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Friday, September 30, 2005

UNICEF and Procter & Gamble Partner to Inspire Caring Kids to Become Real World Heroes, With 'Kids Helping Kids(R)' Challenge

UNICEF and Procter & Gamble Partner to Inspire Caring Kids to Become Real World Heroes, With 'Kids Helping Kids(R)' Challenge

P&G to Donate $150,000 on Behalf of Top Fundraising Schools

Clay Aiken - Multi-Platinum Recording Artist and Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF Spokesperson - to Visit Top Fundraising School

NEW YORK, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Kid-powered and mom-approved, Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF is one of America's longest-running youth volunteer activities. A tradition beloved by generations, kids who Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF raise funds to save and improve the lives of their most vulnerable peers worldwide. Penny by penny over the past 55 years, U.S. children, schools, and youth groups have raised more than $127 million through Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF. In support of this year's Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF fundraising campaign, and to celebrate the fundraising efforts of schools across the country, Procter & Gamble (NYSE:PG) will sponsor the "UNICEF Kids Helping Kids" Challenge.

Continuing its partnership of more than 5 years, on Oct 1, 2005 P&G will launch the UNICEF "Kids Helping Kids" Challenge* on a new website encouraging kids and schools K-12 across the country to raise funds for UNICEF. Participating schools will be divided into three categories based on the size of the student body. The school within each category that raises the most money for UNICEF -- and submits its donation to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF by December 31 -- will have $50,000 donated to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF by P&G on its behalf, for a total contribution of $150,000 from P&G.

"We're proud to be working with UNICEF to inspire kids across the country to help improve the daily lives of children in need around the world -- not just with food, water and medicine -- but with safety and hope," said Elva Lewis, associate director, P&G North America Corporate Marketing. "Together, our goal is to help kids learn the importance of helping others in need while empowering them to make a real difference and become real world heroes."

To encourage broad school participation in the UNICEF "Kids Helping Kids" Challenge and the 2005 Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF fundraising campaign, the website will also include tips and tools for kids, parents, teachers and school administrators to host organized fundraising events in their schools, as well as share their own fundraising ideas with others. For more information, or to learn more about the UNICEF "Kids Helping Kids Challenge," log onto after October 1, 2005.

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UNICEF Ambassador Clay Aiken to Visit Top Fundraising School

As a beloved and widely recognized campaign, Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF has inspired many celebrities and corporations to get involved. Adding to the excitement in 2005, multi-platinum recording artist Clay Aiken will serve as the national Trick-or-Treat spokesperson. Throughout October, the Raleigh, N.C., native and former teacher, will encourage kids to participate in the program.

In a further showing of support for the fundraising efforts of kids and schools across the country, Aiken will personally visit the school that raises the most money for Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF this year. Details and timing for Aiken's visit will be announced at a later date.

"Trick-or-Treat is more than a fundraising program," said Aiken, who was appointed a UNICEF Ambassador in 2004 and has already visited UNICEF programs in tsunami-stricken Indonesia and war-torn Uganda. "For many children, it is their first introduction to philanthropy and the needs of their peers in places far away. It is wonderful to know that I can be a part of that moment."

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF and Hurricane Katrina

As previously announced, in recognition of the catastrophic impact of Hurricane Katrina on hundreds of thousands of American children, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF will direct half of the proceeds from the 2005 Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign to help Katrina's youngest survivors. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF will also commit half of P&G's $150,000 donation to the Hurricane Katrina relief effort. In addition, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF is also actively encouraging direct donations to its Hurricane Katrina fund.

About Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF began in 1950 when a group of young trick-or-treaters went door-to-door on Halloween in Philadelphia. At each door, they not only opened their bags for candy, but held out empty milk cartons to collect coins for children in need overseas. They collected $17 and sent it to UNICEF. Today, Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF has educated millions of American Children about their peers in developing countries and empowered them to raise more than $127 million to help support UNICEF programs around the world.

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF boxes can be ordered now by calling 1-800-4UNICEF or by logging on to


Founded in 1946, UNICEF helps save, protect and improve the lives of children around the world through immunization, education, healthcare, nutrition, clean water and sanitation. UNICEF is non-partisan and its cooperation is free of discrimination. In everything it does, the most disadvantaged children and the countries in greatest need have priority. For more information or to make a donation, please visit or call 1-800-4UNICEF or 1-800-486-4233.

About P&G

Two billion times a day, P&G brands touch the lives of people around the world. The company has one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Pampers(R), Tide(R), Ariel(R), Always(R), Whisper(R), Pantene(R), Bounty(R), Dawn, Pringles(R), Folgers(R), Charmin(R), Downy(R), Lenor(R), Iams(R), Crest(R), Actonel(R), Olay(R), Head & Shoulders(R), and Wella. The P&G community consists of almost 110,000 employees working in over 80 countries worldwide. Please visit for the latest news and in-depth information about P&G and its brands.

Source: U.S. Fund for UNICEF

CONTACT: Chris Gioia, +1-212-922-2517,, or Kini
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Former 'Apprentice' Star Finds New Home With Reality Show

Former 'Apprentice' Star Finds New Home With Reality Show

SEATTLE, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- After hearing the dreaded words, "You're fired," former apprentice star, Troy McClain, gets to deliver a more positive phrase, "You're home." As host of a new reality series, "HomeTeam," McClain gets the chance to give some very deserving people a head start at achieving the American dream of homeownership. Debuting this week, "HomeTeam" surprises unsuspecting individuals or families with their first home. In each episode, McClain tells the intimate background story of each family's challenges and dreams, through home videos, photographs and interviews from family & friends. Then, at the end of the show, tears fall at the emotional unveiling of the American Dream.

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In the premier episode, the recipient, Dedria Seay, is a first grade teacher and single mother from Florida. Dedria has a very busy life, yet she always finds the time to help her students in need or spend time counseling their parents. With a minimal salary, Dedria has stayed true to her strong will. She saves every penny she can to fulfill her long time dream of owning a home. Dedria's church community, fellow teachers and new neighbors join together with HomeTeam and host, Troy McClain, who gets to tell Dedria that the beautiful house in front of her eyes is actually her very first home.

Co-Executive Producer, Robert Scanlon, a 25 year veteran of the television industry and winner of eight Emmy Awards, says, "HomeTeam is an hour of television that exemplifies what makes America great. We get to see people come together to lend a hand for someone deserving. It's an emotional ride for the participants and viewers that elicits smiles, and tears in every episode."

"HomeTeam" begins airing in local markets across the country the week of September 26th. Check your local listings. Families interested in being on the show can register at

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WRF Advises Emmis in Major TV Transactions Totaling $940 Million

WRF Advises Emmis in Major TV Transactions Totaling $940 Million

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Wiley Rein & Fielding LLP advised Emmis Communications Corporation (NASDAQ:EMMS) on definitive agreements for the sale of 13 television stations to four separate buyers for $940 million.

Doc Bodensteiner, Brook A. Edinger, Jessica N. Rosenthal and J. Ladd Johnson of WRF's Business & Finance Practice Group served as transactional counsel, John E. Fiorini III of the firm's Media Group served as FCC regulatory counsel, and John B. Wyss of the Antitrust Practice Group served as antitrust counsel.

The transactions include the sale of:

* Four stations in Portland, Oregon, Honolulu, Hawaii and Topeka and
Wichita, Kansas to an affiliate of the Blackstone Group for $259
million, announced September 29, 2005

* Five stations in Mobile, Alabama, Pensacola, Florida, Terre Haute,
Indiana, Green Bay, Wisconsin and Albuquerque, New Mexico to LIN TV
Corp. (NYSE:TVL) for $260 million, announced August 22, 2005

* Three stations in Fort Myers, Florida, Omaha, Nebraska and Tucson,
Arizona to Journal Communications (NYSE:JRN) for $235 million,
announced August 22, 2005

* One station in Charleston, West Virginia to Gray Television
(NYSE: GTN; GTN.A) for $186 million, announced August 22, 2005

WRF is also advising Emmis in its evaluation of alternatives for its three remaining television stations. Each transaction is subject to regulatory approval and customary conditions.

Founded in 1983, Wiley Rein & Fielding LLP counsels leaders in numerous industries nationwide and around the world. Recognized for excellence, integrity and efficiency, we have over 250 attorneys practicing in more than two dozen specialties of law. To find out more about our capabilities, please visit the firm's website at

CONTACT: Doc Bodensteiner, +1-202-719-4296, or Brook Edinger, +1-202-719-7279, both of Wiley Rein & Fielding LLP

Source: Wiley Rein & Fielding LLP

CONTACT: Doc Bodensteiner, +1-202-719-4296, or Brook Edinger,
+1-202-719-7279, both of Wiley Rein & Fielding LLP

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Time Life Hosts Annual Party Celebrating 3 Million in CD Sales for the Classic Soul Ballads Collection

Time Life Hosts Annual Party Celebrating 3 Million in CD Sales for the Classic Soul Ballads Collection

Peabo Bryson, Time Life's National Spokesperson Receives Recognition Plaque

NEW YORK, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Time Life Inc. recently hosted its annual party for their network affiliates, distributors and buyers at the NYC stylish hot spot the Show Nightclub. The buzz of the evening surrounded the 3 million CD sales mark of the Time Life Classic Soul Ballads collection.

