June 25, 2004

KGW-TV premieres "Gimme the Mike" on June 28

Portland, OR -- After an audition process that spanned two days and involved auditioning over three hundred hopefuls at NE Portland's Ambridge Event Center, NewsChannel 8's premiere episode of "GM Murray Chevrolet Gimme the Mike Presented by Taco Bell" will air on Monday, June 28. The show is hosted by long-time KGW personality Bruce Sussman.

On Monday, viewers will get to see the first episode highlighting some of the Northwest's best vocal talent. Only twenty contestants were selected to compete in the weekly summer television series, which will air from June 28 through August 3, 2004. The first five weeks will air Monday nights at 7:30 on Northwest NewsChannel 8. The winner of the competition, to be broadcast live on Tuesday, August 3 from 8-9 pm, will win a 2004 Chevy TrailBlazer from GM and Murray Chevrolet.

Here's the lineup for Monday night's premiere episode:

CJ Mickens- Lake Oswego, OR (but recently via) Eugene

Laurie Miller-Silverton, OR

Tasha Miller-Portland, OR

Patrick Minner-Portland, OR

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

About KGW-TV
KGW 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 www.belo.com. For more information contact Rich Brase, KGW-TV Director of Creative Services at (503) 226-5103 or rbrase@kgw.com