The Cajun French Music Association (CFMA) recently announced the winners of the 2011 Le Cajun Music Awards (basically the Cajun Grammys) and our own Mike Soileau was among those honored. It wasn’t for his musical abilities (thank God), but rather for his promotion of Cajun music to the whole world.

He totally got a plaque and everything, and it’s even engraved in French!

Soileau and CajunRadio were honored for their contribution to spreading and protecting Cajun music around the world, which is pretty much our whole mission statement at 1470 AM and 1290 AM. The CFMA has 12 local chapters around the state, each of whom nominates a local person that they feel made the greatest contribution over the past year.

We think the CFMA made a wise choice, even though Mike himself is a little more modest about it.

“I’m really thankful for an award like this, and it means a lot that people think so highly of the work we do here,” said Soileau. “My job’s easy – it’s just to introduce people to one of the greatest musical forms ever. It’s not hard to get people to love Cajun music, and that’s proven every day by people worldwide that listen to us over the web.

Most importantly, Mike’s keeping it all in the family – his father, the late Dave Soileau, is a 2007 CFMA Hall of Fame inductee for his career in radio. Congratulations, Mike!