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Vote Now For Your Favorite Choir From Verizon's How Sweet The Sound

Online Votes Help Determine the Regional V CAST People's Choice Award-Winners

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August 21, 2011

Cameka Crawford
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BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Online voting is now open for Verizon’s How Sweet the Sound Gospel Celebration, the country’s premiere gospel music experience. Gospel music fans can visit www.HowSweetTheSound.com to review and vote on video essays submitted by choirs who will perform in the How Sweet the Sound regional celebrations. Online votes will be combined with votes from the live audience at each concert to determine the V CAST People’s Choice Award-winners at each live event. Voting is open now through Wednesday, August 31.

“Verizon recognizes that our customers want to participate in community programs. Online voting allows for gospel-music enthusiasts across the country to participate in How Sweet the Sound and make a real impact,” said Marquett Smith, vice president, corporate communications, Verizon Wireless. “Log on to become a virtual judge from home and vote for your favorite regional finalist.”

Choir video essays tell each choir’s personal story from the ways in which their ministry is helping their community to how they are helping others prosper and grow. Once voting is complete, the online voting results will be tallied and announced on www.HowSweetTheSound.com. Later, the results will be combined with votes from the live audience at each show to select the V CAST People’s Choice Award-winners. Each V CAST People’s Choice Award-winner will receive a $5,000 prize at the regional celebrations.

Details about Verizon’s How Sweet the Sound, including schedules, online voting, judging criteria and official rules, are available online at www.HowSweetTheSound.com.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Broadcast-quality B-Roll featuring 2010 Verizon’s How Sweet the Sound Gospel Celebration coverage is available online. Log-on to Verizon Wireless’ Multimedia Library at http://verizonwireless.mediaseed.tv/Story.aspx?story=37569 to preview and request video segments, which can be received in newsrooms digitally or by tape.)

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Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s fastest, most advanced 4G network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 106.3 million total wireless connections, including 89.7 million retail customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 83,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

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