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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Holiday Weekend's Biggest Boom

Holiday Weekend's Biggest Boom

Harder Stadium - UCSB, Friday Evening July 3

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., July 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The biggest boom of the Fourth of July holiday weekend might well be Friday night, July 3 at Harder Stadium on the UCSB campus when drums pound, brass instruments blare and the colors fly as the 2009 Drum Corps International (DCI) Summer Tour presents: 'Brass Along the Beach' at UCSB. This summer, the DCI tour, also known as "Marching Music's Major League" comes through Santa Barbara on Friday evening, with the seven top corps' performing, beginning at 7:00 pm.

This drum and bugle corps competition will feature 12-time DCI World Champion Blue Devils of Concord, CA and two-time Open Class World Champion Vanguard Cadets of Santa Clara, CA, as well as the visiting Bluecoats from Canton, OH, Academy from Tempe, AZ, Pacific Crest from Diamond Bar, CA, Mandarins of Sacramento, CA and the Blue Devils "B" from Concord, CA. The show is being presented by the Vanguard organization from Santa Clara, CA. San Marcos high school is also co-sponsoring the event.

"I don't know of a better place to attend a drum corps competition in central or southern California, other than UCSB's Harder Stadium. Drum corps fans from Santa Barbara, Ventura, the greater northern Los Angeles area and the central California coast will be excited that such a high level competition will now be within driving distance of their home," stated Vanguard CEO Jeff Fiedler. "It's going to be an incredible place to hear and see some of the best drum corps in the world at a time when they're really starting to click, right before they leave California for the Midwest and East!"

All tickets for this event are a one-price general admission of $25 - $30 on the day of the show. Tickets can also be purchased at Nick Rail Music in Santa Barbara. Spectator gates will open Friday evening at 5:30 pm, and due to the Independence Day weekend holiday, UCSB will offer free parking.

Jeff Fiedler

Source: Santa Clara Vanguard

CONTACT: Jeff Fiedler of Santa Clara Vanguard, +1-773-791-7907,

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Mary Mary Named 2009's Best Gospel Artist at Annual BET Awards

Mary Mary Named 2009's Best Gospel Artist at Annual BET Awards

NEW YORK, June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Mary Mary was named this year's Best Gospel Artist at the 2009 BET Awards ceremony held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Sunday, June 28, airing on BET. Mary Mary's soulful performance of the group's "God in Me," with guest artist Queen Latifah, was one of the highpoints of an emotional BET ceremony.

The groundbreaking contemporary gospel duo had racked up seven BET Award nominations in years past, beginning with a Best Female Group nod in 2001, culminating in 2007 with noms in both the Best Gospel Artist and Best Group categories.

Mary Mary also won 2009's Best Gospel Performance Grammy while taking home this year's NAACP Image Award -- for Best Gospel Artist (Traditional or Contemporary) -- and the Urban Recorded Song of the Year Dove Award for "Get Up," one of the key tracks on the group's #1 Gospel chart-topping album, The Sound.

Heralded as "Praiseworthy" by People magazine, Mary Mary's latest album The Sound peaked at #1 on a variety of Billboard Christian and Gospel albums charts shortly after its release in October 2008. The Sound entered the Billboard Top 200 at #7, giving Mary Mary their highest charting -- and second Top 10 -- album on that chart (2005's Mary Mary peaked at #8 on the Top 200). Mary Mary and The Sound achieved one of the highest chart debuts on the Top 200 of any gospel album released in 2008. A bona fide crossover smash, The Sound made a "Hot Shot" debut on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart at #2.

"Get Up," the Grammy-winning lead single from The Sound, garnered massive crossover radio play on Urban, Urban Adult Contemporary, Rhythm Gospel and Dance radio formats while charting in a number of formats. "That song embodies what the whole album is about," says Mary Mary's Erica Campbell. "It asks people, 'Why are you waiting? Why do you care what other people think?' It reminds us that your beginning can be whenever you want it to be."

Source: Columbia Records

CONTACT: Andre Morris, +1-212-833-5072, fax, +1-212-833-8536,, or Yvette Noel-Schure, +1-212-833-4483,, both of Columbia Records

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China Mass Media Corp. Files Annual Report on Form 20-F

China Mass Media Corp. Files Annual Report on Form 20-F

BEIJING, June 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- China Mass Media Corp. ("China Mass Media" or the "Company") (NYSE Arca: CMM) announced today that it filed its annual report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2008 with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") on June 30, 2009. The Company's annual report on Form 20-F can be accessed through the SEC's website --, as well as the official website of the Company - under its Investor Relations section. The Company will provide, upon request and free of charge, any shareholder with a hard copy of the Company's complete audited financial statements as included in the annual report on Form 20-F. Such requests should be directed to Julie Sun, Vice President of Corporate Development, by email at

About China Mass Media Corp.

As a leading television advertising company in China, China Mass Media provides a full range of advertising services, including advertising agency services, creative production services, public service announcement sponsorship services, and other value added services. The Company currently offers more than 500 minutes of advertising time slots on CCTV Channels 1, 2, 4, E and F. CCTV is the largest television network in China. The Company has also been the exclusive advertising agent for the most watched television program in China, Chinese New Year Gala, since the Company's incorporation. Since 2003, the Company has produced approximately 300 advertisements and has won a number of prestigious awards in China.

For further information, contact:

China Mass Media Corp.
Julie Sun, +86-10-8809 1050
Vice President of Corporate Development


Hong Kong: United States:
Roger Hu, +852 2117 0861 Linda Bergkamp, +1-480-614-3004

Source: China Mass Media

CONTACT: Julie Sun, Vice President of Corporate Development of China
Mass Media Corp., +86-10-8809 1050,; or Hong Kong,
Roger Hu, +852 2117 0861,, or United States, Linda
Bergkamp, +1-480-614-3004,, both of Christensen,
for China Mass Media Corp.

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Teen Superstars Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato Star in No. 1 Entertainment Telecast of 2009 PRINCESS PROTECTION PROGRAM

Teen Superstars Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato Star in No. 1 Entertainment Telecast of 2009 PRINCESS PROTECTION PROGRAM



BURBANK, Calif., June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Last week Disney Channel's PRINCESS PROTECTION PROGRAM was crowned royalty as TV's number one entertainment telecast of 2009 in Kids 6-11 (3.1 million) and Tweens 9-14 (3.2 million) and as cable's most watched scripted telecast (viewers) when the exciting adventure/comedy debuted. Since its premiere in EMEA in May '09, and now the U.S. and Canada, Disney's "Princess Protection Program" has reached 28.1 million unique Total Viewers around the world, including 3.7 million Kids 6-11 and 3.5 million Tweens 9-14 for the June 26th premiere.

Now, just days after the record-setting cable debut, two of young Hollywood's superstars, Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato, head to DVD in the royal journey PRINCESS PROTECTION PROGRAM: ROYAL B.F.F. EXTENDED EDITION. The exclusive bonus materials feature the all-new music video "One and the Same" performed by the real life best friends Demi and Selena plus much more. This regal experience is available with a free "Best Friends" necklace set inside the DVD for a limited time from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment.


-- "One and the Same" Music Video performed by Selena Gomez and Demi
-- Royal & Loyal B.F.F.s - stars Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato reveal
secrets about their real-life friendship.

-- A Royal Reality - meet a real-life Princess and learn the realities
about gowns, castles and her responsibilities.

A Disney Channel Original Movie PRINCESS PROTECTION PROGRAM is an adventure comedy about two very different girls - a princess from a small kingdom and a small town girl who, when fate brings them together, must team up to help the would-be queen pass for a regular teen.

PRINCESS PROTECTION PROGRAM is rated 'G' in the U.S. and 'PG' in Canada.

Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Inc., a recognized leader in the home entertainment industry, is the marketing, sales and distribution company for Walt Disney, Touchstone, Hollywood Pictures, Miramax and Buena Vista product, which includes DVD, Blu-ray Disc(TM) and electronic distribution. Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Inc. is a division of The Walt Disney Studios.

These press materials are available in electronic form at

(Source: Nielsen Media Research (Fast National Ratings, Live + Same Day, 6/26/09). Ratings based on national rating unless otherwise noted. Reach based on unduplicated viewers who watched 6 minutes or more. Online: Omniture for 2009 data, Hitbox for 2008.

(C) Disney

Source: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

CONTACT: National, Jennifer Lang, +1-818-295-5232,, or Regional, Michelle Alexander, +1-818-295-5246,, or Local Field Representative Darrell Borquez,
+1-818-295-5224,, all of Walt Disney Studios Home

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China Networks International Holdings and Alyst Acquisition Corp. Close Business Combination with China Networks Media

China Networks International Holdings and Alyst Acquisition Corp. Close Business Combination with China Networks Media

NEW YORK, June 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- China Networks International Holdings, Ltd., a British Virgin Islands company ("CN Holdings") (NYSE Amex: CNR) and Alyst Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company ("Alyst"), today announced that they completed both the previously announced redomestication merger of Alyst in the British Virgin Islands by merging Alyst with and into CN Holdings and the subsequent business combination merger of CN Holdings' subsidiary with China Networks Media, Ltd. ("CN Media"), a joint-venture provider of broadcast television services in the People's Republic of China ("PRC"). Chardan Capital Markets, LLC acted as M&A Advisor to Alyst in the merger.

