South Aiken High School graduate Marty Young has recently grabbed the attention of the Country Music Association.
He and his morning radio crew have won CMA’s Country Music Personality of the Year award for the large market category.
“It was definitely a shock,” Young said. “It shows our work has paid off; we work early, early hours and have a crazy schedule.”
Young is one of three hosts of the 94.7 WQDR Q-Crew based out of Raleigh, N.C. The crew’s win will be the second award given to the station by the CMA; in 2012, the association awarded 94.7 WQDR with Radio Station of the Year.
Young and his family moved to Aiken in 1990. After graduating from South Aiken High School, he went to USC Aiken and USC.
In the early 2000s, he made the move to Raleigh, where he now lives with his wife and two children.
From there, it took him many steps to get to be part of the morning radio show, he said. When he started at the station in 2001, he was hired on part-time in the web department.
Now, his voice can be heard Monday to Friday with Mike Wheless and Janie Carothers.
The crew will receive its award Wednesday at the 47th annual CMA Awards Gala, held before the televised awards show. Audiences will then see either a video or picture of the trio accepting its award later during the live broadcast.
More than 2,000 AM and FM stations were competing to be recognized.
The Q-Crew left for Nashville on Sunday and has been airing live there since Monday.
“We are going to interview every star,” Young said.
Those interviews that won’t be broadcast on the radio station before the awards show will be broadcast Thursday.
The CMAs will be held Wednesday at 8 p.m. on ABC. Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will host this year’s show.
For more information on the CMA awards, visit www.cmaworld.com/cma-awards.
For more information on the Q-Crew, visit pro.wqdr-fm.tritonflex.com.