Stephen Arnold Music

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Listen. Enter. Win! It’s a Resonator Guitar Giveaway


Okay, here’s your chance to win one of the coolest guitars from Stephen’s personal collection – his 2007 Dean Chrome and Gold Acoustic-Electric Resonator!

This axe, one of Stephen’s favorites, is more of a hybrid than anything. You have the sound & tone of a true resonator, but the playability and upper neck access of an electric or really great acoustic guitar. It has a magnetic “lipstick” pickup and a piezo electric pickup, which gives you the ability to produce both electric and acoustic tones.

And who knows, master it and become the next Billy Gibbons of Texas’ own ZZ Top (maybe that’s a stretch but he owns one as well!).

All you have to do is:
1)  Listen to our four most recent news branding packages, and
2) Comment on which one is your favorite:  iNergy, This Is The Place, All About Early, or Canvas
(and feel free to tell us why you liked one more than the others…)

After that, your name will go directly into the hat… and you’ll be instantly eligible for the Dean Resonator — IT’S THAT EASY!

The drawing for the giveaway will be on Thursday, April 3rd, 2014.
Here’s a photo of your potential future Dean:

Listen to the packages here and leave a comment below:


This is the Place

All About Early


Click here for contest rules and eligibility requirements.

114 responses to “Listen. Enter. Win! It’s a Resonator Guitar Giveaway

  1. Richard Eller April 3, 2014 at 10:32 am

    I think Inergy is the one.

  2. Joe M April 2, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    All pretty good, but I liked Canvas the best!

  3. jimblue1 April 2, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Canvas, of course, since I’m in your demo video!

  4. Tony Willard April 2, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Love “This is the place”!

  5. glen April 2, 2014 at 9:02 am

    this is the place

  6. Cassie Busdeker April 2, 2014 at 7:56 am

    iNERGY gets my top vote. I also like Canvas.

  7. Nick M April 2, 2014 at 4:31 am

    Canvas has the best instrumentation and variety.

  8. Tom Ciprari April 1, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    I liked Inergy the best. I really like the ‘It’s all about early” for a morning show, but we’re not there yet. Inergy though would have fit our news relaunch wonderfully. Keep up the good work!

  9. David Redig April 1, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    I am a big fan of Canvas…has a good news feel to it. My second choice would be This is the Place…has a lot of possibilities for use! Good stuff!

  10. Kelly Landeen April 1, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    This is Our Place! Our station is using this package and the community LOVES it!!! FACEBOOK explodes every time we do a new version of the promo.

  11. Don Smith April 1, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    This Is The Place has a really nice feel to it!

  12. Harley Wettemann April 1, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    I really liked Inergy upbeat but also dramatic in the right places. This is the Place & All About Early I’m not a fan of people singing in the music. Usually there is a station Voice and having that work with singing in the music I never find works. I really like Canvas good tempo I’d use that

  13. Michael Thomas April 1, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    This is the Place….EC all the way!

  14. Kristin April 1, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    Station is currently using Inergy but thinking next choice will be Canvas!

  15. Victoria Bouchard April 1, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    This is the place…

  16. Kyle Brinkman April 1, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    I like Inergy the best because it has the rockin’ urgency news feel to it.

  17. Jim Dull April 1, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    This is the place… I also really liked all about early too.

  18. William Murphy April 1, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    “This is the Place” followed by Inergy are my favorites. Both very versatile.

  19. Allen Lansing April 1, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    All About Early rules.

  20. John Christianson April 1, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    iNERGY is my favorite.. has that hard, breaking news feel. I also liked this is the place music but not the lyrics…

  21. Tanya Vea April 1, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    Canvas has a news sound but with energy.

  22. Rich Stewart April 1, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    I really like this is the place, great for branding on many levels

  23. Brian April 1, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    This is the place is my favorite. It has that hometown feel that I like.

  24. Chris Watson April 1, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    This Is The Place is awesome! We bought a version of this package this past year and have gotten very positive feedback.

  25. Hank Littick April 1, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    Inergy was my favorite of the bunch followed by Canvas. Both felt more like news music to my ear. However, all of them are good in there own way.

  26. thethinkingmetalhead March 31, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    BTW, I thought that This is the place was suited for a sitcom, just not a news show. It didnt connect with me for a news show, had I heard it from the other room I’d have thought Friends was on or something

  27. thethinkingmetalhead March 31, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    As A Guitar Player I am attracted to Inergy, Like the pace, as a watcher of news I think that Canvas works best for that genre, (if that makes any sense, as a Musician & Graphic designer I know that it’s not what I like , but what works best for the project that matters) Hope that helps. Thanks would love that guitar

  28. Thomas Murawski March 31, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    “All About Early” was my favorite. Something fresh and different about that package that made it more interesting to me than the others. I especially liked the version with male lead vox. I also like “This is the Place”, but I had already heard this before months ago (which means you are doing a good job of creating exposure) and perhaps that made the other one more appealing.