Both the redomestication merger and the business combination merger were approved by the stockholders of Alyst at a special meeting on June 24, 2009. The final step of the transaction, the closing of the business combination merger, occurred today immediately upon the confirmation by British Virgin Island authorities of the acceptance of the Articles and Plan of Merger effecting the business combination merger. Holders of over 70% of Alyst's common stock voted in favor of the transaction. Initially, the ordinary shares, units and warrants of CN Holdings will continue to be traded on the NYSE Amex under the ticker symbols CNR, CNR.U and CNR.WS, respectively. Additional information concerning the conversion of Alyst securities to CN Holdings securities can be found in the registration statement on Form S-4/A filed by CN Holdings with the SEC on May 29, 2009. This information is also available in the Alyst definitive proxy statement/prospectus mailed to its stockholders on or around June 1, 2009.

Li Shuangqing, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of China Networks continued, "We are very pleased to have been able to bring this merger to completion and we are grateful to the many people and investors who supported us in this effort. We look forward to growing this company and creating stockholder value in the process."

In addition to approving the redomestication merger and the business combination merger, Alyst stockholders also approved the 2009 Omnibus Securities and Incentive Plan, pursuant to which the directors, officers, employees and consultants of CN Holdings or its subsidiaries may be granted options to purchase up to 2,500,000 ordinary shares of CN Holdings.

A total of 2,146,156 shares issued in Alyst's initial public offering were cast in opposition to the business combination and elected to be converted into a pro rata portion of the proceeds from the initial public offering held in trust, representing less than 30% of the shares issued in the initial public offering. Cash in the amount of approximately $16,850,235 (representing $7.85 per share) will be paid to these stockholders.

About China Networks Media

China Networks Media is a television advertising company formed in 2007 for the purpose of investing in, consolidating, expanding and streamlining PRC television advertising assets in partnership with municipal and provincial level TV stations. In June 2008, CN Media raised $28 million in a private placement for the consolidation and operation of the advertising operations of two television stations: Kunming and Yellow River.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 about Alyst and CN Media and their combined business after completion of the proposed acquisition. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts and may be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology, including the words "believes," "expects," "intends," "may," "will," "should" or comparable terminology. Such forward-looking statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of Alyst's, CN Holdings' and China Networks Media's management and are subject to risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements.

Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results of operations, financial condition and liquidity, and developments in the industry may differ materially from those made in or suggested by the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. These forward-looking statements are subject to numerous risks, uncertainties and assumptions. The forward-looking statements in this press release speak only as of the date of this press release and might not occur in light of these risks, uncertainties, and assumptions. CN Holdings undertakes no obligation and disclaims any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

Source: China Networks International Holdings, Ltd.

CONTACT: Michael E. Weksel of China Networks International Holdings,
Ltd., +1-212-650-0232,

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NBC News Presents: 'The Wanted' to Begin Airing Monday, July 20

NBC News Presents: 'The Wanted' to Begin Airing Monday, July 20

A Groundbreaking Television Event Will Bring Viewers on an International Hunt for an Accused Terrorist

NEW YORK, June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- On Monday, July 20, join NBC News for a groundbreaking television event when it sets forth on an international hunt for an accused terrorist with "The Wanted" at 10 PM ET.

"The Wanted" brings together an elite team with backgrounds in intelligence, unconventional warfare and investigative journalism. The show focuses on real operators, in search of real targets -- all in an effort to see individuals brought to justice.

"We hope this program sheds light on an overlooked story," said David Corvo, executive producer at NBC News. "It is surprising how many people with serious accusations against them are living openly and avoiding any sort of judicial process."

The faces of "The Wanted" include Roger Carstens who is recognized as one of the world's preeminent authorities on counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency; former Navy Seal Scott Tyler, an expert in urban reconnaissance and unconventional warfare; David Crane a decorated former US intelligence official and the first American to serve as Chief Prosecutor of an international war crimes tribunal since Justice Robert Jackson at Nuremberg; and Emmy award-winning investigative journalist Adam Ciralsky. Ciralsky also serves as co-executive producer of "The Wanted" with documentary filmmaker Charlie Ebersol.

"'The Wanted' is about seeking justice for the many victims of terrorism and atrocity around the world," said Crane. "It will start a national conversation, an important dialog about war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide, and international terrorism, as well as the indifference and political cynicism that hampers international criminal law and the quest for justice. 'The Wanted' drives home the point that the rule of law is more powerful than the rule of the gun."

The July 20 episode follows Mullah Krekar, the founder and leader of Ansar Al Islam, an internationally designated terrorist organization that has been accused of killing hundreds of Americans and other Westerners. Krekar has been called "Bin Laden 2.0" as well as an "Islamic Nazi" and yet he has been living free in Norway -- this after the Norwegian Supreme Court declared him a threat to national security and ordered him deported. In "The Wanted," viewers will be taken inside intelligence briefings in the Middle East and surveillance operations in Krekar's community in Oslo.

On July 27, viewers will travel to Germany on the trail of Mamoun Darkazanli. Called "Bin Laden's financier," Spanish officials indicted Darkazanli in 2003 for providing logistical and financial support to Al Qaeda, specifically in connection with 9/11. Still he remains free in Germany. While the team surveils Darkazanli, negotiations for his deportation begin between Spain and Germany.

Executive Producers and Co-Creators Charlie Ebersol and Adam Ciralsky said, "We are excited about our groundbreaking new TV project 'The Wanted' on NBC, and know that viewers will be intrigued by the show." Ebersol and Ciralsky added, "It's like nothing you've ever seen on TV before. The pairing of rigorous investigative journalism with high-end production values has resulted in a fast-paced show which we hope will leave viewers wanting more."

Photography of "The Wanted" is available on

For more information or for biographies on Crane, Ebersol, Ciralsky,
Carstens or Tyler contact:

Lauren Kapp, NBC Jessica Boyer, Rogers & Cowan
212.664.2919 310.854.8141

Nicole Perez, Rogers & Cowan

Source: NBC News

CONTACT: Lauren Kapp of NBC, +1-212-664-2919,; or
Jessica Boyer, +1-310-854-8141,, or Nicole Perez,
+1-310-854-8150,, both of Rogers & Cowan, for NBC

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Spotlight 29 Casino Celebrates 'Verano De Diversion' With El Chapo de Sinaloa

Spotlight 29 Casino Celebrates 'Verano De Diversion' With El Chapo de Sinaloa

COACHELLA, Calif., June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Spotlight 29 Casino's 3rd annual "Summer of Fun" is fun for everyone, and to continue the celebration with a south-of-the-border twist, Spotlight 29 proudly welcomes norteno/banda singer El Chapo de Sinaloa for an incredible concert event on August 28.


Tickets for El Chapo de Sinaloa are $50, $40 and $30 and are available now at, the Spotlight 29 Casino Gift Shop or call (800) 585-3737. Guests 18 and over must be accompanied by an adult 21 or older. Show time is 8 p.m.

Grammy winner El Chapo de Sinaloa has been performing since age 11, when he took up the clarinet. He later learned to play bass and worked with several regional Mexican labels as a session musician. But his breakout as a solo artist instantly wowed record executives and audiences alike, and he has since released more than a dozen solo albums.

Born Ernesto Perez in Badiraguato, Sinaloa, "The Short One" has steadily increased in popularity since the release of El Chichi (1995). Of his many albums, perhaps the most notable is Te Va a Gustar, which topped the Billboard Regional Mexican album chart and earned him a Grammy Award for Best Banda Album in 2007.

Some of El Chapo de Sinaloa's biggest hits include "A Ti Si Puedo Decirte," "Detras de la Puerta," "La Noche Perfecta," "Para Que Regreses" and "Recostada en la Cama."

Celebrate the 3rd annual Summer of Fun at Spotlight 29 Casino, the Coachella Valley's most exciting place to play. Spotlight 29 Casino is a business venture of the Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians. Turn it on at

Paul Speirs, Steinbeck Communications
(702) 413-4278,

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Source: Spotlight 29 Casino

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Software MacKiev Debuts HyperStudio(R) 5 for Windows; Releases Two Free HyperStudio(R) 5 Players for Windows and Internet Explorer

Software MacKiev Debuts HyperStudio(R) 5 for Windows; Releases Two Free HyperStudio(R) 5 Players for Windows and Internet Explorer

WASHINGTON, June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Software MacKiev, an award-winning software developer and publisher, and Roger Wagner, the creator and designer of HyperStudio(R), announced today the debut of HyperStudio 5 for Windows and the release of HyperStudio 5 Players for Windows and Internet Explorer.

The Windows and Mac version of HyperStudio are being presented at the NECC conference in the Software MacKiev Booth # 1412 in several different venues - from informal presentations in "Roger's Bistro" by Roger Wagner, creator and designer of HyperStudio, to educators and middle school students showing classroom projects in the HyperStudio Theatre.

HyperStudio(R) is media fusion software for making digital creations. From animated art forms and comics, digital storytelling to virtual visits, to podcasting of school projects, HyperStudio has been used worldwide by millions of students, teachers, engineers, musicians, film-makers, and even a few rock bands. The program is accessible for the youngest users but also has the depth and professional quality that more sophisticated users make exemplary use of. In an environment where any element can be created or added within seconds, HyperStudio is the elegantly simple solution that lets users do it all in one well designed program.

The HyperStudio 5 Windows Player allows projects created in HyperStudio 5 for Windows to run on PCs while the Internet Explorer Player allows projects made in HyperStudio 5 to run on Internet Explorer 6 or higher. The release of these two players is now available by download from the Software MacKiev website.

Pricing and Availability

HyperStudio 5 for Windows and Mac OSX is available for purchase from the Software MacKiev Web store starting at $89.95 for a single computer license. Volume license discounts are available. The HyperStudio 5 Players for Windows and Internet Explorer are available immediately free of charge from the Software MacKiev Web site. Go to and follow the links to Support. The Windows Player allows users to enjoy HyperStudio 5 Windows projects on Microsoft Windows computers and works with Windows XP SP2 or later, including Windows Vista. The Internet Explorer Player lets you view HyperStudio 5 projects on Internet Explorer 6 or later.

