambert
  • “The Bones,” Maren Morris
  • “I Hope,” Gabby Barrett
Song
  • “Bluebird,” Luke Dick, Natalie Hemby, Miranda Lambert
  • 
“The Bones,” Maren Morris, Jimmy Robbins, Laura Veltz
  • 
“Even Though I’m Leaving,” Luke Combs, Wyatt B. Durrette III, Ray Fulcher
  • 
“I Hope You’re Happy Now,” Luke Combs, Randy Montana, Carly Pearce, Jonathan Singleton
  • “More Hearts Than Mine,” Ingrid Andress, Sam Ellis, Derrick Southerland
Musical Event
  • “10,000 Hours,” Dan + Shay w/Justin Bieber
  • 
“Be A Light,” Thomas Rhett f/Reba McEntire, Hillary Scott, Chris Tomlin and Keith Urban
  • 
“The Bones,” Maren Morris w/Hozier
  • 
“Fooled Around And Fell In Love,” Miranda Lambert f/Maren Morris, Elle King, Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes and Caylee Hammack
  • 
“I Hope You’re Happy Now,” Carly Pearce and Lee Brice
Musician
  • Jenee Fleenor
  • Paul Franklin
  • Rob McNelley
  • 
Ilya Toshinskiy
  • Derek Wells
Video
  • “10,000 Hours,” Dan + Shay w/Justin Bieber
  • “Bluebird,” Miranda Lambert
  • “Homemade,” Jake Owen
  • “I Hope You’re Happy Now,” Carly Pearce and Lee Brice
  • “Second One To Know,” Chris Stapleton
New Artist
  • Jimmie Allen
  • Ingrid Andress
  • Gabby Barrett
  • Carly Pearce
  • Morgan Wallen

 

Radiothon raises more than $117,000

Posted on: August 26th, 2020 by brent

Cat Country Cares

A total of $117,628 was raised to help sick and injured babies and children throughout our region during the Second Annual Cat Country 98.7 Cares for Kids Radiothon on Aug. 21. All funds raised will support the construction of the Bear Family Foundation Pediatric Oncology Center for Hope, the region’s only pediatric oncology center, at the Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Ascension Sacred Heart. The center is scheduled to open in the spring of 2021.

Participating radio stations included Cat Country 98.7, News Radio 92.3, ESPN Pensacola 1330AM/99.1FM and Pensacola Playlist 94.5. Throughout the event, listeners heard stories of bravery and inspiration from children and families who have benefited from the care and expertise of the hospital’s highly trained physicians and staff. In addition to pledges from individuals, many businesses called in to make pledges and challenged other businesses to make donations, as well.

“We are grateful for another successful Radiothon!” said Carol Carlan, President, Ascension Sacred Heart Foundation. “Once again, our community steps up to help our kids. Thank you to all of our sponsors and donors who joined us to make miracles happen every day!”

Carlan said that a special donation of $75,000 came from the late Peter Fodor of Pensacola, a generous donor and community supporter who designated the gift for Radiothon to support the Children’s Hospital.

Morning Cohost Brent Lane said, “The mission of the Studer Family Children’s Hospital and the mission of Cat Country 98.7 are the same — to serve our local community. We like to be helpers and are proud to join Ascension Sacred Heart in helping kids and families right here in Cat Country.”

Wind Creek Hospitality matched funds donated up to $20,000. Other sponsors included Gulf Winds Credit Union.

The community’s local Children’s Miracle Network hospital, the Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Ascension Sacred Heart is a 126-bed facility that serves as the only children’s hospital in Northwest Florida. The Children’s Hospital offers a wide range of services to meet all of a child’s medical needs, from a pediatric emergency room and neonatal intensive care unit to pediatric intensive care, cancer care, rehabilitation and a medical staff of more than 120 board-certified doctors across 30 pediatric specialties. The Children’s Hospital provides quality, compassionate care to children, regardless of their parents’ ability to pay. For more information about the services available at the Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Ascension Sacred Heart, visit studerfamilychildrenshospital.com.

