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Nutcracker Loyal Listener Club E-Newsletter

Nutcracker Loyal Listener Club E-Newsletter Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”)

OFFICIAL RULES

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR TO WIN.  A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.  ALL FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL AND MUNICIPAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS APPLY.  VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

1.         Eligibility .  Subject to the additional restrictions below, the Sweepstakes is only open to legal residents of the state of Georgia who are 18 years or older at the time of entry and who have either i) a valid Georgia driver’s license or Georgia state-issued ID or ii) alternate government-issued ID and a utility bill proving residence in the state of Georgia.  Employees of Cox Radio, Inc. d/b/a News 95.5 and AM750 WSB (“Sponsor”), and each of its affiliated companies, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotional agencies, and the family members of, and any persons domiciled with, any such employees, are not eligible to enter or to win.  The term “family members” includes spouses, parents, grandparents, siblings, children, grandchildren and in-laws, regardless of where they live.

2.         How To Enter .  The Sweepstakes will begin at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time (ET) on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 and end at 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday, December 4, 2016 (the “Sweepstakes Period”).  Sponsor will be the official timekeeper for the Sweepstakes.

To be able to participate, you must become a member of the Loyal Listener Club by 3:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 in order to receive the Loyal Listener Club e-newsletter via email on Wednesday, November 30, 2016. To join the Loyal Listener Club, visit the Email Newsletters page at http://www.wsbradio.com/newsletters/signup/ . You must have a valid email address in order to receive the Loyal Listener Club e-newsletter.

A link will be provided within the newsletter that directs participants to a hidden page at www.wsbradio.com to register for the Grand Prize. Click the link to go to the official registration page for the Sweepstakes and then complete all of the required information and follow all posted instructions.

By participating in the Sweepstakes, you agree to be bound by Sponsor’s Visitor Agreement ( http://www.wsbradio.com/visitor_agreement/ ) and Privacy Policy ( http://www.wsbradio.com/privacy_policy/ ), which are hereby incorporated by reference.

Maximum one (1) entry per person and per email address during the Sweepstakes Period.  Any entry submitted with an invalid email address may be disqualified in Sponsor’s sole discretion.

Any eligible individual participating in this Sweepstakes shall be a “Participant.”  Participation must be by the Participant.  Any potential winner must be the person who originally submitted an official entry form online at www.wsbradio.com to participate in the Sweepstakes. No family members, friends, office associates, or any other person will be allowed to participate in the Sweepstakes on another person’s behalf. A Participant must provide his or her own name as listed on his or her valid Georgia driver’s license or Georgia state-issued ID. If a Participant uses a false name, an invalid Georgia driver’s license or Georgia state-issued ID, or another person’s Georgia driver’s license or Georgia state-issued ID, he or she will be immediately disqualified from the Sweepstakes and be ineligible to win any prize.

The use of multiple identities and/or accounts is prohibited, and any attempt to obtain more than the stated number of entries will void that participant’s entries and may result in participant’s disqualification.  Incomplete, forged, altered, automated, mechanically-reproduced, lost, late, misdirected, garbled or illegible entries will be disqualified.  Sponsor will not be responsible for failure to receive entries due to transmission failures or technical failures of any kind, including, without limitation, malfunctioning of any network, hardware or software, whether originating with sender, Sponsor, or Sponsor’s Sweepstakes application service provider.  In the event of a dispute, Sponsor will determine who submitted the disputed entry in Sponsor’s sole discretion. All entries become property of Sponsor and none will be acknowledged or returned. Any questions regarding the number of entries submitted shall be determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, and Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entries by persons who submit false or misleading entry information or who Sponsor determines to be tampering with or abusing any aspect of the Sweepstakes.  Sponsor will disqualify any entry from individuals who do not meet the eligibility requirements, and may also delete any entry received from persons under the age of 13 in compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.

3.         Winner Selection and Odds .  On or about Monday, December 5, 2016, Sponsor will select one (1) potential Grand Prize Winner in a random drawing from among all eligible entries received during the Sweepstakes Period.

Odds of winning depend on the total number of eligible entries received.

4.         Prize Description .

One (1) Grand Prize : Subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules, one (1) Grand Prize Winner will receive four (4) tickets to see Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia.

