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Nevada Commission on Tourism Launches '05 TV Ads, Online 'Wide Open' Adventure Guide

Nevada Commission on Tourism Launches '05 TV Ads, Online 'Wide Open' Adventure Guide

CARSON CITY, Nev., Feb. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The Nevada Commission on Tourism (NCOT) has launched the 2005 "Nevada: Wide Open" television advertising campaign and posted the latest adventure guide online, Lt. Gov. Lorraine Hunt announced today.

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The 30-second TV ad opens with a kayaker hoisting a bright yellow kayak to his shoulder and walking along the Las Vegas Strip at night. "Need a guide?" asks an inviting female voice. A sequence of adventure scenes show people bicycling, running, kayaking, skiing, hiking and fishing as the announcer says, "There's more to Nevada than you think. You just have to know where to look." The ad directs viewers to to order an adventure guide and visitor guide.

"The new ad shows people enjoying some of Nevada's many outdoor adventure activities in beautiful mountain areas," Hunt, NCOT chair, said. "The commercial delivers a simple message: there is much more to Nevada than the glamour and excitement of gaming and entertainment, and the adventure guide tells you where to find it."

Nevada's Online Adventure Guide, found at, handily accesses seven adventure categories: Hiking, Biking, Climbing, Backcountry, Off-Roading, Water Sports and Air Sports. The interactive site lets visitors choose an activity and area of the state: Northern, Southern, Rural Nevada or All Areas; the level of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Any or "Varies."

"The online guide makes finding information about Nevada's great choice of adventure activities fast and easy," Hunt said. "Now, it's possible to access the 'Wide Open' adventure guide from a hotel room, RV or virtually anywhere."

Adventure information includes a description of the activity, directions for getting there, areas to find lodging, and telephone numbers and Web sites to learn more. It replaces NCOT's first online adventure guide with the current "Wide Open" design and updated information. The adventure guide in a pocketsize book is available to order free online.

NCOT's 2005 print ads, designed for travel and adventure magazines, feature different people on the road to adventure than last year's ads but retain the cheerful blue skies and sunshine yellow design. The "Nevada: Wide Open" campaign is in its second phase, having begun in February 2004 with the release of the 107-page adventure guide and running of ads on cable television for the first time.

"This campaign features Nevada's adventure activities with an attractive, lighthearted, upbeat mood that has been extremely well received, not only in the United States but internationally," NCOT Executive Bruce Bommarito said. "We will continue to use technology that enables NCOT to track the success of each TV ad in real time, measure the results and make changes if a market doesn't meet our expectations."

The current spring season TV ads are running on eight channels: Animal Planet, Discovery, Fox News, FX, National Geographic, Speed Channel, TBS and the Travel Channel. Print ads run in travel magazines in the United States, Canada, Japan, and China, where Nevada is the only U.S. tourism entity fully licensed by the Chinese government to advertise and promote tourism in that country of nearly 1.4 billion people.

Since February 2004 when NCOT first entered the television market, the "Wide Open" campaign has generated nearly 22,000 responses through the Web site and toll-free telephone number. Over the 11 months of TV advertising last year, NCOT's Web site visits increased 12.3 percent and calls to 800-NEVADA-8 to order adventure and visitor guides increased 45.4 percent.

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CONTACT: Chris Chrystal of Nevada Commission on Tourism, +1-775-687-4322, or

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NOTE TO EDITORS: Still photos from TV ad available upon request. Call Mary Paoli, 775-323-1611.

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XM Radio's Satellite Successfully Delivered to Orbit

XM Radio's Satellite Successfully Delivered to Orbit

WASHINGTON, March 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- XM Satellite Radio (NASDAQ:XMSR) announced the successful launch of its XM-3 satellite. Liftoff occurred on February 28 at 10:51 pm EST off the Sea Launch Odyssey Launch Platform in open waters of the Pacific Ocean on the equator. The XM-3 satellite was inserted into a geosynchronous transfer orbit, on its way to an orbital location for routine testing prior to placement in its final orbital position at 85 degrees West Longitude. A ground station in South Africa acquired the spacecraft's first signal an hour after liftoff, as planned.

