Local radio hosts receive third Academy of Country Music Award

Bill Barrett, Tim Fox and Tracy Berry have broadcasted across the radio airwaves in Lane County for more than two decades. SBG photo

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EUGENE, Ore. - The Academy of Country Music will hand out its awards this weekend in Las Vegas. One of those awards will go to three Lane County residents.

Bill Barrett, Tim Fox and Tracy Berry have broadcast across the radio airwaves in Lane County for more than two decades. The three boast the number one morning show in the region on KKNU.

"We really serve our community. We care a lot about what we do. We're plugged in. We do a lot of public service. We play a lot of music in the morning. I think we're pretty entertaining. So I think all those different factions come together with a track record that's been very successful," Barrett said.

This is the third time the trio has been chosen as the nation's best country radio personalities in a small market.

"For some reason, when Bill and I and Tracy got together, something happened and we love each other dearly and our chemistry works together and people enjoy listening," Fox said.

"They are so sweet. They're living cartoon characters. They're very, very funny, but they also have absolute hearts of gold," Berry said.

"Tracy is a walking encyclopedia," Barrett said. "She's really curious about the world and about events and so she's extremely interesting, extremely capable and very professional with a long history of awards herself."

Fox said winning the first time left them stunned. Then they won a second time - and now a third.

"I want to get it next time too," Fox said. "I don't know why they picked us, but we're sure glad that they did."

The three give a lot of credit to the station owner John Tilson.

"The local ownership and his understanding of what it takes to make a radio station work is why we're successful," Barrett said.

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