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Open Our Museum

Posted on: May 18th, 2022 by brent

OpenA website and petition campaign called Open Our Museum has been organized by a group of local citizens and civic leaders working together to urge the U.S. Navy and the Department of Defense (DoD) to reestablish the public access waiver to NAS Pensacola so all citizens are allowed to visit the National Naval Aviation Museum (NNAM) and the base’s other historic attractions.

Some of the civic leaders behind the campaign include retired Navy Capt. Dean-o Fournier, former Pensacola mayors Jerry Maygarden, Ashton Hayward, Mike Wiggins and John Fogg, retired Marine Lt. Col. David Glassman with Freedom Quest, and Nancy Fetterman – widow of the late U.S. Navy Vice Adm. Jack Fetterman who served as president & CEO of the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation.

“Jack worked tirelessly for decades to transform the Naval Aviation Museum into the national treasure that it is today. He’d be so disappointed to know that the public is still being denied access to it,” said Fetterman. “The entire purpose of the museum was for everyone to experience its magic and wonder, to inspire all.”

For two-and-a-half years the public has been restricted entry to a National Museum whose operations are paid for, in large part, by their hard-earned tax dollars.

Following a terrorist attack on base in December of 2019, access to the National Naval Aviation Museum, as well as the Pensacola Lighthouse, Fort Barrancas and the Blue Angels practices, has been restricted to only Department of Defense (DoD) cardholders and veterans who possess a Veterans Health Identification Card. All other U.S. citizens are still not allowed access. 

The community campaign hopes to change that.

Founded in 1963 onboard Naval Air Station Pensacola, NNAM tells the story of how Pensacola became the “Cradle of Naval Aviation” and has been at the cutting edge of aerospace history for more than a century.

Since its founding, NNAM has grown to become the second-largest aviation museum in the United States. Featuring more than 150 fully-restored military aircraft, thousands of artifacts, and dozens of military exhibits on display, plus a giant screen movie theater, virtual reality flight simulators, interactive rides, and more – NNAM is considered a top 10 attraction in Florida and the leading tourist attraction between Orlando and New Orleans. Its visitors come from every state in the U.S., with more than 70 percent visiting from outside Florida.

A recent economic impact study done by Matrix for the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation (NAMF) found that NNAM’s visitorship declined by 64% in January and February of 2020 due to restricted base access. That equates to approximately 342 total jobs and $11 million in labor income lost due to the enhanced security measures stemming from the December 2019 terrorist attack on base. The NAMF study also found that local industry sectors lost an estimated $31.5 million in gross sales between 2019 and 2020 directly related to declining visitor traffic.

Visits to the Pensacola base’s historic attractions have always been treasured by tourists and locals alike before access became locked off. Tens of millions of citizens have visited the National Naval Aviation Museum, and other base attractions, for decades without the occurrence of a single significant security incident.

 

“It’s time to cut through the red tape and get our museum reopened to everyone, once again,” said Fetterman.

Cat Country 98.7 and Brent Lane Nominated for an 2022 ACM Award

Posted on: January 24th, 2022 by brent

ACM 2022ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC® ANNOUNCES

NOMINEES FOR RADIO AWARDS CATEGORIES FOR THE

57TH ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™

The 57th Academy of Country Music Awards will take place Monday, March 7, 2022, at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas and will stream live on Prime Video in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK, marking the first time a major awards show has livestreamed exclusively. The live show will give fans in Las Vegas and around the world a nonstop party to celebrate Country Music’s biggest stars. Tickets are available to purchase now at Ticketmaster.

The full list of 57th ACM Awards nominations will be announced in the coming weeks, as will talent ACM 2022bookings for the show itself, including hosts, performers, and presenters.

57th ACM Radio Awards nominees are:

ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR – SMALL MARKET                                                  

  • Adam & Jen in the Morning – Adam Lamberd, Jen LittleKIOK-FM           Kennewick, WA
  • Liz and Scotty in the Morning – Liz DelGrosso and Scotty CoxKCLR-FM           Columbia, MO
  • Morning Wake-Up Call With Dave Daniels – Dave DanielsKHAY-FM          Ventura, CA     
  • The Cat Pak Morning Show – Brent LaneWYCT-FM         Pensacola, FL
  • The Philip Gibbons Show – Philip GibbonsWGSQ-FM        Cookeville, TN

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR – SMALL MARKET                                                                                              

  • KCLR-FM Columbia, MO
  • KHAY-FM         Ventura, CA
  • WXBQ-FM Bristol, VA
  • WXFL-FM    Florence, AL
  • WYCT-FM    Pensacola, FL

About the Academy of Country Music Awards™

The 57th Academy of Country Music Awards™ is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in country music and will feature exciting performances, unprecedented collaborations, surprising moments and more with a show so big, only a stadium can hold it. The 57th ACM Awards are looking toward the future with a historic, first of its kind partnership with Amazon Prime Video, making history as the first major awards show to livestream exclusively, LIVE from Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on Monday, March 7, 2022. Tickets for the Awards are available to purchase now at Ticketmaster.