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Built by Boeing Satellite Systems, the XM-3 satellite is a Boeing 702 spacecraft, one of the most powerful satellites built today, designed to provide 18 kilowatts of total power at beginning of life. Like its sister spacecraft, XM-1 and XM-2 -- also launched by Sea Launch -- XM-3 will transmit more than 150 channels of digital-quality music, news, sports, talk, comedy and children's programming to subscribers nationwide.

About XM Satellite Radio

XM is America's number one satellite radio service with more than 3.2 million subscribers. Broadcasting live daily from studios in Washington, DC, New York City and Nashville at the Country Music Hall of Fame, XM's 2005 lineup includes 151 digital channels of choice from coast to coast: 67 commercial-free music channels, featuring hip hop to opera, classical to country, bluegrass to blues; more than 40 channels of premier sports, talk, comedy, children's and entertainment programming; and 21 channels of the most advanced traffic and weather information for major metropolitan areas nationwide. XM was named Best Radio Service at the 2004 Billboard Digital Entertainment Awards. Popular Science recently chose XM products for two prestigious "Best of What's New 2004" Awards. As the Official Satellite Radio Network for Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Exclusive Satellite Radio Service for NASCAR, as well as the Official Satellite Radio Service for ACC, PAC-10 and Big-10 collegiate football and basketball, XM Satellite Radio is the industry leader in sports radio programming, offering thousands of live sporting events each year.

XM, the leader in satellite-delivered entertainment and data services for the automobile market through partnerships with General Motors, Honda, Toyota, Nissan and Volkswagen/Audi, is available in more than 120 different vehicle models for 2005. XM also is available in Avis, National, and Alamo rental cars. XM is the exclusive in-flight entertainment service for AirTran Airways, and will soon be available on JetBlue flights. Consumers can experience XM over the Internet through XM Radio Online at For more information about XM hardware, programming and partnerships, please visit

Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements in this press release include demand for XM Satellite Radio's service, the Company's dependence on technology and third party vendors, its potential need for additional financing, as well as other risks described in XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc.'s Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on 3-15-04. Copies of the filing are available upon request from XM Radio's Investor Relations Department.

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CONTACT: Chance Patterson of XM Satellite Radio, +1-202-380-4318,

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After Sixty Years David Webb Precious Jewels Are Still Walking Oscar's Red Carpet

After Sixty Years David Webb Precious Jewels Are Still Walking Oscar's Red Carpet

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Feb. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Cameras roll, lights flash, fans cheer, and journalists scramble for interviews with the hottest stars- Oscar may have turned 77 last night, but the excitement of the red carpet shows no signs of aging.


While boldface names change over time, the pressure to look fabulous remains ever-present for celebrities on Hollywood's biggest night. But today it isn't just the leading ladies; men are expected to show up with some adornment as well. And, just as they did in the past, stars turn to David Webb for fine jewelry.

Morgan Freeman, who won a long-awaited Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, wore David Webb platinum, black enamel, diamond and crystal shirt studs and cufflinks as he accepted his award to a standing ovation. Freeman's stylist Anna Roth, who selected Webb jewelry for her client well in advance, explains Webb's enduring popularity:

"It's not only quality of the workmanship, which is impeccable," says Roth, "the pieces are bold and unique. When you want to make an elegant statement you can count on David Webb."

Jane Seymour certainly looked elegant wearing David Webb platinum and diamond earrings at the Elton John AIDS Foundation party, as did Aisha Taylor in a pair of Webb's platinum, pearl and diamond earrings. Fashion photographer-turned-director David LaChapelle, known for his groundbreaking visuals, wore a David Webb yellow gold and chocolate brown diamond ring.

From the company's beginning in the late 40s, David Webb Fine Jewelry attracted international attention, but some of the earliest and biggest fans came from Hollywood. Movie sirens Ava Gardner and Lana Turner wore their jewelry both on and off the big screen. Style mavens like Princess Grace of Monaco, the Duchess of Windsor, Merle Oberon, and Jacqueline Kennedy Onasis were loyal customers. Elizabeth Taylor featured 4 pages of David Webb jewelry in "My Love Affair with Jewelry," the photo book of her legendary collection. But the timelessness of the work is still attracting famous young beauties such as Alicia Silverstone, Scarlett Johansson, and Mischa Barton.

