The Battle for the Big O is back!  And our 2012 audition season begins THIS Friday night, June 8th, at The Sandbar on West 9th Street in Owensboro.  We are looking for a music act to open the Big O Music Festival coming up August 18th at Reids Orchard in Owensboro.  One lucky winner is going to pocket $500 and open for Blake Shelton, Tracy Lawrence, Jo Dee Messina, Gloriana, Lo Cash Cowboys, Joanna Smith, and WBKR's very own Jaclyn Graves.  If you think you have the talent to take the stage, keep reading for official Battle For The Big O rules!


Presented by Henderson Chevrolet Buick GMC

Official Contest Rules

#1-  Contestants must be 16 years of age by August 18th, 2012.

#2-  To be eligible for “THE BATTLE FOR THE BIG O” . . . presented by Henderson Chevrolet, participants MUST audition at one of several pre-determined open-call audition sites, located throughout the WBKR listening area.  Some audition locations are “21 and over” establishments (marked ***).  Contestants under the age of 21 can audition ONLY at locations in which they are legally permitted.  Auditions will be held in the month of June 2011 at the following locations . . .

June 8th . . . The Sandbar*** in Owensboro, KY (7pm)

June 22nd . . . Jimbo's Sports Bar***in Owensboro, KY (7pm)

June 23rd . . . Owensboro RV in Owensboro, KY (4pm)

June 23rd . . . Harkley’s in Owensboro, KY (7pm)-  THIS DATE CANCELLED

June 30th . . . Towne Square Mall, Owensboro, KY (2pm)

#3-  To audition, participants must register at their chosen audition site or sites by 7PM, Participants must also provide own accompaniment . . . whether it be instrumental CD track, guitar or keyboard.  CD tracks must ONLY contain BACKGROUND vocals.  Participants determined to be singing along with a lead vocal will be disqualified from the audition process.  Keyboards should have built-in speakers (or other external sound source) in the event patching is not an option.

#4-  A panel of “THE BATTLE FOR THE BIG O” judges will choose a finalist (or finalists) from each “BATTLE FOR THE BIG O” audition location.  Any remaining finalists will be designated as “wild card” entries and may/will be selected from the entire pool of hopefuls.  Selections of the twelve “BATTLE FOR THE BIG O” finalists are final and indisputable and the actual number of finalists could be a number greater or less than twelve and will be ultimately determined by the success of the audition process and the viability of the contestants involved.

#5- Since judges MAY vary at each “BATTLE FOR THE BIG O” audition location, would-be participants CAN audition at multiple audition locations if they so choose and are encouraged to do so.

#6- “THE BATTLE FOR THE BIG O” is open to solo acts, duos, small ensembles and bands.  However, due to space/sound restrictions imposed by THE BIG O MUSIC FESTIVAL, any band participating must perform in an ACOUSTIC manner both during auditions and the BIG O MUSIC FEST (in the event a band indeed wins).  Drum sets are PROHIBITED, though a single snare, bongo or beat box is allowed.  THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS RULE in either the audition or finale process. Failure to adhere to this rule could result in immediate disqualification from the contest.

#7-  The “BATTLE FOR THE BIG O” finale is 7pm, Saturday, August 4th at DIAMOND LAKE THEATRE at 7301 Hobbs Road, Owensboro, KY.  Tickets for the finale event will go on sale following the culmination of the audition process and the announcement of BATTLE finalists.  Tickets will be available for purchase at, the WBKR studios and Diamond Lake Campground and Resort.

#8-   “THE BATTLE FOR THE BIG O” finalists MUST participate in the finale event to be eligible for grand prize consideration.

#9-  At “THE BATTLE FOR THE BIG O” finale event, finalists will perform a mini-set (consisting of two songs) before a panel of judges who will provide feedback and ultimately choose the grand prize winner.  That decision is final and indisputable.

#10-  The winner of “THE BATTLE FOR THE BIG O” will win $500 and officially open THE BIG O MUSIC FEST, Saturday, August 18th,  at Reid’s Orchard in Owensboro.  The champion(s) will prepare a three to four song set of covers, originals or combination of both (maximum performance time will be 15-20 minutes).  Any sound requirements by the champion and those participating in the performance, MUST be cleared by WBKR personnel, who will then get clearance from the organizers of THE BIG O MUSIC FEST.

#11-  The champion of “THE BATTLE FOR THE BIG O” must also get pre-approval of his/her/their set list to ensure that it does not conflict with the song list of another act on the schedule.  Covers by the following artists are prohibited:  BLAKE SHELTON, TRACY LAWRENCE, JO DEE MESSINA, GLORIANA, LO CASH COWBOYS, and JOANNA SMITH.

#12-  In addition to appearing on stage at THE BIG O MUSIC FEST, the champion of THE BATTLE FOR THE BIG O will appear live during THE JAC BIG O PARTY, Friday, August 17th at the WBKR studios.  In addition to playing live on air during the lunchtime hour, the champion will also perform a 30-minute set in the front lawn of WBKR studios.

#13-  The Country Station, 92.5 WBKR and the organizers of THE BIG O MUSIC FEST reserve the right to change any of the above rules or prizes without notice before and/or during the contest.  Decisions of the WBKR staff and its partners are final and cannot be disputed.

#14-  Owners, employees, servants or agents of WBKR and THE BIG O MUSIC FEST and other sponsors or relatives or family members of such owners, officers, directors, employees, servants or agents are NOT eligible to participate in “THE BATTLE FOR THE BIG O.”  However, finalists of past WBKR-sponsored talent contests such as “Willie-Oke” and “Goldie’s Survivor” MAY participate in our newest talent search.  Past winners of the THE BATTLE FOR THE BIG O are prohibited from entering again, but past finalists ARE eligible to re-audition!

In consideration of the forgoing and for valuable consideration, I hereby forever release and discharge Townsquare Media, Henderson Chevy Buick GMC and The Big O Music Fest, their officers, directors, and any employees from any claim, loss, or damage caused by or arising out of my participation in the aforementioned contest, or related to the prize itself, or its use and/or operation by myself and/or my guests.  Townsquare Media, Henderson Chevy Buick GMC and The Big O Music Fest have completely fulfilled their obligation to me as a potential prize winner   I acknowledge that I am not, nor is anyone in my immediate family eligible to win any prize(s) on this radio station for 30 days.  I further acknowledge that I am responsible for all local, state, and federal taxes and license fees arising out of my participation in this contest and I will receive IRS Form 1099 within 31 days from the end of the calendar year should the value of the total prize consideration exceed $600.00 (Six Hundred Dollars and no cents).


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By signing this document, I hereby declare that I have read, understand and agree to comply with the above rules and regulations for THE BATTLE FOR THE BIG O presented by Henderson Chevrolet Buick GMC.  I hereby release any photos/video/audio of myself to WBKR/Big O Music Fest during this process to use for promotional purposes. I also declare I own the rights to any original music I perform during the audition process and during the Big O Music Fest, if the winner of this contest.