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Paul Schadt up for two major industry honors

Longtime Charlotte country radio fixture Paul Schadt has been nominated again for Country Music Association honors, but this time he’s been nominated twice, a rare feat.

When the CMA announced its finalists for this year’s broadcast awards Wednesday, Schadt was a nominee on two lists: Broadcast Personality of the Year and Major Market Personality.

In the first category, for syndicated personalities, Schadt is nominated with partner Cathy Martindale for their work on “ZMAX Racing Country,” which is carried by the Concord-based Performance Racing Network.

In the second category, he is nominated for his morning show on WKKT-FM (“Kat” 96.9) with partners Meg Butterly and Geof Knight.

Winners will be announced when ABC broadcasts the 48th Annual CMA Awards on Nov. 5.

Schadt, 54, who has been on Charlotte radio for 33 years and is believed to be the longest consecutive on-air personality in the city’s history, is having a good year in the industry recognition business. In a single day in February, he was inducted into the Country Radio Hall of Fame in Nashville, and then it was announced that his morning show won the Academy of Country Music’s national radio award.

Schadt has been nominated before – repeatedly, in fact – for the CMA’s top market personality award.

“I am 0-for-6 with the CMAs,” Shadt allowed Wednesday, though he said maybe getting nominated for two will change his luck.

In other Carolina connections, Raleigh powerhouse country station WQDR-FM (94.7)is one of five nominees as Large Market Station of the Year and Asheville’s WKSF-FM (99.9) is one of five nominees for Small Market Station of the Year. WQDR’s Lisa McKay is nominated for Large Market Personality.

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