To view select pieces by David Webb visit

Contact: Rymann Winter D'Orazio & Associates Public Relations 310/860-0041 310/861-9041 (fax)

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CONTACT: Rymann Winter of D'Orazio & Associates Public Relations, +1-310-860-0041, or fax, +1-310-861-9041,, for David Webb Fine Jewelry

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Award-Winning Jewelry Designer Alan Friedman Provides the Perfect Accent to Oscar's Gold

Award-Winning Jewelry Designer Alan Friedman Provides the Perfect Accent to Oscar's Gold

HOLLYWOOD, Feb. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- When Hollywood veteran Morgan Freeman ascended the podium to accept this year's award for Best Supporting Actor, the coveted Oscar statue wasn't his only gold accessory -- he chose Alan Friedman's yellow diamond and yellow gold small hoop earrings to frame his winning smile.


"Alan's use of color is amazing and I love the uniqueness of his designs," says Freeman's stylist, Anna Roth, who dressed Freeman for the event. "His natural color diamond pieces are perfect when you need distinctive jewelry with not only classic appeal, but also a contemporary touch."

But Freeman wasn't the only one lighting up the red carpet with Alan Friedman jewelry -- "Insider" host Pat O'Brian was wearing a gold and yellow diamond watch by Alan Friedman for De la Cour. O'Brian's co-host Lara Spencer wore Freidman's platinum and yellow princess cut diamond bracelet with matching yellow and white diamond earrings, while "Ray" producer Benjamin Stuart kept time with a white gold black and white diamond watch, also by Alan Friedman for De la Cour.

Often referred to as modern classics, Friedman's pieces win awards of their own. He won last year's prestigious Spectrum Award for "Best Casual Wear" and is a recent winner of Spectrum's "First Place" and "Best of Show." A third-generation jeweler, Friedman has consistently created unique collections featuring hues ranging from intense canary yellows and deep cognacs to iridescent blues. But the color most associated with the Alan Friedman name is the coveted pink diamond because he is the only designer in the world whose core business is built around pinks.

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Rymann Winter Dorazio & Associates Tel: 310/860-0041

Photo: NewsCom: AP Archive: PRN Photo Desk, Source: Alan Friedman Designs

CONTACT: Rymann Winter of Dorazio & Associates, +1-310-860-0041,, for Alan Friedman Designs

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VOOM Announces Continued Service

VOOM Announces Continued Service

JERICHO, N.Y., Feb. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- VOOM HD, LLC today announced that it is prepared to finance the continued expansion of the VOOM satellite service. Supported by the family interests of Charles and Thomas Dolan, VOOM HD, LLC has advised Cablevision that it continues to be interested in completing a transaction on the terms and conditions of the Letter of Intent into which the two companies entered several weeks ago. These include the purchase of assets and the assumption of liabilities related to the satellite service.

Said Tom Dolan, VOOM HD's CEO, "We are more than ever convinced of the viability of the VOOM service. We believe our offer to Cablevision is in the best interests of Cablevision's shareholders and VOOM's 46,000 subscribers across the nation. If we are able to complete negotiations with Cablevision, we are certain that VOOM HD will emerge as a robust new vendor providing a valuable alternative to the two services that now dominate the satellite industry."

VOOM is the first television service to provide a comprehensive array of high-definition (HD) programming for the rapidly growing but underserved HDTV audience. With a lineup of nearly 40 HD channels, VOOM delivers more HD programming than any other satellite or cable service provider. VOOM's HD lineup includes STARZ! HD, Encore HD, Showtime HD, Playboy Hot HD, ESPN HD, HBO HD and Cinemax HD, as well as an exclusive package of brand-new, commercial-free VOOM HD Originals such as WorldSport, Equator and Animania. The service also includes 87 of the most popular cable channels in standard- definition (SD), 23 digital music channels, and free over-the-air digital broadcast channels in HD, where available. VOOM is offered across the continental United States through local Sears retailers; at BrandsMart USA stores; and through O'Rourke Sales Company's independent electronics retailers with approximately 10,000 locations in all 50 states. Customers can also purchase the service by calling 1-800-GET-VOOM or by visiting

