April 10, 2006
The Best Gets Bigger! Evening Magazine Makes Exciting Change for 2006 Best of Western Washington
SEATTLE -- Evening Magazine's Best of Western Washington is expanding from a single hour program to a two week celebration. Now in its 14th year, the results of the popular viewer's poll will be revealed during special editions of Evening Magazine, weeknights 7-7:30 p.m., starting Monday, April 17th. The special episodes conclude on Friday, April 28th, with the winner of a $25,000 IKEA home makeover.
The Best of Western Washington started as a ballot mailed to local homes in 1993. Today, viewers vote online at king5.com for their favorite people, places and things in dozens of entertaining categories. From "the best local comedian" to "the most romantic town," choices each year reflect changing tastes and trends as well as traditional favorites. New entries for 2006 include "Best Blog," "Best Volunteer" and "Best Shopping Center." Online voters are automatically entered to win a prize package from IKEA valued at $25,000. The winner is selected randomly from valid entries received.
Surprising category winners with cameras rolling is part of the fun. Family and friends are often involved in elaborate schemes culminating in the award presentation. Whether wacky or heartfelt, viewers enjoy sharing the special moments.
Evening Magazine's Best of Western Washington itself has become a local favorite. Many restaurants and businesses show their pride in being chosen as a viewers' choice by displaying banners and posters along with their certificates.
Evening Magazine, hosted by John Curley, airs weeknights at 7 p.m. on KING 5, also at 8 p.m. the same day on NorthWest Cable News. The program airs at 6 p.m. on KONG 6/16 one day later.
KING 5 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 7,700 employees and more than $1.5 billion in annual revenues, Belo operates in some of America's most dynamic markets in Texas, the Northwest, the Southwest, Rhode Island, and the Mid-Atlantic. Belo owns 19 television stations, six of which are in the 15 largest U.S. broadcast markets. The Company also owns or operates seven cable news channels and manages one television station through a local marketing agreement. Belo's daily newspapers are The Dallas Morning News, The Providence Journal, The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) and the Denton Record-Chronicle (Denton, TX). The Company also publishes specialty publications targeting young adults and the fast-growing Hispanic market, including Quick and Al Dia in Dallas/Fort Worth, and El D and La Prensa in Riverside. Belo operates more than 30 Web sites associated with its operating companies. Additional information is available at www.belo.com or by contacting Carey Hendrickson, vice president/Investor Relations & Corporate Communications, at 214-977-6626.