- Christina Szeman
Imagine being a finalist in a contest you never entered; former Nashville Star contestant Dani Strong never submitted for the competition to be on the new TV show “Do I Have a Hit Song” (which features hosts like Drew Copeland from Sister Hazel, Eliot Sloan from Blessid Union of Souls, Tommy Tutone, and Ryan Star from Rockstar Supernova) – but her song “Time to Breathe” certainly did; and now she has unwittingly, albeit excitedly, become a finalist on the show due to the power of the song and the fraud and plagiarism perpetrated by Croatian national and fellow Canadian resident Ivana Nosic. Ivana entered a recording of Dani Strong’s, Time to Breathe, winning a chance to perform on the show. Ivana traveled from Canada to Florida to sing on Do I Have A Hit Song, which only features original music – fully knowing she did not – and COULD NOT write or perform the song!
See the full story in a youtube video here:
Dani Strong and Do I Have a Hit Song/Musik and Film Founders Rhonda Houston and Stephen Wrench – as well as producers, Drew Copeland and Eric Charlton, who uncovered the deception and the gem of a tune – are available for on camera comment immediately,
The show complete with 9 indie artists featuring original music – which features these wild turn of events taped in Jacksonville Florida on January 6th on camera – will be broadcast on www.Indimusic.tv and Roku on January 20th.
For more information on the contestants and Do I have a Hit Song, visit www.doihaveahitsong.com
“Makin’ It Happen” Radio Promotions is a new radio promotions service for independent Christian and Gospel artists.
Kansas City, MO, May 05, 2014 –(PR.com)– DOLERN Media (Dreamin’ Out Loud Entertainment Radio Network) is proud to announce the launching of “Makin’ It Happen” Radio Promotions, a radio promotions service for independent Christian and Gospel artists. By becoming a partner affiliate with a well established New York based radio promotions company, DOLERN Media and “Makin’ It Happen” Radio Promotions will now be able to offer a very affordable alternative for indie Christian and Gospel artists to acquire radio play for their songs and will feature three 4 week radio campaign options. “All campaigns are guaranteed to secure airplay within 48 hours through the efforts of our partner affiliate,” says Arthur Payne of DOLERN Media. “It is our hope that this service will be a benefit to the many talented independent Christian and Gospel artists across the country and around the world as well.”
All three radio campaigns service countless internet radio stations as well as several terrestrial stations.
For more information visit…makinithappenradiopromotions.jigsy.com
DOLERN Media is a division of Dreamin’ Out Loud, LL
This from 2010 always a good read.
Corporations love contests. Done right they bring the company good publicity which leads to more business and extra profits. Done wrong and they lead to angry customers, protests, lawsuits and deaths. All of these are bad for business, especially the deaths. Here are some contests that failed big time.
Make the Customer Look Stupid
DJ Slick was a 23 year old radio jockey trying to make a name for himself in the business by trying to be clever. Instead he managed to get his station sued by one pissed off listener and got himself fired from from his job.
It seems one day Slick thought it would be a great idea to run a contest where he would give away “100 grand” to a lucky caller if they listened to him instead of watching American Idol. This was a godsend to Norreasha Gill who was a pregnant mother of three when she managed to become the tenth caller and won the contest. Slick told Norreasha to come down to the station to pick up her prize. When she got there they told her she would have to come back another day.
After making a pregnant woman travel back and forth the station finally revealed that the “100 grand” prize was actually a candy bar of the same name and not actual cash money. You can guess how funny this was to the winner who had promised her kids a car and a new house with a backyard. The station offered her $5000 but Norreasha countered offered with a fat lawsuit. The station then found itself at risk of an FCC investigation. Hilarity ensues all around.
Sex and religion don’t mix…with some exceptions.
To no one’s surprise, except maybe the two DJs involved, the stunt caused a public uproar and the station cancelled the nationally syndicated show soon after. Church groups called for the FCC to revoke the station’s license and the two contestants were charged in New York for public lewdness.
Amazingly this was just the latest entry in what was a regular contest on the show. Apparently the station did not think a contest asking people to have sex in public places might lead to problems.
OUR RADIO STATION MIGHT NOT BE THE FRIENDLY PLACE YOU THINK IT IS!
So you think you know everything about your favorite radio station, or disc jockey? Think again. I spent the entire 90′s working in radio. Eight years of morning shows at 2 major radio stations in Providence, RI I learned the radio bizz inside and out. Here are the Top Five dirty and deceptive radio station secrets I’ve discovered.
1.) Your request will not be played. Ever.
Unless you’re calling in an “all request” show, (and your choice is popular in the first place) your song is not going to be played. You’ll usually get a patronizing “we’ll try and get that on for you in a little while”, but it will never appear. Jocks (who call themselves “air personalities”, or simply “the talent”) have very little slack when dealing with song playlists, put together by the station’s music director or in some cases, the program director. Music at major radio stations are now programmed into computers and play automatically. Rarely will you see a jock toss a CD into a player anymore. Save your breath and don’t bother calling. And no, they won’t write it down, either.
2.) “Be Caller 97 to win right now!”
Do you really think someone is going to sit through 97 callers when giving away two free meal coupons to a pizza joint? Nope. It’s not gonna happen. With 6 phone lines (and sometimes less) coming into the studio, no one in their right mind is going to sit there and answer phones. If you’re not one of the first six, you’re going to be buying your own pizza. Also, if you sound like death warmed over when the jock answers the telephone, you’re not going to win. Radio stations want happy, upbeat listeners who sound great on the radio to win their contests. If you sound like you woke up in a morgue, you lost. Even if you are caller 97.
3.) If You’re a Prize Whore, You Probably Have a Nickname
A prize whore is someone (male or female) who shows up at every radio-station sponsored event (such as furniture stores, auto dealerships and nightclubs), trying to snag free t-shirts, cds or other radio station freebees. Prize whores are not just loyal to one radio station, but whore themselves out to several. (Hence the name) The promotions department at one station I worked for had nicknames for their prize whores. “Dirty Sweater” was a woman who wore the same dirty sweater each time. “Pissy Shirt” was another who wore the same sweat stained radio station T-Shirt to EVERY appearance. There were several more, whose nicknames I can’t recall. So remember, if you show up at EVERY radio station event, chances are you have a nickname-and it’s never a good one.
4.) Prizewhores Don’t Win Major Prizes
That trip for two to Vegas or that brand new Toyota isn’t going to be won by prize whores. If it’s a drawing, your entry will disappear. Don’t let anyone tell you differently. I’ve seen it happen. If it’s a phone contest, you are “the wrong caller”. Everytime.
5.) Your Jock is a Ghost
Computers and a method called voicetracking have made it possible for your DJ to record his show in advance, saving several hours (and several dollars) to the radio station. Your jock will pre-record the show, as if he/she were in the studio and the computer will play it back, plugging in the music. To the non-professional, it’s difficult to tell which is a voice-tracked show and which is not
Rockin’ Joe Hebert is a RI comedian, writer, musician and webmaster who spent the entire 1990′s working mornings at 2 legendary Providence radio stations, PRO-FM and B-101 FM.
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