KKBQ's Eli Young Band Contest Crashes Cox Media Group Server
November 30, 2010 at 1:04 PM (PT)
COX Country KKBQ/HOUSTON’s Q MORNING ZOO recently launched their annual GRIDIRON INVASION, where students from local high schools could vote for REPUBLIC NASHVILLE group ELI YOUNG BAND to come play a concert at their school. In less than 24 hours a massive 180,000 responses had been tallied.
The overwhelming turnout was felt across the nation when the server in ATLANTA crashed the next day, leaving 86 radio stations, 15 TV stations and 4 newspapers in the COX MEDIA GROUP without email or Internet access. KKBQ was forced to shut down the promotion immediately to allow COX to regain online service nationwide.
COX RADIO/HOUSTON OM JOHNNY CHIANG said: "I've always known that the ELI YOUNG BAND is a big deal here in TEXAS, but this is ridiculous! I've taken what happened as a sign that if I don't play EYB a lot, then something worse will happen."
EYB’s JON JONES said: “To be talking about things like this is pretty exciting especially when we consider our world back when we started out just a few years ago. The fact that more and more people keep participating in the things we do, whether we have a single on the radio at the time or not, just tells us that the fans keep telling more and more friends about us. We love them for that. And in HOUSTON on this contest - 180,000 in 24 hours – pretty humbling.”
EYB’s new album is slated for release on REPUBLIC NASHVILLE in 2011. The band is scheduled to shoot a video in DECEMBER for “Crazy Girl,” the lead single off the album, expected to impact country radio on FEBRUARY 14, 2011.
For more info, visit www.eliyoungband.com.