Dallas Rock Band - Radiant - Wins the Booking of a Lifetime and Will Take Center Stage in Times Square on New Year's Eve

Pontiac's countdownto1.com Contest Awards the Indie Rock Band an Opening

Set on the Pontiac Garage in Times Square Joining My Chemical Romance and

POD



27 Dec, 2006, 00:00 ET from Pontiac

    DETROIT, Dec. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Pontiac announced that Dallas based
 rock band Radiant has emerged as the winning band of their nationwide
 musical talent search -- "Countdown to 1." This November, Pontiac in
 partnership with ABC's Late Night Talk Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live! sent out
 the challenge for unsigned bands to submit their best track in hopes they
 would win the chance of a lifetime and be selected to perform in front of
 millions in Times Square on the Pontiac Garage, as well as be featured in
 an up-coming Jimmy Kimmel Live broadcast on ABC.
     Radiant is comprised of Levi Smith on vocals and guitar, Dragan
 Jakovljevic on guitar and Daniel Hopkins on drums. The band members, all in
 their twenties, released their latest LP, We Hope You Win this year and
 have three other full length albums to their credit: A Year of Holidays
 (2001) and The Sound of Splitting Atoms (2003). The band also won the
 Dallas Observer's "Best New Band" award in 2004.
     "Radiant has worked incredibly hard over the last several years," said
 lead singer and the band's founder, Levi Smith. "We entered Pontiac's
 'Countdown to 1' on a whim and never thought it would go this far. It was
 quite a shock to hear that we actually got a break like this. We're really
 excited about the opportunity and are looking forward to spending time in
 New York."
     "Countdown to 1"
     More than 1,000 bands entered the "Countdown to 1" contest
 www.countdownto1.com where they submitted an MP3 track and short essay
 describing why the judge's panel should select the band. Bands had the
 opportunity to submit a video, which was not used in the judge's decision.
 Radiant now has the breakthrough booking of a lifetime -- a chance to open
 for My Chemical Romance and POD, in Times Square, on New Year's Eve in
 front of millions of people, and an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live. The
 winning band was chosen by a panel of judges from Pontiac and Jimmy Kimmel
 Live.
     Consumer Sweepstakes
     Fans were also able to participate in "Countdown to 1." During the
 promotional period there was a fan sweepstakes giving away an
 all-expenses-paid trip for two to New York City for all of the New Year's
 Eve celebrations as the VIP guests of Pontiac and Jimmy Kimmel Live. The
 winning fan is Sheri Singleton, from Rustburg, Va. Fans visiting
 countdownto1.com were also able to rate daily music and video submissions
 as well as view Jimmy Kimmel's "New Music of the Day" selections where he
 posted daily top-ten videos and tracks.
     About Pontiac
     Pontiac is a division of General Motors Corporation (NYSE:   GM) and
 markets the G6 sedan, coupe and retractable hardtop convertible; Solstice
 roadster; Torrent; Vibe; Grand Prix and the G5 sports coupe. Pontiac sold
 more than 435,000 vehicles in 2005, ranking third among GM divisions in
 total sales. More information on Pontiac and its products can be found on
 the division's website at www.pontiac.com and in Spanish at
 www.pontiac.com/espanol.
     For more information on the Pontiac Garage and Jimmy Kimmel, visit
 www.abc.go.com/primetime/jimmykimmel/garage.html.
     About Jimmy Kimmel Live!
     Kimmel and Jill Leiderman serve as executive producers of "Jimmy Kimmel
 Live." Jason Shrift and Douglas DeLuca serve as co-executive producers.
 "Jimmy Kimmel Live" is shot live in front of a studio audience and produced
 by Jackhole Industries in association with Touchstone Television. The show
 airs at 12:05 a.m. on ABC.
 http://abc.go.com/primetime/jimmykimmel/index.html
 
 

SOURCE Pontiac
    DETROIT, Dec. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Pontiac announced that Dallas based
 rock band Radiant has emerged as the winning band of their nationwide
 musical talent search -- "Countdown to 1." This November, Pontiac in
 partnership with ABC's Late Night Talk Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live! sent out
 the challenge for unsigned bands to submit their best track in hopes they
 would win the chance of a lifetime and be selected to perform in front of
 millions in Times Square on the Pontiac Garage, as well as be featured in
 an up-coming Jimmy Kimmel Live broadcast on ABC.
     Radiant is comprised of Levi Smith on vocals and guitar, Dragan
 Jakovljevic on guitar and Daniel Hopkins on drums. The band members, all in
 their twenties, released their latest LP, We Hope You Win this year and
 have three other full length albums to their credit: A Year of Holidays
 (2001) and The Sound of Splitting Atoms (2003). The band also won the
 Dallas Observer's "Best New Band" award in 2004.
     "Radiant has worked incredibly hard over the last several years," said
 lead singer and the band's founder, Levi Smith. "We entered Pontiac's
 'Countdown to 1' on a whim and never thought it would go this far. It was
 quite a shock to hear that we actually got a break like this. We're really
 excited about the opportunity and are looking forward to spending time in
 New York."
     "Countdown to 1"
     More than 1,000 bands entered the "Countdown to 1" contest
 www.countdownto1.com where they submitted an MP3 track and short essay
 describing why the judge's panel should select the band. Bands had the
 opportunity to submit a video, which was not used in the judge's decision.
 Radiant now has the breakthrough booking of a lifetime -- a chance to open
 for My Chemical Romance and POD, in Times Square, on New Year's Eve in
 front of millions of people, and an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live. The
 winning band was chosen by a panel of judges from Pontiac and Jimmy Kimmel
 Live.
     Consumer Sweepstakes
     Fans were also able to participate in "Countdown to 1." During the
 promotional period there was a fan sweepstakes giving away an
 all-expenses-paid trip for two to New York City for all of the New Year's
 Eve celebrations as the VIP guests of Pontiac and Jimmy Kimmel Live. The
 winning fan is Sheri Singleton, from Rustburg, Va. Fans visiting
 countdownto1.com were also able to rate daily music and video submissions
 as well as view Jimmy Kimmel's "New Music of the Day" selections where he
 posted daily top-ten videos and tracks.
     About Pontiac
     Pontiac is a division of General Motors Corporation (NYSE:   GM) and
 markets the G6 sedan, coupe and retractable hardtop convertible; Solstice
 roadster; Torrent; Vibe; Grand Prix and the G5 sports coupe. Pontiac sold
 more than 435,000 vehicles in 2005, ranking third among GM divisions in
 total sales. More information on Pontiac and its products can be found on
 the division's website at www.pontiac.com and in Spanish at
 www.pontiac.com/espanol.
     For more information on the Pontiac Garage and Jimmy Kimmel, visit
 www.abc.go.com/primetime/jimmykimmel/garage.html.
     About Jimmy Kimmel Live!
     Kimmel and Jill Leiderman serve as executive producers of "Jimmy Kimmel
 Live." Jason Shrift and Douglas DeLuca serve as co-executive producers.
 "Jimmy Kimmel Live" is shot live in front of a studio audience and produced
 by Jackhole Industries in association with Touchstone Television. The show
 airs at 12:05 a.m. on ABC.
 http://abc.go.com/primetime/jimmykimmel/index.html
 
 SOURCE Pontiac