To make a gift in support of the Bear Family Foundation Pediatric Oncology Center for Hope, please go to https://givesacredheart.org/donate/

COVID 19 Resources from the CDC

Posted on: March 30th, 2020 by brent

Florida Governor’s Executive Orders – click the link for the full details
20-71 – requiring restaurants to takeout/delivery only and closures of most gyms
20-72 – prohibiting elective surgeries and procedures
20-82 and 20-86 – ordering isolation of certain out of state travelers 
20-83– regarding advisories for persons over 65 and at high risk, social gatherings of more than ten and remote work
20-87 – restricting new, short-term (less than 30 days) vacation rentals (not hotel/motel)

Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission’s Executive Order 20-09 – All recreational boats must be at least 50 feet apart and not have more than 10 people on board.

The Florida Department of Health in Escambia County (FDOH-Escambia) indicates that local efforts to test potentially-exposed individuals in Escambia County, Florida continues to identify new cases of COVID-19. As of 11 a.m. CT on Monday, March 31, the total number of Escambia County cases with a COVID-19 diagnosis is eighty-eight (88) individuals, eighty-one (81) residents and seven (7) non-residents. This number is expected to change daily due to the return of results from ongoing testing. “These results reinforce how important it is for individuals to practice disease prevention methods and support the recent actions taken by state and local governments to reduce transmission of COVID-19 in Escambia County,” said FDOH-Escambia Director, John J. Lanza, MD, PhD, MPH, FAAP, FHPS.

Health care providers in Escambia County, Florida are collaborating to make testing available to those for whom testing is indicated by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. Contact tracing will be conducted for those individuals who have tested positive. Contact tracing is a frequently-used public health tool for tracking and preventing the spread of disease. Epidemiologists work to find everyone who has been in contact with the positive case. Persons identified to be at-risk through the contact tracing process are interviewed, evaluated, and educated on their risk factors and what they need to do next.

FDOH-Escambia encourages residents and visitors to take steps to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses such as COVID-19. Everyone has an important role in preventing the spread of this virus.

Take Steps to Protect Against Spreading COVID-19

Follow these steps in all situations, even when you feel perfectly healthy:

  • Avoid close contact with others, such as hugging, kissing, or shaking hands;
  • Practice social distancing: avoid large gatherings (more than 10 people) and stay at least six (6) feet away from others;
  • Avoid unnecessary travel, especially international travel and cruise travel;
  • Avoid being around anyone who is sick or who may have a weak immune system;
  • Move away from people before coughing or sneezing;
  • Cough and sneeze into a tissue then throw it away;
  • Wash your hands often, especially after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose;
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects, such as toys and doorknobs.

 

If you are mildly ill, follow these tips to help prevent spreading it to other people:

Screen Yourself and Call First

If you become sick, review the screening criteria for COVID-19 testing:

  • Are you experiencing symptoms, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath?
  • Have you returned from travel to an affected area, or been on a cruise within the last 14 days?
  • Have you been around someone diagnosed with COVID-19? Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.

If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, call, do not visit, your health care provider and tell them about your symptoms and your travel history or exposure to a COVID-19 patient. It is important to call ahead before visiting your health care provider. Offices must take proper steps to avoid further spread of COVID-19 when a concerned patient arrives for a medical evaluation. If you do not have a health care provider or health insurance, call, do not visit, Community Health Northwest Florida at 850-436-4630 or other community walk-in care locations, and tell them about your symptoms and your travel history or exposure to a COVID-19 patient. They will determine if you meet the criteria for testing. Assistance with the steps outlined above may be obtained by calling our coronavirus information line at 850-595-6500, option 6.

Drive-through COVID-19 testing is available in Escambia County.  

Drive through testing is available at three locations.

  • IMPORTANT:  All patients are required to be screened before arriving at the drive-through testing centers by calling the local COVID-19 Screening Call Center at 850-746-2684.  
  • The screening call center is open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. The call center staff will assist in helping find the testing center that best fits the needs of each person needing a COVID-19 test.
  • The hours of operation for the drive-through testing centers for COVID-19 are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Florida Department of Health (Department) works continuously with all our community partners to ensure that everyone is prepared in the eventuality of infectious disease spread. Please visit the Department’s dedicated COVID-19 webpage at www.FloridaHealth.gov/COVID-19. The webpage remains the best and most up-to-date resource for information and guidance regarding COVID-19 in Florida.