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Strauss Zelnick, CEO of ZelnickMedia and Chairman of Direct Holdings Worldwide L.L.C. owner of Time Life and Hakan Lindskog, Managing Director of Time Life presented Multi-Grammy award-winning legend, Peabo Bryson with a multi-platinum CD in recognition of his role as national spokesperson for Classic Soul Ballads.

This timeless collection features some of the most romantic love songs, ballads and soul classics from Grammy-Award winning and legendary Soul artists of the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s. Recognized by music enthusiasts as the library of dreams, the Classic Soul Ballads collection includes "Can You Stop The Rain" by Peabo Bryson; "After The Love Has Gone" by Earth, Wind and Fire; "Stairway To Heaven" by The O'Jays; "Here And Now" by Luther Vandross and "Your Smile" by Rene and Angela, to highlight just a few.

Peabo Bryson has been seen by millions of TV viewers as Host of Time Life's Multi-Platinum selling Classic Soul Ballads and takes great pride in being the company's national spokesperson for the great music it continues to represent. "I am honored to accept this award on behalf of all of the luminaries involved with the Classic Soul Ballads, some of the greatest selections of music ever forged into a collection. To be the spokesperson for Time Life and have my name associated with real artists that made real music during a pivotal era is awesome. This is definitely one the greatest honors of my career," Mr. Bryson states.

The perfect holiday gift, Classic Soul Ballads is available at

About Time Life Inc.

Headquartered in Fairfax Virginia, Time Life Inc. was founded in 1961 as one of the world's largest direct marketers of audio and video products on CD's, DVD's and VHS. The company sells music, videos, books and other products throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia, and is the largest advertiser of music products in Germany, Australia, and the United Kingdom.

Time-Life also sells over the Internet and through major retailers such as Wal-Mart, Target, Circuit City, K-Mart, Musicland and Best Buy to traditional CD outlets.

About Peabo Bryson

Multiple Grammy Award-winning legend Peabo Bryson is one of contemporary music's premier male vocalists with a career spanning twenty-five years of amazing crossover and international hits. He is the first artist in music history to have separate records topping four different charts: Pop and Adult Contemporary, Classical Crossover and Contemporary Jazz.

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Red Light District and Platinum X Pictures Team With Interscope Records for Co-Promotion at the 'Mix Show Power Summit'

Red Light District and Platinum X Pictures Team With Interscope Records for Co-Promotion at the 'Mix Show Power Summit'

The Stars of the Leading Adult Entertainment Companies Will Attend Parties and Awards Show During the Weekend-Long Bahama's Musical Event

CHATSWORTH, Calif., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Red Light District Video, a leading adult entertainment company that specializes in producing hard-core "gonzo" films and is known for its "1 Night in Paris" video, today announced it will work with Interscope Records, the largest record label in the world, to help promote the Seventh Annual "Mix Show Power Summit" in Fremont, Bahamas.

Actresses from Red Light District and its sister company Platinum X will appear at the Saturday night awards show and receptions that occur throughout the weekend. The "Mix Show Power Summit" annually attracts the major players in hip-hop and urban entertainment, from producers, managers and DJs to record label executives and platinum-selling artists.

"The behemoth adult entertainment industry is no longer considered 'fringe,' and we will continue to make the types of deals with mainstream companies that will elevate brand awareness to each of our consumers," said David Joseph, president and CEO, Red Light District Video and Platinum X Pictures. "It's an honor to work with Interscope Records and we look forward to a long term relationship."

Joseph hopes that his deal with Interscope Records in addition to other corporate alliances he's involved with will result with major artists making cameo appearances in their films.

"We'd like to get well known musicians, actors and other celebrities in our movies. They won't have to perform, but can introduce and participate in other non sexual ways," said Joseph.

The women representing Red Light District Video and Platinum X Pictures include: Stacey Sweet, Mia Bangg, Naudia Hilton, Aaliyah Jolie, Nikki Nievez, Kelly Taylor, Kylie Worthy, Randi Wright, Sara Stone, Trina Michaels, Stephanie Tripp, Staci Thorn, Dillan Lauren, Haley Paige, Jada Fire, Kat, Sydney Capri, Kaiya Lynn, Monica Breeze and Alyssa Knight.

According to Adult Video News (AVN), the leading independent authority in adult entertainment, Red Light District videos repeatedly top the monthly list of best selling DVD sales. In fact, Red Light District's "1 Night in Paris," video has sold more than 500,000 copies and is considered to be the best selling adult video of all time. It recently won "Best Selling Title of the Year" and "Best Renting Title of the Year" by AVN.

About Red Light District Video

Founded in 1999 in Chatsworth, California, Red Light District Video is an award-winning production company specializing in hard-core, "gonzo" films. With hundreds of videos, the company has become known as one of the sexiest and raunchiest in the business. For more information, please visit the company website at www.

Source: Red Light District Video

CONTACT: Larry Schwarz of Red Light District Video, +1-818-678-6690

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Wanna be a "HEMI(R) Star?"

Wanna be a "HEMI(R) Star?"

Dodge Announces National Talent Search for New HEMI Guy who will Co-Star
in Ad Campaign to Launch the New 2006 Dodge Ram 1500

* Open Casting Call to be held October 1, 2005, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and October 2, 2005, 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

* New HEMI Character to Co-star in National Television Campaign for the New 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 Pickup Truck

WHAT: Dodge brand is giving one lucky person a chance to co-star as a HEMI Guy in a new advertising campaign that will launch the new Ram 1500 pickup truck.

Open casting calls will be held across the country in search of a new side-kick for HEMI Guy No. 1, Jon Reep, who is best known for his famous line, "That thing got a HEMI?"

Audition tapes may also be mailed to Dodge, for information visit

Print advertising promoting the talent search features HEMI Guy No. 1's picture placed next to a cutout white space where his ex-side-kick once stood and reads, "YOU ARE HERE," is currently running both nationally and locally.

A commercial featuring only HEMI Guy No. 1 will air in late October and let consumers know what happened to HEMI Guy No. 2, whose signature line was "Sweeet."

HEMI Star finalists will be posted on the HEMI Star Web site ( ) in late October. Consumers will have the opportunity to vote, narrowing the candidates down to two. In early November, an event will be held for the finalists and HEMI Guy No. 1 will choose his own new co-star.

The original HEMI Guys appeared in their first commercial in 2002, since then, five additional commercials featuring the two HEMI-loving characters have aired. Advertising that has included the HEMI Guys has achieved some of the highest scores across all advertising categories tested by Millward Brown, a market research consultancy that has copy-tested more that 34,000 ads worldwide and conducts advertising related research for 70 of the Top 100 US advertisers.

WHO: Interviews available upon request, please contact Suraya DaSante at 248-512-4889

WHEN: October 1, 2005, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
October 2, 2005, 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

WHERE: Neptune Festival, Virginia Beach, Va. at the corner of 16th and Atlantic Avenues

DETAILS: For a list of all audition locations, information on the competition, and where audition tapes can be mailed, visit All entries must be postmarked by Oct. 8, 2005.

OTHER: All six original HEMI Guy commercials and the print advertising promoting the talent search are available on

Additional information and news from DaimlerChrysler is available on the Internet at:

CONTACT: Suraya DaSante of Chrysler Group, +1-248-512-4889,

PRNewswire -- Sept. 30

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Motion DNA Corp Seeking Co-Host for Weekly TV Show!

Motion DNA Corp Seeking Co-Host for Weekly TV Show!

What: Open Casting Call for Television Co-Host

Motion DNA Corporation (Pink Sheets: MTDX) is currently
seeking a female co-host for its new television show
"Motion DNA: Blending Sports, Fitness, and Science"
which will air weekly on AZ-TV and Fox Sports. The
show targeting youth and adult sports and fitness
participants will focus on a variety of fitness issues,
including exercise and sports biomechanics, general and
sport-specific fitness, injuries (everyday and
sports-related), nutrition and more.

Guests of the Motion DNA Show will include high profile
athletes, celebrities and medical professionals
including but not limited to players from the Phoenix
Suns, Arizona Cardinals, Arizona Diamondbacks, Phoenix
Coyotes and other athletes from the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL,
PGA/LPGA, and more. If selected, the co-host will be
required to maintain a regular show filming schedule on
Tuesdays. Show will include visits to area health
clubs and fitness centers, high school and collegiate
athletic events, professional team games and
activities, and recreational athlete events.

