News: When New York City called Nashville out of the blue to float the idea of moving the Country Music Association awards show to Manhattan, there was a long pause on the line.
'And I was like, 'Hello?'' says Maureen Reidy, who had the idea of trying to persuade the show _ one of the highest-rated television specials _ to break a 39-year tradition and broadcast from New York instead of Tennessee.
After the surprised silence, CMA's Executive Director Ed Benson politely told her the suggestion sounded interesting, but he wasn't even sure she was serious. A few weeks later, he sent a team to hear her pitch and found out that 'not only were they serious, but they were very, very determined,' Benson said.
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