[Congressional Record Volume 158, Number 69 (Tuesday, May 15, 2012)]
[Extensions of Remarks]
[Pages E789-E790]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]



                         HON. DENNIS A. CARDOZA

                             of california

                    in the house of representatives

                         Tuesday, May 15, 2012

  Mr. CARDOZA. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize KATM Kat Country 
103, a country music radio station located in the 18th Congressional 
District of California. The station recently won two national awards in 
the country music industry. It was honored as the 2011 Station of the 
Year at the Country Music Association Awards as well as at the 2012 
Academy of Country Music Awards. Both accolades are highly prestigious 
and speak volumes of Kat Country's performance.
  Debuting on the air on April 4, 1992, Kat Country 103 has been 
providing country music to the Valley for over fifteen years. Kat 
Country 103 serves listeners from Sacramento to Merced and from the 
Foothills to the Bay Area. Under the slogan ``Continuous Country 
Favorites and Fun,'' it provides listeners with radio music, host 
concerts and events for fans, and participates in many charitable 
events as well. Kat Country is owned by Cumulus Media and is under the 
direction of Nikki Thomas, Program Manager.

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  Kat Country 103 received the news of its nomination for the Country 
Music Association's award through a telephone call from country 
sensation Taylor Swift. Kat Country 103 was the first to interview 
Swift when she broke into the country music business.
  Beyond providing music to its listeners, Kat Country 103 also strives 
to give back to the community and to those in need. Every year, it 
works with the Make-A-Wish Foundation by holding a telethon to raise 
money for the organization. It's hosted several charity concerts to 
support St. Jude's Children's Cancer Research Hospital and even 
collected donations of thirty-six million pennies for the hospital. In 
addition, every year at Christmastime it participates in the Marine 
Toys for Tots Foundation drive, collecting toys and gifts for 
disadvantaged children in the community. The station also supports the 
Second Harvest Food Bank, the American Cancer Society, and countless 
other organizations. It also recognizes and thanks its dedicated 
listeners by throwing an annual Listener Appreciation Concert. To show 
its sincere appreciation of support, the station invites nearly 20,000 
listeners to attend an all-day concert, absolutely free. It has had 
such performers as Toby Keith, Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton, The Band 
Perry and countless others. This year it will welcome Montgomery Gentry 
as their opening act.
  Please join me in congratulating Kat Country 103 and its staff on the 
recognition of their Country Music Association and Academy of Country 
Music Awards. They are a very deserving country music radio station and 
I am proud to have served them in the 18th California Congressional