Some shows may also be filmed on location in a variety
of areas. We will profile an area sports and fitness
facility each week as well as select a "Personal
Trainer of the Week". If you work out at a valley
health club, your fitness facility will have many
opportunities to get involved on the Motion DNA Show
including advertising opportunities and sponsorships.
We will film segments of at least one show promoting
your health club or fitness activity and interviewing
facility members during the year.

The Motion DNA Show will air in a Sunday Night
"primetime" slot at 9:00 pm on AZ-TV Channel 27
(Cable 13). Additional shows are expected to be
scheduled throughout the year to air on ESPN 2, Fox
Sports, PBS, and other cable channels. Segments will
also be submitted to The Golf Channel, ESPN's Outside
the Lines, and The Best Damn Sports Show.

When: Saturday October 8, 2005 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Where: Open call will be held in Scottsdale. The location
will be sent by email to all qualified candidates upon
submission of a snapshot emailed to

Why: To act as an educational resource to individuals
seeking improved sports performance, a reduced risk of
injuries, and pain free living. In today's sports and
fitness environment, coaches, athletes, and exercisers
are always looking for new ways to gain a competitive
or fitness edge.

Based in Scottsdale, Ariz., Motion DNA Corporation
conducts biomechanics research and develops products
and services that incorporates advanced motion-capture
technology to provide diagnostic testing for medical
professionals, fitness centers, sports organizations,
and athletes.

Qualifications: Limited or No Experience Required. Motion DNA is
looking for a bright, energetic female age 19 to 36
with an interest in fitness, sports activities, and
health. Must also be a non-smoker. To qualify submit
a photo via email to For your
audition, please prepare a 60 second monologue/script
to deliver on camera that presents why they should be
chosen Co Host of "Motion DNA". All materials
submitted will not be returned and become the property
of the show producers (CAI, Motion DNA).

For more information about Motion DNA Corporation,
visit or call. No calls will be
taken or call 480.425.7734 questions answered about the
show until Saturday October 8, 2005. Please do not
call Motion DNA with questions about the casting call
or the show. We will try to respond to emails only
prior to that date.

Contact: Motion DNA Corporation
15023 N. 73rd Street
Scottsdale, Arizona 85260
480.425.7734 phone
480.991.7736 fax

PRNewswire -- Sept. 30

Source: Motion DNA Corporation

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UPC Holding B.V. Publishes Financial Statements for the Six Months Ended June 30, 2005

UPC Holding B.V. Publishes Financial Statements for the Six Months Ended June 30, 2005

DENVER, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Today, UPC Holding B.V. ("UPC"), the European indirect subsidiary of Liberty Global, Inc. ("Liberty Global") (NASDAQ:LBTYA)(NASDAQ:LBTYB)(NASDAQ:LBTYK) has published its financial statements for the six months ended June 30, 2005. The financial statements have been posted in the investor relations section of the Liberty Global website (, and will be available there until the third quarter financial statements of UPC Holding B.V. are posted on the Liberty Global website.

UPC is part of the UPC Broadband division of Liberty Global and based on its consolidated operating statistics at June 30, 2005, UPC's networks passed approximately 14.0 million homes and served approximately 10.1 million revenue generating units, including approximately 8.4 million video subscribers, 1.4 million broadband Internet subscribers and 0.6 million telephone subscribers. On July 29, 2005, UPC issued Euro 500 million 7 3/4% Senior Notes due 2014. The financial statements are also available from the Trustee for the Senior Notes.

About Liberty Global, Inc.

Liberty Global owns interests in broadband distribution and content companies operating outside the continental United States, principally in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Through its subsidiaries and affiliates, Liberty Global is the largest broadband cable operator outside the U.S. in terms of subscribers. Based on the Company's consolidated operating statistics at June 30, 2005 (other than NTL Ireland which we consolidate but do not control), Liberty Global's networks passed approximately 23.5 million homes and served approximately 14.9 million revenue generating units, including approximately 10.7 million video subscribers, 2.5 million broadband Internet subscribers and 1.8 million telephone subscribers.

For more information, please visit

Source: Liberty Global, Inc.

CONTACT: Christopher Noyes, Investor Relations, Denver, +1-303-220-6693,
or Bert Holtkamp, Corporate Communications, Europe, +31-20-778-9447, or Dennis
Okhuijsen, Investor Relations, Europe, +31-20-778-2964, all for Liberty
Global, Inc.

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Red Carpet Premiere and Reception Ball

Red Carpet Premiere and Reception Ball

- Cinderella and Celeb Guests Join Swiffer in Celebrating the new
Swiffer WetJet and the Debut of Cinderella DVD -

WHAT: Cinderella Ball Sponsored by Swiffer WetJet

WHEN: Sunday, October 2, 2005

2-3:30 pm: Cinderella, who will arrive in her famed "pumpkin
coach," and celeb guests walk the red carpet

3:30-5:00 pm: Movie Screening

5:00-9:00 pm: All Disney princesses, including Cinderella, and
celeb guests will be attending the Cinderella Ball

WHERE: Red Carpet Premiere/Movie Screening:
The Ziegfeld Theater, 141 West 54th Street, New York

Cinderella Ball:
The Waldorf Astoria Grand Ballroom, 301 Park Avenue, New York

WHY: To support the launch of the new and improved Swiffer WetJet and
to celebrate the release of the Cinderella Special Edition for the
first time ever on DVD October 4, 2005, Swiffer is sponsoring the
Cinderella Ball, a magical, fun filled event with family friendly
activities for both children and parents alike. Celeb guests will
be in attendance!

ONSITE MEDIA CONTACTS: Madhu Katta: 917-533-6258
Corrie Tin: 917-364-3298

* * * We would love to provide you with a ticket if you are interested in attending. Please call Corrie Tin at 212-468-3642 or 917-364-3298 to get your invitation. * * *

PRNewswire -- Sept. 30

Source: Proctor & Gamble

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City of Woburn Awards Video Franchise to Verizon, Providing More Choice and Benefits to Consumers

City of Woburn Awards Video Franchise to Verizon, Providing More Choice and Benefits to Consumers

Massachusetts Municipality Is First in State to Grant Local Franchise Agreement, Opening the Door to Improved Competition; Verizon to Offer FiOS TV to Woburn's 15,000 Households

WOBURN, Mass., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The city of Woburn has become the first community in Massachusetts to award a video franchise to Verizon, providing consumers with more choice for video entertainment. Mayor John C. Curran approved the franchise. As a result, Verizon will offer its technologically advanced FiOS TV product via the company's new, fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network.

Residents in this city of 37,000 will soon be in the unusual situation of having choices from three landline providers of video services. Only 4 percent of Americans nationwide have even two cable-TV providers.

"This is great news for the residents of Woburn, who will have even more choice for their video entertainment," said Donna Cupelo, region president for Verizon in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. "We commend Mayor Curran and the city's Cable Advisory Committee for their dedication and hard work throughout this process. They recognize and support the technological advantage and competitive benefits, as well as the distinctive edge in economic development and quality of life that fiber will bring to Woburn."

Mayor Curran approved the franchise following a favorable recommendation Sept. 28 by the advisory committee.

Curran said, "We are very excited to keep Woburn on the cutting edge for consumer choice in video services and for new technology that makes our city an even more attractive place to live and do business. At the same time, this is a fair and equitable contract. It treats all video providers equally; protects consumer rights; and ensures continued financial support for our public, educational and governmental access channels."

The mayor's decision gives Verizon the authority to offer FiOS TV to the 15,000 households in Woburn. Many Verizon customers here are already enjoying FiOS Internet Service, which delivers blazing-fast download speeds ranging from up to 5 Mbps to up to 30 Mbps (megabits per second).*

Verizon launched FiOS TV Sept. 22 in Keller, Texas, unveiling a broad collection of all-digital programming with more than 330 total channels and more on the way. Availability plans for FiOS TV in Woburn will be announced soon.

In addition to Texas and Massachusetts, Verizon has also obtained video franchises in California, Florida and Virginia.

Under the franchise agreement for Woburn, which covers 15 years, Verizon will provide service to the entire city. In addition, the agreement contains provisions for financial support and capacity for public and governmental access channels and other important provisions.

FiOS TV is a state-of-the-art video service designed to compete with cable and satellite and win. It is delivered over Verizon's fiber-to-the-premises network, which has industry-leading quality and reliability. Fiber delivers amazingly sharp pictures and sound, and has the capacity to transmit a wide array of high-definition programming that is so clear and intense it seems to leap from the TV screen. Verizon's network design includes backup facilities not common to traditional cable systems, such as duplicate "head ends" where the TV service receives national programming.

Verizon currently is constructing FTTP networks in more than half the states where it offers landline communications services, including 40 communities in Massachusetts.

