WOR Radio 710 HD Press Release
For Immediate Release
WOR RADIO 710 announces ITS THIRD ANNUAL
“Shining star talent search”
BENEFITING TRI-STATE AREA SCHOOLS AND STUDENTS
$10,000 goes to winning school!
(New York, New York – April 13, 2007) – WOR Radio 710 HD has announced its third annual “Shining Star Talent Search,” which benefits tri-state New York City schools and students by supporting arts curriculums and providing cash prizes to winning students. $10,000 goes to the school attended by the Shining Star winner! Students in grades 7-12 across the tri-state area have been invited to sing a song of their choice and to submit their recording to WOR Radio.
“The ‘Shining Star Talent Search’ provides students with an opportunity to showcase their artistic talents and creativity,” said New Jersey Commissioner of Education Lucille E. Davy. “As a student I was actively involved in the arts, and I encourage young people in grades 7-12 to take part in this competition.”
Throughout the competition, students will be interviewed and their entries will be played on The WOR Morning Show with Joe Bartlett and Donna Hanover. After a rigorous internal judging process, the top 25 Semi-Finalists will each win $100 and perform live in front of a judging panel of entertainment industry professionals at WOR’s Shining Star Sing-Off at the Marriott Financial Center in Lower Manhattan on June 2nd. The judges will choose their top 6 six finalists whose performances will be aired on WOR and voted on by the listeners. The winner and second and third runners-up will perform before thousands of attendees at WOR’s Get Healthy Expo, an enormous event to be held at the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center on June 16th. The cash prizes to students are as follows: Third place ($750), Second place ($1,500), and the Shining Star Winner gets $2,500 as well as a professional recording session with Kamen Entertainment Group NYC.
WOR Radio has a long tradition of supporting education and giving back to the communities we serve. Pop icon, Broadway performer, and original “Shining Star” winner Deborah Gibson attributes WOR with helping to get her career started when she won a WOR song writing competition. Previous winners of WOR’s Shining Star Talent Search have been from New Jersey high schools, including Alexandra Hausner from Fair Lawn High School and Jonathan Schwartz from Cranford High School. Both students sang live in front of thousands of people at WOR’s Celebrate America: A Salute to Broadway events in 2005 and 2006. Regarding her live performance at Celebrate America 2005, Alexandra Hausner was quoted in New Jersey’s Bergen Record as stating, “The second I stepped out there you could just feel the crowd and the rush…anything that I’ve ever imagined or dreamed of happened there.”
This year’s Shining Star Talent Search is made possible by J&R Music and Computer World and Philips. For more information, visit www.wor710.com.
About WOR 710 HD
Founded in 1922, WOR 710 HD is New York's oldest, privately-owned and continuously-operated radio station. As the top talk radio station in the country, it has continually made history with its award-winning broadcasts and remotes. WOR provides a well-rounded schedule of informational and lifestyle programming, featuring personalities such as Joe Bartlett, Donna Hanover, Joan Hamburg, Michael Colameco, Dr. Joy Browne, Bill O'Reilly, Ellis Henican, Lynne White, Michael Savage, Dr. Ronald Hoffman, and Joey Reynolds. WOR 710 HD is a Buckley Broadcasting Corporation radio station, and it is the first AM Radio station in New York to broadcast in the new HD technology.