Asbury Alum Honored by Ky. Broadcaster’s Assoc
Asbury University alumnus Al Snyder ’73 was recently awarded the Stephen Foster Award for Broadcast Excellence by the Kentucky Broadcaster’s Association in Lexington, Ky.
A veteran broadcaster with almost 40 years of experience in the industry, Snyder (known as Alan Reifsnyder as a student) is the director of clearance and affiliate relations for the nationally syndicated radio program “Into the Blue,” produced by the Bluegrass Radio Network in Nashville.
“I have been blessed with so many opportunities throughout my years in broadcasting,” Snyder said. “My interest has always been in the stories behind the songs. I've had the privilege of interviewing more than 150 country artists, including many members of the Country Music Hall of Fame. I love to share these stories with my listeners.”
Snyder is a past recipient of the Country Music Association Broadcast Personality of the Year Award and, in 2006, was awarded lifetime membership in the Country Music Association. The Stephen Foster Award was given during the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Stephen Foster, known as the “father of American music,” is credited with such classics as “Camptown Races,” “Oh! Susannah” and “My Old Kentucky Home.”
“Certainly any award that bears Stephen Foster's name is not only a tremendous honor, but also a challenge,” Snyder said. “My goal has always been to treat the music with the love and respect that it deserves. My daily goal continues to be entertaining my listeners.”
Snyder can be heard on the radio each afternoon (3-7 p.m.) and Friday nights on WCYO, 100.7 FM, in Richmond, Ky.