Source: VOOM HD, LLC

CONTACT: Bo Park for VOOM HD, LLC, +1-516-803-1777

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Red Roof Inn Selects On Command as New In-Room Entertainment Provider

Red Roof Inn Selects On Command as New In-Room Entertainment Provider

Accor and On Command Sign an Exclusive Seven-Year Agreement for Red Roof Inns

DENVER, Feb. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- On Command Video Corporation, a leading provider of in-room interactive entertainment for the hotel industry and its guests, and Accor North America announced today an exclusive seven-year agreement with Red Roof Inn. On Command will be adding more than 39,000 hotel rooms to its portfolio with the signing of the Red Roof Inn properties.

Under the terms of the agreement, the hotel chain will market and sell On Command's video-on-demand and pay-per-view services in all 250 corporately- managed properties. Additionally, Accor will make On Command the brand standard for all franchised hotels, currently totaling 100 locations. Red Roof Inn properties will be upgraded to On Command's digital video-on-demand system and Canvas(TM) software, which enables properties to receive broader in-room entertainment services including: On Command's free-to-guest programming, video-on-demand content, pay-per-view services, Internet TV, iGames and digital music on-demand.

"Partnering with industry leader On Command is a perfect example of how we are reinventing Red Roof Inn to provide more value to business travelers," said Joe Wheeling, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Red Roof Inn. "Adding On Command's systems, software and programming will upgrade the in-room entertainment viewing options available to our hotel guests. This step in improving amenities will place our hotels on a level playing field with larger hotels and set them apart from our segment competitors."

"On Command is thrilled about our new partnership with Accor's Red Roof Inn properties, which expands on our long-term, exclusive relationship with their domestic Sofitel and Novotel properties," said Chris Sophinos, president and chief executive officer for On Command. "This new agreement demonstrates our commitment to develop and deliver new systems and services that provide the best in-room entertainment available to all hotel segments. On Command's satellite-delivered content will open a whole new world of entertainment choices for Red Roof Inn properties and their guests."

About On Command

On Command Video Corporation ( is a leading provider of in-room entertainment technology to the lodging and cruise ship industries. On Command is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation (NYSE:L)(NYSE:LMCB). On Command entertainment services include: on-demand movies; television Internet services using high-speed broadband connectivity; television email; short form television features covering drama, comedy, news and sports; video games; and music-on-demand services through Instant Media Network, a majority-owned subsidiary of On Command and the leading provider of digital on-demand music services to the hotel industry. All On Command products are connected to guest rooms and managed by leading edge video-on- demand navigational controls and a state-of-the art guest user interface system. The guest menu system can be customized by hotel properties to create a robust platform that services the needs of On Command hotel partners and the traveling public. On Command and its distribution network services more than 1,000,000 guest rooms, which touch more than 300 million guests annually.

On Command's direct served hotel properties are located in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Spain. On Command distributors serve cruise ships operating under the Royal Caribbean, Costa and Carnival flags. On Command hotel properties include more than 100 of the most prestigious hotel chains and operators in the lodging industry including, Accor, Adam's Mark Hotels & Resorts, Fairmont, Four Seasons, Gaylord Hotels (Gaylord Palms, Gaylord Texan, Gaylord Opryland and Gaylord Hotel at Opryland), Hilton Hotels Corporation, Hyatt Hotels, Intercontinental Hotels Group (Inter-Continental, InterContinental Buckhead, Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn), Loews, Marriott (Courtyard, Renaissance, Fairfield Inn and Residence Inn), New York Palace Hotel, Radisson, Ramada, Starwood Hotels & Resorts (Westin, Sheraton, W Hotels and Four Points), and Wyndham Hotels & Resorts.