About Roger Wagner

Roger is best known as the creator of HyperStudio. He is the guy that coined the phrases "copyright friendly" and "multimedia writing". He led the way in multimedia literacy and the movement away from edutainment. Roger's philosophy of simple design and not controlling the creator has made him a friend to educators and a mentor to technologists. Roger is also a pilot, a patent-holding inventor, and the owner of a rare book auction house, PBA Galleries.

About Software MacKiev

Software MacKiev is a leading developer and publisher of award-winning consumer and educational software, including HyperStudio(R), Kid Pix(R) Deluxe 3X, The Print Shop(R) 2, World Book(R) Multimedia Encyclopedia, 3D Weather Globe(TM) & Atlas, Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing(R), and three Dr. Seuss titles (ABC, Green Eggs and Ham and The Cat in the Hat). In the education market, Software MacKiev also publishes the ClueFinders(R) series and Edmark's Thinkin' Things(R). The company headquarters is in Boston, Massachusetts.

HyperStudio is a registered trademark of The Software MacKiev Company.

For more information, please visit or

Press Contact: Maureen Gross - 415-307-0044

Source: Software MacKiev Company

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Ad Agencies Poised to Reap Massive Benefits from New NCC and Donovan Data Systems Partnership

Ad Agencies Poised to Reap Massive Benefits from New NCC and Donovan Data Systems Partnership

Order Processing Between Buyers and Sellers Now Automatic and Paperless

NEW YORK, June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- National Cable Communications (NCC), the leader in cable television advertising sales and marketing, and Donovan Data Systems (DDS), the leading systems and services provider to the advertising industry, have collaborated to bring fully electronic order processing to the national spot cable ad marketplace.

The partnership enables DDS' Spot Desktop application and the NCC eBusiness sales system to seamlessly inter-operate.

NCC reached a major milestone in 2008, when the company broke the $1 billion revenue mark. And as advertiser use of spot cable continues to rise, increased order accuracy, speed and efficiency for NCC's ad agency clients become even more essential. This new process will allow dramatic increases in the quality of ad campaign execution on cable. From now on, submitting, processing and confirming ad campaigns between NCC, its affiliates and DDS agencies become entirely electronic and paperless.

The open XML standard was developed by DDS and NCC to allow this breakthrough platform to ultimately be available for the entire cable and advertising industries. And early results are proving the vast potential of this effort. In just four weeks since it went live, NCC received and successfully processed over $3 million worth of electronic orders from DDS agencies.

"Integration with DDS' Spot Desktop application, which completely eliminates paper from the buy/sell process, represents one more way that NCC has made spot cable the easiest and most effective media for ad agencies to execute in all 210 markets across the United States," said NCC senior vice president, eBusiness Operations and Research, Nick Garramone.

"The impact of this initiative is enormous. DDS agencies send orders containing more than 10 million spots to NCC every year. We anticipate that all local cable orders sent by DDS buyers will use the new service, representing hundreds of millions of dollars annually," said Harvey Kent, chief media strategist at DDS.


NCC is by far the largest and most authoritative cable TV advertising sales firm in the country. It is jointly owned by three of the nation's largest MSOs - Comcast Cable, Cox Communications and Time Warner Cable. Uniquely, NCC is the only company that represents every U.S. market and reaches virtually every wired cable home. Whether advertisers want to reach the entire United States, select regions, an individual market or even a portion of a market, NCC provides effective advertising and marketing solutions that only spot cable can deliver. For more on NCC, visit


Donovan Data Systems (DDS) is the leading systems and software provider to the advertising and marketing communications industry. It offers an exceptional range of business solutions that bring operating efficiencies to media agencies and marketing services companies.

Each day DDS processes millions of transactions, supporting advertising agencies, media specialists, broadcasting sales companies, advertisers, PR firms and recruitment and direct response agencies around the world.

DDS has remained at the forefront of the advertising industry for over 40 years with its unequaled service and support, innovative technology and long-term commitment to eBusiness. For more on DDS, visit

Press contacts:
For NCC: Lori Givens, 212-548-3306,
For DDS: Steve Ellwanger, Press Counsel Group, 203-856-8303,

Source: Donovan Data Systems

CONTACT: Lori Givens, for NCC, +1-212-548-3306, or; Steve Ellwanger, Press Counsel Group, for DDS,
+1-203-856-8303, or

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NASA TV to Broadcast Space Station Crew's Move of Return Craft

NASA TV to Broadcast Space Station Crew's Move of Return Craft

HOUSTON, June 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Three members of the International Space Station crew will board a Soyuz spacecraft attached to the station and move it to a different docking port on Thursday, July 2. The journey will be broadcast live on NASA Television.


Expedition 20 Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineers Mike Barratt of NASA and Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency will undock the Soyuz TMA-14 return spacecraft, from the Zvezda service module and fly a short distance to the Pirs docking compartment. The flight is expected to take about 30 minutes.

NASA TV coverage will begin at 4 p.m. CDT with undocking planned for 4:26 p.m.

While Padalka, Barratt and Wakata are aboard the Soyuz, Expedition 20 Flight Engineers Roman Romanenko of Russia, Bob Thirsk of the Canadian Space Agency and Frank De Winne of the European Space Agency will monitor the move from inside the station. Their Soyuz return craft, the TMA-15, is docked to the Earth-facing port of the station's Zarya module.

The relocation of Soyuz TMA-14 opens the Zvezda docking port for the arrival of a new Russian Progress cargo vehicle in late July.

For information about the International Space Station, visit:

For information about NASA TV streaming video, downlink and schedule information, visit:

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Source: NASA

CONTACT: Michael Curie, NASA Headquarters, Washington, +1-202-358-1100,, or Kelly Humphries, NASA Johnson Space Center,
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Motions(R), Soft & Beautiful(R), Soft & Beautiful(R) Just for Me!(TM) and Keshia Knight Pulliam Bond Over Beauty in New Orleans

Motions(R), Soft & Beautiful(R), Soft & Beautiful(R) Just for Me!(TM) and Keshia Knight Pulliam Bond Over Beauty in New Orleans

MELROSE PARK, Ill., June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- - Motions(R), Soft & Beautiful(R) and Soft & Beautiful(R) Just for Me!(TM) announce today their sponsorship of the Bond Over Beauty suite being held in New Orleans during the country's premiere African American music festival. The second-largest producer of hair care products for women of color in the world, the beauty suite promises to be the hottest party in town.


Being held in the W Hotel New Orleans on July 3rd and 4th, the Bond Over Beauty experience will serve as an oasis for female concertgoers, a place to escape the hectic weekend festivities, while mingling with celebrities such as Keshia Knight Pulliam. Currently a series regular on Tyler Perry's "House of Payne," and known for her portrayal as Rudy Huxtable on "The Cosby Show," Knight Pulliam will be among the style setters making the Bond Over Beauty suite their home base during the Fourth of July weekend.

Motions and Soft & Beautiful brand ambassadors will personally invite festival attendees to the exclusive Bond Over Beauty hospitality suite where they will indulge in beauty and fashion consultations, light hand and shoulder massages, photo opportunities with celebrity guest Keshia Knight Pulliam, group karaoke, games and prize giveaways. Music will be provided by world-renowned deejay D-Nice and complimentary refreshments, including Motions(R) Martinis will be served.

Led by acclaimed stylist James Harris, guests at the Bond Over Beauty suite will be treated to hair makeovers and product demonstrations with Motions and Soft & Beautiful styling products. fashion expert, Charles Wade will lead style consultations, and local makeup artist Crystal Burrell will provide touch-ups, ensuring that attendees look flawless from sun up to sun down. The premiere destination for multi-cultural women ages 18-34 to receive fashion, beauty and lifestyle advice, the partnership with is sure to bring an "it factor" to the suite.

The fun does not stop there. Daily giveaways will include Motions, Soft & Beautiful and Soft & Beautiful Just for Me! product gift baskets, retail and restaurant gift certificates and more.

Motions, Soft & Beautiful and Soft & Beautiful Just for Me! invite you to connect, relax and recharge during the Fourth of July weekend.

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Source: Alberto Culver

CONTACT: Kerri Lee Ross, +1-212-625-3500,, or Bianca
Busketta, +1-212-625-3500,, both of Siren PR, for Alberto
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New AJC Film: 'No' is the Real Obstacle to Middle East Peace

New AJC Film: 'No' is the Real Obstacle to Middle East Peace

NEW YORK, June 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AJC has released a hard-hitting 5 minute film dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Entitled "No: The Real Obstacle to Peace," the film asserts that the main hurdle to peace in the region is not the issue of settlements or land or borders, but rather the idea that Jews have "no right to a state in a territory where they have lived throughout history."

"As our new film makes clear, Prime Minister Netanyahu's offer for an equitable peace with the Palestinians based upon two states living side by side has so far been rebuffed," said AJC Executive Director David Harris. "And he's been rebuffed in much the same way as his predecessors - Barak, Sharon and Olmert. We're seeing a pattern of rejectionism that is as old as the conflict itself."

"No: The Real Obstacle to Peace" highlights the role played by rejectionist forces, like Hamas and Hezbollah, and their Iranian sponsors. "It's very telling that the Tehran regime continues to back deadly terror groups while crushing the democratic aspirations of its own people at the same time," Harris said.

"No: The Real Obstacle to Peace" is available in both English and Spanish versions on YouTube. AJC's channel can be accessed here.

