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Ferg’s Live 97X NBT Band search Official Rules

1. NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO ENTER OR TO WIN.  ALL U.S. FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL AND MUNICIPAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS APPLY.  VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

2. HOW TO ENTER: submit your band bio, a picture of your band, ALL of your bands Social Media links and 1 MP3 of a song you would want us to showcase, and a filled out copy of the application found at 97xonline.com.  In order to participate and win you must provide all the requested information.  Entries may also be accepted for drop off in person or mail your band’s entry package to: WSUN, Attn: 97X NBT Band Search, 11300 4th Street N. Suite 300, St. Petersburg, FL 33716.  Band entry packages will be accepted Monday-Friday from 8:30am-5:30pm beginning 9/6/16 and running through 5:30pm on 10/7/16.

On or around October 14th, 2016, Fifteen bands will be chosen as finalists by the staff of 97X.  These fifteen bands will be contacted by email and/or phone and invited to participate.  If a band chosen cannot fulfill the following duties requested, another band will be chosen to replace them. 97X reserves the right to select bands.

  • -Finalist band must be able to perform a 30-45 minute set on the Friday night assigned to them by 97X.
  • -If chosen as a Grand Prize Finalist, the band must be able to perform, if they win, at the 97X Next Big Thing, December 3rd, 2016.

On or around October 14th, 2016, the 97X NBT Band Search webpage at 97xonline.com will feature all fifteen bands and their bios, photos.  The page will also highlight the three bands that will performing each of the Friday at Ferg’s Live between 8 and 11pm on the following Fridays, October 21, October 28, November 4, November 11, and November 18.   On each of these Friday’s, three finalist bands will perform a 30-45 minute set.

On-site voting will occur at each of the Friday performances at Ferg’s Live.  Attendees will be given one entry form upon entry to the venue.  The entry form will list the three bands performing that night.  The total number of votes for both bands will be announced at the end of each Friday’s event (on or around 11pm) After all the Friday events, the band who received the most votes from their Friday event will be declared the winner of that night.    

The winning band must be able to perform, if they win, at the 97X Next Big Thing, December 3, 2016. Winning band must fit 97X brand requirements and is subject to approval by 97X.

3. ELIGIBILITY:  The “97X NBT Band Search” is open only to unsigned bands who reside in the following Florida counties: Citrus, Hernando, Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Polk, Manatee, Hardee, Highlands, DeSoto, Sarasota, Charlotte. Employees of Cox Enterprises, Inc., Cox Radio, Inc., WSUN-FM, other radio stations, promotional sponsors, and all affiliated companies (and the immediate family members of all such employees, and all other with whom they are domiciled) are not eligible to participate in the contest or win prizes. The term, immediate families include spouses, grandparents, siblings, children, and grandchildren.  Bands must be available to perform the duties outlined above.  All bands agree to have their name, voice and/or likenesses, songs used in any advertising or broadcasting material related to this contest without any compensation or rights to royalties for such use. All participants are required to be courteous and respectful toward other participating musicians. Participants who fail to respect other musicians' performances will be subject to disqualification.

4. PRIZES:

  • The winning band(s) will receive a local band spot in the lineup for the 97X Next Big Thing, December 3, 2016 at MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa, FL. Winning band must fit 97X brand requirements and is subject to approval by 97X.

The Winning Band(s) will be announced on or around 11/21/2016. Winners will be determined by the number of votes received and are subject to 97X approval.  The Winners will be notified of prize via telephone.  

5. ODDS: The odds of being chosen as a finalist depend on the number of bands participating in the contest.  The odds of being chosen as one the two Finalist bands is 1:9.

6. WINNER NOTIFICATION AND ACCEPTANCE: Grand Prize winner has 30 days to pick up prize from Cox Radio Studios, located at 11300 4th St. N, Suite 300, St. Petersburg, FL 33716 during regular business hours, 8:30 a.m. through 5:30 p.m. The Winner may waive his or her right to receive a prize. Prizes are non-assignable and non-transferable. Prizes will not be mailed to the winner. No substitutions allowed, except that prizes and individual components of prize packages are subject to availability and WSUN-FM reserves the right to substitute prizes of equal or greater value.  The Winner is solely responsible for the reporting and payment of any taxes on prizes.  As a condition of receiving the contest prize, the Winner will be required to complete an affidavit of eligibility, and a liability and publicity release, which must be signed at the time the winner, claims his/her prize at the WSUN-FM Business Office.  Failure of to sign the affidavit or release, or to comply with any term or condition of these Official Rules, may, at the sole discretion of WSUN-FM, and Cox Radio, Inc., result in winner's disqualification, the forfeiture of his or her interest in the prize. Except where prohibited, participation in the Contest constitutes the Winner's consent to the publication of his or her name and image in on-air promotional announcements and other promotional material from WSUN-FM, and Cox Radio, and on the Cox Radio Interactive Web sites, and to the inclusion of his or her name and image in any other related publications or Web sites for any commercial or promotional purpose, without limitation or additional compensation.  The Winner's list may be obtained by sending a request with self-addressed, stamped envelope to 11300 4th St. N. Suite 300, St. Petersburg, FL 33716 or they may viewed online on 97xonline.com.

