I am writing on the behalf of myself and others about the reply of the Promotions Director, Ms. Simmons.

Dear Editor
I am writing on the behalf of myself and others about the reply of the Promotions Director, Ms. Simmons. Of course, she is going to defend the contest in the best interest of her and the radio station, anyone would. This year when everyone found out that for the first year KKOW would be sponsoring this event, everyone thought it would be different, but for some of us that’s been there four years in a row, nothing has changed. That’s why there were very few singers to take part in this event. She can say whatever she wants to justify fairness, but everyone still feels the same about the end results. Now, to take nothing away from the winners, yes, Steve Brooks is good, that’s probably why his band was on the stage the very first year they announced him in the finals. The way I see it, record contract or not, if you’re getting paid on a regular basis, well you are a professional singer. The other winner Kamber Cain, she just won the Colgate challenge, so what— she’s not on a professional level either I guess? Now they are  good singers, but the promotions director says the contest was based on different things like vocals, and performance. It must be about more than that because Mr. Lonnie Wells out performed Steve Brooks, and Tina Prior should of took vocals. If you were there listening, you already know a lot of us thought we were competing in a karaoke contest, not Nashville Star.
Larry Redd
Pittsburg