For any other questions related to COVID-19 in Florida, please contact the Department’s dedicated COVID-19 Call Center by calling 1-866-779-6121 or emailing COVID-19@flhealth.gov. The Call Center is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

The CDC also has a website with information related to COVID-19:https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

Know How it Spreads

Illustration: woman sneezing on man
  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Take steps to protect yourself

Illustration: washing hands with soap and water

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
 
Illustration: Woman quarantined to her home

Avoid close contact

Take steps to protect others

man in bed

Stay home if you’re sick

 
woman covering their mouth when coughing

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
 
man wearing a mask

Wear a facemask if you are sick

  • If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
 
cleaning a counter

Clean and disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

To disinfect:
Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. Use disinfectants appropriate for the surface.

Options include:

  • Diluting your household bleach.
    To make a bleach solution, mix:

    • 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water
      OR
    • 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water

    Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.

  • Alcohol solutions.
    Ensure solution has at least 70% alcohol.
  • Other common EPA-registered household disinfectants.
    Products with EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens pdf icon[7 pages]external icon claims are expected to be effective against COVID-19 based on data for harder to kill viruses. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g., concentration, application method and contact time, etc.).

What you need to know about handwashing link with image of soapy handwashing

 

Brent Lane among those honored at the 60th PACE Awards

Posted on: March 5th, 2020 by brent

PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. – March 4, 2020– The Greater Pensacola Chamber announced its 60th annual PACE Award recipients during a special one-night event at the Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front. Each year, the PACE Awards are presented to outstanding individuals in our area who have made significant contributions to Greater Pensacola’s economic, educational, and community progress.

“Pensacola has no shortage of amazing people who work every day to make our community a better place,” said Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce Board Chairman Justin Beck.  “It’s an honor to have the opportunity to specifically recognize the special individuals and the work they do.”

The 2020 PACE Award winners are:

Emerging Leader of the Year: Robin Zimmern, Major Gift Officer at the University of West Florida, was named Emerging Leader of the Year.  A little over two years ago, Zimmern has found herself in a leadership role with the University of West Florida managing to double her fundraising goals each year.  Along with consistently surpassing the goals set for her in her professional life, Zimmern serves on several local non-profit boards and volunteers with many other community organizations. She possesses the ability to serve as a leader of a group when needed, but also serve as a productive and hard-working member of a group under the leadership of others.

Business Leader of the Year: Will Condon, President, Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Ascension Sacred Heart, was named Business Leader of the Year.  Born and raised in Pensacola, the 2020 Business Leader of the year is an individual who could be described as a business visionary. Condon is a graduate of Pensacola Catholic High School and then chose to further his education at the University of West Florida for both his bachelors and master’s degree.  In his current role as President of Studer Family Children’s Hospital, Condon oversees the operations and continuous growth and development of the Studer Family Children’s Hospital and led the move from the old children’s hospital to their new facility. Condon’s focus has been on patient experience and under his leadership, Sacred Heart was voted the nation’s best pediatric emergency department.

Professional Leader of the Year: Don Snowden, Department Head of the Performing Arts Department, Director of Bands and Assistant Professor at Pensacola State College, was named Professional Leader of the Year.  Since 1987, Snowden has developed a strong relationship within our community and has assisted Pensacola State College in raising over $500,000 in support of the programs, faculty, and students in the Performing Arts Department.  Snowden’s professional reach goes beyond just Pensacola State College. He has made an impact on the Pensacola Symphony, the Pensacola Civic Band, Pensacola Little Theater, Gulf Breeze High School, and many other programs throughout our community.

Community Leader of the Year: Brent Lane, radio personality at Cat Country 98.7, was named this year’s Community Leader of the Year.  Since moving to Pensacola in 2005, Lane has made a positive impact on the Pensacola community by dedicating his time, energy, and talents to this community and its citizens. He supports over twelve non-profit organizations throughout the community and touches the lives of thousands of people each year through his volunteer efforts.  Along with presenting a top-rated morning radio show, he has dedicated himself to Manna, where he has served on the board of directors for the past eight years, including serving as Board President as well as chairing several committees. 

