TransMedia Group Retained to Stop the Vote for Florida State Song Search

Mon Jan 7, 2008 5:33am EST

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Newly Formed Committee Seeks to Include Florida's Official Welcome Song,
'Florida' as Official State Song

MIAMI, Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- A newly formed committee, 'Hold the Florida
StateSong Vote', has retained TransMedia Group to publicize their campaign to
stop the vote seeking to replace The Swanee River with a new state song and
name Florida, Florida's current Welcome Song, as the official state song.
Florida, written by Lawrence Hurwit and Israel Abrams, was named the official
state welcome song in 1985.
    "Florida is a catchy song that evokes light-heartedness and fun -- all
things associated with the Sunshine State.  Florida was written after Governor
of Florida Bob Graham requested that Hurwit create an official song and the
Florida House of Representatives voted in the song.  It only makes sense to
name the official state song as one already deemed important by our
government," said Tom Madden, Founder and CEO of TransMedia Group.
    With Hurwit's successful background in composing and orchestrating music,
Governor Graham asked Hurwit to use Florida as an inspiration for a song.
"Being a tourist turned long-time resident of Florida, I tapped into my
experiences to write this ballad.  After all, Florida welcomes people around
the world to come and bask in sun with us," said Lawrence Hurwit.
    The voting for the song ends on January 10th and Florida is not among the
finalists chosen.  The committee to 'Hold the Florida StateSong Vote' urges
Florida residents to visit  Committee member Susan
Cutaia says, "We already have an official song and it's been ignored in this
competition.  All we want is for everyone to hear Florida and then decide for
themselves if it's worthy to be considered a finalist."    The winner will be
decided by popular vote at

     Media Contact:  Kelli Bloechinger  561-750-9800 X 226

SOURCE  TransMedia Group

Kelli Bloechinger of TransMedia Group, +1-561-750-9800 X 226,
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