Cat Country Wins Radio Station, Personality Of The Year Awards

February 26, 2009

Popular area radio station Cat Country 98.7 has won the Academy of Country Music Association (ACM) Radio Station of the Year and Radio On-Air Personality of the Year.

In each category, the station and The Cat Pak Morning Show with Brent Lane and Dana Cervantes were one of five nationwide nominees in the small market division, which includes all markets other than the Top100.

Kevin King, operations manager for Cat Country 98.7 (WYCT-FM) said, “We are all very excited and honored to win this prestigious award for the second time in three years.” CatCountry 98.7 also won this honor in 2007.

“It’s truly an honor to be able to represent Pensacola at the ACM’s in Las Vegas and to be recognized for doing what we love to do in Pensacola,” Dana Cervantes said.

Winners including Brent Lane will be featured during the live telecast as an announcer for “bumpers” leading into commercials for the 44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.

Brent Lane and Dana Cervantes, the Cat Pak, care about Pensacola. From MC duties at charity events, toy drives, reading to elementary kids, and dressing in a turkey costume…there is nothing the Cat Pak won’t do. The Cat Pak helped raise $985,564 for various charities, aired more than 3000 minutes of PSAs, and donated more than 700 hours of community service.

The Cat Pak supports their military. Florida Congressman Jeff Miller asked Brent and Dana to help when he started the Emerald Coast Honor Flight to fly World War II Veterans to Washington, DC free of charge to visit the WWII Memorial. Brent and Dana helped raise $300,000 for 3 trips and Brent served as a Guardian on the first flight. The Cat Pak also supports local troops on the ground in Iraq and Kuwait. At Thanksgiving, morning show co-host, Dana Cervantes embedded with the local 146th Army National Guard and traveled to Iraq for the second year. Dana delivered 21,000 Letters from Home and broadcast live around the clock and fed video reports to the local ABC TV affiliate via satellite.

Christmas Wishes is an award-winning station-originated campaign that helps those less fortunate during the holidays. Country star, Craig Morgan joined the Cat Pak Morning Show live in early December to grant a down-on-their-luck couple a fly away to Nashville. Brent and Dana partnered with Toys for Tots to fulfill thousands of dollars of “wishes for toys” this year. The Cat Pak helped raise over $70,000 for home make over wish of a family in need.

Manna Food Bank of Pensacola counts on Brent and Dana to help raise awareness. This is the third year for the “Manna Hat,” a cowboy hat signed by every Country Star to visit Cat Country this year. This year Alan Jackson, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, and more helped the Cat Pak raise $850 for Manna. Brent dressed up in a turkey costume to help “Fill the Mayflower for Manna” raising more than 14,000 pounds of food!

Pictured top: Cat Pak morning show hosts  Brent Lane and Dana Cervantes from Cat Country 98.7. Submitted photo for


One Response to “Cat Country Wins Radio Station, Personality Of The Year Awards”

  1. Dave Stevens on February 26th, 2009 1:42 pm

    Congrats. from Dave Stevens was at Cat Country 102 in South Bend until they sold out

    Nice Goin

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