  29. Cathy Merenda March 28, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    CANVAS is my fave. It’s newsy and urgent but still has a warm element and some fun sprinkled in.

  30. TJ Waszkiewicz March 28, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    I definitely liked “This is the Place” the best, because it had a great uplifting feel and it gave off a feeling like we’re all a part of a close community. I also liked “All About Early” and the videos that went along with the song, although not as much as “This is the Place”. “All About Early” gave off the vibe that it’s exciting to be getting up early and watching that program is a great way to start your day.

  31. Bill Kiefer March 28, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Canvas, followed by Inergy. Both have good energy.

  32. Annur Sidney March 27, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    This is the place,
    It spoke to me the most to be honest if this was a news theme song/ starting song. People would probably watch it just to hear the song haha. Music is the center and just the most simple things can grab people’s attention.

  33. Christopher Allen March 27, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    “This is the Place”. I chose this, one, because the title is close to “This Must Be the Place” by the Talking Heads, and, two, because the woman at the beginning has a very good voice, not Idina Menzel, mind you, but not bad and pleasant to listen to just the same. Also, the other songs sounded like I had heard them many times before. “This is the Place” also has the elements of feel good tone, intense tone, and a relaxed tone good for the end of a broadcast.

  34. Chad March 27, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Great comments and feedback everyone!

  35. Ken Freedman March 27, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Love the inergy, it conveys the urgency and upbeat tempo. We’re also fans of the “This is the Place”!

  36. Dominic Gauna March 27, 2014 at 8:13 am

    iEnergy has a nice full feel. I also like this is the place for an AM show with a hungry rundown.

  37. Kyle Nicholoff March 26, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Canvas seems to have a finality to its sound and the more serious portions are not as harsh sounding as others in the list. I like Canvas with Inergy not far behind.

  38. Scott Iddings March 26, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    I like Canvas. Currently using the package. It is fresh and exciting! iNergy is also a fav!

  39. Aaron Rice March 26, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    We’re using Inergy, so I’m partial to that one. This is the Place is my 2nd pick. I love the pacing and upbeat feel for Inergy, and it’s “news-y” without sounding like it’s stuck in the past.

  40. John Parker March 26, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    I liked Inergy the best!

  41. Rodger O'Connor March 26, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    My favorite is Inergy. Strongest signature.

  42. Sue Edwards March 26, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    iNERGY is really dynamic! That would be my choice.

  43. Coby Cooper March 26, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    This is the Place was my favorite. Lots of energy, fresh, contemporary sound.

  44. Charles Scott Price March 26, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    I like Canvas the best. It has a more traditional news sound, with a modern twist.

  45. Shane Craig March 26, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    This is the Place makes me feel like home.

  46. k2ncdude March 26, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    “All About Early” would be my pick. Nice. Refreshing. Fun for a morning news, even entertainment station.

  47. Jerry Grider March 26, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    I prefer the “This is the Place” package. It’s just had that modern feel and made me feel an attachment to the news product. Can you change the lyrics on these packages at all or are they set in stone?

  48. Terry McFarlane March 26, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    Canvas gets my vote!

  49. Don Loy March 26, 2014 at 8:36 am

    Early worked quite well for my stations in Jackson. It really resonated (sorry) with viewers. I think Canvas is the most versatile, however.

  50. Jason Lewis March 26, 2014 at 7:52 am

    I liked the acoustic elements of All About Early, but overall Canvas was a more complete package.

  51. Stephanie Madara March 26, 2014 at 7:11 am

    This Is The Place was my favorite, but Canvas comes in with a close 2nd.

  52. Tom Swider March 25, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    Canvas is the one I liked the most. Loved its versatility and flow.

  53. Jeff Laundergan March 25, 2014 at 8:29 am

    Inergy has nice variety. Dynamic. Active. 5 notes/chords for branding & stings.
    This is the Place is positive, driving & vibrant. 4 notes/chords for branding & stings.
    Canvas is energetic, animated & spirited. Good variety. 4 notes/chords for branding & stings.
    All About Early. Not really a fan of the “wake-up, wake-up.” A little too fast paced & heavy for me & our brand & feel of morning newscasts.

  54. deannalw March 25, 2014 at 12:05 am

    Canvas was the most interesting to me. I need great content to stayed tuned in.

  55. Noah Kozinko March 24, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    I like the depth and variety of the Canvas package.

  56. Marc Morriston March 21, 2014 at 8:21 am

    I’m partial to Canvas since it’s our package but if I was impartial i’d say I also like All About Early.

  57. Sam Jarria March 20, 2014 at 11:42 pm

    Canvas and iNERGY are two of my most favorite packages. The signatures are unique sonic branding that I recognize anywhere and the versatility definitely makes these the packages to have in your arsenal. Great going SAM!!