About Red Roof Inn

With more than 350 locations nationwide, Red Roof Inn offers free local phone calls, complimentary coffee and USA Today in the lobby. Rooms are equipped with clock radios, voicemail, and an enhanced in-room entertainment package with video games and more than 14 channels, including HBO, HBO2 and HBO Signature. Red Roof Inn provides pet friendly accommodations, snack centers and photocopy and facsimile services. RediCard Preferred Members(TM) enjoy faster reservations via a dedicated toll-free number, express check-in, complimentary room delivery of USA Today, priority room requests and free faxes, along with a generous awards program for free room nights or Delta SkyMiles. RediCard members can track stays in real-time, manage award options and receive special member communications with the new member-only website,

By the end of 2005, all Red Roof Inn locations will be equipped with T-Mobile HotSpot wi-fi service in 100% of all guestrooms and lobbies. T- Mobile operates the largest carrier owned Wi-Fi wireless broadband network in the country, available in more than 4,700 public access locations in the U.S. (over 7,000 locations worldwide*) including Starbucks coffeehouses, Borders Books and Music, FedEx Kinko's Office and Print Centers, Hyatt Hotels, airports and select American Airlines Admirals Clubs, Delta Air Lines Crown Rooms, United Airlines Red Carpet Clubs and US Airways Clubs.

For more information or reservations call 1-800-RED-ROOF (800-733-7663) or visit

About Accor North America

Headquartered in Carrollton, Texas, Accor North America is a division of Accor and operates more than 1,200 upscale and economy properties including nationwide economy leaders Red Roof Inns, Motel 6 and Studio 6 and the upscale Sofitel and mid-scale Novotel and Ibis hotel locations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

About Accor

With 158,000 people in 140 countries, Accor is the European leader and one of the world's largest groups in travel, tourism and corporate services, with two major international activities:

-- hotels: nearly 4,000 hotels (462,000 rooms) in 90 countries, casinos, travel agencies, and restaurants;

-- services to corporate clients and public institutions: 14 million people in 34 countries use a broad range of services (food vouchers, people care and services, incentive, loyalty programs, events) engineered and managed by Accor.

Source: On Command Video Corporation

CONTACT: Jill Wisehart, Corporate Communications, On Command Video Corporation, +1-720-873-3423,; or Kelley Johnson, Director, Communications, Accor North America, +1-972-360-5958,

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NEWSWEEK: Many of Michael Jackson's Hard-Core Fans Feel That He Is Persecuted Because He Never Tried to Conform

NEWSWEEK: Many of Michael Jackson's Hard-Core Fans Feel That He Is Persecuted Because He Never Tried to Conform

'He Needs Me,' Says One Devotee, Who Prays for Jackson Three Times a Day

NEW YORK, Feb. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- To his fans, Michael Jackson is far more than the moonwalking legend of the '80s: he is a selfless being who embodies humility and generosity in a world where goodness is persecuted, discovers Senior Writer Lorraine Ali in a report on the hard-core fans people call Jacko's Wackos. Even those too young to have experienced Jackson in his golden era, the 1980s, feel that Jackson somehow has their back-or at least understands what it's like when no one does, writes Ali in the March 7 issue of Newsweek (on newsstands Monday, February 28).

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Ali talked to Jackson devotees like Farah Pajuheshfar, a 46-year-old Las Vegas hairdresser and mother of two who runs a fan club (MJ's Soldiers of Love) and prays for Michael three times a day. Pajuheshfar's dining-room table is covered with banners: MICHAEL IS 1000% INNOCENT; MICHAEL, KEEP SOARING LIKE AN EAGLE. Her own drawings of Michael hang from an otherwise bare Christmas tree. "He was there for me when I needed him," says Pajuheshfar, who says Jackson's songs helped her overcome loneliness. "Now he needs me, and it's my turn to return the favor."

Like many fans, Faisal Malik, a 30-year-old biotech researcher who helps run, feels Jackson is persecuted because he never tried to conform. "So what if he wants to get plastic surgery or live in a place called Neverland?" he says. "I understand what it's like to have a really strict father who makes you work all the time, who denies you of your childhood. Maybe he makes fun of the way you look-your nose, your acne."

Jackson hasn't had a No. 1 hit in a decade, his last two albums utterly tanked and he's now on trial for child molestation. Ever since the first accusations were leveled against him in 1993, fans have created hundreds of Web sites where they study and respond-coherently, too-to the legal issues, Ali writes. They organize large spur-of-the-moment rallies, complete with chartered buses and hotel accommodations. "Their dedication deepens as his personal troubles grow," says Michael Joseph Gross, who spent four years researching celebrity fandom and has found that they glory in a sense of exclusivity. "When no one understands him, no one loves him, there is a small group of fans who rush to his side. In doing that, they become someone special-maybe even as special as he is."