Advocate Leader of the Year: Dr. Kim Krupa, Executive Director of Achieve Escambia, was named Advocate Leader of the Year.  In her role as Executive Director at Achieve Escambia, Krupa has tripled the volunteer base, doubled the fundraising revenues, and elevated the profile of a community-based organization that is unique to Florida. She has led the charge at Achieve Escambia in improving kindergarten readiness by 10% points at C. A. Weis Community School where they are making a long-term investment in the 3-year-old preschool program. Under her direction, Achieve Escambia has won two most-improved statewide awards as a result of their first-ever Escambia County FAFSA Challenge to connect more high school seniors to financial aid for college. 

Leader in Education: Dr. Kim LeDuff, Vice President for Academic Engagement and Student Affairs at the University of West Florida, was named Leader in Education.  Dr. LeDuff became an educator because she recognized the doors that were opened for her as a result of her educational experiences. She is an individual with a stellar record of education service through outstanding contributions to advancement, mentorship, and encouragement of students in or outside of the classroom. LeDuff has made a lasting impact on the University of West Florida by building a strong diversity program that infuses inclusion in all that they do and establishing a new division dedicated to academic engagement and student success.

Spirit of Pensacola: Carol Carlan, President, Ascension Sacred Heart Foundation, was named as the recipient of the Spirit of Pensacola Award.  As a businesswoman and community leader, Carlan has served and bettered our community through her roles in business, education, and philanthropy.  Carlan is known for her heart-felt commitment to education and social issues, and has served on more than 35 not for profit organization boards during her career including: the Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce, Pensacola State College, the Institute of Human & Machine Cognition, and the PACE Center for Girls. Under Carlan’s leadership as President of Ascension Sacred Heart Foundation she has helped raise $50 million in assets.

Pioneer Award: John Appleyard, Pensacola historian, was named as the recipient of this year’s Pioneer Award.  John Appleyard has been a pioneer in the Pensacola community for two generations, having dedicated his life to sharing Pensacola’s rich history daily.  Beyond founding the Appleyard Agency in 1959, he is an avid historian who has authored dozens of books about Pensacola’s past.  Appleyard was named director of the Florida Quadricentennial Celebration in 1958 and has been involved with numerous local historic preservation efforts.  Appleyard’s 15-minute films about Pensacola’s history are viewable Tuesdays through Saturdays in the Appleyard Storytelling Cottage, located in UWF’s historic village.

Brent Lane says: Tonight it was an honor to receive the PACE Community Leader of Year Award from the Greater Pensacola Chamber. I love our community and am inspired to work harder for it by the room FULL of community leaders. Make no mistake there are so many doers in our community who are deserving. Dave and Mary Hoxeng have created a space where “community” involvement is something to be enjoyed. I’m blessed to have a wife in Angela Lane who is not only encouraging in service, but a servant herself. As we have watched our kids Cali, Hope and Carson become leaders and servants.

As always I hope have made my community proud and will continue to represent and champion what is great about our community. I’m very blessed that God led us to here and that our family has grown.

CatCountry 98.7 Wins ACM Station of the Year 2020

Posted on: February 19th, 2020 by brent

Pensacola’s locally-owned country radio station, CatCountry 98.7 (WYCT-FM), has been awarded “Radio Station of the Year” (Small Market) by the Academy of Country Music (ACM).  This is CatCountry 98.7’s fourth win for “Station of the Year.” Previously, CatCountry 98.7 has won this award in 2006, 2009, and 2011.  Cat Country 98.7’s Brent and Candy were named the ACM Personalities of the Year in 2019.

This is the 55th Annual ACM Awards Show.  This year the show is set for Sunday April 5, 2020, in Las Vegas and will be shown LIVE on WKRG at 7PM.

Dave Hoxeng, owner of Cat Country 98.7, said “I’m so proud of our whole team. This achievement is exciting for the community of Pensacola and WE are incredibly honored.”