  58. David Shearer March 20, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    This is the Place was good, but I think I have to give it to Canvas.

  59. David Bowen March 20, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    Canvas ! That 4-note repeating theme catches my ear. Would be a great identifier in Breaking News!

  60. Robert March 20, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Canvas for the win!
    The reason this one stands out the most is the energy in the music with the power tones not being so “in your face”. From a promotions, editor and animation background, this is the best to move with for a great spot!

  61. Steve Fawcett March 20, 2014 at 9:34 am

    Canvas!… high energy

  62. Mike Stanford March 20, 2014 at 8:50 am

    May make a change this summer, love Inergy but Canvas is interesting

  63. Daniel Thompson March 20, 2014 at 7:28 am

    I liked iNergy the best. I found myself humming the riff. I actively disliked “all about early” as it was kind of compelling me to do something, which is not what I want my TV to do.

  64. Shawn Cowan March 20, 2014 at 5:58 am

    Canvas for me. I liked the all the others though. Over all they would make a great package.

  65. Kevin L. Gibbs March 20, 2014 at 1:22 am

    “This is the Place” has a guitar and drums based theme that feels more comfortable than the jolting “traditional” ones. I vote for “This is the Place”

  66. Brent Stewart March 19, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    I liked “This Is The Place” best

  67. Julie S March 19, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    Canvas was good so was Inergy. Leaning toward iNERGY.

  68. Mary Borger March 19, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    All are fantastic, but Inergy is my favorite.

  69. Paul Montgomery March 19, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    Inergy cause it is a our package…but I like Canvas, too. Is it fair to pick two?

  70. Eddie March 19, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    I like Canvas because it is more traditional and even though I am in the younger demo I still like news the traditional way.

  71. Paul Harper March 19, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    We currently use Inergy, so that package is very close to my heart!
    But, I really like ‘this is the place’, too!
    Honestly, all of the libraries are great!

  72. Erik Werner March 19, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    I like This Is The Place. Perfect for my market….has a down home feeling that the others are missing.

  73. Chad March 19, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    Thanks for all the great comments! Keep them coming 🙂

  74. eric ruggiero March 19, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    I’m going with “This Is The Place.” I can connect because of the human component/vocal. All move along quite nicely!

  75. Mike Gantenbein March 19, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Inergy is my overall fav – although I found it to be very similar to Canvas. They both use similar melodies and orchestration. Inergy is more up-tempo and seems to have a bit more variety in sonic detail. The other two are great themes, but are more suited to specific uses…

  76. Brian Plantenberg March 19, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    Loving the iNERGY … as a promotion manager, I am switching our local news music up to this ASAP!

  77. Steve Patrick March 19, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    Canvas – all the way. Can’t wait to jam along with it with my brand new SAM guitar!

  78. Chris Pruitt March 19, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    I like This is the Place because the singer sounds like Sheryl Crow and the entire music bed gives a real down home feeling.

  79. Jason Usry March 19, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    Love “This is the Place”!

  80. Pierce K. March 19, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Inergy sounds the most like my local news. I dig that. Others are kind of goofy.

  81. Jeremy Rowell March 19, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Love that Canvas theme!

  82. Allan Snyder March 19, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    All about early

  83. Gregory Suchanek March 19, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    “Canvas” has a strong, authoritative bite

  84. Brad Klukow March 19, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    This is the Place! I like the energy and up-beat feel. Will be GREAT for a Morning show Promo. S.A.M. hit it out of the park again.

  85. Chuck Steinmetz March 19, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    This is the place for WITI!

  86. Eric Bouquio March 19, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Canvas is my favorite. Very Versatile package.

  87. John Rice March 19, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    Canvas…for a CBS affil.

  88. Tony March 19, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    Loved This is the Place!

  89. Ryan Rawlings March 19, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    I’m partial to “This is the Place” since we used it, but “All About Early” is fun and bubbly too.

  90. Scott.cowie March 19, 2014 at 1:09 pm


  91. Andrew Felix March 19, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Canvas is new and exciting… haven’t heard that one before.

  92. Karen Yarbrough March 19, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    I love them all…but my FAVORITE is This is the Place…it’s one we currently use and it screams “Local” which is what we are promoting heavy here.

  93. Alejandro Longoria March 19, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    I didn’t think that much people would like Canvas like I did. I go Canvas.

  94. Todd Kasuboske March 19, 2014 at 8:39 am


  95. Caleb Wee March 19, 2014 at 4:32 am

    This is the place

  96. Dan Newman March 18, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    Canvas rocked

  97. Sean P. Dixon March 18, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    They all sound great though I’m partial toward iNERGY and This is the Place since we have those.

  98. louielouie66 March 18, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    I liked Canvas the best

  99. Seth Okrend March 18, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    This Is The Place

  100. randy saunders March 18, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    This is the place!