Source: American Jewish Committee

CONTACT: Ben Cohen of the American Jewish Committee, +1-212-891 1385

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MTV Greenlights Season Two of Hit Series '16 & Pregnant'

MTV Greenlights Season Two of Hit Series '16 & Pregnant'

"16 & Pregnant" Has Reached Over 31 Million Viewers Season To Date And Is # 1 In Its Time Period Across Cable Among F12-34 And Across All Of Television Among F18-24

"16 & Pregnant: Life After Labor" Finale Special Hosted By Dr. Drew Pinsky Set To Air On Thursday, July 23 At 10PM ET/PT

SANTA MONICA, Calif. and NEW YORK, June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Reflecting on one of the most controversial and thought-provoking topics, MTV President of Programming Tony DiSanto announced today that after only 3 episodes aired, the network is picking up a second season of the captivating series "16 and Pregnant." In addition, MTV will also air "16 and Pregnant: Life After Labor" finale special, hosted by Dr. Drew Pinsky, on Thursday, July 23rd at 10PM ET/PT. "16 & Pregnant" can currently be seen on Thursdays at 10PM ET/PT.

The series follows the lives of teenage girls for 5-7 months as they navigate the unfamiliar territory and uncertainty of being pregnant. MTV captured every moment and reaction in real time, including several of the births and how the young mothers and fathers dealt with new parenthood. The series tackles a variety of issues including marriage, adoption, attending school and dealing with gossip. Cameras continued to follow the teens for a significant amount of time after they gave birth to document how they coped with taking care of their infants in addition to balancing adult responsibilities with teenage life.

The "16 and Pregnant: Life After Labor" finale special, hosted by Dr. Drew Pinsky, will be an issue-driven forum on teen pregnancy. All six of the teen mothers profiled on season one of the series will participate in this event. Dr. Drew will discuss each girl's episode, specific issues and challenges and update us on what's going on in their lives now. This open discussion will provide a platform to address the controversial topics that were shown in season one: birth control, adoption, abortion, marriage, religion, gossip, finances, high school graduation and employment. During the show, Dr. Drew will field questions by members of the live studio audience, as well as select emails from viewers.

Since its debut, "16 & Pregnant," has garnered amazing ratings reaching an audience of over 31 million views and consistently taking the #1 spot in its time period among F12-34 and #1 across all of television among F18-24. In addition, the show has improved its time period by 162% among P12-34 and 184% among F12-34. "16 & Pregnant" has also found success online. Since premiering on June 11th, the show delivered over 3.4M streams to date, making it the second most streamed series on within their time period underneath "The Hills."

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy is working with MTV to support "16 & Pregnant." In partnership with MTV, The National Campaign will continue to create viewing guides for each episode so educators, key organizations and individuals can use the show, which will be available rights free for distribution, as a platform to have an honest discussion around sexual health and pregnancy with teens. Additionally, The National Campaign launched an online resource supporting the show at to answer viewers' most commonly asked questions surrounding pregnancy and provide young people with the information they need to be fully informed on this topic.

"16 & Pregnant" is Executive Produced by Morgan J Freeman. Tony DiSanto is President of Programming for MTV. Dia Sokol is Co-Executive Producer. Liz Gateley and Lauren Dolgen are Executives in charge for MTV. Jessica Zalkind is Executive for MTV. Concept by Lauren Dolgen.

Executive Producer Morgan J. Freeman (MTV's Taking The Stage, Laguna Beach,) made a name for himself as the Sundance award-winning writer/director of Hurricane Streets, a film centered on the trails and tribulations of teenage life. Freeman's latest film is called Homecoming, a thriller starring Mischa Barton and Jessica Stroup (90210) and is being released theatrical July 17th.

About Dr. Drew Pinsky:

The most listened to doctor in America, Dr. Drew is the host of the nationally syndicated radio show "Loveline," where he has taken calls from listeners since 1982. Dr. Drew, who still runs a private practice, is also an internist who is board certified in addiction medicine and is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Keck USC School of Medicine. Using media to deliver information, Dr. Drew often appears on television and radio programs to talk about sex, relationships, and addiction. Recently, Dr. Drew teamed up with MTV to help teens and parents get to the root of their problems surrounding the taboo topic of sex in the groundbreaking series, "Sex...with Mom and Dad." Additionally, Dr. Drew is the best-selling author of The Mirror Effect: How Celebrity Narcissism Is Seducing America.

About The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy:

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy is a private, non-profit, non-partisan organization that seeks to improve the lives and future prospects of children and families. Our specific strategy is to prevent teen pregnancy and unplanned pregnancy so that a higher proportion of babies are born into wanted and welcoming circumstances. The National Campaign supports a combination of responsible behavior by men and women and responsible policies in the public and private sectors. Find out more at or

About MTV:

MTV is the dynamic, vibrant experiment at the intersection of music, creativity and youth culture. For over 27 years, MTV has evolved, challenged the norm, and detonated boundaries -- giving each new generation a creative outlet and voice that entertains, informs and unites on every platform and screen. On-air, MTV is the number one rated full-day ad-supported cable network for P12-24. Online, averaged 8.5 million monthly unique visitors during the first quarter of 2009 -- up +6% from Q4/2008 and up +6% year-over-year. Total video streams for the first quarter of 2009 increased 21% over the same time period last year. And MTV's successful sibling networks MTV2, mtvU and MTV Tr3s each deliver unprecedented customized content, super-serving music fans, college students and young American Latinos like no one else. MTV is part of MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom (NYSE:VIA)(NYSE: VIA.B), one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. Wanna know more? Come on

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Nick at Nite Finishes Second Quarter as Basic Cable's Number-One Net With Women 18-49; Ranks Number Two With Adults 18-49 in Total Day

Nick at Nite Finishes Second Quarter as Basic Cable's Number-One Net With Women 18-49; Ranks Number Two With Adults 18-49 in Total Day

NEW YORK, June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Nick at Nite closes second quarter as the number-one basic cable network with Women 18-49 in total day, averaging a 0.8/448,000 W18-49. Driven by hits like George Lopez, Roseanne and Home Improvement, Nick at Nite also ranks as the number-two cable network with Adults 18-49 (behind only USA Network) for the quarter, averaging a 0.6/668,000 A18-49 and 1.5 million total viewers (P2+).

George Lopez is the network's highest-rated program in second quarter, and has posted ratings growth since the show launched in September 2007. George Lopez averages a 0.6/678,000 A18-49 at 10 p.m. for the quarter and has posted gains of +20% with Adults 18-49 launch to date. George Lopez can be seen on Nick at Nite weekdays at 10 p.m.

In prime time, Nick at Nite averages a 0.6/1.6 million P2+ for the quarter. Nickelodeon recently announced that it is extending the Nick at Nite programming block to encompass all three hours of prime time (8-11 p.m. ET/PT), providing viewers with a slate of family programming including the upcoming Nick at Nite premiere of Malcolm in the Middle on July 5.

Year to date, Nick at Nite is averaging 1.5 million total viewers, a 0.6/679,000 A18-49 and a 0.8/442,000 W18-49.

Nick at Nite is Nickelodeon's nighttime programming block that features popular hit family comedies including the Emmy Award-winning series Home Improvement, George Lopez, and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, as well as Roseanne, one of the most talked about and celebrated sitcoms in television history.

Nick at Nite will continue its evolution as the home of the modern-day family comedy with the additions of Everybody Hates Chris, and the forthcoming original comedy, Glenn Martin, DDS, from Michael Eisner's Tornante Animation, later this year.

Nickelodeon, now in its 30th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books, magazines and feature films. Nickelodeon's U.S. television network is seen in more than 98 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 15 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NYSE:VIA)(NYSE: VIA.B).

All numbers above are based on Nielsen Media Research and Nick at Nite's total programming day unless otherwise noted. Nick at Nite: M-Th and Sun: 9 p.m.-6:30 a.m.; Fri-Sat 10 p.m.-6 a.m. (ET/PT).

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Two New TV Stations to Broadcast Lottery Drawings Beginning July 1

Two New TV Stations to Broadcast Lottery Drawings Beginning July 1

WTAE and WTAJ to Air Nightly Drawings

MIDDLETOWN, Pa., June 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Lottery officials today announced that beginning July 1, nightly Lottery drawings will be broadcast on WTAE, Channel 4, in the Pittsburgh viewing area and WTAJ, Channel 10, in the Johnstown/Altoona/State College viewing area.

"Lottery players in the Pittsburgh and west-central Pennsylvania regions will need to tune into different television stations to watch the live drawing show beginning July 1," said Lottery Executive Director Ed Trees. "Players in other areas of the state will continue to see the drawing on the stations they are used to watching."

The six stations to carry the live 6:59 p.m. nightly drawings and the 10:59 p.m. Powerball drawings on Wednesdays and Saturdays include: WTAE, Channel 4 - Pittsburgh; WTAJ, Channel 10 - Johnstown/Altoona/State College; WPVI, Channel 6 - Philadelphia; WGAL, Channel 8 - Harrisburg/Lancaster/Lebanon/York; WJET, Channel 24 - Erie; and WNEP, Channel 16 - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

The Lottery's advertising agency, MARC USA, maintains two-year contracts with television stations in each market to broadcast the drawing show. Those contracts expire June 30.

"The Lottery's advertising agency selected television stations in each market in an effort to maximize the number of households tuning into the drawing show, while obtaining the best overall advertising value for the Lottery," said Trees.

The Pennsylvania Lottery has broadcasted a live, televised drawing show since March 1977. An estimated 700,000 households watch the Lottery's nightly drawing show. The live Lottery drawing is conducted at WHP-TV studios in Harrisburg.

Pennsylvania Lottery Drawing Schedule:

-- The Daily Number, Big 4, Quinto and Cash 5 are drawn seven days a week
at 6:59 p.m.
-- Mix & Match is drawn Mondays and Thursdays at 6:59 p.m.
-- Super 7 is drawn Tuesdays and Fridays at 6:59 p.m.
-- Powerball is drawn Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:59 p.m.

