May 3, 2004

Television's hottest new show places a call for the areas best singers

Portland, OR -- Portland's best local singers will be front and center Saturday, May 8 and Sunday, May 9 for NewsChannel 8's new local talent show, "GM Murray Chevrolet Gimme the Mike presented by Taco Bell."

Auditions are open to all singers eighteen years and older, who do not have a current recording contract. All persons wishing to audition must come prepared to sing one song, without accompaniment, from 10 am-5 pm Saturday or Sunday at the Ambridge Event Center, located at 300 NE Multnomah, which is one hundred yards north of the Oregon Convention Center. Hopefuls should also bring a competed registration form and release form available at or at any Portland area Taco Bell location. Contestants are also asked to bring a recent, non-returnable photograph.

The show will be produced at KGW's studios and will run for six consecutive weeks, from June 28 through August 3 on KGW Northwest NewsChannel 8, and be hosted by long-time KGW on-air personality Bruce Sussman.

"GM Murray Chevrolet Gimme the Mike presented by Taco Bell" is a NewsChannel 8 production, in cooperation with Post-Newsweek. 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. Taco Bell is the presenting sponsor. The radio sponsor is 105.1 The Buzz, an Entercom radio station. Voting on each show will include comments from three judges, as well as on-line from viewers.

The show's producer is Victoria Elliott and the Executive Producer is Brenda Buratti.

"This will be truly exciting local television. Portland has a lot of vocal talent. Its going to be as fun for viewers as it will be for contestants," said Executive Producer Brenda Buratti.

About KGW
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