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Vince Gill was honored for his years of radio success as he received the Career Achievement Award during the Country Radio Hall of Fame dinner and ceremony, Tuesday night (Feb. 18), at the Nashville Convention Center. The Hall of Fame presentation, which also honors radio personalities and executives, is considered the kickoff event to the annual Country Radio Seminar week in Nashville.
Before Vince took the podium to receive his award, his good friends Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell saluted him with one of his signature tunes, “Go Rest High on That Mountain.” Rodney recalled first meeting Vince at the famous Troubadour club outside of Los Angeles. “There was this tall handsome lad singing like a bird,” Rodney told the audience. Emmylou added, “Hasn’t he done well?”
Vince thanked country radio for continuing to play his songs and for helping boost his career. He also remarked that radio airplay was hard to come by early in his career, but he used that discouraging experience as a valuable learning tool. “That taught me a lesson that as a young songwriter, I needed to get better,” Vince said. “I’ve made lifelong friends [in radio] all these years.”
Alison Krauss also participated in the evening as she helped induct her friend Jim Denny, an on-air personality at WFMS radio in Indianapolis, to the Country Radio Hall of Fame.