For the second time this month, a man as important to country music as the stars that play through the radio speakers has died. According to Country Aircheck, longtime record promotion representative and former Academy of Country Music president Jack Lameier has died after a long battle with cancer.

Lameier began his career at CBS Records and spent 24 years with CBS/Sony, working to get artists played on country radio. He was a friend, mentor and father figure to many young men and women getting started in the world of record promotion. After retiring in 2001, he opened Jack's Place Consultancy, working with labels like Curb Records (Tim McGraw, LeAnn Rimes).

The above photo, showing Lameier with Dick Clark at the nominations press conference for the 37th ACM Awards in 2002, was taken while Lameier was President of the Academy of Country Music. According to Nashville FM, he was on the board of the ACM for 28 years. In 2006, he received the President’s Award from the Country Radio Broadcasters.

Lameier leaves behind his wife of almost 50 years, Connie. Earlier this month, longtime radio consultant Rusty Walker died after suffering a heart attack.

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