Can WDVX (102.9 FM) be any more beloved? Well, yes it can—by winning its seventh Bluegrass Radio Station of the Year award last weekend at the 37th Annual Bluegrass Music Awards. This is the fifth consecutive win for the listener-supported, non-profit roots-music radio station, verifying its status as not just a Knoxville fixture, but also an international one, via the Internet.
“It feels really good to get the support of the fans and artists in the community,” said Tony Lawson, WDVX program director, in a press release. “We are very privileged and grateful to have great bluegrass hosts who bring their knowledge and music collections to their shows and continue to produce for our programming.”
Most of WDVX’s specialty shows are hosted by volunteers. Rise-N-Shine host Freddy Smith accepted the station’s award at the ceremony, which was presented by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America. “It’s great to see how we have grown from a camper in the hills of Tennessee to this,” Smith said in the press release.
Of course, WDVX plays plenty of other genres besides bluegrass—ranging from blues to western swing—but its championing of Appalachian culture and music has earned it a global following.