Radio Disney Announces Winner of ‘Next Best Thing’ Contest
A teen pop duo, “Jonnie and Brookie” of Phoenix, Arizona, have been named Radio Disney’s “Next Big Thing” (N.B.T.) via a poll that tabulated nearly nine million votes on RadioDisney.com and via texts to Radio Disney from listener’s mobile devices, it was announced on air by Radio Disney’s Ernie D. Radio Disney’s N.B.T., a recurring on-air and online programming feature, puts the spotlight on young recording artists and allows them to get their music heard on a national level. Since its November debut, Radio Disney’s N.B.T. introduced 11 unsigned acts and invited its kid and family audience to look, listen and vote for their favorite new artist online or via text.
“Jonnie and Brookie” (sisters age 16 and 14, respectively) will perform in concert at an exclusive Radio Disney event to be announced shortly. They narrowly edged out three other frontrunners — AllStar, Bre Morgan and Comic Book Heroes.
“We’re thrilled with the response N.B.T. has received from kids and parents and for the exposure it gives young recording artists via our broadcast and online media platforms,” said Kelly Edwards, director, Music, Radio Disney. She added, “We’re already preparing for the next round of N.B.T. artists.”
Photos, biography and music by “Jonnie and Brookie” are available at RadioDisney.com. Among the other N.B.T. acts this year are Cody Fry, Danielle Thrush, Hailey DiBiasi, Kacie Lynch, Katie Lawhorne, “Push Play” and Sarah Solovay.
Radio Disney’s daily music play list includes artists from major record labels as well as new artists, many of them leveraged by the network’s multi-platform feature. Stars that have launched multi-faceted careers with support from Radio Disney include Jonas Brothers, Hilary Duff, Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana, Alyson and Amanda Michalka, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Corbin Bleu, Raven-Symone and The Cheetah Girls (Adrienne Bailon, Sabrina Bryan and Kiely Williams).
Radio Disney is the #1, 24-hour radio network devoted to kids, tweens and families. Kids help pick the music that is played and are encouraged to interact via a toll-free phone line to the Radio Disney studio. The network’s current playlist, driven by listener requests and representing major record labels, includes recording artists Miley Cyrus, Hannah Montana, Jonas Brothers, Taylor Swift, Demi Lovato, David Archuleta, Jordin Sparks and Mitchel Musso. The network is available on 49 terrestrial radio stations and is also available via RadioDisney.com, Sirius and XM satellite radio, iTunes Radio Tuner, XM/DIRECTV and mobile phones. Radio Disney has a sister network in Latin America. Its brand extensions include multiple Radio Disney Jams CDs from Walt Disney Records and iTunes Music Store offerings.