7. PARTICIPATION:  Participation in the Contest constitutes an agreement by each contestant to comply with these Official Rules.  WSUN-FM, and Cox Radio, Inc. reserves the right to cancel or modify the Contest if it determines, in its sole discretion, that fraud or technical failures have destroyed the integrity of the Contest.

8. LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY:  By entering the Contest, contestant agrees that (1) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected with the Contest, or any prizes awarded, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; (2) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering the Contest but in no event attorneys' fees; and (3) under no circumstances will any contestant be permitted to obtain any award for, and contestant hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental or consequential damages and/or any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased.

9. CONSTRUCTION:   All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the contestant and Cox Radio, Inc. in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Florida, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules or provisions (whether of the State of Florida, or any other jurisdiction) that would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of Florida.  The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision.  In the event that any provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, these rules shall otherwise remain in effect and be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained herein.

10. GENERAL RELEASE: By entering the Contest, contestants release WSUN-FM, Cox Radio, any other promotional sponsors, and each of their respective parents, affiliated companies, directors, officers, employees, representatives and agents from any liability whatsoever for any claims, costs, injuries, losses, or damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with the Contest or with the acceptance, possession, or use of any prize (including, without limitation, claims, costs, injuries, losses and damages related to personal injuries, death, damage to, loss or destruction of property, rights of publicity or privacy, defamation, or portrayal in a false light).

11. The “97X NBT Band Search” is sponsored by WSUN-FM, Cox Radio, Inc., 11300 4th St. N, Suite 300, St. Petersburg, FL 33716, whose decisions regarding the selection of winners and all other aspects of Contest shall be final and binding in all respects.  WSUN-FM, and/or Cox Radio, Inc., will not be responsible for typographical, printing or other inadvertent errors in these Official Rules or in other Contest materials. If you have any questions regarding this Contest, please contact the Promotions and Marketing Department, WSUN-FM via email evander.lipps@coxinc.com or mail at the above listed address.

 

 

Trayvon Martin's parents to release book about son

The parents of slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin will release a book in January, nearly five years after their son was fatally shot by George Zimmerman in Sanford, according to a report from The Hollywood Reporter.

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Chris Jackson, editor-in-chief of Random House's One World, announced the book in an interview with the entertainment site.

"Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin" by Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton will be released on Jan. 31. The book focuses on Martin's life as seen by his parents and the aftermath of his death.

>> Related: Officials: George Zimmerman punched in face for allegedly bragging about killing Trayvon Martin

"It's amazing," Jackson said. "Everyone who's been reading the manuscript is in tears by the second chapter. It's not just about the mournful story about losing a child, but it's also how that moment ignited this global movement."

Martin died on Feb. 26, 2012, after he was shot by Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch coordinator in Sanford. Zimmerman called police to report that Martin appeared to be casing the neighborhood. A scuffle ensued and Martin was killed.

>> Related: Justice Department says no charges to be filed against George Zimmerman

The shooting stirred protests across the nation and sparked a national conversation about the criminalization of being black.

Public outcry led to Zimmerman's arrest on one count of murder six weeks after Martin's death. Zimmerman was acquitted in 2013.

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Judah and the Lion is the hottest song at 97X…#1 for three weeks in a row!  Will the boys from Nashville make it four weeks?

1 Judah & The Lion Take It All Back #1 for 3 weeks in a row! 2 Empire of the Sun High & Low up 5 spots! 3 The Naked & Famous Higher NBT Band! 4 The 1975 Somebody Else NBT Band! 5 Twenty One Pilots Heathens 3 straight #1s 5.5 Kings of Leon Waste A Moment Vote if you dig! 6 Borns American Money   7 COIN Talk Too Much NBT Band! 8 Phantogram You Don't Get Me High NBT Band! 9 X Ambassadors Low Life Back on the charts! 10 Lewis Del Mar Painting (Masterpiece) NBT Band! 10.5 Andrew McMahon Fire Escape Vote if you dig! 11 The Head & The Heart All We Ever Knew   12 Coldplay Hymn For The Weekend Debut 13 Bastille Good Grief Back on the charts! 14 888 Critical Mistakes NBT Band! 15 Blink 182 Bored To Death 2 time #1 / Biggest Fall of Week 15.5 Zipper Club Going The Distance Vote if you dig! 16 Weathers Happy Pills   17 Grouplove Welcome to your life   18 Jimmy Eat World Sure & Certain Debut 19 Saint Motel Move   20 Kaleo Way Down We Go  

'It' author Stephen King on Carolina clown sightings: 'I suspect it's a kind of low-level hysteria'

Horror master Stephen King can understand the panic caused by a recent rash of reported clown sightings in the Carolinas better than most.

