NEW YORK, Jan. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Wireless, operator of America's largest 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network and WXTV Univision 41, the New York area's leading television station regardless of language, announced today that the deadline for viewers to vote for their favorite Top 10 Amigos del Tiempo (Weather Friends) contestants is today, January 8, 2013. Viewers can vote for their favorite contestants by going to Univision.com/verizon. This unique contest offers participants the opportunity of a lifetime – reporting the weather twice a week for six months during the "Noticias Univision 41" newscast airing at 11 p.m.
"We are excited to bring the Amigos del Tiempo contest to the next level and wish all of the finalists the best of luck! Verizon Wireless is proud to provide Amigos del Tiempo contestants the opportunity to learn about the power of our 4G LTE network and the benefits of 4G LTE-enabled tablets," said Pat Devlin, President New York Metro Region for Verizon Wireless. "We encourage all of our customers to take advantage of the FREE wireless workshops that we offer in select stores throughout the New York metro region so that they can empower themselves and their family with this innovative technology."
"We are thrilled to partner with Verizon Wireless to offer this exciting opportunity to our viewers," said Ramon Pineda, senior vice president and general manager, WXTV Univision 41. "Through Amigos del Tiempo, we'll be providing aspiring Hispanic journalists the tools they need to follow their dreams."
"Verizon Wireless is proud to join Univision 41 to present the Amigos del Tiempo contest. With Amigos del Tiempo, we hope to encourage and support the bold aspirations of young Latinos throughout the New York metropolitan area by empowering them with Verizon's 4G LTE network and tablets," said Fernando Molinar, Associate Director of Northeast Multicultural Marketing at Verizon Wireless.
Each of the Top 10 winners will receive a new 4G LTE tablet from Verizon and a Verizon Wireless gift card which can be used to purchase up to six months of free prepaid service. Winners may use their tablets to record and submit their weather reports on a weekly basis to "Noticias Univision 41."
In order to participate in the December 20, 2012 auditions, contestants had to register to take a free Verizon Wireless Amigos del Tiempo workshop to learn how to use 4G LTE-enabled tablets to videotape and submit their weather reports. WXTV Univision 41 judges selected 25 finalists out of the total number of participants who auditioned that day. To be eligible for the contest, participants had to be aged 18 and older, speak Spanish fluently and live in New York, New Jersey or Connecticut. There was no purchase necessary to enter or win.
WXTV Univision 41 finished 2012 as the No. 1 most-watched early local newscast in the country among Adults 18-34 and Adults 18-49, regardless of language, beating all ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC and CW local stations.
To cast your vote for your favorite Amigos del Tiempo finalists and for official rules, please visit Univision.com/verizon. The deadline to vote is January 8, 2013.
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