Gazette News Report
XENIA — Joe Mullins took some hardware home from the World of Bluegrass Conference in North Carolina.
In a special ceremony celebrating industry contributions, Mullins, who has been in radio for more than 30 years, was awarded Broadcaster of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association.
During the prestigious IBMA Awards Mullins and his band, The Radio Ramblers, also took the award for Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year for their recent hit, “All Dressed Up,” from the their “Sacred Memories” CD.
Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers are previous IBMA Award winners, having been named Emerging Artists of the Year in 2012, but this is the first time for Mullins, who owns a network of radio stations in Ohio and is host of the syndicated weekly broadcast “Front Porch Fellowship,” to win IBMA’s Broadcaster award.
The week-long conference became a true family affair when Mullins’ son, Daniel, was awarded Best Liner Notes for his work on “The Blues Are Still The Blues,” a retrospective collection of “The Traditional Grass” featuring Joe Mullins and his father, the late Paul “Moon” Mullins.
“I am so thankful for all of the support and encouragement this week,” Joe Mullins said. “It’s a great blessing to have my work as a broadcaster recognized, and having the talents of The Radio Ramblers and my son Daniel applauded just put it over the top.”
Joe Mullins was also elected chairman of the board of directors of the IBMA, and has already begun his term by spreading his message that becoming a member of the IBMA is essential to the growth and sustainability of bluegrass music.