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King penned the 1986 horror classic "It," about a demonic clown named Pennywise who terrorizes children in Maine.

In an article published by The Bangor Daily News Thursday, King said the fears he drew from to create Pennywise were again at play in the Carolina cases.

"I suspect it's a kind of low-level hysteria, like Slender Man, or the so-called Bunny Man, who purportedly lurked in Fairfax County, Virginia, wearing a white hood with long ears and attacking people with a hatchet or an axe," King told the Bangor Daily News. "The clown furor will pass, as these things do, but it will come back, because under the right circumstances, clowns really can be terrifying."

>> Related: Afraid of clowns? You're not alone

Residents in a handful of North Carolina cities have in recent weeks reported seeing people dressed as clowns lurking in the woods. Police in Greensboro, South Carolina, have also fielded reports of clowns attempting to lure children into wooded areas.

Authorities have arrested at least one person accused of faking a clown sighting. None of the reports have been substantiated by investigators.

>> Related: North Carolina man accused of falsely reporting clown sighting

Actor "Lon Chaney said (or is reputed to have said), 'There's nothing funny about a clown in the moonlight.' Meaning, I suppose, a clown seen outside of its normal milieu, in the circus or at the fair," King told the Daily News. "If I saw a clown lurking under a lonely bridge (or peering up at me from a sewer grate, with or without balloons), I'd be scared, too."

According to the newspaper, it's not the first time that clown scares have struck in the United States. In the 1980s, hysteria over phantom clowns prompted investigations in Massachusetts, New Jersey and Arizona, among other places.

Authorities continue to investigate the Carolina clown sightings.

Bruce Springsteen opens up about depression, throat surgery in new book

With the upcoming release of his autobiography, “Born to Run,” Bruce Springsteen is spending more time digging into his past, specifically his fight with depression and his health.

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In an interview with Vanity Fair, Springsteen opened up about his history with depression, saying that his most recent bout with it came from ages 60 to 64.

"One of the points I'm making in the book is that, whoever you've been and wherever you've been, it never leaves you," Springsteen told Vanity Fair. "I always picture it as a car. All your selves are in it. And a new self can get in, but the old selves can't ever get out. The important thing is, who's got their hands on the wheel at any given moment?"

Springsteen said the difficulty he has with living with depression is becoming more like his father, Doug, who he said had a tendency to drink and then fight with him.

"You don't know the illness' parameters," he said. "Can I get sick enough to where I become a lot more like my father than I thought I might?"

Vanity Fair reported that Springsteen spoke about the surgery that he underwent three years ago after he suffered a damaged disc in his neck. In the process, he said he had to have his throat cut open and his vocal cords temporarily tied off to the side.

"A little nerve-racking," Springsteen said. "But it's been very successful for me."

Read more at Vanity Fair.

Emergency Information

Below is the local information and resources you will need in the wake of an emergency:Hillsborough CountyHillsborough County Emergency ManagementPhone Number: (813) 272-5900Website: http://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/emergency/Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan: http://hillsboroughcounty.org/DocumentCenter/View/16617Hurricane Preparedness Guide (Find shelters, transportation guides, etc.): http://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/index.aspx?NID=660Hillsborough County Schools: http://www.sdhc.k12.fl.us

Pinellas CountyPinellas County Emergency ManagementPhone Number: (727) 464-3800Website: http://www.pinellascounty.org/emergency/bulletin.htmPinellas County Citizens Information CenterPhone Number: (727) 464-4333, call (727) 464-3075 for general questionsPinellas County Schools: http://www.pcsb.org/

Pasco CountyPasco County Emergency ManagementPhone Number: (727) 847-8137Website: http://www.pascocountyfl.net/Index.aspx?NID=365Pasco County Schools: http://www.pasco.k12.fl.us/Hernando CountyHernando County Emergency ManagementPhone Number: (352) 754-4083Website: http://www.hernandosheriff.org/em/Hernando County Schools: http://www.edline.net/pages/Hernando_County_School_Board

