Nik, the host of Whiskey and Cigarettes


March 6, 2015 – LOS ANGELES, CA. — MTS Management Group is proud to congratulate DJ Nik Bernitz Pizzigoni and the “Whiskey and Cigarettes” (W&C) country radio show, on winning the 2015 New Music Award for Favorite Internet Radio Station. “W&C” was nominated in its first year of eligibility, in a field of nominees that included internet giants Country Bear, Hot Country 102, MPAK Radio, Real Country and LexBroadcasting, among others. W&C joins other 2015 NMA winners Maddie & Tai (Country Single), Blake Shelton (Country Male), Miranda Lambert (Country Female), Little Big Town (Country Group), and others. For more information and a complete list of winners, visit

“I am so proud of Nik and his vision for country radio, ‘W&C!” said Michael Stover of MTS Management Group. “I can’t think of a more deserving person to win the NEW MUSIC AWARD for Best Internet Radio Station, than Nik Bernitz Pizzigoni of “Whiskey And Cigarettes” (W&C) !! Nik absolutely works his tail off for his dream, 24/7. He is one of the most passionate, driven, and sincere people in the industry, and to win this prestigious award in his first year of eligibility…Wow!! Thank you to everyone who voted, and congratulations, Nik! I’m honored to represent you and your vision of what country radio should be..this is our first NMA at MTS Management, so I’m absolutely thrilled!”

New Music Awards voting began with nominations submitted in December, with the final nominees in each category being named in February. The final outcome concluded by online voting from industry executives, radio programmers, music fans, and subscribers.

About New Music Awards: NMW (New Music Weekly) is proud to be the first and only award show not weighted down with the politics and corruption of the corporate world, but an award show showing the true talent which exists in the music industry today. NMW’s motivation for providing the most updated and fairly tracked radio airplay information is owed to the philosophy of radio pioneer and legend Bill Gavin, who started Gavin as a weekly tip-sheet for radio programmers in the 1950s. It wasn’t until the early 1990’s that Gavin’s philosophy was finally archived with the bureaucracy of major label politics . .thus the founding of New Music Weekly magazine.

“Whiskey And Cigarettes” is a weekly show, originating in Milan, Italy, hosted by the “Romeo of the Rodeo” Nik Pizzigoni. The show is syndicated on 50 stations, worldwide. “W&C” is also home to “Pop A Top,” a weekly Top 10 pop music program. Nik is also a Nashville Universe Awards Winner, International Music and Entertainment Association Award Winner, AMG Heritage Awards nominee, Artists In Music Awards nominee, and an Independent Country Music Association nominee. The show features a unique blend of classic, current and indie country, trivia, contests, artist spotlights and interviews and Nik’s European charm. Interview guests have included Charlie Daniels, Steve Wariner, John Rich, Oak Ridge Boys, Bill Anderson, David Ball, Bryan White, Doug Stone, Lee Greenwood, Collin Raye and many others. For more information, visit