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Tune-In Alert: 17th Annual ICM Awards to Air this Saturday

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Ricky Skaggs 2011 AwardNashville, Tenn. (December 14, 2011) – The 17th Annual Inspirational Country Music Association's Faith, Family & Country Awards will begin airing just in time to be "inspired" for the Christmas season. The award show will air this Saturday, December 17 at 4:30 P.M. (CST) on TCT Network and will re-air on Sunday, December 18 at 7:30 P.M. (CST)**. In case you miss it, you can catch it again on Saturday, January 14 at 7:00 P.M. (CST) on the NRB Network. Hosted by Inside Edition's national correspondent anchor Megan Alexander and GAC's popular entertainment news anchor, Storme Warren, the annual award show honors and showcases the biggest names and emerging talent among artists who perform Inspirational Country music. A few of this year's honorees include Ricky Skaggs, Lady Antebellum, Justin Moore, Jeff Bates, The Fox Brothers, Joey + Rory, The Roys and the movie "Soul Surfer."

This year's Awards focused not only on the winners of the awards but on survivors, as well. Taped in front of a live studio audience at Nashville's Schermerhorn Symphony Center, the evening's show was tied "with pink ribbon" to the Tennessee Breast Cancer Coalition (complete with pink carpet arrivals, a presentation by Ultimate World Fight Champion Rich Franklin and a place of honor on stage for the retinue of 136 breast cancer survivors). The show also paid tribute to Ground Zero heroes with performances by Lee Greenwood of "God Bless The USA" and Chuck Day's self-penned "I'll Stand Up And Say So."

The 2011 Inspirational Country Music Awards continue as the highpoint finale of Inspirational Country Music Week, an annual event presented by the Inspirational Country Music Association. This year's schedule, which ran October 24-28 in Nashville, was as in past years, a major drawing event across a broad cross section of industry, music fans, broadcast media, and artists in a well-orchestrated showcase of music, conference scheduling and seminar related activities. For more information on the ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards, please visit www.ICM-Awards.com.

The TCT Network is ever expanding to include worldwide markets. Around the world, potentially 1.5 billion viewers receive the TCT signal from their television stations via global satellites as well a direct-to-home and cable stations. TCT reaches over 125 million homes in the United States, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, India and the Philippines—24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

TCT utilizes the latest technological breakthroughs to make available a variety of ways to enjoy quality programming, including live streaming on the internet. For more information on the TCT Television Network, please visit: www.tct.tv .

NRB Network began broadcasting in 2005. Founded by members of the National Religious Broadcasters Association, the world's premier association of Christian broadcasters, the channel is available to a nationwide audience of over 22 million households on DIRECTV satellite channel 378, SkyAngel IPTV channel 126 and select local affiliates. Live video streaming is also available at www.nrbnetwork.tv .

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