Manna Hat 2020-2021 Auction

Posted on: December 11th, 2021 by brent

Manna Hat 2021The 2020-2021 Manna Hat is a beautiful Resistol – George Strait 7 3/8ths

Congrats to Larry and Shotzi Clemons who won this years hat with a bid of $1300, all of which will go to Manna Food Pantries.

Manna Food Pantries began serving the hungry on January 3, 1983, then known as Manna Food Bank. Since then Manna have served over half a million people in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties in Florida, from Century to Navarre. Manna has given out over 9,000 tons of food to hungry families in our communities. In the last year alone, Manna has served about 23,000 individuals in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties.Manna Food Pantries is a private, not-for-profit corporation dedicated to alleviating hunger in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties of Northwest Florida. Manna is nonsectarian, community focused, volunteer supported and committed to the philosophy, “waste not, want not.” Manna believes that every person has a right to live free from hunger and that every person is to be treated with respect and dignity.

This year the need is particularly great. Please know that 100% of the proceeds this auction raises will go to Manna Food Pantries of Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties so that those in need in Pensacola, Pace, Milton and the surrounding areas can continue to be taken care of.

Thank you to Pensacola Boot Store for generously providing the 2020-2021 Manna Hat.

Who’s Autograph is on the Hat? 
I will send you a signed certificate saying these are 100% Authentic Signatures.

Artist
Date/Location
Location on the Hat
Parmalee
March 13, 2020 – Wild Gregs
Left Rear Bill
Jimmie Allen November 12, 2020 – Wild Gregs Rear Bill
Riley Green May 28, 2021 – The Wharf Right Rear Bill
Luke Combs July 2, 2021 – The Wharf Front Bill
Brantley Gilbert July 17, 2021 – The Wharf Left Bill
Caylee Hammack July 31, 2021 – The Wharf Right Bill
Dylan Scott July 31, 2021 – The Wharf Right Front Bill
Luke Bryan July 31, 2021 – The Wharf Left Front Bill
Gabby Barrett August 13, 2021 – The Wharf Left Bill
Thomas Rhett August 13, 2021 – The Wharf Front Stack
Carly Pearce August 19, 2021 – The Wharf Right Bill
Niko Moon August 19, 2021 – The Wharf Right Bill
Tenille Arts August 19, 2021 – The Wharf Right Front Bill
Lady A August 19, 2021 – The Wharf Right Front Stack
Elvie Shane October 9, 2021 – The Wharf Right Dimple
Rodney Atkins October 30, 2021-Pensacola Fair Left Dimple
Hardy October 31, 2021 – The Wharf Right Front Bill
John Morgan October 31, 2021 – The Wharf Left Stack
Jason Aldean October 31, 2021 – The Wharf Rear Stack
Mitchell Tenpenny November 6, 2021 – Wild Gregs Rear Right Stack
Jon Langston November 12, 2021 – Wild Gregs Rear Left Stack
Kip Moore November 13, 2021 – The Port, Alabama Left Bill
Larry Fleet November 14, 2021 – Miracle on Palafox Right Stack
Ray Fulcher November 14, 2021 – Miracle on Palafox Right Stack
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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CMA 2021 Nominations

Posted on: September 9th, 2021 by brent
CMA Award NomineesNominations are in for the 55th Annual CMA Awards to air Nov. 10 on WEAR.
 