-- Mid-day drawings for The Daily Number, Big 4, Quinto and Treasure Hunt
are conducted seven days a week, and winning numbers may be viewed at after 1:35 p.m. each day.

About the Pennsylvania Lottery: The Pennsylvania Lottery remains the only state lottery that designates all its proceeds to programs that benefit older residents. Since its inception 37 years ago, the Pennsylvania Lottery has contributed more than $18.3 billion to programs that include property tax and rent rebates; free and reduced-fare transit; the low-cost prescription drug programs PACE and PACENET; long-term care services; and the 52 Area Agencies on Aging, including more than 600 full- and part-time senior centers throughout the state. The Pennsylvania Lottery reminds its players to play responsibly. Players must be 18 or older.

For more information on the Pennsylvania Lottery, visit

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Nickelodeon's iCarly Ranks as Second Quarter's Top Kid, Tween Show in Basic Cable

Nickelodeon's iCarly Ranks as Second Quarter's Top Kid, Tween Show in Basic Cable

Nick Scores Top Three Kids' Programs in 2Q: iCarly, SpongeBob SquarePants and The Penguins of Madagascar

NEW YORK, June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Closing out the second quarter, Nickelodeon's iCarly is the number-one program on all of broadcast and cable with kids 6-11 and tweens 9-14 and the number-one live-action program with kids 2-11. The show also stands as cable's top kids' program among total viewers (source: NMR, Live + 7 Day from 3/30/08; Live + Same Day from 6/14/09-6/28/09). Starring Miranda Cosgrove and now nominated for four TEEN Choice Awards, iCarly hit several highs this quarter, including placing first among entertainment programming in May with total viewers. The series' second quarter performance was propelled by new episodes including "iDate a Bad Boy" (May 9, 8 p.m. ET/PT), which was kids 6-11 and tweens top series' telecast for second quarter, earning 7.2 million total viewers.

Year to date (12/29/08-6/28/09), iCarly ranks as the number-one kids' program on all of broadcast and basic cable with K2-11, K6-11, T9-14 and total viewers (P2+), and draws nearly 26 million total viewers each week. (Source: NMR, Live + 7 Day from 12/29/08; Live + Same Day from 6/14/09-6/21/09, NMR, NPower, Average Weekly CUME).

Nick's latest hit animated series, The Penguins of Madagascar, finishes as the number-one animated show with kids and total viewers for the quarter--followed by number-two ranked SpongeBob SquarePants. Since launch (March 28, 2009), The Penguins of Madagascar has quickly become a hit, averaging more than 24 million total viewers each week across all of its plays on Nick (Source: NMR, Live + 7 Day from 3/28/09; Live + Same Day from 6/14/09-6/21/09, NMR, NPower, Average Weekly CUME). SpongeBob SquarePants, as it celebrates its 10th Anniversary, is the number-one animated series year to date among kids 2-11 and has been for more than seven years.

Overall, Nickelodeon closes second quarter as basic cable's top total day network for kids and total viewers (P2+), marking its 15th consecutive year as cable's leading network during total day. Year to date, Nickelodeon also maintains double-digit leads over competitors and is the number-one total day network with its key demographics (kids 2-11, kids 6-11, tweens 9-14, persons 2+).

Nickelodeon ranked first with kids and total viewers (P2+) for both second quarter and year to date:

Nickelodeon's 2Q (3/30/09-6/28/09) highlights include:

-- Nick is number one with kids 2-11 and kids 6-11, averaging a 3.3/1.2
million K2-11, an +18% lead over Disney (2.8/964,000 K2-11) and +136%
over Cartoon (1.4/508,000 K2-11). Nick's 3.0/631,000 million K6-11 is
a +2% lead in delivery over Disney (3.0/618,000 K6-11), and +88% in
rating over Cartoon (1.6/339,000 K6-11).

-- Nick tallies 2.2 million P2+ quarter to date, +27% ahead of the
number-two total day network, The Disney Channel (1.7 million P2+) and
+121% ahead of Cartoon Network (974,000 P2+).

Nickelodeon's year-to-date (12/29/08-6/28/09) highlights include:

-- Nickelodeon is averaging 2.2 million total viewers (P2+), a +33% lead
over Disney (1.7 million P2+) and a +112% lead over Cartoon (1.0
million P2+).

-- Nickelodeon averages a 3.5/1.2 million kids 2-11, +30% ahead of Disney
(2.7/945,000 K2-11) and +119% over Cartoon (1.6/549,000 K2-11); a
3.1/650,000 K6-11, an +11% lead over Disney (2.8/591,000 K6-11) and
+82% over Cartoon (1.7/359,000 K6-11); and a 2.2/482,000 T9-14, a +4%
lead in delivery over Disney (2.2/464,000 T9-14) and +83% in rating
over Cartoon (1.2/257,000 T9-14).

Below are 2Q09 grids for kid, tween and total viewer demographics:

Persons 2+
Rank Net Basic Cable Programs Rating Del
3 USA WWE ENT MON 10P 2.3 5736
7 NICK ICARLY SAT 8P 1.6 3980
8 NICK PENGUINS SAT 10A 1.5 3901
9 USA NCIS M-F 8P 1.5 3841
10 NICK SPONGEBOB SAT 930A 1.5 3831

Top 5 Kids Programs 2Q09 (3/30/09-6/28/09) - Total Day (6A-6A)
Nickelodeon is a network only available and measured by
Nielsen on a total day basis.

Kids 2-11
Rank Net Program Rating Del
1 NICK PENGUINS SAT 10A 6.2 2182
2 NICK ICARLY SAT 8P 6.2 2174
3 NICK SPONGEBOB SAT 930A 6.1 2149
4 NICK BARNYARD SAT 1030A 5.0 1761
5 DSNY WIZARDS SUN 830P 5.1 1745

Kids 6-11
Rank Net Program Rating Del
1 NICK ICARLY SAT 8P 7.8 1656
2 DSNY WIZARDS SUN 830P 7.0 1462
3 NICK SPONGEBOB SAT 930A 6.6 1400
4 NICK PENGUINS SAT 10A 6.5 1386
5 DSNY SONNY SUN 830P 6.6 1368

Kids 6-14
Rank Net Program Rating Del
1 NICK ICARLY SAT 8P 7.0 2248
2 DSNY WIZARDS SUN 830P 6.4 2021
3 DSNY SONNY SUN 830P 6.0 1871
4 NICK PENGUINS SAT 10A 5.4 1734

Tweens 9-14
Rank Net Program Rating Del
1 NICK ICARLY SAT 8P 6.9 1487
2 DSNY WIZARDS SUN 830P 6.8 1452
3 DSNY SONNY SUN 830P 6.0 1286
5 DSNY SONNY SUN 8P 5.6 1183

Kids 2-5
Rank Net Commercial Preschool TV Programs Rating Del
1 NICK MAX & RUBY MF 1030A 6.7 936
2 NICK WUBBZY MF 10A 6.3 870
4 NICK DORA MF 12P 5.7 793
5 NICK DIEGO MF 930A 5.7 788

Persons 2+
Rank Net Kids' Programs Rating Del
1 NICK ICARLY SAT 8P 1.6 3980
2 NICK PENGUINS SAT 10A 1.5 3901
3 NICK SPONGEBOB SAT 930A 1.5 3831
4 DSNY WIZARDS SUN 830P 1.4 3471
5 NICK BARNYARD SAT 1030A 1.2 3137

Source: Nielsen Media Research, Live + 7 day through 6/13/09, Live + Same Day from 6/14/09-6/28/09. Ranked by delivery (000) and based on a minimum of 4 reg. scheduled plays only. All numbers above are based on Nickelodeon's total programming day unless otherwise noted. Nickelodeon: M-Th: 6:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fr: 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat: 6 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun: 6 a.m.-9 p.m. (ET/PT).

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Blind Mountain Climber Erik Weihenmayer and Actor-Director Eric Close Show Teachers How to Inspire Adventure in the Classroom, Using Verizon's

Blind Mountain Climber Erik Weihenmayer and Actor-Director Eric Close Show Teachers How to Inspire Adventure in the Classroom, Using Verizon's

Session Held at National Education Computing Conference, at Which Verizon Also Unveils New Educational Resources for

WASHINGTON, June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Blind mountain climber, adventurer and author Erik Weihenmayer teamed with actor-director Eric Close of the CBS series "Without A Trace" on Tuesday (June 30) to demonstrate how bringing a sense of adventure to the classroom can inspire and engage students to reach their full potential.

Titled "Inspiring the Inner Explorer: Creating a Spirit of Adventure in the Classroom," the session at the 2009 National Educational Computing Conference at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center here was hosted by the Verizon Foundation.

Weihenmayer, a former teacher, and Close appeared together for the first time in this new initiative, which pairs principles of adventure sports with practical tools like Verizon's, to help teachers move beyond the textbook when teaching. Weihenmayer put that concept into action by inviting Close and several teachers from the audience to take part in a rope team exercise to demonstrate the importance of teamwork on the mountain and in the classroom.

"I would not have reached any of those summits without the right tools or the right team," Weihenmayer told the teachers. "In this time, when you as teachers are expected to do more with less, and the mandate for student achievement is greater than ever, I hope you will leverage as one of the tools that can help you reach the summit in your classroom." is the Verizon Foundation's free, comprehensive Web site that contains thousands of educational resources including K-12 lesson plans, online educational activities, videos and other materials to enhance teacher effectiveness and improve student achievement.

In addition to the demonstration, the Verizon Foundation unveiled a new feature on that includes a collection of free educational resources designed to inspire adventure and curiosity in the classroom.

