“Dollar” Bill Lawson Named Recipient of CRS 2019 Tom Rivers Award

(Nashville, Tenn. – Oct. 1, 2018) The Country Radio Broadcasters have announced “Dollar” Bill Lawson, WDXB Morning Show Personality, as the recipient of the CRS 2019 Tom Rivers Humanitarian Award. To be presented during Country Radio Seminar 2019, Lawson will be recognized following the Opening Ceremonies on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. 

The Tom Rivers Humanitarian Award is given at the discretion of the Country Radio Broadcasters Board of Directors to recognize an individual in the Country Radio industry who has displayed a magnanimous spirit of caring and generosity in service to their community.  This award is named in honor of CRB Board member Tom Rivers, who died in 2004 at age 38 of bronchial asthma.  Rivers, known for his work at WQYK, Tampa/St. Petersburg and WUSN, Chicago, was highly regarded for his public service. Past recipients of the Tom Rivers Humanitarian Award include Dan Halyburton, Peter Smyth, Jeff Smulyan, Mary Quaas, George G. Beasley, and more. 

Bill Lawson’s career in Birmingham began in 1979 at WERC-FM. His leap into Country music came in the early 80’s where he worked under the helm of Rusty Walker at WZZK. At that time, Lawson did Middays and soon moved to Mornings where he co-hosted the show with the late Patti Wheeler. Together, they had 20 years of being number one. They left in early 2002 and that Fall, Bill and Patti were hired by Tom Hanrahan of iHeartMedia when he launched 102.5 The Bull (WDXB). Patti retired in 2008 and in the last ten years, Lawson has been paired with Madison Reeves as part of The Dollar Bill and Madison Show on The Bull.

Over the years, Lawson has graciously donated his time to work with charities that involve children, including Children’s Miracle Network, Easter Seals and Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), hosting annual radio telethons. In 2002, Lawson was introduced to St Jude and its cause and mission. Since that time, Lawson has been the driver behind every radiothon, event, and walk that’s been done for St. Jude and his support has helped raise over three million dollars for St. Jude in Birmingham.

Tim Gerst