FiOS TV will deliver a wide range of programming designed to meet the entertainment and information needs of all customers. They will be able to buy FiOS TV as a stand-alone service or packaged with voice and FiOS Internet Service. Verizon has announced video content agreements with major and independent network groups, including The Walt Disney Company, NBC Universal Cable, Starz Entertainment Group, Showtime Networks, Turner Broadcasting System, A&E Television Networks, Discovery Networks, Si TV and NFL Network.

* NOTE: Actual (throughput) speeds will vary.

With more than $71 billion in annual revenues, Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) is one of the world's leading providers of communications services. Verizon has a diverse work force of more than 214,000 in four business units: Domestic Telecom provides customers based in 28 states with wireline and other telecommunications services, including broadband. Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 47.4 million voice and data customers across the United States. Information Services operates directory publishing businesses and provides electronic commerce services. International includes wireline and wireless operations and investments, primarily in the Americas and Europe. For more information, visit http:/

VERIZON'S ONLINE NEWS CENTER: Verizon news releases, executive speeches and biographies, media contacts, high quality video and images, and other information are available at Verizon's News Center on the World Wide Web at To receive news releases by e-mail, visit the News Center and register for customized automatic delivery of Verizon news releases.

Source: Verizon

CONTACT: Jack Hoey of Verizon, +1-617-743-4760,

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Santana Lead Vocalist Andy Vargas to Guest Star on Living With Fran, The WB's Hit Sit-Com Starring Fran Drescher, on Fri., Sept. 30, 9:30pm

Santana Lead Vocalist Andy Vargas to Guest Star on Living With Fran, The WB's Hit Sit-Com Starring Fran Drescher, on Fri., Sept. 30, 9:30pm

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Andy Vargas, the dynamic lead singer for the Carlos Santana Band, is the featured guest star on the September 30 episode of Living With Fran, the WB Network's hit situation comedy starring Fran Drescher. The all-new episode airs at 9:30PM this Friday night, with a plotline revolving around Fran and her clan sneaking in to one of Vargas' concerts after being unable to score tickets.

Vargas and Drescher first met backstage after Santana's June 15, 2005 concert at NYC's Madison Square Garden. They became fast friends, and the television star invited Andy to make a future appearance on her series. Vargas' TV debut adds to his spirit of celebration this week, with the September 30th air-date falling one day after his birthday -- and, coincidentally, exactly on Drescher's.

Andy Vargas has been with the Carlos Santana Band since 1999. He's currently on the road with Santana for the second leg of their 2005 "Embrace Your Light" Tour, featuring dates in the western and southwestern U.S. and cities in western Canada through mid-October. On Santana's forthcoming album All That I Am, set for release November 1 on Arista Records, Andy's lead vocals shine on musical partnerships with Carlos Santana including the Latino doo-wop/funk/rock hybrid "Da Tu Amor," and the scorching, high-energy track "El Fuego."

In addition to being part of Santana, Andy Vargas -- who began playing with his father Javier Vargas' mariachi band at age seven -- is a composer and solo artist, and is also collaborating with the stellar Maria Conchita Alonso on her upcoming album. Like Santana's music, Vargas' work is multi-cultural and fused with elements of many different genres. He will be performing several dates in the coming months at Los Angeles' famed Conga Room, where he'll be joined onstage by fellow Santana members Karl Perazzo and Raul Rekow.

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Tubbs Jones Denounces Former Education Secretary's Comments

Tubbs Jones Denounces Former Education Secretary's Comments

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones released this statement regarding the recent comments made by Former Secretary of Education William Bennett.

"I am outraged and appalled at William Bennett's recent comments suggesting the aborting of black babies would reduce the crime rate in this country," stated Rep. Tubbs Jones. "His comments were deplorable and undeniably racist."

"Mr. Bennett owes this nation an apology and I expect the FCC to take swift action in removing his show from the air. In a time when our nation is trying to heal itself following two devastating natural disasters, we cannot allow people to continue to spew this kind of hatred across airwaves of this country."

"Additionally, I call on President Bush to publicly denounce Mr. Bennett's comments immediately."

Congresswoman Tubbs Jones has joined a number of her House colleagues in signing on to a letter to Salem Radio Network President Greg Anderson, which airs Mr. Bennett's program, requesting the suspension of the radio program.

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Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians and Black Oak Casino to Sponsor a 'Country Harvest Festival for Hurricane Relief'

Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians and Black Oak Casino to Sponsor a 'Country Harvest Festival for Hurricane Relief'

All Day Harvest Festival, Oct 16, 2005 from 10 am to 5 pm Starring Mark Wills, California Cowboys, Dan Russell and Introducing Briana Tyson

TUOLUMNE, Calif., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- This country Harvest Festival will be held at the Tribes Westside property in Tuolumne to support the Hurricane Relief effort in the wake of the disastrous storms that hit the South. Black Oak Casino Marketing Manager Al O'Brien stated: "Everyone is inspired to help our friends and neighbors in the South that were devastated by the recent storms and we felt we could bring our community together to celebrate our good fortune during the Harvest season while raising additional monies for the Red Cross Hurricane Relief Fund."

"We all decided that a Harvest Festival, featuring an Organic Farmer's Market, loads of kid's activities, BBQ picnic with hamburgers, hot dogs, roasted corn, watermelon, ice cream, and a great concert lineup featuring Mark Wills and others, would be a great way to bring everyone together for this occasion."

Ron Patel General Manager of Black Oak Casino added: "Like many organizations in the Motherlode, the Tuolumne Tribe and Black Oak Casino have been deeply moved by the devastation and suffering on the Gulf Coast. Our Harvest Festival concert at Westside will be a family event with the aim of generating a significant amount of money for the American Red Cross relief effort."

Tickets are $20.00 for adults and $5.00 for kids under 12. Ticket stops are Village Tunes in Twain Harte, Motherlode Bank in Sonora, Pure Cowboy in Sonora, Smoothie City in the Junction, Bucksworth's in Oakdale, Let'er Buck in Jamestown, and the Gift Basket at Black Oak Casino. For Casino information and tickets, please call 1-877-747-8777.

Mark Wills Bio: Mark Wills found both personal and professional success in Georgia's capital city of Atlanta. He met his wife Kelly there. They married in 1996, the same year "Jacob's Ladder" jumpstarted his country career on Mercury Records. That single was followed by a string of Top 10 smashes: "Places I've Never Been" (1997), "I Do (Cherish You)" (1998), "Don't Laugh at Me" (1998), "Wish You Were Here" (1999), "She's in Love" (1999) and "Back at One" (2000). With its heartfelt message of tolerance and charity, "Don't Laugh at Me" garnered nominations from the Country Music Association for single, song and video of the year in 1998. In 2001, Wills released his fourth CD, Loving Every Minute, which included a duet with labelmate Jamie O'Neal. His Greatest Hits followed in 2002, featuring the huge radio hit "Nineteen Somethin.'" He released the album And the Crowd Goes Wild in 2003. Selling over two million records in his short career Mark continues to receive active airplay on country station nationwide.

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'Jazz on the Mezz' Swings Again at the Historic Hotel Boulderado

'Jazz on the Mezz' Swings Again at the Historic Hotel Boulderado

BOULDER, Colo., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The great Boulder tradition, "Jazz on the Mezzanine," is returning to the Hotel Boulderado starting Wednesday, October 5th, 2005. Jazz on the Mezzanine is a renowned Boulder showcase for live music. The Diamond Weyl Jazz Showcase, one of Boulder's jazz favorites, will kick off the return of Jazz on the Mezzanine at 5:30 p.m.

"Boulder is definitely a town made for music and musicians," said Tracey Kirk, assistant general manager of the Hotel Boulderado. "Hotel Boulderado has been fortunate to have people like Harry Connick, Jr., Joe Jackson and Robert Plant walking our halls and loosening up on our mezzanine piano before a big show. For many years 'Jazz on the Mezz' was a popular venue that featured Colorado performers and songwriters in a variety of musical genres. Many of those artists' careers have flourished. We believe that the timing is right to bring back this unique venue that was so popular during the '70s through early '90s."

After a 10 year hiatus, Boulder residents and visitors can join their friends once again to listen to great music Wednesday evenings beneath the stained glass ceiling of the Hotel Boulderado's historic Mezzanine Lounge, Boulder's most interesting music venue, with a full bar and a feast of available appetizers.

Boulder's Favorite Hotel since 1909, Hotel Boulderado is located in the heart of beautiful downtown Boulder, just one block from the Pearl Street Mall at 2115 13th Street. Hotel Boulderado's unique guest rooms, friendly personalities and turn-of-the-century charm have thrilled guests from all over the world for almost a century. The hotel offers Spa and Golf Services and is the home of award-winning Q's, a Mobil Four Star restaurant. Valet parking is available. The Hotel Boulderado will celebrate its 100th birthday on New Year's Eve 2008.

Call 303-440-2880 or visit for additional details about "Jazz on the Mezzanine" and other upcoming Hotel Boulderado events.

