Official Rules

VIA and Froggy 101 Country Music Singer-Songwriter Contest

VIA Public Media  (Northeastern Pennsylvania Educational Television Association), is a registered 501(c) (3) charitable organization, providing non commercial programming and community outreach activities. VIA Public Media is located at 100 WVIA Way, Pittston, PA 18640.



To promote the PBS broadcast of Ken Burns’ Country Music (September 15-25, 2019) VIA Public Media is sponsoring this Songwriting Contest, showcasing regional musicians.  Contest opens  August 1, 2019 and closes August 28, 2019.  A contestant enters by submitting a recording of an original song written and performed by the contestant . A panel of judges assembled by VIA will select 3 winning songs and award the following prize:   a free video recording of each winner’s 12-15 minute musical performance at VIA Public Media Studios in Pittston, PA at a date and time to be arranged in September, 2019.  The video will be distributed online by VIA and made available to the contestant performer. Prize value:  approximately $500 (production costs).  No cash or merchandise prize will be awarded.    Froggy 101 FM (Entercom Pennsylvania, LLC) is a promotional partner with VIA in the contest, but all responsibility for administering the contest and awarding the prizes remains with VIA Public Media.



You may enter the contest by submitting an original song with the following information:. full legal name, age, home phone, physical mailing address, a valid e-mail address along with a statementcertifying that it is an original song, written and performed by the contestant who owns any and all copyrights  associated with the song. If it is not a solo performance, any additional performers in the recording must be identified.   Entries may be submitted by the following methods:  


  1. E-mail the required information with link or file attachment to
  2. By delivering or mailing a CD with the required information to the address below:

VIA Country Music Singer-Songwriter Contest
100 WVIA Way
Pittston, PA 18640


All entries  must be received by August 28, 2019.

No purchase or donation is necessary to enter. 

All entries become the property of the VIA Public Media and will not be returned.



A panel of judges assembled by VIA will select  3  winning songs by August 30, 2019.  Winners will be contacted by e-mail and/or mail and/or phone  by September 4.  WVIA is not responsible for any delays or obstacles in notification due to (a) erroneous contact information; (b) any outage or delay in Internet service or access; or (c) any other circumstances which may delay or prevent a winner from receiving the prize notifications.



Three(3)  prizes will be awarded by the judges. Each winner will be offered:    a free video recording of the contestant’s 12-15 minute musical performance at VIA Public Media Studios in Pittston, PA at a date and time to be arranged between September 5-9, 2019.  The video will be distributed online by VIA and made available to the contestant performer. Prize value:  approximately $500 (production costs).   Should any winner decline to perform at the date and time offered by VIA, no cash or other merchandise prize will be awarded. 



Songs will be judged on originality and musical appeal, not on a random drawing.The chance of winning is determined by the number of entries and the subjective opinion of the judges.  Decisions of the judges  are final.



This contest is only open to residents of Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey who are at least 16 years of age.  The contest is void where prohibited or restricted by law, and it is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws.

No employees or members of the board of VIA Public Media or Froggy 101 FM (Entercom Pennsylvania, LLC)  or their direct family members (defined as spouses, parents, children, or any other family members who reside with the winner) are eligible to participate.

This contest shall be governed by the law of the State of Pennsylvania, and the Official Rules are subject to change at any time. Any changes to the official rules will be listed on the sweepstakes webpage ( VIA Public Media shall make all decisions related to the contest in its sole discretion, and all decisions of VIA Public Media with respect to this contest are final.  By participating, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of VIA Public Media and waive any right to claim ambiguity in the contest operation or Official Rules.

By participating in the contest, entrants agree to release and hold VIA Public Media and its directors, officers, employees and agents, harmless from any and all losses, damages, rights, claims, and actions of any kind in connection with the contest, including in connection with the winning or use of any prize.

VIA Public Media is not responsible for any errors, omissions, interruptions, deletions, defects, delays in

operations, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or alterations of entry materials, or for malfunctions of any kind, or for inaccurate entry information or failure to receive entry information, or any combination thereof. VIA Public Media is not responsible for any entries that are late, misdirected, incomplete, or altered. VIA Public Media reserves the right to cancel the contest for any reason.

VIA Public Media shall not have any responsibility or liability whatsoever for any property loss, damage, personal injury, or death, in connection with the prize(s) provided pursuant to this contest.



Acceptance of a prize constitutes permission for VIA and/or Froggy 101 (Entercom Pennsylvania, LLC)  or their designees to use the winner's name, location, photograph, video and audio performance,  testimonial or other likeness and/or prize information or personal exposition (and/or any edited portion thereof) for  entertainment, promotion, advertising and/or publicity purposes in any media, now or hereafter known throughout the world in perpetuity, without compensation or notice to, or further consent of, the winner to the extent permitted by law.

For more information and details concerning the contest  please contact VIA at 570.602.1144.  For the names of the prize winners, mail a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: VIA Country Music Singer-Songwriter Contest, 100 WVIA Way, Pittston, PA 18640. All such requests must be received by September 30, 2019.  Offer limited to residents of Pennsylvania .


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