Radio Station of the Year
Small Market
  • KCLR/Columbia, MO
  • KTTS/Springfield, MO
  • WBYT/South Bend, IN
  • WXBQ/Johnson City, TN
  • WXFL/Florence, AL
  • WYCT/Pensacola, FL
Entertainer
  • Eric Church 
  • Luke Combs  
  • Miranda Lambert   
  • Chris Stapleton 
  • Carrie Underwood  
Female
  • Gabby Barrett
  • Miranda Lambert   
  • Ashley McBryde  
  • Maren Morris  
  • Carly Pearce 
Male
  • Dierks Bentley
  • Eric Church   
  • Luke Combs  
  • Thomas Rhett  
  • Chris Stapleton
Group
  • Lady A 
  • Little Big Town  
  • Midland  
  • Old Dominion   
  • Zac Brown Band
Duo
  • Brooks & Dunn  
  • Brothers Osborne  
  • Dan + Shay   
  • Florida Georgia Line  
  • Maddie & Tae
Single
  • “Famous Friends,” Chris Young with Kane Brown; Producers: Corey Crowder, Chris Young; Mix Engineer: Sean Moffitt
  • “The Good Ones,” Gabby Barrett; Producers: Ross Copperman, Zach Kale; Mix Engineers: Chris Galland, Manny Marroquin
  • “Hell Of A View,” Eric Church; Producer: Jay Joyce; Mix Engineers: Jason Hall, Jay Joyce  
  • “One Night Standards,” Ashley McBryde; Producer: Jay Joyce; Mix Engineers: Jason Hall, Jay Joyce  
  • “Starting Over,” Chris Stapleton; Producers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton; Mix Engineer: Vance Powell
Album
  • 29, Carly Pearce; Producers: Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne, Jimmy Robbins; Mix Engineer: Ryan Gore 
  • Dangerous: The Double Album, Morgan Wallen; Producers: Dave Cohen, Matt Dragstrem, Jacob Durrett, Charlie Handsome, Joey Moi; Mix Engineer: Joey Moi 
  • Heart, Eric Church; Producer: Jay Joyce; Mix Engineers: Jason Hall, Jay Joyce
  • Skeletons, Brothers Osborne; Producer: Jay Joyce; Mix Engineers: Jason Hall, Jay Joyce
  • Starting Over, Chris Stapleton; Producers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton; Mix Engineer: Vance Powell
Song
  • “Forever After All,” Luke Combs, Drew Parker, Robert Williford 
  • “The Good Ones,” Songwriters: Gabby Barrett, Zach Kale, Emily Landis, Jim McCormick
  • “Hell Of A View,” Casey Beathard, Eric Church, Monty Criswell 
  • “One Night Standards,” Nicolette Hayford, Shane McAnally, Ashley McBryde
  • “Starting Over,” Mike Henderson, Chris Stapleton 
Event
  • “Buy Dirt,” Jordan Davis, Luke Bryan; Producer: Paul DiGiovanni 
  • “Chasing After You,” Ryan Hurd, Maren Morris; Producers: Aaron Eshuis, Teddy Reimer
  • “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home),” Elle King, Miranda Lambert; Producer: Martin Johnson 
  • “Famous Friends,” Chris Young, Kane Brown; Producers: Corey Crowder, Chris Young
  • “Half Of My Hometown,” Kelsea Ballerini, Kenny Chesney; Producers: Kelsea Ballerini, Ross Copperman, Jimmy Robbins
Musician
  • Jenee Fleenor, Fiddle 
  • Paul Franklin, Steel Guitar 
  • Aaron Sterling, Drums 
  • Ilya Toshinskiy, Banjo 
  • Derek Wells, Guitar 
Video
  • “Chasing After You,” Ryan Hurd, Maren Morris; Director: TK McKamy 
  • “Famous Friends,” Chris Young, Kane Brown; Director: Peter Zavadil 
  • “Gone,” Dierks Bentley; Directors: Wes Edwards, Travis Nicholson, Ed Pryor, Running Bear, Sam Siske
  • “Half Of My Hometown,” Kelsea Ballerini, Kenny Chesney; Director: Patrick Tracy 
  • “Younger Me,” Brothers Osborne; Director: Reid Long 
New Artist
  • Jimmie Allen  
  • Ingrid Andress  
  • Gabby Barrett  
  • Mickey Guyton
  • Hardy

Cat Country Cares Radiothon 2021 Raises over $76,000

Posted on: July 20th, 2021 by brent
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Cat Country 98.7 Raises Over $76,000 for Studer Family Children’s Hospital, a member of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

Pensacola, FL (September 2, 2021) – Cat Country 98.7 and Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Ascension Sacred Heart, a proud member of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, raised more than $76,000 during the station’s Cat Country Cares For Kids Radiothon, presented by Wind Creek Atmore. The annual event at Cordova Mall raised funds for a new neonatal transport vehicle. 