Contact: Tracey Kirk
Hotel Boulderado
2115 13th Street
Boulder, CO 80302
(303) 440-2889

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'We are the Champions' By Legendary Rock Band Queen Voted World's Favorite Song in the Walkman(TM) Phones 100 Global Poll

'We are the Champions' By Legendary Rock Band Queen Voted World's Favorite Song in the Walkman(TM) Phones 100 Global Poll

'La Tortura' By Shakira Ranked #1 in the United States

RALEIGH, N.C., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- With more than 700,000 people voting worldwide, "We are the Champions" by Queen was crowned number one in the first global search for the world's top song. Sony Ericsson's Walkman phones 100 global poll identified the top 100 songs of all time and created a worldwide soundtrack to coincide with the launch of Sony Ericsson's new family of Walkman phones.

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"We are the Champions" was released by Queen in 1977 but lives on as the world's favorite song. Princess of Pop, Britney Spears, and her worldwide hit "Toxic" clinched the second position, with noteworthy disco track "Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson coming in third in the Walkman phones 100 voting globally.

In the United States, voters ranked Shakira's "La Tortura" and "No" numbers one and two respectively, with "They don't care about us" by Michael Jackson at number three. In addition, the top artists included Michael Jackson, Shakira and Britney Spears ranking one, two and three in total votes.

The Walkman phones 100 poll was conducted in 66 different countries and translated into 20 languages. The global music survey illustrates how music is a universal passion, with the numerous musical styles and tastes contributing to every person's own soundtrack to their life.

"Queen's 'We are the Champions' is a fantastic song to have made #1 in the Walkman phones 100. An anthem worldwide, both in music and sporting arenas, it conveys the passion music brings to everyone's life as well as proving a classic rock song is truly timeless," said Dee Dutta, corporate vice president and head of marketing at Sony Ericsson. "The Walkman Phones 100 gave us a fantastic platform to launch the first Walkman phone and the opportunity to communicate directly with hundreds of thousands of music fans around the world."

About the Walkman phones

In August, the Sony Ericsson W800 Walkman phone began shipping in the US through Sony Style Stores and The Sony Ericsson W800 was the world's first shipped product to combine a mobile phone, a high quality digital music player with up to 30 hours' battery life, and a 2 Megapixel camera with auto-focus. All of this is packaged in a slim, lightweight device with stylish design.

In addition to the W800, the Sony Ericsson W600 Walkman phone, will be available in North America beginning in November 2005. The W600 is a unique all-in-one compact device that allows people to take their digital music, images, games and access email wherever they go. With the W600, consumers can handle phone calls while listening to digital music on the move; capture great quality mega pixel images and video; experience 3D game play; as well as access the Internet and e-mail.

The site, powered by Lycos, went live on August 12 for a six week period, with the voting closing September 22. Having registered their three favorite songs and artists, voters were also given the chance to win a new Walkman phone.

To see the Walkman phones 100 in full, please visit .

Notes to Editors

Global Top Ten Songs
1. We are the champions Queen
2. Toxic Britney Spears
3. Billie Jean Michael Jackson
4. Hotel California The Eagles
5. La Tortura Shakira
6. Smells like teen spirit Nirvana
7. Yesterday The Beatles
8. One U2
9. Imagine John Lennon
10. Sultans of swing Dire Straits

Global Top Ten Artists
1. Queen
2. Britney Spears
3. Michael Jackson
4. The Eagles
5. Nirvana
6. Dire Straits
7. U2
8. The Beatles
9. (A Russian band)
10. Shakira

"WALKMAN" and its logo are registered trademarks of Sony Corporation in Japan and the United States, and are registered trademarks or trademarks of Sony Corporation in other countries or territories.

Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications serves the global communications market with innovative and feature-rich mobile phones, accessories, PC-cards and M2M solutions. Established as a joint venture by Ericsson and Sony in 2001, with head quarters in London, the company employs 5,000 people worldwide, including R&D sites in Europe, Japan, China and America. For more information, please visit

Any product features, specifications or statements in this document that are not historical facts are forward-looking and involve risks and uncertainties. Actual product features, specifications or forward-looking statements are subject to change.

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Arizona's Own Zia Record Exchange Celebrates 25 Years in Business

Arizona's Own Zia Record Exchange Celebrates 25 Years in Business

Small Independent Chain Defies Odds and Grows

PHOENIX, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Zia Record Exchange, an independent chain of stores that sells new and used CDs and DVDs, video games and accessories, announced its 25th anniversary this week and is set to celebrate its achievement with special sales, promotions and events through the rest of the year.

"This is a big deal for us and we are planning a series of activities to celebrate," said Larry Rudnick, Zia's general manager. "We want to thank our tremendously faithful customers for 25 years of patronage by offering special deals, giveaways, in-store band appearances and performances and more," Rudnick concluded.

Launched in 1980 by Brad Singer using his private record collection, Zia Record Exchange, known simply as "Zia," has been "home grown and locally owned" ever since. Despite declining sales in the music industry over the last few years amid economic downturns, and the proliferation of big box stores, Zia has persevered and grown. After opening its seventh Arizona store in Chandler last Summer, and its first out-of-state store in Las Vegas, NV in June, Zia is stronger than ever -- thanks to its loyal customers.

"I've been shopping at Zia for 15 years," proclaimed Chris Needham of Phoenix. "There never has been another company just like this in Arizona. It is unique and offers what other stores don't or won't. The unbelievable amount of older and used items Zia carries still blows me away. Happy Anniversary, Zia. Keep it going."

As part of its on-going celebration, Zia will offer special sales opportunities through the remainder of this year. It is also planning in-store appearances and performances by local and national bands and artists, as well as promotions with radio stations and event halls.

"Even though we always keep our prices low for our customers, we do have a few special things in the works as a way of saying 'thank you' for 25 years of support," noted Brian Faber, director of retail operations for Zia. "The in-stores and events are things we normally do, but we really want to ramp it up now for this special celebration. We're going to have fun with this and we want to bring some special moments to our customers with band appearances. The record labels are supporting us in this."

Zia is a uniquely branded retail store that offers an authentic record store environment. Customers find everything from old vinyl albums from the 50s to music CDs from the 80s to the newest DualDisc CD/DVDs of today. In fact, Zia carries the best used selection of CDs and DVDs in the State with prices to match. Zia even has a large vinyl section and new and used video games.

Founded in 1980, Zia operates seven stores in Arizona -- five in the Phoenix area and two in Tucson -- and one store in Las Vegas. It carries music from all genres and specializes in current releases and hard-to-find music. Zia also supports local bands looking to gain a foothold with consumers in the music retail industry. For more information on Zia Record Exchange, call 623-580-4942 or go to

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Verizon to Accelerate Availability of FiOS TV Service in Texas

Verizon to Accelerate Availability of FiOS TV Service in Texas

Progressive State Bill Increases Video Competition, Giving Nearly 400,000 North Texas Households With Over 1 Million Potential Viewers Expanded Choice for Television Service

IRVING, Texas, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon today filed for a state-issued franchise from the Public Utility Commission of Texas to offer Verizon FiOS TV service to 21 communities in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

The franchise will accelerate Verizon's rollout of its new TV service to North Texas communities in its service area where fiber deployment is actively under way. By the end of 2006, FiOS TV will be available to nearly 400,000 North Texas households with over 1 million potential viewers.

In Texas, Verizon has already secured video franchise agreements in the communities of Keller, Sachse, Westlake and Wylie. The application for the state-issued franchise is expected to be approved by the Texas commission in 17 business days.

The additional deployment in North Texas was announced today by Verizon President and Vice Chairman Lawrence T. Babbio during a speech to North Texas business leaders at the annual meeting of the North Texas Commission.

"Accelerating our FiOS TV service gives more Texans a true choice for TV service much faster than would have otherwise been possible without the historic passage of Texas Senate Bill 5," said Babbio. "The progressive legislation in Texas streamlines the ability for us to enter the video market and will bring the citizens of Texas innovative video services and better value. Best of all, this new law will encourage -- rather than discourage -- investment in the state of Texas."

Without such a law, it takes between six to 18 months to negotiate a municipal video franchise agreement, slowing down the ability for consumers to have a choice for video service. In communities where Verizon plans to offer FiOS TV, the company has already been coordinating with city officials to offer public, education and government (PEG) channels as part of its television lineup.

The opportunity to obtain a state-issued franchise in Texas removes a major barrier to video deployment and represents a significant economic development impact to the region, Babbio said.

The 21 additional markets where Verizon will offer FiOS TV are the Verizon service areas in: Allen, Carrollton, Colleyville, Coppell, Denton, Double Oak, Flower Mound, Fort Worth, Garland, Grapevine, Hebron, Highland Village, Irving, Lewisville, Lucas, Murphy, Parker, Plano, Rowlett, Southlake and St. Paul.

