Miss Louisiana online Press Release!

45th Miss Louisiana Pageant Takes the Online Stage

Through a three-way cooperative endeavor, the Miss Louisiana pageant will have the most comprehensive nationwide coverage, featuring live webcasting and online voting.

MONROE, LA (JUNE 16, 2008)   The 45th Anniversary Miss Louisiana Pageant has many surprises sure to dazzle audiences of all ages.  But this year through a cooperative endeavor with the Miss Louisiana Organization, NiFTy-TV, and Hill Computing, the 2008 pageant will have comprehensive online coverage all three nights of the pageant.

Utilizing Network Foundation Technologies’ NiFTy Online Television product (www.niftytv.com), the Miss Louisiana Pageant will be broadcast “FREE-for-View” live via the internet.  Online users can download a small application to watch the pageant on virtually any computer.

Executive Producer Wayne Gentry says, “This is our second year to webcast and it has been a wonderful avenue to recognize our sponsors and share the hard work of our contestants, production team, and volunteer board.”

Darris Waren, Vice President of the Miss Louisiana Organization agrees.

“The Miss Louisiana Organization is proud to provide the opportunity for people all over to vote for their favorite Miss Louisiana contestant,” says Waren.  “We look forward to the excitement on Saturday night as we go live across the State of Louisiana and the world!”

Network Foundation Technologies (NFT) has developed a new kind of streaming media technology– one that harnesses the power of distributed computing to bring the economics of traditional broadcasting to the world of online webcasting.  NFT technology empowers audio and video content providers, both large and small, with new opportunities to reach large audiences at a fraction of the cost of traditional webcasting solutions.

In addition to webcasting, internet users will have a new treat this year—the ability to select their own favorite contestant.  Provided by Hill Computing Associates (www.hill-computing.com), the 2008 People’s Choice Online Voting will allow viewers the opportunity to select their favorite candidate during the two preliminary nights and finale.  The voting system boasts relatively high accuracy, utilizing two methods to ensure one vote per computer.  In addition, Hill Computing will be onsite all week to post photos, videos, news briefs, and other content online.

“It’s not just about creating a website anymore, it’s creating an interactive experience,” says Eric Hill, President and CEO of Hill Computing.  “These girls work hard to make a positive impact for our state, and we’re truly honored to help promote their efforts and that of the countless volunteers who help make it possible.”

Both Network Foundation Technologies and Hill Computing donate all services to the organization.
Preliminary nights of the competition will be held at 7:30pm Thursday, June 19th and Friday, June 20th.  The 45th Anniversary Miss Louisiana finale begins at 8pm, Saturday June 21st at the Monroe Civic Center, W.L. Jack Howard Theatre.   The webcast will be live all three nights at www.misslouisiana.com, with the statewide television broadcast on Saturday night.  Voting begins at 7:45pm Thursday, June 19th and will remain open until just minutes before the announcement of Miss Louisiana 2008.

For tickets, call the Monroe Civic Center Box Office at (318) 329-0001 or for more information about the Miss Louisiana Organization, visit the website at www.misslouisiana.com.

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