 

Sarasota County

Sarasota County Emergency Management

Phone Number: (941) 861-6000 

Website: https://www.scgov.net/AllHazards/Pages/Emergency-Management.aspx

Sarasota County Schools: http://www.sarasotacountyschools.net/

 

Manatee County

Manatee County Emergency Management

Phone Number: (941) 748-4501

Website: http://www.mymanatee.org/home/government/departments/public-safety/emergency-management.html

Manatee County Schools: http://www.manateeschools.net/pages/SDMC

 

Polk County

Polk County Emergency Management

Phone Number: (863) 534-5600

Website: http://www.polk-county.net/boccsite/Departments/Emergency-Management/

Polk County Schools: http://www.polk-fl.net/

 

Information and resources from The American Red Cross

How to become Red Cross Ready

     
  • The Red Cross recommends that people take these three steps: (1) build a disaster kit; (2) come up with an emergency plan; and (3) be informed about how local authorities will notify you during a disaster, whether through local media or NOAA Weather Radio stations or channels.
  • An emergency kit should contain supplies for about three days, to include a gallon of water per person per day, non-perishable food, a flashlight and extra batteries, a first aid kit, medications and copies of important documents. Other recommended items are available at redcross.org/kit.
  • Talk with members of your household and create an evacuation plan. Remember family members with special medical needs, and plan how you will care for your pets.

Another good way to stay informed is by downloading the FREE Red Cross Emergency App

     
  • The Red Cross Emergency App features real time emergency alerts and information about how to prepare for a hurricanes and other disasters.
  • The app also includes recommendations for supplies, a tool to make your emergency plan, first aid information and a ‘Family Safe’ feature to help connect with loved ones.
  • The Emergency App is available in app stores by searching for the American Red Cross, text GETEMERGENCY to 90999 or go to redcross.org/apps.

 

Other Resources

State Of Florida Emergency Management: http://www.floridadisaster.org/index.asp

State of Florida Evacuation Routes and Zone Maps: http://floridadisaster.org/publicmapping/

State of Florida Emergency Management FAQ: http://floridadisaster.org/faqs.htm

Florida Department Of Insurance Hurricane Season Resources: http://www.floir.com/Office/HurricaneSeason/hurricaneresourcepage.aspx

American Red Cross Tampa Bay Chapter: Disaster Services 24-hour phone number: 1-877-741-1444

Website: http://www.redcross.org/local/florida/central-florida/chapters/tampa-bay

FEMA Florida: http://www.fema.gov/states/florida

FEMA contact info: http://www.fema.gov/contact-us

Salvation Army of Tampa Bay: http://www.salvationarmyflorida.org/tampabay/

Boys & Girls Club of Tampa Bay phone number: (813) 875-5771

Website: http://www.bgctampa.org/

Duke Energy Outage Maps: https://www.progress-energy.com/#Florida

TECO Outage Maps: http://www.tampaelectric.com/residential/outages/outagemap/index.cfm?link=carousel&source=hp&q=tampa+electric

Amazon to expand physical bookstores

Amazon is expanding its brick-and-mortar bookstores.

The e-commerce front-runner opened its first physical bookstore last year in Amazon's founding city, Seattle, and so far, reports say the store has been successful. 

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Now, the company is reportedly expanding Amazon Books to Chicago.

Amazon's claim to fame is its convenience. Customers can go online and find just about anything, so why move to physical bookstores? Some say it's about branding.

The stores stock their shelves based on data from Amazon.com. So reviews, number of sales and popularity decide what customers will see.

This is only the latest in a number of big steps to improve Amazon's reach.

Last month, the retailer unveiled its first branded cargo jet called Amazon One. The company plans to roll more jets out in the next several years.

Plus, the company's highly anticipated drone delivery service is finally going to be tested.

Amazon's expansion announcement comes after Barnes and Noble dismissed CEO Ronald Boire earlier this month. Barnes and Noble's stocks have plummeted recently, and the company determined Boire was "not a good fit" for the role.

Amazon's Chicago bookstore will join the ranks of other confirmed locations in San Diego and Portland.

Meet Jason Baca, the model with more romance novel covers than Fabio

Move over, Fabio. There's a new top model in town.

Jason Baca has now appeared on the cover of 476 romance novels, officially beating Fabio's record by 10. 

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In a 2015 interview, Baca said he had to build up his muscles for his first cover gig.

"I wanted it to be so when a person would pick up this book with me on it, they would get hot flashes and feel like they would pass out at the sight of me on there," he said.

But apparently modeling isn't his sole source of income. He's also got a regular office job, which he calls "humbling."

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