Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Let's Get Big & Rich To Ring That Bell Every Day

The headline: Stocks recover from sharp losses. And, wouldn't you know that country music played a role in the market turnaround??

One-hundred-twenty-million people world-wide watched as John Rich, Dee Snider and Carnie Wilson of CMT's new reality show "Gone Country" rang the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange today. On what has been a rollercoaster ride at the NYSE the last 24 hours, the mood on the trading floor was optimistic. As John strutted on the floor he heard "Yee Haw!" and "Welcome to our City!" from the NYSE stock specialists. "Hitting the gavel at the New York Stock Exchange and closing out the day with the stock market up over 300 points was exhilarating," said Rich. "My heart was racing and my blood was pumping. Not a bad place to wind up for an ol' country boy."

The NYSE bell ringing was part of a two-day media blitz for “Gone Country.” CMT’s “Gone Country” premieres with a special one-hour episode on Friday, Jan. 25 at 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM, ET/PT. The premiere episode of “Gone Country” will air across other MTV Networks, including VH1, TV Land and MTV2 (Check local listings for airdates and times). John Rich takes seven established performers from every realm of the entertainment and music industries, including Bobby Brown, Wilson, Snider, Diana DeGarmo, Julio Iglesias Jr., Maureen McCormick and Sisqó and immerses them in all things country for a chance to break out as the next big country superstar.

Pictured (l-r): Pamela Yi, Director Investor Relations, Viacom; John Rich; Tom Veit, Euronext Executive Vice President, NYSE; Dee Snider; Carnie Wilson.

More info from Warner Bros. Records Publicity: Tree Paine (615) 214-1500 or Brandi Sanford (615) 214-1500

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