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PlanetGarth.com
06-18-1998, 02:36 PM
I was informed earlier today that Planet Garth was the a winner in the 1998 CountryNow awards. Below is the press release that CountryNow is distributing to media outlets.
<p>A sincere thanks to all those that support PG and nominated it for this award.
<p>
<p>PRESS RELEASE
<p>For Immediate Release
<br>June 19, 1998
<p>Contact:
<br>Margaret Shiverick
<br>(212) 896-5256
<br>MargaretS@mji.com
<p>Garth Brooks and Vince Gill Websites
<br>Top CountryNow.Com's 1998 Fan Site Awards
<p>New York - Planet Garth and VinceGill.com were the top
<br>winners of the CountryNow.com 1998 Fan Site Awards,
<br>announced today.
<p>The CountryNow.com Fan Site Awards recognize the best
<br>amateur and professionally designed websites devoted to
<br>individual country music performers. VinceGill.com
<br>(http://www.vincegill.com) took top honors in the
<br>Professional Webmaster category. Planet Garth
<br>(http://www.planetgarth.com) was named the best Amateur
<br>Webmaster site.
<p>Assisting CountryNow.com's editors, who judged both
<br>categories, was Sawyer Brown drummer Joe Smyth, celebrity
<br>judge for the Amateur category. Smyth, who conducts business
<br>online for Sawyer Brown, said, "the Planet Garth site
<br>obviously was the result of lots of hours and hard work. It
<br>was organized great -- you don't have to 'dig' to get the
<br>info you're looking for. The multimedia stuff was a really
<br>nice touch. The graphics were good without being too 'busy'
<br>-- a common complaint I have with many websites. All in all,
<br>a real class act!"
<p>Nominations for the Fan Site Awards were submitted by
<br>visitors to CountryNow.com (http://www.countrynow.com), the
<br>daily music news content service for country radio station
<br>websites. Judges determined qualification for the Amateur
<br>and Professional categories according to whether the sites'
<br>webmasters received compensation for their work. Sites were
<br>judged on writing quality, reporting, graphic design,
<br>originality and interactivity.
<p>"The Web has come of age as a communications medium for
<br>country music fans," said CountryNow.com Editor in Chief Sue
<br>Cummings. "Our winners are key players in promoting country
<br>music online."
<p>Below are full credits and URLs for the top sites:
<p>AMATEUR WEBMASTER
<br>Planet Garth (http://www.planetgarth.com)
<br>Webmaster: Brandon Weisner
<p>PROFESSIONAL WEBMASTER
<br>VinceGill.com (http://www.vincegill.com)
<br>Webmaster: Inde Consulting
<br>Developers: Media Revolution, Judds, Inc.
<p>CountryNow.com is the industry leader in producing daily
<br>news and content for country radio websites. Launched in
<br>October 1997, CountryNow.com has been widely embraced by
<br>leading stations of the format, including WSOC-Charlotte,
<br>KPLX in Dallas, WIVK in Knoxville and KEEY-Minneapolis.
<p>In addition to CountryNow.com, MJI Broadcasting's
<br>Interactive division produces RockNews.com
<p>(http://rocknews.com), RockDaily.com (http://rockdaily.com)
<br>and ClassicRockDaily.com (http://classicrockdaily.com), all
<br>content services for radio station websites. The company
<br>will soon announce expansion into other formats. MJI also
<br>markets RDG WebMaster, a software suite that enables
<br>stations to manage their sites and build advertising
<br>revenue.
<p>MJI Broadcasting is the Official Worldwide Radio Network of
<br>the CMA Awards and also produces Country Today Fax,
<br>Celebrity Country Quiz, Ask the Stars and Country Funnies.
<br>With more than 25 programs on the air, MJI Broadcasting
<br>reaches 15 million listeners daily on 2,400 radio affiliates
<br>across the country. MJI has offices in New York, Nashville,
<br>Los Angeles, Chicago and Cleveland.
<p> # # #
<p>For more information, please contact Margaret Shiverick,
<br>Vice President of Corporate Development, at (212) 896-5256
<br>or e-mail MargaretS@mji.com.
<p>Photo Editors -- Graphics for the two winning sites can be found at:
<p>
<br>http://www.countrynow.com/kplx/cn_fansites_pr.htm
<p>
<p>MJI Broadcasting, 135 West 50th Street, New York, NY 10020
<br>Telephone: 212-896-5256 Fax: 212-896-5383
<p>N

Paula
06-18-1998, 03:40 PM
Congratulations!!! I just came here from the countrynow.com site to post my congratulations after reading that you had won the award. No one deserves it more...but we all knew that already!
<p>PaulaN

