CMT ROLLS OUT RED CARPET WITH LIVE COVERAGE OF THE CMA AWARDS IN ONE HOUR SPECIAL “CMA RED CARPET 2006”

10/18/06



CMT ROLLS OUT THE RED CARPET WITH ITS ANNUAL LIVE COVERAGE OF THE
CMA AWARDS WITH THE ONE HOUR SPECIAL “CMA RED CARPET 2006”

CMT Hosts Lance Smith and Katie Cook With Special Correspondent Kellie Pickler Give Viewers An All Access Pass to “The 40th Annual CMA Awards”


NASHVILLE – October 18, 2006 – CMT goes live once again with its annual, exclusive coverage of “The 40th Annual CMA Awards,” with CMA RED CARPET 2006 airing from the Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville, TN on Monday, November 6 at 7:00-8:00 p.m. ET/PT. CMT hosts Lance Smith and Katie Cook are joined by “American Idol” sweetheart, Kellie Pickler, to bring the audience unparalleled coverage of the 40th anniversary of the CMA Awards.
Additional CMT programming for this year’s CMA Awards include:
STACKED: CMA NOMINEES 2006 (premieres Friday, November 3 at 11:30 a.m. ET/PT) - CMT highlights the five videos nominated for 2006 CMA Video of the Year in a 30-minute special STACKED: CMA NOMINEES 2006.
CMT INSIDER: CMA NOMINEE REPORT (premieres Saturday, November 4 at 2:00 p.m. ET/PT) – CMT INSIDER, hosted by Katie Cook, takes an in-depth looks at this year’s 2006 CMA Awards categories and nominees including exclusive interviews with nominees: Brad Paisley, Brooks & Dunn, Carrie Underwood, The Wreckers, Little Big Town and last year’s CMA Entertainer of the Year, Keith Urban.
CMT INSIDER: CMA AWARDS RECAP (premieres Tuesday, November 7 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT) - CMT INSIDER goes backstage and behind the scenes at the 2006 CMA Awards. Join host Katie Cook for the scoop on the night’s big winners and a recap of the night’s show.
   Visit CMT's press-only web site www.cmtpress.com for more information and downloadable photos on all of CMT's programming.
CMT, America’s No. 1 country music network, carries original programming, specials, and live concerts and events, as well as a mix of videos by established country music artists and new cutting-edge acts, including world premiere exclusive videos. Founded March 6, 1983, CMT, owned and operated by MTV Networks, reaches more than 83.2 million households in the United States. Go to country music’s biggest web site at www.cmt.com.

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