Verizon began selling FiOS TV last week in Keller, a city northeast of Fort Worth. FiOS TV is delivered over the company's 100-percent fiber-optic network using digital technology for industry-leading quality and reliability. Verizon also offers FiOS Internet Service on the same network.

As a percentage of total Verizon customers in the state, more consumers in Texas can get Verizon FiOS services than in any other state.

With FiOS Internet Service and FiOS TV, customers receive a powerful combination of crystal-clear voice, blazing-fast broadband and amazingly sharp pictures.

Verizon will aggressively market its FiOS services to win over customers from existing broadband, cable and satellite providers.

Verizon FiOS Internet Service, offering broadband speeds of up to 5, 15 and 30 megabits per second, with the potential for even higher speeds, continues to become more widely available throughout North Texas where the company has already deployed 15 million feet of fiber.

"We believe our fiber network is the start of the next wave of innovation and growth for Verizon," said Babbio. "It will provide competition and choice for our customers. FiOS TV gives Texans a genuine choice in an industry sector that has aggressively resisted competition. The record shows that, when cable is forced to compete, consumers win."

Verizon's fiber-based voice and broadband services are already available in many of these communities, and construction of the all-fiber network will continue in 2006.

Verizon's video network design includes backup facilities not common to traditional cable systems, such as duplicate "head ends" where the TV service receives national programming.

FiOS TV service highlights include:

* A lead offer with more than 180 digital video and music channels, for
$39.95 a month.
* More than 20 high-definition channels, with extraordinary clarity and
theater-quality sound.
* Nearly 600 video-on-demand titles available to customers now, with
1,800 by year-end.
* A wide range of local and special-interest channels not found on most
cable and satellite systems.
* Channels grouped by genres such as entertainment, sports, news,
shopping, movies and family, making it easy for audiences to find their
favorite programming.
* An easy-to-use interactive programming guide that integrates high
definition programming, video-on-demand and the digital video recorder
along with broadcast television into a seamless user experience.

Verizon will expand its FiOS TV service to other states where it has secured local video franchises, including California, Florida, New York and Virginia.

More information about FiOS TV and fiber optics is available in Verizon's online News Center at

With more than $71 billion in annual revenues, Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) is one of the world's leading providers of communications services. Verizon has a diverse work force of more than 214,000 in four business units: Domestic Telecom provides customers based in 28 states with wireline and other telecommunications services, including broadband. Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 47.4 million voice and data customers across the United States. Information Services operates directory publishing businesses and provides electronic commerce services. International includes wireline and wireless operations and investments, primarily in the Americas and Europe. For more information, visit

VERIZON'S ONLINE NEWS CENTER: Verizon news releases, executive speeches and biographies, media contacts, high quality video and images, and other information are available at Verizon's News Center on the World Wide Web at To receive news releases by e-mail, visit the News Center and register for customized automatic delivery of Verizon news releases.

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MCE Television Network Signs NMMA Show Sponsorship Agreement

MCE Television Network Signs NMMA Show Sponsorship Agreement

CHICAGO, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- MCE Television Networks, Inc., and the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) have announced that MCE has signed on as a corporate sponsor for NMMA's boat shows.

MCE is the creator of the Water Channel, which debuts October 17 on the Dish Network with a line-up of 30 and 60 minute programs about water-oriented topics. This new venture combines the Water Channel, Club Blue, a transactional television network and home-shopping Web site, ShopClubBlue ( The three entities are dedicated to promoting a lifestyle on or around the water.

"MCE Television will help communicate the joys of the boating lifestyle to consumers, ultimately helping to create interest in our boat shows," said Ben Wold, NMMA's executive vice president.

At the Norwalk International In-Water Boat Show, Water Channel producers were on-site with a film crew documenting the in-water show experience and to build a feature show around the Northeast boating lifestyle. The Water Channel interviewed show attendees to create "man-on-the-street" vignettes illustrating the excitement and interest boat shows create. Attendee testimonials will be provided to NMMA for use throughout the winter boat show season, including the New York National Boat Show in January 2006 and the Miami International Boat Show in February 2006.

The Water Channel is dedicated to setting a new standard for production quality. John Stofflet, a 15-time Emmy award winner and NBC news anchor, provided on-air talent for the vignettes and 30-minute show shot in Norwalk to air on the Water Channel.

"We're thrilled to have access to the resources and talent of MCE Television for our boat shows this year. Their involvement will add additional excitement to the show environment and deliver the boat show message to a targeted audience." Wold explained. "In addition to our boat shows in the Northeast, we plan to work with MCE in Miami to provide continued communication on the benefits of the boating lifestyle."

In addition, MCE Television will offer a special discount to NMMA members who advertise on the Water Channel and will also contribute a portion of its advertising revenue to the Grow Boating Initiative.

The MCE Television Network is headquartered in Everett, Wash., with production facilities in Seattle, Los Angeles and San Diego as well as satellite sales offices across the country. For more information, contact George Sullivan at (612) 940-5377 or visit

National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) is the leading association representing the recreational boating industry. NMMA member companies produce more than 80 percent of the boats, engines, trailers, accessories and gear used by boaters and anglers in the United States. The association is dedicated to industry growth through programs in public policy, market research and data, product quality assurance and marketing communications.

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Moxi(TM) Media Center Brings Home a Second Emmy(R)

Moxi(TM) Media Center Brings Home a Second Emmy(R)

Media Center Features and Multi-room Technology Build on Award-Winning User Interface

KIRKLAND, Wash., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Digeo, Inc., the developer of the Moxi(TM) Media Center software platform, today announced that for the second year in a row, it was awarded an Advanced Media Technology Emmy(R). This year, Digeo's Moxi Media Center is being recognized by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) for outstanding achievement in the category of the Creation of Non-Traditional Programs or Platforms. The award, which recognizes the Moxi Media Center's innovative new features in multi-room technology and digital lifestyle applications, was presented as part of the 57TH ANNUAL TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING EMMY AWARDS yesterday in Princeton, New Jersey.

"This is the first time that an advanced media technology has been honored with an Emmy Award two years in a row," said Shelly Palmer, Chairman of the Advanced Media Committee of NATAS. "I think the Moxi Media Center captured the imagination of our Blue Ribbon Panel because it empowers audiences through its simple, intuitive user interface. The Moxi user experience is a 'best practices' example of how technology can and will assist television viewers as they evolve into media consumers."

Deployed in nearly 200,000 homes, across more than 80 markets by seven cable operators, the Moxi Media Center is a cable set-top-box platform that combines a built-in digital video recorder (DVR) with a number of exciting media center capabilities. Among the features recognized by the Academy are a unique, low-cost, multi-room technology that brings all of the features of the media center to a second TV in the house; an optional built-in DVD player; an mp3 jukebox and photo library; and the Moxi Ticker which provides instant access to weather, sports, news, and other information in a compact area beneath the TV image.

"We're thrilled to be recognized by the Academy for the work we're doing to dramatically improve the entertainment experience for consumers," said Mike Fidler, CEO of Digeo. "We are laser focused on giving cable operators the technology and applications needed to provide their subscribers with the best experience possible, and based on the Academy's voting on our new features, we are doing just that."

About Digeo, Inc.

Digeo serves North American cable operators by providing media center platforms that deliver superior economic performance and higher subscriber satisfaction over an extended useful lifespan. Combining industry-leading innovations in user-interface design, multi-room architecture, and media center chipsets Digeo is uniquely positioned to reinforce and extend cable's inherent advantages over competing distributors.

Moving beyond the simple DVR and digital set-top box, the Moxi(TM) Media Center supports and enhances key cable initiatives such as On Demand, HDTV, VoIP and OCAP while extending cable services to encompass the full range of consumer digital media such as music and photography. As the most widely deployed cable media center in North America, the Moxi Media Center has delivered proven economic value and subscriber appeal.

Backed primarily by Paul Allen's Vulcan, Inc., Digeo has offices in Kirkland, Wash., Palo Alto, Calif. and Longmont, Colo. For more information, please visit

About The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, whose mission is to recognize excellence, is a professional service organization for all aspects of the Television, Cable and Satellite industries. Its symbol of excellence, the Emmy, is awarded in Sports, News/Documentary, Daytime, Technology, and Public/Community Service. Regional Emmys are given in nineteen regions across the United States. Beyond awards, the Academy has extensive educational projects, scholarships, publications, and major activities of impact to both industry professionals and the viewing public. For more information, please visit the website at

For more information:
Robin Rees, Digeo, Inc.,, 425-896-6086
Sheila Bryson, Sparkpr for Digeo, Inc.,, 415-321-1866

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Use of the trademarks and service marks of the National Television Academy ("NTA"), including the mark EMMY(R), requires the prior express written permission of National Television Academy.

All other marks are the property of their respective owners.

