March 11, 2004

Bruce Sussman named host of "Gimmie the Mike"

Portland, OR -- Portlands best local singers will be front and center in 2004, and Bruce Sussman will be the host of Northwest NewsChannel 8's new local talent show, "Gimme the Mike" this summer, it was announced by KGW Director of Programming Brenda Buratti. The show will be produced at KGWs studios and will run for six consecutive weeks, from June 28 through August 3 on KGW Northwest NewsChannel 8.

Sussman, who has been at KGW since 1997, is the weathercaster for the early and late weekend newscasts, as well as NewsChannel 8 @ 10 on PAX. In addition, Bruce works during the week as a general assignment reporter.

"Gimme the Mike" is a NewsChannel 8 production, in cooperation with Post-Newsweek and NBC Enterprises. The excitement begins on May 8 and 9 at the Ambridge Event Center when the show will be auditioning local singing talent. Twenty performers will be selected to compete in head-to-head competitions with the goal of being named Portland's "Gimme the Mike" winner, which includes driving away in a 2004 Chevy TrailBlazer, courtesy of Murray Chevrolet. Voting on each show will include comments from three judges, as well as on-line from viewers.

The shows producer is Victoria Elliott and the Executive Producer is Brenda Buratti.

Bruce is the perfect host for Gimme the Mike. Hes high energy, and a real people person who will help make NewsChannel 8's "Gimme the Mike" as fun to participate in as it will be to watch.

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