"These fans have what's called a parasocial relationship," says Stuart Fischoff, professor emeritus of media psychology at Cal State in L.A. "They think they know Michael, even if Michael doesn't know them. They have a bond they're not willing to give up very readily. It would take a Sherman tank to blow it out. That Sherman tank may be that kid on the stand."

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CONTACT: Abigail Lorge of Newsweek, +1-212-445-4078

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RELM Wireless Announces 2004 Results

RELM Wireless Announces 2004 Results

WEST MELBOURNE, Fla., Feb. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- RELM Wireless Corporation (BULLETIN BOARD: RELM) today announced its operating results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2004.

Sales for the year 2004 increased approximately $1.0 million (4.7 percent) to $20.7 million from $19.7 million for the prior year. Pretax income for the year 2004 increased approximately $0.8 million (88.4 percent) to $1.7 million from $0.9 million for the prior year. Net income for the year 2004 increased approximately $7.0 million to $7.9 million ($0.65 per diluted share) from $0.9 million ($0.09 per diluted share) for the prior year, primarily due to an income tax benefit of approximately $6.2 million as a result of a reduction in the valuation allowance of the Company's deferred tax asset. The deferred tax asset is comprised largely of net operating loss carry forwards (NOLs).

Sales for the fourth quarter 2004 decreased approximately $0.3 million (5.9 percent) to $5.6 million, from $5.9 million for the same quarter last year. Pretax income for the fourth quarter 2004 decreased approximately $0.4 million (50.5 percent) to $0.4 million from $0.8 million for the prior year. Fourth quarter net income increased approximately $5.8 million to $6.6 million ($0.50 per diluted share) from $0.8 million ($0.08 per diluted share) for the fourth quarter of the prior year primarily due to the aforementioned reduction in the valuation allowance of the net deferred tax asset and corresponding income tax benefit.

Sales growth for the year ended December 31, 2004 was driven primarily by sales of new products, including digital Project 25 radios used by government and public safety agencies, as well as new RELM-series radios targeted for commercial and industrial applications. The decline in sales for the fourth quarter 2004 compared to the same period last year was primarily attributed to the timing of purchases by certain government customers.

For the year 2004, gross profit margins increased to 44.0 percent from 38.6 percent for 2003 as a result of the increasing effectiveness of manufacturing programs and efficiencies as well as new product designs and reduced manufacturing overhead costs. Gross profit margins for the fourth quarter 2004 decreased to 40.0 percent from 47.2 percent for the same period last year, due to non-recurring sales of older model analog products.

For the year 2004, selling, general and administrative costs (SG&A) increased approximately 12.8 percent to $7.2 million compared to $6.4 million for 2003 as the Company increased its spending related to digital product development programs and certain sales and marketing activities. For the fourth quarter 2004, SG&A decreased approximately 5.2 percent to $1.7 million compared with $1.8 million for the same period last year due to decreases in administrative expenses and certain one-time expenses that were incurred during the fourth quarter last year.

The Company realized an income tax benefit for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2004 of approximately $6.2 million compared to income tax expense of $13,000 for 2003. This benefit was derived from a reduction in the valuation allowance of the Company's deferred tax asset, which is comprised primarily of net operating loss carry forwards (NOLs). The reduction was the result of the Company's reevaluation of its prospects for realizing the benefit of its net deferred tax asset in future years, and is based upon management's conclusions regarding, among other considerations, estimates of future earnings based on information currently available, current and anticipated customers and contracts, new product introductions, recent operating results during 2004, 2003 and 2002, and certain tax planning strategies.

RELM President and Chief Executive Officer David Storey commented, "In 2003, we posted RELM's best operating income performance in 17 years. In 2004, we exceeded that performance on the strength of new product development and manufacturing improvements. Leading the way were new BK Radio-brand P25 digital products for public safety, homeland security, military and federal/state/local government agency users. We also introduced an entire new family of mobile and portable radios for commercial and industrial applications. These new products, incorporating more efficient manufacturing designs, combined with a lean cost structure, are key factors behind our improved results."