The approximate retail value (ARV) of Grand Prize:  $372.00

No refund or compensation will be paid in the event of the cancellation or delay of Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker (“Event”), or any portion thereof. Sponsor will not be liable if the Event, or any portion of it, is cancelled or delayed. Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, attempt to reschedule for a future event. Event tickets are subject to certain terms and conditions as specified by issuer. The terms and conditions of the Event tickets may govern if the Event is cancelled due to weather, an act of God, an act of terrorism, civil disturbance or any other reason. Sponsor is not responsible for, and will not replace, lost, mutilated, or stolen Event tickets, vouchers, or certificates. Exact details, including seat locations, shall be determined in the sole discretion of Sponsor.  No refund or compensation will be paid in the event the Fox Theatre, or any portion of it, closes or is unavailable.

Limit:   Only one (1) prize winner may be selected from the same household every sixty (60) days in connection with any sweepstakes sponsored or administered by any of the CMG-Atlanta radio stations (i.e., WSB-AM, WSB-FM, WSBB, WTSH, WALR and WSRV).   If you or a member of your household has won a prize from any CMG-Atlanta radio station within the last sixty (60) days, you will be ineligible to receive a prize in this Sweepstakes.

5.         Winner Notification and Acceptance .  Potential winner will be notified on or about Monday, December 5, 2016 at the telephone number and/or email address provided at the time of registration.

In order to accept a prize, potential winner must respond to Sponsor’s notification within twenty-four (24) hours of notice or attempted notice of winning.

To claim a prize, potential winner must personally visit Sponsor’s offices at 1601 West Peachtree Street NE in Atlanta, Georgia 30309 by 5:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, December 20, 2016.  Office visits must be between the hours of 8:30 a.m. ET and 5:30 p.m. ET weekdays.

For identification purposes, winner must show Sponsor in person or provide a copy of either i) a valid Georgia driver’s license or Georgia state-issued ID or ii) alternate government-issued photo ID and a utility bill to show proof of Georgia residency. Winner is also required to complete a liability and publicity release, which must be signed at the time he/she claims his/her prize at Sponsor’s offices.  Failure to sign the release or to present the required identification and proof of residency will result in a winner’s disqualification and the forfeiture of his or her interest in a prize.

Sponsor’s inability to reach a potential winner after a reasonable (as solely determined by Sponsor) effort has been made, the failure of a potential winner to timely respond to a prize notification, the return of any prize notification as undeliverable, and/or a potential winner’s failure to comply with any term or condition of these Official Rules may, in Sponsor’s sole discretion, result in the potential winner’s disqualification and the selection of a substitute winner by a random drawing from among all remaining eligible entries received during the Sweepstakes Period.  Sponsor will conduct up to two (2) alternate drawings, after which the prize will not be awarded.

A PARTICIPANT IS NOT A WINNER OF ANY PRIZE UNLESS AND UNTIL SPONSOR HAS COMPLETED ITS VERIFICATION OF PARTICIPANT’S ELIGIBILITY.

A winner may waive the right to receive a prize.  Prizes are non-assignable and nontransferable and cannot be redeemed for cash.  No substitutions allowed by winner.  Prizes and individual components of prize packages are subject to availability.  Sponsor reserves the right to substitute prizes or components of prize packages with a prize or component of equal or greater value.  Winner is solely responsible for reporting and payment of any taxes on a prize.  Winner may be required to provide his/her valid Social Security Number to Sponsor for tax purposes and/or complete an IRS W-9 form in order to claim a prize. Winners are solely responsible for all federal, state and local taxes on prize value and, as applicable, will be issued an IRS Form 1099 based on the prize value determined by Sponsor. Prizes not won and claimed by eligible winners in accordance with these Official Rules will not be awarded and will remain the property of Sponsor.

6.         Publicity .  Except where prohibited, participation in the Sweepstakes constitutes each winner’s irrevocable consent to the publication of his or her name in on-air promotional announcements produced by Sponsor.

Each winner further grants Sponsor, and its affiliates, digital properties, and advertising, promotion and production agencies, permission to use his or her name, address or likeness in any and all advertising and promotional materials, in any manner or media whatsoever, including websites operated by Sponsor, for purposes of advertising, trade or promotion, without additional compensation.

Each winner acknowledges and agrees that he or she shall have no right of approval, no claim to any compensation, and no claim arising out of the use, alteration, or distortion of his or her name or address.           

7.         Participation .  By participating, participants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor and any Sweepstakes judges or administrators selected by Sponsor, which are final and binding in all respects.  Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify persons found tampering with or otherwise abusing any aspect of this Sweepstakes as solely determined by Sponsor.  In the event the Sweepstakes is compromised by a virus, non-authorized human intervention, tampering or other causes beyond the reasonable control of Sponsor which corrupt or impair the administration, security, fairness or proper operation of the Sweepstakes, Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to suspend, modify or terminate the Sweepstakes.  Should the Sweepstakes be terminated prior to the stated expiration date, Sponsor reserves the right to award prizes based on the entries received before the termination date.  Proof of sending or submission of an entry will not be deemed proof of receipt by Sponsor.

