KICK-FM Radio to host 28th Annual Colgate Country Showdown

KICK-FM Radio to host 28th
Annual Colgate Country Showdown

   The “Colgate Country Showdown” is returning
to Quincy and 97.9 KICK-FM Radio has been selected again to host the 28th
annual edition of America’s Largest Country Music Talent Search and radio
promotion. The KICK-FM Colgate Country Showdown will be held at Quincy’s Upper Moorman
Park on Saturday, June 20th, 2009.  Over $200,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded in Colgate
Country Showdowns nationwide along with a Grand Prize of $100,000 to the
National Winner at the televised National Final Special.

The
“Colgate Country Showdown” is designed to find the most promising country music
talent in America, giving these performers a chance to launch their
professional careers.  Thousands of
aspiring artists compete annually for the Country Showdown title.

The road to
stardom begins each spring with hometown talent contests sponsored by over five
hundred radio stations across the country. 
Local winners advance to one of over forty state contests, where the
prizes include $1,000 in cash and the opportunity to compete at one of five
regional Country Showdown contests in the fall.  Winners at the regional level receive an expense-paid trip to the
National Final, where they will compete for the Grand Prize of $100,000 and the
coveted National Title.

“The
Colgate Country Showdown is one of the most anticipated events in country music
each year,” said Jeff Asmussen, KICK-FM General Sales Manager.  “It is an exciting community event that provides
aspiring artists in our area an opportunity for state, regional, and national
exposure while promoting a greater appreciation of country music. It’s where
new stars are born. The next national winner of the Colgate Country Showdown
could be from our area.”

The Colgate
Country Showdown is open to vocal and/or instrumental performers, individuals
or groups with up to seven members, who have not performed on a record listed
in the top 100 country format charts of Billboard, Radio and Records, or
The Gavin Report within eighteen months preceding local
competition.  There is a $15 entry fee
and all contestants must begin their competition by performing at a Country
Showdown contest produced by participating country music radio stations.
Information is also available online at www.colgatecountryshowdown.com
and at www.979kickfm.com.

A
uniform judging system on all levels of the competition ensures fairness. Entry
forms are available now at the following sponsor locations: Hannibal Meat
Market & Catering, Advance Beauty College and Quik Cash, all in Hannibal; Refreshment
Services – Pepsi, Boyer’s Boots, Shoe Repair & Western Wear and the Quincy
Park District Office, all in Quincy; Quik Cash in Louisiana; or by calling
KICK-FM at (217) 223-5292. Entries must be received no later than May 20th.