GBfan2762
06-18-1998, 06:17 PM
Brandon,
<br>Congarthulations on the award for your website...I alway forget this is an "amateur" site since it is always up to date, and I honestly look at it at least five times a week hoping for new Garthnews...and you never let us Garthnutts down. Thank you for all of your hard work!!!
<br>Now can you tell me when Vegas tickets will be going on sale?? LOL <G>
<br>JenniferN

Cheryl
06-18-1998, 06:21 PM
Congratulations (or is that ConGarthulations!) Way to go Brandon - official BEST site!!! And, by the way, thanks for all of your hard work - it is most certainly appreciated. :)
<br>CherylN

06-18-1998, 06:24 PM
WoooooooHoooooooo, Brandon. YOU DA' MAN!!!!!N

Teresa Morris
06-18-1998, 08:47 PM
Personally...my break just got a LIL BIT SWEETER!!!!
<p>WOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOO!! PLANET GARTH AND BRANDON...A WINNIN COMBINATION!!! ;)
<p>Nobody does it better....classier....cooler....what can I say? I am SO SO SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO proud of you right now!
<p>I am grinnin from ear to ear....been jumpin around the livin room....family is once again convinced I have lost what is left of my mind....
<p>Nobody deserves it more...you work hard....you dedicate so much of YOU into this site. You do it for the fans....you do it for Garth.
<p>I'm blessed to be associated with Planet Garth...thanx for the chance! You'll fully know one day what it's meant to me...I promise. ;)
<p>Love and hugs to ya!!
<p>TeresaN

garthfanatic
06-19-1998, 10:24 AM
YEEEEEE HAAAAWWWWW!!!!!!!! Congratulations Brandon!!!! WOW!!
<p>Thanks for keeping us so in touch with you and other GarthNuts and most of all, thanks for keeping us in touch with The Music, The Message and THE MAN!!!!!
<p>Who knows, pretty soon people may be screaming for YOUR autograph?N

Cathy Welch
06-19-1998, 12:04 PM
Congrats Brandon!!
<p>I don't post often but I just had to express my congratulations to you on this award. Of course, WE all knew this site was the best there was out there!! I guess we can't keep it a secret any longer! LOL
<p>For the love of Garth.....CathyN

fancy1
06-19-1998, 12:09 PM
Brandon, there are no better words than Garth's to describe how emotional I am about this well deserved accolade you have received.
<br>-
<br>My life is better left to chance
<br>I could have missed the pain
<br>but I'd of had to miss the dance
<br>-
<br>As long as one heart still holds on
<br>Then hope is never really gone
<br>And I hear them saying
<br>you'll never change things
<br>And no matter what you do
<br>it's still the same thing
<br>But its not the world that I am changing
<br>I do this so this world will know
<br>That it will not change me
<br>-
<br>Life is like a windshield.
<br>It ain't no rear view mirror.
<br>The only way to get where you're going
<br>is find that higher gear.
<br>And keep it rollin'!
<br>-----------------------------------------
<br>You got it rollin' and you kept it rollin'. You did it for the pure selfless joy of doing it for Garth - you BELIEVED! We are forever indebted to you for providing a "home" for the most fanatical fans of the most amazing entertainer on the planet. As Garth knows, when we LUV YA - you is LUVED 150% baby!
<p>I just sent GBM an email with the article attached. They probably are being deluged with identical e-mails from everybody. I told you before when we were all tense about "garth.com" that you would receive recognition in a big way. Since then you have - but's its not over - not by a long shot. I'm believin'....N

PlanetGarth.com
06-22-1998, 11:03 AM
Thanks everyone! This site wouldn't be here without the ideas, input, and feedback from all of you. I just do the technical stuff :)N

06-22-1998, 12:38 PM
Brandon, You're being too modest. We wouldn't be here if it wasn't the best there is. You do super. Thanks. TexxNutt.N

georgette carter
06-24-1998, 05:08 PM
HEY, WAY TO GO!! THIS SITE IS TERRIFIC AND THE INFO IS ALWAYS UP TO DATE. I CHECK IN EVERYDAY TO SEE IS ANYTHING IS GOING ON.
<br>KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK AND BRANDON, IM GLAD THAT YOU WON.
<p>PS DOES ANYONE KNOW WHEN GARTH IS COMING TO PHILI OR BUFFALO?????
<p>KEEP IN TOUCH ALL GARTH FANS!!N

CMFAN20
06-24-1998, 05:41 PM
Congratulations Brandon!!!!!
<br>You and all of your helpers have done a wonderful job... this site IS the best Professional or Amatuer... WOOHOO!!!! I am so proud to be a member!!!! Keep up all of your good work!!! :) :) :) :)N