8.         Release .  BY PARTICIPATING IN THE SWEEPSTAKES, EACH PARTICIPANT AGREES TO FULLY RELEASE, FOREVER DISCHARGE AND HOLD HARMLESS SPONSOR, COX MEDIA GROUP, LLC, COX ENTERPRISES, INC., AND THEIR RESPECTIVE SUBSIDIARIES, AFFILIATES, SUPPLIERS, DISTRIBUTORS, ADVERTISING/PROMOTION AGENCIES, AND PRIZE SUPPLIERS AND EACH SUCH COMPANY’S OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, REPRESENTATIVES, AND SUCCESSORS AND ASSIGNS (COLLECTIVELY, THE “RELEASED PARTIES”) FROM AND AGAINST ANY CLAIMS, COSTS, LIABILITIES, LOSSES, INJURIES, AND DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF THE SWEEPSTAKES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ANY CLAIMS FOR PERSONAL INJURY, DEATH, OR DAMAGE TO OR LOSS OF PROPERTY, LOSS OF ENJOYMENT, OR ANY OTHER HARM WHATSOEVER ARISING OUT OF: (1) PARTICIPATION IN THE SWEEPSTAKES; (2) THE QUALITY, RECEIPT, POSSESSION, USE, OR MISUSE OF ANY PRIZE; OR (3) ANY TRAVEL OR ACTIVITY THAT IS RELATED TO THE SWEEPSTAKES OR ANY PRIZE.

9.         Limitations of Liability . By PARTICIPATING IN the SWEEPSTAKES, PARTICIPANTs acknowledge and agree that EVERYTHING REGARDING THIS SWEEPSTAKES, INCLUDING THE prize(S), ARE provided “as is” and that Sponsor makes no representations or warranties OF ANY KIND, express or implied, about the Prize(S) and sponsor hereby DISCLAIMS all such warranties, including, but not limited to, any implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.  (BECAUSE SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF CERTAIN IMPLIED WARRANTIES, THE ABOVE LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. IN SUCH STATES, THE LIABILITY OF THE RELEASED PARTIES IS LIMITED TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY SUCH STATE LAW.)

The Released Parties are not responsible for: (1) any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by PARTICIPANTs, printing OR PRODUCTION errors, or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or EMPLOYED in the SWEEPSTAKES; (2) technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to malfunctions, interruptions, or disconnections in phone lines or network hardware or software; (3) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the SWEEPSTAKES; (4) technical or human error which may occur in the administration of the SWEEPSTAKES, the processing of entries, or the notification of any winner; or (5) any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from A PARTICIPANT’S participation in the SWEEPSTAKES or receipt or use or misuse of any prize. 

Only the number of prizes stated in these Official Rules is available to be won in the Sweepstakes. In the event that production, technical, seeding, programming, or any other reasons cause more than the stated number of prizes as set forth in these Official Rules to be available and/or claimed, Sponsor reserves the right to award the prizes by a random drawing among all legitimate eligible prize claims.    

10.        Construction . All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of any participant and Sponsor in connection with the Sweepstakes, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Georgia, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules or provisions (whether of the State of Georgia, or any other jurisdiction) that would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of Georgia.  The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision.  In the event that any such provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable, these Official Rules shall be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or unenforceable provision was not contained therein.

11.        Miscellaneous . The decisions of Sponsor regarding the selection of winners and all other aspects of the Sweepstakes shall be final and binding in all respects.  Sponsor will not be responsible for typographical, printing or other inadvertent errors in these Official Rules or in other materials or announcements relating to the Sweepstakes.  For a list of winners (available after Tuesday, December 20, 2016) or a copy of these Official Rules, visit www.wsbradio.com or send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to “Winners List” or “Official Rules” (as applicable), Nutcracker Loyal Listener Club E-Newsletter Sweepstakes, 1601 West Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.  If you have any questions regarding this Sweepstakes, please contact the Promotions and Marketing Department of WSB Radio via email at justin.tysinger@coxinc.com or mail at 1601 West Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

12.        Sponsor . Cox Radio, Inc. d/b/a News 95.5 and AM750 WSB (WSB-AM/WSBB-FM), 1601 West Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309.

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