Mr. Storey continued, "We also realized an increase in net income largely due to the income tax benefit of reducing the valuation allowance against our deferred tax asset. Although this is a non-cash transaction, it is important to note that the income tax benefit requires not only sustained profitability in recent years but also the prospect for realizing the value of this net deferred tax asset from future earnings."

For more than 55 years, RELM Wireless Corp. has manufactured and marketed high-specification two-way communications equipment for use by public safety professionals and government agencies, as well as radios for use in a wide range of commercial and industrial applications, including disaster recovery. Revolutionary advances include new low-cost digital portable two-way radios compliant with APCO Project 25 technical specifications. Products are manufactured and distributed worldwide under BK Radio, Relm/BK and Relm brand names. The company maintains its headquarters in West Melbourne, Florida and can be contacted through its web site at or directly at 1-800-821-2900.

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act Of 1995. These forward-looking statements concern the Company's operations, economic performance and financial condition and are based largely on the Company's beliefs and expectations. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company, or industry results, to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors and risks include, among others, the following; the Company's history of losses through 2002, reliance on overseas manufacturers; heavy reliance on sales to the U.S. Government; federal, state and local budget deficits and spending limitations; limitations in available radio spectrum for use by land mobile radios; general economic and business conditions; changes in customer preferences; competition; changes in technology; changes in business strategy; the debt and inventory levels of the Company; quality of management, business abilities and judgment of the Company's personnel; and the availability, terms and deployment of capital. Certain of these factors and risks, as well as other risks and uncertainties are stated in more detail in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2003 and in the Company's subsequent filings with the SEC. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this press release, and the Company assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements or to update the reasons why actual results could differ from those projected in the forward-looking statements.

RELM WIRELESS CORPORATION Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income (In Thousands Except Per Share Amounts)

Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended (Unaudited) 12/31/2004 12/31/2003 12/31/2004 12/31/2003

Sales $5,553 $5,901 $20,656 $19,728

Costs & Expenses: Cost of Sales 3,330 3,118 11,571 12,112 Selling, General and Administrative Expenses 1,749 1,845 7,161 6,350 Total Costs & Expenses 5,079 4,963 18,732 18,462

Operating Income 474 938 1,924 1,266

Other Income (Expense): Interest Expense (69) (105) (291) (442) Other Income 13 12 27 57

Pretax Income 418 845 1,660 881

Income Tax Expense / (Benefit)** (6,217) 13 (6,217) 13

Net Income $6,635 $832 $7,877 $868

Earnings per share - basic $0.52 $0.09 $0.68 $0.10

Earnings per share - diluted $0.50 $0.08 $0.65 $0.09

Weighted Average Common Shares Outstanding, Basic 12,871 9,072 11,536 9,002

Weighted Average Common Shares Outstanding, Diluted 13,383 10,750 12,151 9,173

** The Company realized an income tax benefit for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2004 of approximately $6.2 million compared to income tax expense of $13,000 for 2003. The benefit was derived from a reduction in the valuation allowance against the deferred tax asset, generating a corresponding income tax benefit totaling approximately $6.2 million. The deferred tax asset is composed primarily of net operating loss carry forwards (NOLs). The reduction in valuation allowance is based upon management's conclusions regarding, among other considerations, estimates of future earnings based on information currently available, current and anticipated customers and contracts, new product introductions, recent operating results during 2004, 2003 and 2002, and certain tax planning strategies.

RELM WIRELESS CORPORATION Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (In Thousands Except Share Data)

December 31 December 31 2004 2003 ASSETS Current Assets: Cash & Cash Equivalents $3,140 $1,293 Trade Accounts Receivable, Net 3,651 2,880 Inventories, Net 4,735 5,698 Deferred tax assets, net** 1,339 - Prepaid Expenses & Other Current Assets 326 374 Total Current Assets 13,191 10,245

Property, Plant and Equipment, Net 1,291 1,468 Debt Issuance Costs, Net - 171 Deferred tax assets, net** 4,923 - Other Assets 288 345

