Southeast Alumnus ‘Uncle Scotty’ Cox Honored with CMA Award

by News Bureau on Friday, Nov. 18, 2011

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Nov. 18, 2011 – Southeast alumnus “Uncle Scotty” Cox and his radio morning show partner, Carissa, were honored by the Country Music Association with an award for radio personality of the year Nov. 9 at the 2011 CMA Awards in Nashville.

Their employer, KCLR in Columbia, Mo., also won an award for small market station of the year.

“It was a cool feeling,” said Cox. “I grew up watching the awards show, so it was neat to think we’d get the same trophy.”

The two were notified on-air by a call from Taylor Swift.

The call was “a bit of a shocker. We knew that in years past, they had used country stars to notify the winners, and when she called, Carissa and I were trying to figure out who it was. We were thinking of a couple of female lead singers in up-and-coming groups. So when she said, ‘Taylor,’ we flipped a little,” he said.

Cox said this is his biggest professional accomplishment to date.

“It’s exciting and humbling. … There are a lot of people toiling at small-town radio stations, like I always have, that don’t get the recognition they deserve, so getting all of this attention seems a little wrong,” he said.

Cox has been with KCLR for almost 12 years and has been with Zimmer Radio for more than 24 years.

Cox graduated from Southeast in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science in mass communication with the University’s former radio-television option. Cox started at KGMO while he was still in high school and began working for Zimmer Radio in 1988.