Saving Country Music Named TCMA ‘Media Outlet of the Year’


Well darn. Going on 16 years in business, over 8,000 published articles, and Saving Country Music finally won something. On July 22nd, the Texas Country Music Association announced the winners for their 2023 industry awards in an event held in Carthage, Texas. The industry awards go a bit deeper than the artist-centric Texas Country Music Awards that will be held on November 12th at Billy Bob’s Texas in Fort Worth.

Lo and behold, Saving Country Music won the TCMA award for “Texas Country Digital or Print Media Outlet of the Year.” This is a big honor. And I, Kyle “Trigger” Coroneos, founder and benevolent dictator of Saving Country Music, am very flattered to have been recognized by this important organization, and for this specific distinction.

“The Texas Country Music ‘Industry Awards’ is to recognize those that work hard behind the scenes to make an effective impact on today’s Texas music,” says TCMA Executive Vice President Richard Wilson, “There are so many moving parts to making music that the general public hears on radio or streaming outlets. These are individuals and businesses that TCMA, as the supporting organization for the Texas Country Music industry, must honor.”

TCMA President Linda Wilson adds, “This is an incredibly unique and special awards event since it’s voted on by the industry stakeholders and peers. It’s our goal to let these ‘behind the scenes’ individuals and entities know that the industry is paying attention – and grateful.”

The nominations for the industry awards took place between November 4, 2022, and January 15, 2023.  The top 5 Finalists in each award category were then announced and went to a final round voting between February 4 and April 19, 2023. The winners were announced as part of the all-day Texas Country Music Summit on June 22nd.

To be honest, I had no idea Saving Country Music had been nominated, let alone that it was in contention for this award. Suffice to say, there was no lobbying or ballot stuffing on my part. So it’s great to confirm that I’m not just yelling into a void, and that the people in the Texas country music industry recognize my efforts. The focus at Saving Country Music has always been the music, not pushing some personality or brand on the public. It’s the artists who deserve the attention and credit.

Saving Country Music doesn’t just focus on Texas country, despite being based just outside of Austin. But often the focus trends towards Texas because the rest of the national media so underserve this rich region for country music, and the artists from Texas tend to come with an extra level of integrity, authenticity, and humility, while there is a sharper focus on quality songwriting that distinguishes the Texas version of country music from others.


Full List of the 2023 Texas Country Music Industry Awards Winners:


Artist Manager of the Year

Chuck Sweeney

Tour Manager of the Year

Manny Morales (Roger Creager)

Radio Promoter of the Year

Jennifer & Ray Redding (Jenerayte)

Publicist of the Year

Barry Rogers (Wayne Public Relations)

Social Media Manager of the Year

Courtney Ritter (Courtney Ritter Marketing)

Recording Studio of the Year

Rosewood Studios (Tyler)

Record Producer of the Year

Bart Rose (Fort Worth Sound)

Sound Recording Engineer of the Year (Studio)

Chad Mauldin (Mauldin Productions/KSIJ Studio)

Booking Agent of the Year

Holly Grant (Grant Entertainment)

Booking Agency of the Year

True Grit Management

Venue Talent Buyer of the Year

Steve Said (Dosey Doe)

Music Video of the Year (Released 2022-2023)

Wild Horses (Kin Faux ft Terry McBride)

Videographer of the Year

Trenton Johnson (613 Media)

Photographer of the Year

Ray Redding (TexasRedd Images)

Radio Station of the Year Terrestrial

KOKE 98.5/99.3 FM – Austin, TX

Radio Station of the Year Internet

RealTexasRadio.com

Radio Program Director of the Year

Shayne Hollinger (KFWR 95.9 FM The Ranch Fort Worth)

Lighting Engineer of the Year (Venue, Company, or Touring)

Jimmy Davidson (Texas Stage)

Music Festival of the Year

KOKEFest (Austin – Eric Rains)

Charitable Music Event of the Year

Concert in the Country (Boots for Troops – Jimmy Rogers)

Texas Country Podcast of the Year

Real Life Real Music (Kyle Hutton)

Texas Country Digital or Print Media Outlet of the Year

Saving Country Music (Kyle Coroneos)

Texas Country Syndicated Radio Show of the Year

Sunday Morning Coming Down (Mike “Crowman” Crow)

Best Band Merchandise of the Year

The Wilder Blue

Digital Distribution Platform of the Year

Smith Music Group

Music Teacher of the Year

Tom McKinney (Tom McKinney Vocal Studio – Houston)

Music School of the Year

Shawnda Rains Entertainment (Denison)

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