A music video created by Peoples Natural Gas to communicate the importance of safe digging has been honored with the Best Musical award at the 2019 CGA 811 Excavation Safety Conference & Expo. The video was
produced by local artists and musicians and features Peoples’ mascot Freddy the Flame, along with children of employees.
“Congratulations to Peoples Gas on their submission of ‘Dig Dance,’ which won Best Musical in the 2019 811
Video Challenge,” said Khrysanne Kerr, Vice President of Communications for the Common Ground Alliance,
CGA. “The CGA received more than 40 submissions for this year’s contest and Peoples’ video hit all the marks for
being Safety-Forward, Memorable and Creative. On behalf of CGA’s 1700 members, we congratulate Peoples on
The original vocals in the video were performed by award-winning Pittsburgh blues artist Billy Price. Brad
Hrutkay, Creative Director at Redshift, co-authored the lyric with Marketing Specialist Ben Smith. The music was
composed by musicians under the direction of Bradley Smith and recorded at SoundScape Studios.
The Dig Dance has been performed locally at Washington Wild Things games and the video will be aired this
season by the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park and the Altoona Curve at Peoples Natural Gas Field. It is part of
Peoples’ overall focus on public awareness. “We are always looking for engaging, relatable ways to get across
important safety messages,” said Debbie Ross, Manager, Gas Operations for Peoples. “Calling 811 before you dig
is the law, and we are grateful to the sports teams for helping us share the message.”
The Dig Dance video can be viewed at peoples-gas.com/811 or on Peoples’ YouTube channel.