May 24, 2004

KONG-TV 6/16 holds auditions for "Gimme the Mike" at Everett Mall

Seattle, WA -- KONG TV 6/16 is looking for the next singing sensation.

Local singers will have the chance to show off their talent as KONG TV 6/16 holds auditions for contestants, 16 years and older, to appear on its new television show, "Gimme The Mike." Auditions will take place at Everett Mall - Center Court, Saturday, June 5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. andSunday, June 6, 11 a.m-5 p.m. Twenty people will be chosen to compete on the "Gimme The Mike" series which debuts on KONG 6/16, Monday, July 19, 7:30 p.m.-8 p.m.

"For the first round of auditions, it will be all about the singing ability," said Jay Cascio, vice president of programming & creative services, KING 5, KONG 6/16 and NorthWest Cable News. "The semi-final rounds will be about the whole package, including voice, style, personality, and what it takes to be a singing sensation," said Cascio.

Contestants will compete on successive shows airing July 19, 20, 26, 27 and August 2. The one-hour grand finale will air, live, August 9, 8 p.m.-9 p.m. All the shows will be coming to you from Seattle's hottest new music venue, The Triple Door. "Gimme The Mike" will be hosted by Evening Magazine's John Curley and local celebrities, including Bender from Jackie & Bender Mornings on KISS 106.1, will serve as judges. The grand prize winner will receive a one-year lease of a Buick Rendezvous courtesy of Westlund Buick GMC, a recording contract and demo CD from Next Generation Music and a talent and modeling contract from Future Stars of America. Applications are now available on and at the Everett Mall. A special "Gimme the Mike" hotline has been set-up at 206-448-3745.

About Belo
KONG TV 6/16 is part of Belo Corp., one of the nation's largest media companies with a diversified group of market-leading television, newspaper, cable and interactive media assets. A Fortune 1000 company with approximately 7,900 employees and $1.4 billion in annual revenues, Belo operates news and information franchises in some of America's most dynamic markets and regions, including Texas, the Northwest, the Southwest, Rhode Island and the Mid-Atlantic region. Belo owns 19 television stations (six in the top 15 markets) reaching 13.8 percent of U.S. television households; owns or operates 10 cable news channels; and manages one television station through a local marketing agreement. Belo's daily newspapers include The Dallas Morning News, The Providence Journal, The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) and the Denton Record-Chronicle (Denton, TX). Belo Interactive's new media businesses include more than 30 Web sites, several interactive alliances and a broad range of Internet-based products. Additional information, including earnings releases, is available online at