October 13, 2010

WFAA-TV and American Airlines Center Announce Big D NYE "Fast Track To Fame" Competition For Musicians

Fans Will Decide Who Earns a Chance to Perform at the Largest Televised New Year's Eve Event in Texas

Dallas, Texas - Big D NYE, Dallas-Fort Worth's hottest annual New Year's Eve destination, is counting down to 2011 in a big way. This year, organizers at WFAA and American Airlines Center are searching for one artist or band to play a special live set during the evening's massive celebration at Victory Park near downtown Dallas.

Beginning October 1, Big D NYE organizers began a gigantic all-call for area pop, rock and country artists to upload their best original songs to the Big D NYE "Fast Track to Fame" Competition Channel powered by OurStage.com ( www.ourstage.com ). One artist/band will earn the chance to perform to over 25,000 people in downtown Dallas' Victory Park. Portions of the performance will also be televised on WFAA's New Year's Eve broadcast to over 450,000 television viewers in north Texas, as well as in Houston and New Orleans. Beyond the massive media exposure the winning band will also walk away with a $1,000 cash prize.

Artists have already begun submitting their best original songs to the Big D NYE "Fast Track to Fame" Competition at http://www.bigdnye.com or on the Big D NYE Facebook page. Artists must be eighteen (18) years of age or older at the time of entry. All participants must be legal residents of the 48 contiguous United States, and artists or one band member must reside in the north Texas market. An artist may submit only 1 (one) unique track into the Big D NYE "Fast Track to Fame" Competition Channel. Accepted genres must fall into the pop, rock or country genres as defined by OurStage. All contest rules are available online at http://s1.ourstage.com/lgmedia/guitarcenter/artistrules.pdf and at the front desk at WFAA, 606 Young Street, Dallas, Texas 75202.

Fans can now rank their favorite performers or battle artists head to head through October 31, 2010. By voting, fans will automatically be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a Big D NYE T-Shirt and OurStage.com prizes. One grand prize winner will have the opportunity to attend the Big D NYE VIP party on New Year's Eve at the WFAA Victory Park studio!

WFAA is part of Belo Corp. (BLC), one of the nation's largest pure-play, publicly traded television companies, that owns and operates 20 television stations (nine in the top 25 markets) and their associated Web sites. Belo stations, which include affiliations with ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CW and MyNetwork TV, reach more than 14 percent of U.S. television households in 15 highly-attractive markets. Belo stations rank first or second in nearly all of their local markets. Additional information is available at www.belo.com or by contacting Dave Muscari, WFAA vice president/product development at 214-977-6490.

OurStage.com is an online music destination unlike any other. It's a meeting space for music lovers, and the place where tomorrow's stars get discovered. Artists, fans and the entire industry come together here to celebrate and influence new music. Undiscovered artists submit their tracks to monthly music channels, fans rank their material, and industry professionals keep tabs on who's rising through the charts, rewarding the best of the best with priceless opportunities. Fans and artists are eligible for monthly prizes and life-altering prospects for success, made possible through OurStage's partnerships with media giants such as MTV; key radio conglomerates like Citadel Media and Radio-One; leading Web outlets like AOL Music; and major music festivals such as Bonnaroo, Bumbershoot, Noise Pop and CMJ. Founded in 2007, OurStage delivers music and editorial coverage to over 4 million monthly visitors from more than 170 countries, as well as development tools to more than 140,000 artists. For more information on the world's most authentic online music community, visit www.ourstage.com