Among the resources included in the adventure feature are:

-- Blind Mountain Climber on Summiting Everest -- In the fifty years
since Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzig Norgay first saw the view from the
top of Mount Everest, thousands have tried to reach that lofty vantage
point. In this question-and-answer session with Weihenmayer, the only
blind person to ever stand on Everest's peak, National Geographic
offers a first-hand account of the brutal cold, savage winds and
crushing fatigue at 29,000 feet (8,840 meters).
-- Blast Off to Learn New Words -- This lesson plan from the National
Council of Teachers of English and the International Reading
Association's, will take students on a virtual trip
to the moon to help children become excited about reading and develop
new vocabulary skills. For grades K-2.

-- On Top of the World -- If you were standing on the top of Mount
Everest, how far would you be able to see to the horizon? In this
lesson, students will consider two different strategies for finding an
answer. The first strategy is algebraic -- using data about the
distance to the horizon from various heights to generate a rule. The
second strategy is geometric -- using the radius of the Earth and
right-triangle relationships to construct a formula. For grades 9-12.

"Resources such as Verizon's allow students to experience a subject rather than simply hearing about it," said Patrick Gaston, president of the Verizon Foundation. "Whether it's a virtual field trip to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History or an online activity from American Association for the Advancement of Science's NetLinks that teaches about gravity, can help bring learning to life."

The Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications, supports the advancement of literacy and K-12 education through its free educational Web site,, and fosters awareness and prevention of domestic violence. In 2008, the Verizon Foundation awarded more than $68 million in grants to nonprofit agencies in the U.S. and abroad. It also matched the charitable donations of Verizon employees and retirees, resulting in an additional $26 million in combined contributions to nonprofits. Through Verizon Volunteers, one of the nation's largest employee volunteer programs, Verizon employees and retirees have volunteered more than 3 million hours of community service since 2000. For more information on the foundation, visit

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving more than 86 million customers nationwide. Verizon's Wireline operations provide converged communications, information and entertainment services over the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network. Wireline also includes Verizon Business, which delivers innovative and seamless business solutions to customers around the world. A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of more than 237,000 and last year generated consolidated operating revenues of more than $97 billion. For more information, visit

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The Hits Keep On Coming from Eagle Rock Entertainment as Tracey Takes On...: The Complete Final Two Seasons Arrives on DVD

The Hits Keep On Coming from Eagle Rock Entertainment as Tracey Takes On...: The Complete Final Two Seasons Arrives on DVD

- July 14, 2009 -

NEW YORK, June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Eagle Rock Entertainment is proud to release a special THREE DVD set -- Tracey Ullman's, Tracey Takes On..., a hilarious account of the final two seasons of her highly-acclaimed, HBO comedy series including guest appearances by some of the entertainment industry's top performers, on July 14, 2009 (Pre-book order date June 24, MSRP $26.99).

Now it becomes crystal clear why all these years Tracey Ullman has been advising us after her performances to, "Go home!...Go Home!" She's wanted us there to pull up a comfortable chair or lie in our beds, turn on our TV's and DVD players and pop in her Tracey Takes On... DVD. The EIGHT-time Emmy winner knows comedy, knows what we like and knows how to get the most out of her eclectic list of guest stars. Tracey Takes On... includes guest appearances by Hugh Laurie, Bob Costas, Cheech Marin, Julie Kavner, Michael McKean, Helen Mirren, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Corbin Bernsen, just to name a few.

For those who were unlucky to have missed the final two seasons of Tracey Takes On..., Eagle Rock Entertainment is now making it possible for them to catch the comedic genius that is Tracey Ullman. And for those many, many fans who have seen some or all of these highly entertaining shows, this is the perfect opportunity to not only re-live some of the funniest moments on television, but to also be treated to SEVENTY-TWO minutes of never-ever-before-seen footage.

With each episode focusing on a particular theme (Sports, Love, Agents, Loss, etc,) and a varied guest performer, Tracey Ullman does what she does best...keep her audience thoroughly entertained to the point where we can't wait to see her again and again.

Eagle Rock Entertainment is an international media production and distribution company operating across audiovisual entertainment programming. Eagle Rock Entertainment works directly alongside talent to produce the highest quality programming output covering film, general entertainment and musical performance. Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices based in London, New York, Germany, France & Toronto.

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Universal Studios Hollywood, The Entertainment Capital of L.A., Lights Up the Stage With 'Creature from The Black Lagoon - A Raging Rockin' Show,' A Broadway-Level Contemporary, Musical Adaptation of Universal's Cult Horror Film

Universal Studios Hollywood, The Entertainment Capital of L.A., Lights Up the Stage With 'Creature from The Black Lagoon - A Raging Rockin' Show,' A Broadway-Level Contemporary, Musical Adaptation of Universal's Cult Horror Film

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Universal Studios Hollywood introduced "Creature from The Black Lagoon - A Raging Rockin' Show," featuring an all-original score and dazzling Broadway-level production values in a hip, musical stage adaptation of the Universal cult classic, opening exclusively at The Entertainment Capital of L.A.

The "Creature" made a grand entrance to the theme park in an enormous traveling aquarium. Among those on hand to witness his arrival was actress Julie Adams, who was the "Creature's" leading lady in the 1954 classic Universal Pictures film production that inspired the new musical production.

The new musical attraction has an approximate 25 minute running time and a storyline that has been updated from the original screenplay to infuse romance and comic relief with extravagant stagecraft, acrobatic choreography and a hilarious and contemporary musical score certain to keep the production moving at a sizzling pace.

Audiences will be immersed within a menacing Amazon environment, completely enveloped by the exotic sounds of the jungle as they watch the twisted love story between beauty and beast unfold. From the production's first moments, guests will be thrust into an unexpectedly outrageous, bizarrely romantic, melodic and often outlandishly comic adventure as this monster classic is re-imagined for the 21st Century.

"Creature from the Black Lagoon - A Raging Rockin' Show" is being realized for the stage by Universal Creative and an award-winning theatrical production team drawing from the best of Broadway that includes, Tony Award(R)-nominated Director and Choreographer Lynne Taylor-Corbett, whose credits include Footloose, starring Kevin Bacon, Bewitched, starring Nicole Kidman and Broadway's "Swing!"; Scenic Designer James Youmans, whose credits include Broadway's "West Side Story" and "Gypsy," starring Patti LuPone as well as Barry Manilow's Showstoppers International Tour; Creature & Puppet Designer Michael Curry, one of the world's leading production designers and whose credits include "The Lion King," the 1996 and 2002 Olympic opening and closing ceremonies and Cirque du Soleil(R); Fly Sequence Designer Paul Rubin, whose accomplishments include elaborate aerial stunts for "Wicked," "Peter Pan," and the Tony Awards(R); and Producer Marc Routh, whose Broadway credits include, "Little Shop of Horrors" "Gypsy," starring Patti LuPone, Mel Brooks' "Young Frankenstein" and "The Producers."

Universal Studios Hollywood (, The Entertainment Capital of L.A., includes a movie-based theme park and Studio Tour, the CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex, the Universal Cinemas and the Gibson Amphitheatre concert and special event venue. The theme park features the groundbreaking attractions "The Simpsons Ride," "Revenge of the Mummy - The Ride," "Shrek 4-D," "Jurassic Park - The Ride" and the newly enhanced Studio Tour in HD, with a state-of-the-art Hi-Def monitor system and new movie and TV sets on the historic backlot. Universal CityWalk features over 60 entertainment-themed restaurants, nightclubs, shops and dynamic entertainment options. The Universal CityWalk Cinemas, which includes California's largest IMAX venue, features the best movie-going experience in Los Angeles.

Universal Studios Hollywood is a unit of Universal Parks & Resorts, a division of Universal Studios, a part of NBC Universal. NBC Universal is one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May of 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80% owned by General Electric (NYSE:GE), with 20% controlled by Vivendi Universal.

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Tova Borgnine & QVC Make History as Fifi Retailer of the Year Award Recipients

Tova Borgnine & QVC Make History as Fifi Retailer of the Year Award Recipients

WEST CHESTER, Pa., June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Tova Borgnine, chairman and founder of The Tova Corporation, and leading multimedia retailer QVC(R) received the Retailer of the Year award at this year's Fragrance Foundation Ceremonies held in New York City on Wednesday, May 27, at The Downtown Armory. QVC and Tova Borgnine were honored for pioneering the sale of fragrance on television.

"It is hard to put into words how honored and humbled I am," Tova says. "It was 18 years ago that TOVA Signature made its first appearance on QVC; little did we know that we were about to change history. Realizing that you could not smell it before you purchased it was a hurdle we overcame quickly. I am thrilled and extremely grateful to our loyal customers who should truly have a part of this extraordinary award. To them I extend my eternal gratitude."

Tova's first fragrance, TOVA Signature, which is currently celebrating its 26th anniversary, rapidly became and continues to be one of QVC's best-selling fragrances with over eight million bottles sold worldwide.

In her own words, Tova continues, "QVC has been at the forefront of electronic retailing for more than 22 years and I feel privileged to be associated with the leader and champion of such. It is due to the courageous vision of QVC's leadership that they were able to shift the playing field for customers to shop conveniently from their homes. I am extremely thankful to QVC for giving me the opportunity to be a part of the future of retailing."

Allen Burke, director of beauty merchandising at QVC, who accepted the award on behalf of the company, adds, "To be recognized by such a prestigious organization as The Fragrance Foundation is a tremendous honor. Tova is an icon and a visionary with incredible talent and passion. There's a short list of truly iconic, hallmark brands and Tova has to be on there."

