WVPT Introduces Fender Telecaster Drawing for TALENT WAR$ Competition

Va. PBS station continues seeking college student participation in online video talent contest

Harrisonburg, Va. — Nov. 1, 2011 — WVPT, the PBS station serving the Shenandoah Valley and Central and Northern Virginia, announced today an added bonus for college students entering its TALENT WAR$ @wvpt online video contest: the chance to win a Fender Telecaster guitar.

The contest, already offering $6,000 worth of prizes, allows individuals across the state to show off their talents while supporting public television. All entrants, if registered by Nov. 11, will be eligible to win a Fender Telecaster guitar valued at $700. The drawing will be held Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. and announced on the WVPT Facebook page.

TALENT WAR$ now includes more than 20 uploaded talent videos, four of which were entered over the weekend. Students from various Virginia colleges have already showcased their talent on the contest website, including a pianist at James Madison University. A live duet rendition of Saturday Night Live’s “I’m on a Boat” at a University of Virginia event shows just how easy submitting an entry can be—any previously-recorded performance is eligible.

“We’re noticing a lot of entries feature young musical performers—classical piano pieces, music videos of various genres and live performances,” said David Mullins, president and general manager of WVPT. “We hope the guitar drawing will bring new interest from college students in our viewing area and keep contestants excited about the competition.”

As of July 1, state funding for public broadcasting decreased, resulting in a loss of more than $200,000 for WVPT. Mullins said TALENT WAR$ @wvpt is a way for the station to reach out modestly for support while offering the opportunity for viewers to showcase their talents.

“By raising support from our communities, we’re helping ensure that we can continue to deliver the valued programs and services that we’ve provided for the last 43 years,” he said.

Following the drawing until Jan. 3, 2012, contestants can upload videos to a secure website and invite their friends, family and the general public to vote for them. Anyone can view the videos, select their favorite and “vote” for the video by making a donation to WVPT via the website.  Every dollar “donated” equals one “vote” for the video. The three participants with the most $1 “votes” by the conclusion of the contest will win a first place award of $3,000, a second place award of $2,000 and a third place award of $1,000. Winners will be announced the first week of January.

To enter TALENT WAR$ @wvpt or view current entries, visit talentwars.wvpt.net.

WVPT would like to thank Fender Musical Instruments for its generous donation.

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For more information, go to www.wvpt.net or call (540) 437-2444.