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Fourth Annual Surround Music Awards Returns to the Beverly Hilton Hotel

Fourth Annual Surround Music Awards Returns to the Beverly Hilton Hotel

Top Surround Pros and Projects to be Honored on December 15, 2005

NEW YORK, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- CMP Entertainment Media, the producers of the Surround 2005 Conference, has announced that the 2005 Surround Music Awards (SMAs) will be held on Thurdsay, December 15 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Hollywood, CA. The fourth annual event, which was held at the Beverly Hilton for its first two years, features a new category for DualDisc projects and will include appearances from top music industry professionals.

The Surround Music Awards honor those who have excelled in multichannel music recording and mixing throughout the year. Previous winners include Queen, James Taylor, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and Alison Krauss. The SMAs are also becoming known for the dramatic live performances that take place each year, including Graham Nash and David Crosby at the inaugural event, Dweezil Zappa two years ago, and an all-star tribute to Herbie Hancock featuring George Duke last year.

Nominees and winners will be selected by a blue-ribbon panel of judges from the Surround Sound industry. The deadline for entries is October 14. To enter, download the submission form by clicking the link below:

This year's nominated categories are as follows:

Best Made-For-Surround Title: For the most outstanding title created from
its inception with multichannel in mind. This release must not have
previously released in any other format. (New projects released
simultaneously in surround and stereo are acceptable.)

Best Mix -- Non-Orchestral: For the title that features the most
compelling multichannel recording and mix.

Best Mix -- Orchestral: For the title that features the most compelling
multichannel orchestral recording and mix from the previous year,
including orchestral film soundtracks.

Most Adventurous Mix: For the title that features the most adventurous use
of all the available channels in the genre.

Best Additional Features: For the title that includes the most compelling
extra features besides the primary music program.

Best Standard Resolution Title: For the best multichannel music title
presented in a standard resolution (Dolby Digital, DTS, or matrixed
surround) DVD-Video or 48/44.1 kHz formats.

Best Menu Design: For the title that features not only the most creative
menu graphics, but the easiest to navigate as well.

Best Concert Video: For the best multichannel mix of a concert released on

Best Multichannel Reissue: For the best multichannel mix of a catalog
title previously released in mono, two-channel, or matrixed surround.

Horizon Award: The Horizon Award is given to the best newcomer to surround
sound. The requirements for this category is that this has to be the
artist's first release in a surround sound format.

NEW FOR 2005 -- Best DualDisc Release: For the best multichannel mix on
the DVD side of a DualDisc release.

To be considered, all nominated titles had to have been released between 9/1/04 and 10/1/05.

For more information about the 2005 Surround Music Awards, visit or contact Frank Wells at 615-848-1769 or or Anthony Savona at 212-378-0450 or

Presented by CMP Entertainment Media, the annual Surround Conference is the premier, international networking and education opportunity for engineers and producers on the leading edge of the surround sound revolution. Professionals attend Surround 2005 to share ideas and techniques, and to immerse themselves in the latest technologies presented by showcase exhibitors.

For more information on how to exhibit, please contact Margaret Sekelsky at 212-378-0491 or by e-mail at

CMP Entertainment Media produces magazines, books, Web sites, trade shows and events for musicians and the professional audio, video, and installation industries, including Pro Sound News, Guitar Player, Surround Professional, Bass Player, Medialine, Systems Contractor News, Keyboard, EQ, Residential Systems, Rental & Staging Systems, Videography, DV, Government Video, Television Broadcast, Digital Cinematography, Sports TV Production, AutoMedia, Car Sound & Performance, Entertainment Media Expo (co-produced with IRMA), Government Video Technology Expo and Surround 2005.

Source: CMP Entertainment Media

CONTACT: Frank Wells, +1-615-848-1769, or Anthony Savona,
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Reality Racing Denounces Unauthorized Faxes

Reality Racing Denounces Unauthorized Faxes

BOCA RATON, Fla., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Reality Racing, Inc.'s (OTC Pink Sheets: RRCG) Board of Directors, Executive Committee and legal team were recently made aware of an illegal, unauthorized, unsolicited fax blast, mentioning Reality Racing, Inc. sent out under the heading of Small Cap Stock Bulletin, to hundreds of thousands of potential stock investors.

Reality Racing, Inc., the owners and creators of an upcoming weekly television program called "Reality Racing - The Rookie Challenge," scheduled for United States network television airing in early 2006, was unaware of any aspect of the fax blast until complaints started deluging their office. Additionally, Reality Racing, Inc., did not in any way contact, retain, authorize, request or pay Small Cap Stock Bulletin. Reality Racing Inc. does not condone these types of illegal activities, nor does it wish to be associated with any company who engages in perpetrating this type of violation.

Patrick Schaefer, CEO and President of Reality Racing, Inc., stated, "People need to understand the seriousness of the violation that has been perpetrated against us ... and the recipients of the fax blast. The fax recipients were rudely bothered by unsolicited information and we have received negative correspondence from numerous fax recipients ... all as a result of a fax blast that we were totally and completely unaware of. We are offering such an outstanding opportunity to investors that we have no reason or need to scout up investors through fraudulent or illegal means and we wish to steer as far as possible from this type of activities, the company and parties who created it and any other company that engages in this type of violation."

Reality Racing Inc.'s, new TV show, "Reality Racing - The Rookie Challenge," offers amateur race car drivers the opportunity to compete against other amateur drivers for the chance to drive for a team in a race series sanctioned by NASCAR. The first taping will be held in Nashville, Tennessee on October 15, 2005 as a rookie driver competes for the first time in a major ASA series race.

According to Schaefer, "Our show gives people who believe they have what it takes to be a professional race car driver the chance to live their dream by not only competing against other drivers of similar experience, but knowing that the winner of 'Reality Racing - The Rookie Challenge' will be given the opportunity to actually drive professionally as a member of an established, NASCAR sanctioned series race team."

Information can be obtained by viewing the Reality Racing website at or by contacting the corporate office via telephone at 561 391-1064 or FAX at 561 391-1084.

Reality Racing, Inc. is a publicly traded company that trades OTC under the symbol RRCG.

Contact: Patrick J. Schaefer
Chief Executive Officer
Reality Racing, Inc.

Source: Reality Racing, Inc.

CONTACT: Patrick J. Schaefer, Chief Executive Officer, Reality Racing,

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The Weather Channel Increases Captioned Hours With VITAC

The Weather Channel Increases Captioned Hours With VITAC

Dedication to closed captioning lauded by deaf community

CANONSBURG, Pa., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The Weather Channel, long dedicated to deaf and hard-of-hearing viewers, will increase the amount of programming it captions effective October 1st, 2005. Working with VITAC, the nation's leading closed captioning company, The Weather Channel will caption 21 hours of regular programming per day, exceeding the hours the FCC requires networks to caption. In addition, The Weather Channel and VITAC will provide captioning for breaking weather emergency broadcasts sent to local affected areas as part of TWC's WeatherStar system.

"We deliver information that helps people prepare for and understand the weather and how it may affect their lives," said Debora Wilson, president, The Weather Channel Companies. "There are millions of Americans who are deaf and hard of hearing and we are fully committed to bringing them ready access to the reliable, expert weather information that consumers expect from The Weather Channel. We are delighted to work with VITAC, offering closed captioning of that information, along with our high quality maps and graphics."

Most of The Weather Channel's programming is broadcast live, meaning captions must be created on the spot by highly trained realtime captioners. Popular primetime programming like "Storm Stories" will be captioned in advance of air, providing 100% accurate captioning for the Weather Channel and its viewers. VITAC, which captioned over 70,000 hours of programming in 2004, will provide both services as part of a contract to begin at 5:00 a.m. on October 1st, 2005.

"VITAC has provided quality captions for broadcast and cable networks for 20 years," said Pat Prozzi, President and CEO of VITAC. "We're thrilled to have been chosen as the new caption provider for The Weather Channel and look forward to sharing our expertise with their viewers."

Deaf and hard-of-hearing viewers across the country will benefit from increased captioning on The Weather Channel. "When I want in-depth information on the weather, that's where I look," says Carl Jensema, Vice President of the Institute for Disabilities Research and Training. "When a hurricane threatens, we keep our TV continuously tuned to the Weather Channel. Without captioning, deaf people would lose this critical source of information. We really appreciate the Weather Channel's efforts to caption their material."

About The Weather Channel

The Weather Channel, a 24 hour weather network, is seen in more than 89 million U.S. households. Its Website,, reaches more than 25 million unique users per month. Its content is currently ranked among the 10 most popular Websites in the U.S. by Nielsen//Net Ratings. The Weather Channel also operates Weatherscan, (a 24 hour, all local weather network available to almost 22 million households), The Weather Channel Radio Network, The Weather Channel Newspaper Services, and is the leading weather information provider for emerging technologies. The Weather Channel is owned by Landmark Communications, Inc., a Norfolk, VA-based, privately held media company.


