#27 How the Academy of Country Music Became Popular

Chris Christiansen, son of the founders, shares how it came about

Before the MTV Awards, The VH1’s, The Billboard Awards, and almost all of the other artist recognition shows, a couple of farmers from Iowa, along with a musician and a disc jockey, created the Academy of Country Music in a little bar in Hawaiian Gardens California.

Listen to Chris Christiansen who is the son of the founders, Chris and Mickey Christiansen, share how the ACM’s got started, and within a matter of a few years, became one of the most popular entertainer awards shows… still going strong 53 years later. Chris tells some behind the scenes stories from its early start with a potluck dinner, all the way to its present day event.

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