The glamorous "FiFi" Ceremonies, held in New York City, are attended by over 1,000 members of the international fragrance community. The awards are presented by celebrities from the world of fashion, theater, film and TV. The Fragrance Foundation celebrates the "FiFi," the "Oscars" of the fragrance world.

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DDB Worldwide Agencies Win Agency of the Year and Film Grand Prix at 2009 International Advertising Festival in Cannes

DDB Worldwide Agencies Win Agency of the Year and Film Grand Prix at 2009 International Advertising Festival in Cannes

CANNES, France, June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- DDB Brazil and Tribal DDB Worldwide took home top honors at the 2009 International Advertising Festival at Cannes.

DDB Brazil was recognized as Agency of the Year, while Tribal DDB in Amsterdam was awarded the Film Grand Prix for the Philips interactive film "Carousel," an award that Advertising Age called "a clear admission the age of interruption is over" and that the festival said recognized work being done on all screens, not simply television. To see the work click here:

Also winning at Cannes was DDB&Co. Istanbul, which was the No. 3 ranked agency in the world, clearly bringing to life the DDB network mantra that great creative work can and does come from anywhere around the globe.

Volkswagen, the Festival's 2009 Advertiser of the Year, also cited DDB, among others, as part of a partnership that consistently has produced outstanding work even in difficult times.

In total, DDB agencies won 52 Lions, tying for the most Lions won and earning the second most total points of any network.

"Both Agency of the Year and the Grand Prix in Film are tremendous honours and I want to thank DDB Brazil's Sergio Valente, Tribal DDB's Chris Baylis, our Philips Global Creative Director Neil Dawson, their teams and all our other offices that won Lions for bringing this recognition to DDB," said DDB Worldwide Chairman and Chief Creative Officer Bob Scarpelli. "Our network has proven once again that creativity is the most powerful force in business and DDB is one of the most creative forces in our industry."

DDB Worldwide President and CEO Chuck Brymer noted, "In all respects DDB truly traveled the high road last week at Cannes. It was a remarkable week in terms of wins as well as content: our presentation with Barack Obama Campaign Manager David Plouffe, for example, was widely regarded as one of the best seminars of the conference." To view excerpts of the presentation go to

About DDB

DDB Worldwide Communications Group Inc ( is the largest consolidated advertising and marketing services global network in the world, according to Advertising Age. DDB also has been frequently ranked as the most awarded agency network in the world by Creativity magazine and The Gunn Report, among others. With more than 200 offices in over 90 countries, the DDB Group believes that creativity is the most powerful force in business, building enduring and powerful brand experiences that create TalkValue(TM), influence social communities and drive results. DDB Worldwide is part of Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE:OMC).

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The 'BET AWARDS '09' Stands as the #1 Cable Telecast of the Year, Drawing Almost 10.7 Million Total Viewers

The 'BET AWARDS '09' Stands as the #1 Cable Telecast of the Year, Drawing Almost 10.7 Million Total Viewers

The 'BET AWARDS '09' Paid Tribute to Michael Jackson and Honored the Best in Music, Sports and Entertainment, Featuring Jamie Foxx, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Lil Wayne, Maxwell, Ne-Yo, Keri Hilson, LeBron James and a Special Appearance by Janet Jackson

NEW YORK, June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The live premiere of the BET AWARDS '09 on Sunday, June 28, drew 10.65 Million Total Viewers - the #1 cable telecast year-to-date and BET's biggest audience ever (NMR, Live + Same Day, 6/28). This year's show, which aired from 8:00-11:30 p.m.*, was dedicated to Michael Jackson and featured several special tributes to the King of Pop, as well as an emotional appearance by Janet Jackson, who spoke on behalf of the family to thank fans for their love and support.

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"The number of viewers who tuned in to see the BET AWARDS '09 is a testament to Michael Jackson's far-reaching and long-lasting influence and legacy," said Debra L. Lee, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, BET Networks. "We're thankful to everyone who played a role in the show, both on stage and behind the camera, and it meant so much to all of us to be there for our audience at this emotional time. Above all, we extend our love and prayers to the Jackson family and are honored that Joe and Janet Jackson were in attendance."

The BET AWARDS '09 also stands as the #1 awards show on cable for the year to date among total viewers. In addition, the 106 & PARK pre-show drew 3.1 million total viewers, and the BET Awards '09 After-Party Fashioned by My Black Is Beautiful Post Show drew 5.2 million total viewers. The sneak peek of the new BET series TINY & TOYA drew an additional 3.8 million total viewers. All three shows set BET records, becoming the #1 pre-show, post-show and original series telecasts in BET history, respectively (NMR, Live, 6/28).

The BET AWARDS '09 caps a record-breaking second quarter for BET. Second quarter 2009 is the #1 quarter in BET history, posting a +34% gain versus a year ago. Second quarter 2009 also ranks as BET's third straight quarter of year-over-year viewership gains, and BET has enjoyed four consecutive quarters of viewership increases since the third quarter of 2008. saw a 100% increase in its unique users versus the BET AWARDS '08 day of show, and had the best two-day total for unique users in history for the day of show and day after. June 2009 is now the #1 month all time for unique users and page views for, due to the significant interest in Michael Jackson and the strength of the BET AWARDS '09.

Additionally, BET Awards-related terms dominated the top 10 trending topics on Twitter on Sunday, June 28, and at one point during the BET AWARDS '09 premiere telecast, the BET Awards accounted for all top 10 trending topics on Twitter - an extraordinary feat.

About the BET AWARDS '09

It was a non-stop standing ovation for Michael Jackson and his legendary career at the BET AWARDS '09, as host Jamie Foxx and a legion of A-list stars paid tribute to the King of Pop with special performances, emotional testimonials about what Jackson meant to them, and a beautiful, colorful set featuring images and montages of the star. The BET AWARDS '09 celebrated Jackson and today's brightest stars in music, sports and entertainment at Los Angeles' historic Shrine Auditorium during a once-in-a-lifetime evening full of unforgettable moments on Sunday, June 28.

Encore telecasts of the BET AWARDS '09 are set for:
-- Tuesday, June 30 from 6:30-10:00 p.m.*
-- Thursday, July 2 from 8:00-11:30 p.m.*
-- Monday, July 6 from 8:00-11:30 p.m.*

-- PLEASE NOTE: End time may change depending on final show length.

BET once again teamed with Cossette Productions, the famed producers of the GRAMMY Awards(R) and the eight record-setting BET AWARDS shows, to handle production of the telecast. Stephen Hill, President, Music Programming and Specials, BET Networks, along with Lynne Harris-Taylor, Vice President of Specials, BET Networks, were executive producers of the telecast.

BET AWARDS '09 was sponsored by Pepsi, Procter & Gamble's Cover Girl and My Black Is Beautiful, Kmart, Lincoln, Ford, KFC Pride 360 and GREY GOOSE(R) Vodka.

For a list of winners from the BET AWARDS '09, please visit Visit for BET On Blast video highlights, photos and news from the BET AWARDS '09 at Get up-to-the-minute reactions about the BET AWARDS '09 by following @BETAwards on Twitter (

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About BET Networks

BET Networks, a division of Viacom Inc. (NYSE:VIA)(NYSE:VIA.B), is the nation's leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 98 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions:, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; BET Digital Networks -- BET J, BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Home Entertainment, a collection of BET-branded offerings for the home environment including DVDs and video-on-demand; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET in the United Kingdom and oversees the extension of BET network programming for global distribution.

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Hyperinflation Nation Surpasses 25,000 Views in 36 Hours

Hyperinflation Nation Surpasses 25,000 Views in 36 Hours

FORT LEE, N.J., June 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Inflation Association is pleased to announce that its first ever documentary, Hyperinflation Nation, surpassed 25,000 views on YouTube within 36 hours of its release and is currently the third top news video of the day.

Hyperinflation Nation features Peter Schiff, Ron Paul, Jim Rogers, Tom Woods and Gerald Celente; and is dedicated to preparing Americans for hyperinflation. The documentary shows how Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke was wrong about the Real Estate and automobile markets; and how the Federal Reserve's monetary policy could lead to the destruction of the U.S. dollar.

Hyperinflation Nation goes into detail about the gold, silver and agriculture markets, and explains how they could become the new boom industries of the next decade.

The documentary is free to watch on the videos page of

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The National Inflation Association is an organization that is dedicated to preparing Americans for hyperinflation. The NIA offers free membership at and provides its members with articles about the economy and inflation, news stories, important charts not shown by the mainstream media; YouTube videos featuring Jim Rogers, Marc Faber, Ron Paul, Peter Schiff, and others; and profiles of gold, silver, and agriculture companies that we believe could prosper in an inflationary environment.

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SIRIUS XM Radio Brings Musical Fireworks to Its Airwaves in Celebration of the Fourth of July

SIRIUS XM Radio Brings Musical Fireworks to Its Airwaves in Celebration of the Fourth of July

Special "Uncle Sam Radio" to offer listeners 24/7 patriotic music

Exclusive performances, interviews and specials celebrating Independence Day

NEW YORK, June 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SIRIUS XM Radio (NASDAQ:SIRI) announced today that it will celebrate the 4th of July with extensive programming, spanning its various 100% commercial-free music channels, including an entire channel, "Uncle Sam Radio," devoted to songs about America.

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During the 4th of July weekend, SIRIUS XM listeners will hear performances, concerts and interviews that span the diverse SIRIUS XM platform, including special Bruce Springsteen programming on E Street Radio, live broadcasts from the Essence Musical Festival on The Heat and Heart & Soul, holiday specials on Little Steven's Underground Garage, a special rebroadcast of the 2009 Blues Music Awards on B.B. King's Bluesville and an American Beauty special on the Grateful Dead Channel.