Cat Country Cares for Kids Radiothon was hosted by radio personality, Brent Lane and WEAR ABC 3 News, Pensacola host, Sue Straughn as well as NewsRadio 92.3 & ESPN Pensacola. The event provided listeners with the opportunity to hear from children and their parents about the high-quality care and recovery they received at Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Ascension Sacred Heart, which serves the Gulf Coast. Sacred Heart

Morning show host Brent Lane said, “The Neonatal Transport Unit is an important part of the overall service to the community that makes up Studer Family Children’s Hospital. Cat Country 98.7 was proud to join WEAR ABC 3 News, NewsRadio 92.3, and ESPN Pensacola to help tell the story of why this hospital impacts so many lives and how it continues to make this community better.” 

“We are fortunate to have such great community partners working alongside a community who cares deeply for others,” said Carol Carlan, president of Ascension Sacred Heart Foundation. “We thank all those who have given generously of their resources, time and talents. You always come through when we need you the most!   

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, such as Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Ascension Sacred Heart are on the frontlines when it comes to protecting the health of future generations, but they can’t do it alone. Changing the health of even one child or family creates a ripple effect felt by communities for years to come. 

“The COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on children has demonstrated the value of having a hospital dedicated to pediatrics,” said Will Condon, president of Studer Family Children’s Hospital. “The disease has hospitalized children at all ages — from two weeks old to 17 years old. It’s never been more important to have speciallized pediatric care in our region, and never more important to have the community’s support for our healing Mission.”

 

Since 1983, CMN Hospitals has raised more than $7 billion in unrestricted funds for 170 children’s hospitals across the United States and Canada. 

In addition, the transport unit has a specialized incubator.  Capable of delivering a similar level of quality care as the NICU at Studer Family Wind_Creek_4C_Horz-removebgChildren’s Hospital. Please, join us in sharing hope with the children who make our hospital home. Whether for a day or months at a time, they deserve the best possible care and hope for a healthy future.

 
 
 
 
 

Thank you to our 2021 sponsors

 

Presenting/Community Match Sponsor

 

Phone Bank Sponsor

 
 

Hope Sponsor

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Cat Country 98.7 wins 2021 Service to America Award

Posted on: July 12th, 2021 by brent

Cat Country 98.7 has been recognized by the National Association of Broadcasters with the “Service to America” Award for Mission Restore Hope with WEAR-TV and the United Way of West Florida.  

Watch the 23rd Annual Celebration of America Awards on WEAR ABC Channel 3 on July 17 at 4:30pm.

Service to Community Award for Radio – Medium Market
WYCT-FM Pensacola, Florida, Hurricane Sally Relief Efforts
In September 2020, Hurricane Sally meandered into the Gulf of Mexico and 36 hours out, this slow-moving storm was forecast to make landfall 200 miles away from Pensacola. Instead, it took a slow right turn and became the first direct hit for Pensacola in 16 years. Following the devastation of this hurricane, the team at WYCT-FM wanted to do something to help the community rebuild and recover from the storm. In partnership with United Way of West Florida and their TV partner WEAR-TV, this local station launched “Mission Restore Hope” to raise over $300,000 to help local organizations fund rebuilding efforts and help the community feel at home again.

The Monument to Women Ground Breaking April 23

Posted on: April 20th, 2021 by brent

Womens MonumentMonument to Women Veterans announces a groundbreaking event for a museum and monument to women veterans, and the announcement of a state-of-the-art national training center in construction for veterans. The museum and monument site is being developed to honor all women, past, present, and future, who served in the United States military and to provide o en unmet critical resources for female veteran care. Founded in 2011 by Navy Veteran Michelle Caldwell, Monument to Women Veterans has been granted a 30-year lease (with extension options) by the City of Pensacola to restore and remodel the Amtrak depot on Heinberg Street. The location will provide space for a museum and the first monument dedicated to the 25% of active-duty military women plus 2.8 million women veterans who have honorably served in combat since 1948.

Get more at https://monumenttowomenveterans.info

The public is invited to join in a ribbon-cutting ceremony and celebratory festivities at 980 E Heinberg St. in Pensacola on Friday, April 23rd from 3:00 pm–6:00 pm CST.
 
Guests can reserve a spot at the ribbon-cutting event by visiting MWVets.org/rsvp 
 
About Monument for Women Veterans: The Monument to Women Veterans, Inc. is a 501c3 Charitable Non-Profit Corporation established in 2011 that has been leading the charge in recognizing and empowering our military women through a variety of community outreach and awareness efforts. Join Monument to Women Veterans in their goals to provide recognition of the service and sacrifices of the woman who have proudly donned a United States armed services uniform and to offer resources and services for a myriad of issues currently impacting women veterans to include post-traumatic stress, military sexual trauma, traumatic brain issues, domestic violence, unemployment, homelessness, and countless more that may arise in the future.

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.”

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.