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Arts & Entertainment Macon County native receives Country Music Association nomination

Macon County native Eddie Foxx and his co-host Sharon Green were nominated for a Country Music Association Broadcast Personality of the Year. The station for which they work, 99.9 Kiss FM was nominated for Radio Station of the Year. The CMA awards will air Nov. 1 on ABC.Macon County's own Eddie Foxx, radio personality with 99.9 Kiss Country out of Asheville was nominated alongside his cohost Sharon Green, for their morning show, The Eddie Foxx Show. In addition to Green and Foxx being nominated, 99.9 Kiss County was also nominated for station of the year.

Five finalists are selected for County Music Association Broadcast Personality and CMA Radio Station of the Year in four categories: Small, Medium, Large, and Major Market. The Eddie Foxx Show and 99.9 Kiss Country, both fall in the small category. The categories are established by market size based on population as ranked by Arbitron. Entries for Broadcast Personality of the Year are judged on aircheck, ratings, community involvement, and biographical information. Candidates for Station of the Year are judged on aircheck, ratings history, community involvement, and format leadership.

According to Foxx, he and Green were both amazed to learn the news. “I had heard some rumors from a buddy of mine in Nashville last Wednesday night,” said Foxx. “Sharon and I found out ‘officially’ Thursday morning when country star Lee Brice read the Broadcast Nominations. Our reaction? Sharon screamed like a 12-year-old girl. My first though was, "Ha! The bribes paid off!!" Kiddin'...JUST kiddin'! Actually, I squealed like a 12-year-old, too. We were both shocked, amazed and more than honored.”

Last Thursday was not the first time that Foxx heard his name called for the national award.

“I'm proud to say 99.9 Kiss County won a CMA for Small Market Station of the Year in 2009 and we were honored to be up for that very same award last year,” said Foxx. “Sharon and I were nominated for CMA and ACM (Academy of Country Music) Small Market Personalities last year; a first for both of us. But, we didn't bring either one home. I know ... it's cliche but it truly is an honor just to be nominated. This second CMA nod is absolutely as exciting as the first one though. Maybe more. Twice in a row. My Momma is awfully proud.”

Foxx said the thing that sets him and Sharon apart from the rest of the broadcasters in the business is how open and honest they are on the show. “We get to be us. We get to be real,” said Foxx. “What you hear on the show is exactly the way we are at Walmart, the flea market on the Highlands Road or the DMV. It's a family friendly show but we ain't afraid to tackle the hard issues. We speak our mind and let the Kiss County family (our listeners) speak theirs. And we have fun! You never really know what you're going get on any given day.”

Every morning when he and Green get up and go to the station, they don't look at it as a job, they look at as another day to hang out with their family and friends across the region. “I grew up here, I know WNC like the back of my hand, so I'm just cuttin' up and carryin' on with friends and family,” said Foxx. “Me and Sharona are like family, too ... on and off the air. Some shows don't even really speak to each other after the broadcast. It probably helps that she has nerves of a saint ... she has to put up with me every mornin'.”

Foxx was born at Angel Medical Center and lived in the Cartoogechaye Community of Macon County until he was 13 years old. He attended Cartoogechaye Elementary and Macon Middle School before moving to the Eastern part of the state. “Dad got a job over near Winston Salem, so the family moved to the Triad,” said Foxx. “I moved back here to attend Western Carolina University, moved to Greensboro, then back here. I spent eight years in Nashville and came back again. I just can't stay away from these ole mountains. All roads lead home ...”

Although his mother and father live outside of Charlotte, the rest of “his clan,” his grandparents, uncles, and cousins, still live in Franklin. “I try to get over there as much as I can,” said Foxx. “But it's still not as often as I'd like.”

Foxx has worked in broadcasting for 25 years. “I started at a little bitty AM station in King, N.C. when I was 13,” he said. “I told the program director I'd sweep the floors for free if he'd show me the ropes. Believe it or not, he actually hired me on parttime ... I just worked my way up from there.”

He and Sharon have been entertaining the ears of listeners throughout Western North Carolina for five years. “Sharon and I couldn't be more proud of this nomination,” said Foxx. “We wouldn't even be here and doin' this show without the listeners though. The Kiss Country family are always here for us, they put up with us every single mornin' and always help us out when we need it. It's as much your nomination as it is ours. Thank ya'll so very much. We love ya'll!”


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