The entire schedule for the weekend can be found at or

4th of July weekend broadcast highlights:

UNCLE SAM RADIO (SIRIUS channel 113, XM channel 15, online on the Limited Engagements channel)

As the United States marks its birthday, SIRIUS XM presents a musical melting pot of songs all about America for a perfect holiday soundtrack. "Uncle Sam Radio" will offer listeners the perfect music for any backyard BBQ or day at the beach, including James Brown's "Living in America," Simon & Garfunkel's "America," Tom Petty's "American Girl," Grateful Dead's "U.S. Blues," Billie Holiday's "Yankee Doodle Never Went to Town," and Chuck Berry's "Back in the U.S.A."

Thursday, July 2 at 6:00 pm through Sunday, July 5 at 11:59 pm ET.

E STREET RADIO (SIRIUS channel 10 and XM channel 58)
Bruce's Independence Day

E Street Radio will kick off its Independence Day celebrations with a broadcast of a performance by Southside Johnny from the legendary Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey, scheduled to be recorded live on Thursday, July 2. The celebrations will continue with a broadcast of the Bruce Springsteen and E Street Band concert in Frankfurt, Germany, which will be recorded live on Friday, July 3 from the band's current "Working On A Dream" tour. E Street Radio listeners will also hear live archived Bruce Springsteen July 4th concerts from the past, including the July 4, 1985 concert at Wembley Stadium, England, the July 4, 1992 concert in Barcelona, Spain and specially selected songs from a performance in 2008 in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Broadcast of the Southside Johnny concert at Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey will air on Friday, July 3 at 8:00 pm ET.

Broadcast of the Bruce Springsteen and E Street Band concert in Frankfurt, Germany will air on Saturday, July 4 at 12:00 pm ET.

The special 4th of July programming will air all weekend beginning Friday, July 3 at 10:30 am through Sunday, July 5 at 3:00 am ET.

THE HEAT (SIRIUS channel 50 and XM channel 68) and HEART & SOUL (SIRIUS channel 51 and XM channel 62)

The 15th Annual Essence Music Festival

The Heat and Heart & Soul will broadcast live from the 2009 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans. SIRIUS XM listeners will hear various interviews and much more.

The Heat will broadcast live on Friday, July 3 from 12:00 pm -3:00 pm ET and Saturday, July 4 from 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET.

Heart & Soul will broadcast live on Friday, July 3 from 3:00 - 6:00 pm ET and Saturday, July 4 from 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm ET.

UNDERGROUND GARAGE (SIRIUS channel 25 and XM channel 59)

Underground Garage will celebrate the 4th of July with special programming all weekend hosted by various on-air hosts. Andrew Loog Oldham will be celebrating America's birthday by saluting Sun Records, the label that included artists like Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley. Kim Fowley will play his "Firecracker Five," the five most explosive songs in rock and roll; Ko Melina will highlight the ten American cities that have influenced rock and roll the most; and Bill Kelly will look back at the biggest songs of the 4th of July's past. Underground Garage will also feature a special "All-American" edition of its weekly show, Breakfast with The Beatles. Lastly, listeners will hear another "American Revolution," a special broadcasting throughout the entire weekend featuring the great rock and roll songwriters from the U.S.A. saluted by the best bands from the original British Invasion era.

Saturday, July 4 beginning at 8:00 am through Monday, July 6 at 7:00 am ET.

WILLIE'S PLACE (SIRIUS channel 64 and XM channel 13)
Willie Nelson's 4th of July Radio Picnic

Willie's Place will continue Willie Nelson's annual tradition with an all-star 4th of July musical picnic on the radio. The holiday special will feature an exclusive live recording of Willie Nelson from his 2006 picnic at the Ft. Worth Stockyards, along with performances from some of his friends, including Ray Price, Leon Russell and Johnny Bush.

Saturday, July 4 from 2:00 - 7:00 pm ET.

DEEP TRACKS (SIRIUS channel 16 and XM channel 40)
A Deep Tracks Head Trip to Independence Day

Deep Tracks will feature songs of freedom and revolution by artists like Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Neil Young and more.

Saturday, July 4, from 4:00 -8:00 pm and Sunday, July 5, from 3:00- 7:00 pm (all times Eastern).

THE GRATEFUL DEAD CHANNEL (SIRIUS channel 32 and XM channel 57)

The Grateful Dead channel will celebrate the day of American Independence with music from the quintessential Dead album, American Beauty.

Thursday, July 2 at 4:00 pm through Sunday, July 5 at 11:59 pm ET.

'70S ON 7 (SIRIUS and XM channel 7)
Casey Kasem's American Top 40 Countdown--The Seventies

'70s on 7 will air the very first American Top 40 countdown, hosted by Casey Kasem, that debuted on July 4, 1970.

The American Top 40 Countdown--The Seventies will air Saturday, July 4 from 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET. The countdown will be rebroadcast on Sunday, July 5 from 9:00 am - 11:00 am and Monday, July 6 from 12:00 am -2:00 am (all times Eastern).

SIRIUS XM POPS (SIRIUS channel 79 and XM channel 77)
Pops Star Spangled Spectacular

SIRIUS XM Pops will offer listeners an instrumental, traditional soundtrack for 4th of July festivities. Host Vincent Caruso will play favorite marches, movie tunes and patriotic favorites, including pieces from composers like John Philip Sousa, George Gershwin, Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein and John Williams.

Saturday, July 4 from 1:00 - 7:00 pm ET.

2009 Blues Music Awards Rebroadcast

B.B. King's Bluesville will rebroadcast the 2009 Blues Music Awards. Listeners will hear the last live performance from Blues Queen Koko Taylor joined by the Mannish Boys and singing her hit, "Wang Dang Doodle" as well as performances by Bettye LaVette, Marcia Ball and Irma Thomas together, Doug MacLeod, Taj Mahal and Maria Muldaur, Curtis Salgado with B.B. King on guitar.

Saturday, July 4 at 1:00 -6:00 pm ET.

FACTION (SIRIUS channel 28 and XM channel 52)

The Forefathers of Punk Weekend This 4th of July weekend, SIRIUS XM's Faction will celebrate the forefathers of punk with a special hosted by legendary punkers The Germs and X.

Saturday, July 4 and Sunday, July 5 from 9:00 am - 11:59 pm ET.

THE SPECTRUM (SIRIUS channel 18 and XM channel 45)
Nordic Rox on The Spectrum

Noted Swedish music journalist Sven Lindstrom will host an exclusive interview with Benny Andersson of ABBA. Listeners will hear Andersson discuss his European hit single "Story of My Heart," which was co-written by Bjorn Ulvaeus, also of ABBA.

The exclusive interview with Benny Andersson will be broadcast on Sunday, July 5 at 11:00 pm ET.

THE PULSE (SIRIUS channel 12 and XM channel 26)
Better than Ezra Spends the 4th on The Pulse

Better than Ezra will perform an exclusive set on The Pulse and discuss their latest album Paper Empire.

The performance and interview will air on Friday, July 3 at 9:00 am. The performance and interview will be rebroadcast on Friday, July 3 at 5:00 pm; Saturday, July 4 at 7:00 am, 12 noon and 7:00 pm; and Sunday, July 5 at 2:00 am, 3:00 pm and 9:00 pm (all times Eastern).

About SIRIUS XM Radio

SIRIUS XM Radio is America's satellite radio company delivering to subscribers commercial-free music channels, premier sports, news, talk, entertainment, and traffic and weather.

SIRIUS XM Radio has content relationships with an array of personalities and artists, including Howard Stern, Martha Stewart, Oprah Winfrey, Jimmy Buffett, Jamie Foxx, Barbara Walters, Opie & Anthony, Bubba the Love Sponge(R), The Grateful Dead, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, and Bob Edwards. SIRIUS XM Radio is the leader in sports programming as the Official Satellite Radio Partner of the NFL, Major League Baseball(R), NASCAR(R), NBA, NHL(R), and PGA TOUR(R), and broadcasts major college sports.

SIRIUS XM Radio has arrangements with every major automaker. SIRIUS XM Radio products are available at and, and at retail locations nationwide, including Best Buy, RadioShack, Target, Sam's Club, and Wal-Mart.

SIRIUS XM Radio also offers SIRIUS Backseat TV, the first ever live in-vehicle rear seat entertainment featuring Nickelodeon, Disney Channel and Cartoon Network; XM NavTraffic(R) service for GPS navigation systems delivers real-time traffic information, including accidents and road construction, for more than 80 North American markets.

This communication contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements about the benefits of the business combination transaction involving SIRIUS and XM, including potential synergies and cost savings and the timing thereof, future financial and operating results, the combined company's plans, objectives, expectations and intentions with respect to future operations, products and services; and other statements identified by words such as "will likely result," " are expected to," "anticipate," "believe," "plan," "estimate," "intend," "will," "should," "may," or words of similar meaning. Such forward-looking statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of SIRIUS' and XM's management and are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are difficult to predict and generally beyond the control of SIRIUS and XM. Actual results may differ materially from the results anticipated in these forward-looking statements.

The following factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from the anticipated results or other expectations expressed in the forward-looking statement: our substantial indebtedness; the businesses of SIRIUS and XM may not be combined successfully, or such combination may take longer, be more difficult, time-consuming or costly to accomplish than expected; the useful life of our satellites; our dependence upon automakers and other third parties; our competitive position versus other forms of audio and video entertainment; and general economic conditions. Additional factors that could cause SIRIUS' and XM's results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements can be found in SIRIUS' Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008 and XM's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008, which are filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") and available at the SEC's Internet site ( The information set forth herein speaks only as of the date hereof, and SIRIUS and XM disclaim any intention or obligation to update any forward looking statements as a result of developments occurring after the date of this communication.


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