VITAC, a WordWave company, is a leading provider of captioning, multi- language subtitling services, and video descriptive services with offices in North Hollywood, CA; Arlington, VA and Canonsburg, PA. VITAC provides closed captioning for broadcast networks, cable TV, home video, DVD, teleconferences and Internet programs worldwide. Among the company's largest clients are BBC, BET, CBS, CNN, Court TV, Discovery Networks, ESPN, FOX, FSN, HSN, MTV Networks, NBC, Paramount, Sony, Warner Bros., Verizon and the Federal Aviation Administration. WordWave is a privately held, global provider of litigation support, captioning and subtitling, digital recording and transcription services.

Source: VITAC

CONTACT: Heather York of VITAC, +1-703-807-2763, or;
or Kathy Lane of The Weather Channel, +1-770-226-2102, or

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Vanderbilt Football Coach's LSU News Conference/ Game Highlights To Be Fed By Satellite Monday, Oct. 3

Vanderbilt Football Coach's LSU News Conference/ Game Highlights To Be Fed By Satellite Monday, Oct. 3

The Vanderbilt Commodore football team is one of college football's top stories with its 4-0 start. Vanderbilt Coach Bobby Johnson will preview the Oct. 8 nationally televised LSU contest during a news conference Oct. 3. Highlights of that news conference along with accompanying game highlights will be available for TV outlets by satellite Oct. 3 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Print reporters interested in a transcript of the coach's news conference can go to For technical assistance during the feed, call UPSouth Atlanta Technical Operations Center at 404-638-2000. For production questions, call Rod Williamson at 615-830-6514. We plan to send the feed twice during this window of time.

What: Vanderbilt Football Coach's News Conference Satellite Video Feed
When: Oct. 3, 4:30 - 5 p.m. (EDT), 3:30 - 4 p.m. (CDT)

Video Feed Satellite Information
Satellite: IA 6 (formerly Telstar 6), Transponder C-11 Analog
Orbital Position: 93 Degrees West
Bandwidth: 36 MHz
Downlink Frequency: 3920MHz Vertical
Audio: 6.2 and 6.8
Carrier: Intelsat

Media Contact: Rod Williamson, (615) 322-4051, (615) 830-6514 (Mobile)

PRNewswire -- Sept. 30

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Exclusive 50 Cent DVD Available Now With Pre-Order Purchase of 50 Cent: Bulletproof

Exclusive 50 Cent DVD Available Now With Pre-Order Purchase of 50 Cent: Bulletproof

Never Before Released 50 Cent Concert DVD 'No Fear, No Mercy Live' Only Available Through Game Pre-Order

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Vivendi Universal Games ("VU Games") today announced that an exclusive pre-sell offer for the gritty urban action video game 50 Cent: Bulletproof is now available at major retailers nationwide. Consumers who pre-order 50 Cent: Bulletproof at retail will receive a never-before-released 50 Cent live performance DVD "No Fear, No Mercy Live," when they pick up the game at launch. Available this holiday for PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, Xbox(R) video game system from Microsoft, 50 Cent: Bulletproof will carry an MSRP of $49.99.

Recorded live on the "No Fear, No Mercy," European tour September 14, 2003 - October 9, 2003, the exclusive DVD includes nine tracks mixed by G-Unit producer Sha Money XL. The DVD, only available through the VU Games pre-sale, features live performances of:

1. "What Up Gangsta"
2. "Wanksta"
3. "Heat"
4. "U Not Like Me"
5. "Gotta Make it to Heaven"
6. "21 Questions"
7. "P.I.M.P."
8. "In Da Club"
9. "Poor Lil Rich"

About 50 Cent: Bulletproof

In 50 Cent: Bulletproof, 50 gets caught in a web of corruption, double-crosses and shady deals that lead him on a bloody path through New York's underworld. Backed-up by his G Unit soldiers, the streets heat up as 50 Cent takes on the most dangerous crime families in the city. Players assume the role of 50 Cent in a fictitious story, where they will use an arsenal of tactics including more than 25 dramatic counter kill moves, evasive rolls and mobile cover to stay alive while the bullets fly.

Penned by Emmy(R) award winner Terry Winter, 50 Cent: Bulletproof stars an unprecedented lineup of the hottest recording artists in the music industry today, including 50 Cent and G Unit's Tony Yayo, Lloyd Banks and Young Buck, as well as other hip-hop superstars.

The game also includes exclusive new tracks and remixes from 50 Cent, music from Get Rich or Die Tryin', The Massacre and more than a dozen 50 Cent and G Unit music videos.

50 Cent: Bulletproof is being created in partnership with Interscope Records, Shady Records and Aftermath Records. 50 Cent: Bulletproof will be available for PSP(TM) (PlayStation(R)Portable) system in 2006.

More information about the game can be found at

Vivendi Universal Games (VU Games)

Vivendi Universal Games ( is a global developer, publisher and distributor of multi-platform interactive entertainment. The company is a leader in the subscription-based massively multi-player online (MMO) games category, holds leading positions in the PC, console and handheld games markets, and is an emerging player in mobile and wireless games. Its development studios and publishing labels include Blizzard Entertainment(R), Radical Entertainment(TM), Sierra(R) Entertainment, Massive Entertainment(TM) and Swordfish Studios. VU Games' library of over 700 titles features owned intellectual properties including Warcraft(R), StarCraft(R), Diablo(R) and World of Warcraft(R) from Blizzard Entertainment; Crash Bandicoot(R), Spyro The Dragon(R), Empire Earth(R), Leisure Suit Larry(TM), and Ground Control(R). VU Games also maintains strategic relationships with industry leading content partners, including Universal Music Group, NBC Universal, Twentieth Century Fox and Ludlum Entertainment.

"50 Cent: Bulletproof" interactive game (C) 2005 Vivendi Universal Games, Inc. All rights reserved. Vivendi Universal Games and the Vivendi Universal Games logo are trademarks of Vivendi Universal Games, Inc. Developed by Genuine Games, Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

Microsoft, Xbox and the Xbox logos are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the U.S. and/or in other countries and are used under license from Microsoft.

"PSP" is a trademark and "PlayStation" and the "PS" Family logo are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Memory Stick Duo(TM) may be required (sold separately).

Sony Computer Entertainment America takes no responsibility for this offer.

Source: Vivendi Universal Games

CONTACT: Erik Reynolds of Vivendi Universal Games, +1-310-431-4530,; or Yvette Gayle, +1-310-865-6278,, or Dennis Dennehy, +1-310-865-7934,, both of Interscope Publicity

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UPDATE: VA, ABC Radio Networks Partner on Outreach to Veterans

UPDATE: VA, ABC Radio Networks Partner on Outreach to Veterans

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Officials of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and ABC Radio Networks today announced a partnership designed to enhance VA's outreach to America's nearly 25 million veterans through a public service campaign, a special global broadcast saluting veterans and participation in key VA events.

Under the relationship, ABC Radio Networks and American Country Countdown with Bob Kingsley will air a series of public service announcements detailing benefits available to veterans.

In addition, on November 11, 2005, "Bob Kingsley Salutes America's Veterans" will be broadcast on the ABC Radio Networks. The program will feature interviews with and historical pieces narrated by some of country music's biggest names, including Faith Hill, Toby Keith, Trace Adkins, Brooks & Dunn and Trisha Yearwood, among many others. It also includes information on veterans' benefits, and interview segments with the Honorable R. James Nicholson, Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

"As part of VA's 75th anniversary, we are taking our message to the airwaves," said Nicholson. "Radio plays a key role in our outreach to veterans, and I'm delighted that ABC Radio Networks and Bob Kingsley, our honorary chairmen for this campaign, have joined forces with VA in our efforts to better inform veterans of their entitlements."

Nicholson also announced that Kingsley will play a key role in the Department's Veterans Day observance in November. "I am pleased that Bob Kingsley will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the 2005 Veterans Day commemoration at Arlington National Cemetery on November 11, 2005."

"ABC Radio Networks is proud to support the Department of Veterans Affairs in its ongoing effort to support the men and women of our armed forces," said John McConnell, Senior Vice President of Programming, ABC Radio Networks. "We are committed to serving America's veterans through this program with VA."

"Having served as a broadcaster in the U.S. Air Force with American Forces Radio, it is my privilege to be working with VA and ABC Radio Networks as part of this program," said Bob Kingsley, host and producer of American Country Countdown. "Country music is one of the most effective ways to reach our veterans and service men and women. I am honored to be a part of VA's efforts to get the word out to veterans."

The agreement announced today by Nicholson and ABC Radio representatives enables VA to work with private industry, in addition to its other outreach activities, to inform veterans of the entitlements they have earned as mandated by Congress.

As part of the campaign, VA has also created The Secretary's Award for Outstanding Service to American Veterans. The award will be presented in early 2006. Details will be announced in late 2005 or early 2006.

Audio of the press conference about the announcement is available at:

Source: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

CONTACT: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Public Affairs,

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