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News Release | September 5, 2017

Local Woman Wins National MTV Video Music Awards Sweepstakes

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JONESBORO, AR – Thanks to a promotion through Ritter Communications, Melissa Dooley of Brookland, Ark. recently enjoyed “the trip of a lifetime.”

Dooley was one of four grand prize winners of the MTV Video Music Awards Sweepstakes, made available by Ritter Communications through the National Cable Television Cooperation (NCTC) and Viacom, the parent company of MTV. Dooley entered the contest in response to an email she received from Ritter Communications, and her prize included a four-day, three-night trip to Los Angeles for the 2017 MTV VMAs. Dooley and her husband Chris enjoyed complimentary airfare, three nights in a luxury Los Angeles hotel, food and drinks, a “swag bag,” VIP access to parties and tickets to the MTV Video Music Awards. The estimated retail value of the trip was $4,000.

“It was just a phenomenal experience and we are so grateful for the opportunity,” Melissa Dooley said. “We were treated like rock stars the entire time. It was an amazing trip and we’ll never forget it.”


Dooley was one of 950 entrants in the national contest. She entered the sweepstakes after receiving a promotional email from Ritter. The contest was open to those who subscribe to video services from an NCTC member cable system operator such as Ritter Communications.  While participants were eligible to enter once per day throughout the contest’s duration, Dooley responded just one time.
 The Dooleys spent four nights in the Sunset Marquis Hotel in West Hollywood. On Friday and Saturday night, they attended The Avalon, a historic Hollywood club, where they enjoyed performances from Katy Hill, the Cheat Codes and the Bleechers, Noah Cyrus and DNCE. Their Sunday included an MTV-sponsored pre-party, a walk down the red carpet and photo opportunity with the MTV “Moon Man” trophy, seats at the Forum for the MTV VMA show and a post party.   

“When I received the call telling me I’d won, I was just in shock,” Dooley said. “I couldn’t believe it. We’re so grateful to Ritter Communications for providing this opportunity. It really was the trip of a lifetime.”

Click here to view photos and videos of Melissa's trip. 


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About Ritter Communications:

Ritter Communications, founded in Marked Tree, Arkansas and headquartered in Jonesboro, began providing local phone service in 1906. Today, Ritter serves 62 communities and more than 45,000 customers in northeast and north central Arkansas and west Tennessee with advanced voice and data services typically found only in major metropolitan areas. Ritter invests heavily in the communities it serves by deploying proven, best in class infrastructure and technology while coupling it with a world class customer focused experience.

Residential consumer services include local and long distance phone service, cable television and high speed internet. Business services include customized communications systems and services, including, broadband Internet services, Managed Voice, data center services, Ethernet connectivity, customized networking and hosted applications. For more information, visit rittercommunications.com or facebook.com/rittercommunications.

 About National Cable Television Cooperation (NCTC):

National Cable Television Cooperation, located in Lenexa, Kansas, works with the best cable and broadband providers while partnering with suppliers and content providers all to keep their goal of driving innovation into their industry. Since 1984, National Cable Television Cooperation (NCTC) has partnered with their members to bring generations of experience working with the people they serve in small and midsized communities while ensuring to always put customers first. For more information about National Cable Television Cooperation (NCTC), visit www.nctconline.org or call 913.599.5900.