Classic Country Hall of Fame w. Kevin Richards
Kevin Richards is a Country Radio Broadcaster and Country Music promoter most noted for winning a national CMA Award as Medium Market radio personality of the year in 2006. In all, the Northeast radio veteran has earned 7 national Country Music Association (CMA) Award nominations since 2000, and one nod from the Academy of Country Music (ACM) in 2014.
Richards' passion and credibility in Country Music led to an invitation from the CMA to host and produce the CMA Heritage Artist Panels at the CMA Music Festival in 2013. Richards worked with the CMA to book, host, and produce a groundbreaking reunion of CMA winners from the 70s, 80s and 90s on the CMA Close Up stage at Nashville's Music City Center- an event Richards cites as one of his greatest contributions to Country Music.
Kevin Richards began his broadcasting career at the age of 12 on WSCG in Corinth, New York. After winning a contest on the radio, the young country fan found himself applying for a child actor's permit to legally work on the air after school. After building a massive following at several Northeast Country Radio Stations, and a four year stint on Sirius Radio, his friendly country radio voice is currently heard on 100.9/107.1 The Cat (WKLI/WKBE), Big Country 104.9 & 97.9 (WINU/WMML) & Magic 100.5/590 & 96.9/1410 (WROW/WENU)- in the Upstate New York markets.
In addition to his radio shows, Richards has hosted and produced Country themed events all over the nation. In 2007, he introduced an International Country Music and Country Dance Cruise with special guests Mel Tillis, The Bellamy Brothers, Collin Raye, Suzy Bogguss, and Scooter Lee. In 2008, Kevin welcomed Richie McDonald of Lonestar, Jimmy Fortune of the Statler Brothers, Bryan White, Kevin Sharp, Wayne Warner, and Rick Henry. In 2009, the cruise starred Mark Chesnutt, Dale Watson, David Church and Line Dance Groups from all over the world- including England, Canada, France and Switzerland!
A fan and supporter of Classic Country, he launched a Classic Country Concert Series in Upstate New York in 2008. Richards booked, promoted and produced concerts with Grand Ole Opry Legends Whisperin' Bill Anderson, John Conlee, and Jimmy Fortune of the Statler Brothers. Today, he continues to assist in promoting and hosting classic country concerts and tribute shows all over the Northeast. Richards was also a regular host of Classic Country segments for Classic Country Television Specials airing on WMHT/PBS.
Through the years, the country guru has hosted dozens of bus trips to Country Music Themed events. Past trips have included the ACM Awards, The CMA Awards, Grand Ole Opry, The CMA Music Festival, Billy Bob's in Dallas Texas, Annie Get Your Gun with Reba, Statler Brothers Farewell, Alabama Farewell,George Strait Stadium Shows, Grand Ole Opry at Carnegie Hall, Last of The Breed at Radio City Music Hall, George Jones, Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, Kenny Rogers, Vince Gill, Brad Paisley, Toby Keith and several other significant concerts around the Northeast.
In addition to his success on the air, Kevin Richards is an award winning Country Dance instructor (6 Northeast CMA Awards), producing Country dance shows for the Wildhorse Saloon (96,97,98,08), Dollywood (08) and Walt Disney's Magic Music Days (99,00,08).
Obviously, the respected Country Radio Personality has also emceed and introduced the biggest names in Country Music on stage- welcoming stars like Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Martina McBride, Kenny Rogers, George Jones, Wynonna, Randy Travis, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Jo Dee Messina, Dolly Parton and countless others -in front of thousands of fans at theaters, arenas and festivals! Furthermore, at Vapor in Saratoga Casino, he has served as the host and 'opener' for artists like Chris Young, Lee Brice, Easton Corbin, Joe Nichols, Randy Houser, Craig Campbell, LoCash, Jana Kramer and Dustin Lynch.