Five Australians nominated in Country Music International Awards

David Dawson is nominated for the 2019 Wesley Rose International Media Achievement Award.

Nu Country TV is one of five Australian nominations in the international section of the 2019 Country Music Awards in the US.

Veteran Victorian journalist, TV and radio host and songwriter David Dawson (pictured) has been nominated for the 2019 Wesley Rose International Media Achievement Award.

Dawson is one of five Australians nominated for the annual awards.

He joins Cessnock singer-songwriter and prolific Golden Guitarist Travis Collins, Sydney marketer and general manager of Chugg Entertainment Susan Heymann, group program director of Nova Entertainment Paul Jackson, and Trevor Smith of Aloha Media, Byron Bay-based content production house for audio, visual and online.

Jackson and Smith are both nominated for the International Country Broadcaster Award.

Nu Country TV reports this is the latest chapter in Dawson’s journey that included 25 years volunteer work for Nu Country FM as DJ and programmer from 1994 and producer-host of Nu Country TV since 2002.

Dawson’s journalistic journey began as a teenager on the Launceston Examiner in 1965 after writing for satirical magazines Tom Thumb and Kings Cross Whisper while at school.

Dawson, now 71, first toured the US in 1978 and interviewed country stars and songwriters when he was crime and music writer for Melbourne Truth from 1970-79.

He also wrote country music columns and features for the Geelong Advertiser, Juke, In Press, Beat, Mixdown, Nation Review, TV Week, Listener-In Scene, The Living Daylights and Loose Licks.

Dawson was also a country music feature writer for the Melbourne Herald Sun, The Age, People, Warrnambool Standard and Australasian Post and was music columnist and feature writer on Sydney’s Daily Mirror from 1980-85.

During that era he contributed music news reports for the Malcolm T Elliott show on 2UE, John Singleton and Harry Wilde’s 2KY program, and was a regular guest on 4KQ, Brisbane, and 3UZ in Melbourne when his former Burnie flat-mate Rod Stone was music director for both stations.

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