Total Assets $19,693 $12,229

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY Current Liabilities: Current maturities of long-term debt $700 $3,150 Accounts payable 520 891 Accrued compensation and related taxes 549 547 Accrued warranty expense 118 82 Accrued other expenses and other current liabilities 352 302 Total Current Liabilities 2,239 4,972

Long-Term Debt - 1,272

Commitments and Contingencies - -

Stockholders' Equity: Preferred stock; $1.00 par value; 1,000,000 authorized shares, none issued or outstanding. - - Common stock; $0.60 par value; 20,000,000 authorized shares, 12,872,618 and 9,073,085 issued and outstanding shares at December 31, 2004 and December 31, 2003, respectively. 7,723 5,443 Additional paid-in capital 22,794 21,482 Deficit (13,063) (20,940) Total Stockholders' Equity 17,454 5,985

Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity $19,693 $12,229

** As of December 31, 2004, the Company recognized a net deferred tax asset of approximately $6.2 million. This asset is composed primarily of net operating loss carry forwards (NOL's). Realization of the net deferred tax asset is dependent upon the Company's ability to generate sufficient taxable income in future years. SFAS Statement 109 requires that all evidence be analyzed to determine if, based on the weight of the evidence, the Company is more likely than not to realize the benefit of the net deferred tax asset. Recognition of the net deferred tax asset is based upon management's conclusions regarding, among other considerations, estimates of future earnings based on information currently available, current and anticipated customers and contracts, new product introductions, recent operating results during 2004, 2003 and 2002, and certain tax planning strategies.

The Company has evaluated the available evidence and the likelihood of realizing the benefit of its net deferred tax asset and concluded based upon the weight of available evidence that it more likely than not will realize the benefit of its net deferred tax asset. Accordingly, in the fourth quarter 2004, the Company reduced the valuation allowance against its deferred tax asset, recognizing a net deferred tax asset on the Company's balance sheet of approximately $6.2 million.

Source: RELM Wireless Corporation

CONTACT: William P. Kelly, Executive VP and CFO, RELM Wireless Corporation, +1-321-984-1414

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Major Announcement With Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg Regarding the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, New York City Public Schools and a Benefit Concert

Major Announcement With Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg Regarding the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, New York City Public Schools and a Benefit Concert

WHO: ** Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg ** Rob Thomas, Musical Artist ** Christina Norman, VH1 President ** Joel I. Klein, New York City Schools Chancellor ** Barbara Kelly, SVP and General Manager, Time Warner Cable of New York and New Jersey ** Maureen J. Reidy, President, NYC Big Events

WHERE: PS 57 176 East 115th Street, Between Lexington and 3rd Avenue (212) 860-5812

WHEN: Monday, February 28 Event: 10:45 AM Press Check-In: 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM

CONTACT: Brett Henne, VH1 Press Dept. +1-212-846-6752

PRNewswire -- Feb. 27

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NEWSWEEK: Putin to Bush: 'We Didn't Criticize You When You Fired Those Reporters at CBS'

NEWSWEEK: Putin to Bush: 'We Didn't Criticize You When You Fired Those Reporters at CBS'

NEW YORK, Feb. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- When George W. Bush confronted Vladimir Putin last week about the freedom of the press in Russia, Senior White House Correspondent Richard Wolffe reports, Putin shot back with an attack of his own: "We didn't criticize you when you fired those reporters at CBS." Details of the meeting, which included just the two presidents and their translators inside the historic castle that overlooks the Slovak capital of Bratislava, are reported in the March 7 issue of Newsweek (on newsstands Monday, February 28).

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It's not clear how well Putin understands the controversy that led to the dismissal of four CBS journalists over the discredited report on Bush's National Guard service. Yet it's all too clear how Putin sees the relationship between Bush and the American media -- just like his own. Bush's aides have long feared that former KGB officers in Putin's inner circle are painting a twisted picture of U.S. policy. So Bush explained how he had no power to fire American journalists. It made little difference, Wolffe writes.

When the two presidents emerged for their joint press conference, one Russian reporter repeated Putin's language about journalists getting fired. Bush (already hot after an earlier question about his spying on U.S. citizens) asked the reporter if he felt free. "They obviously planted the question," said one of Bush's senior aides.

(Read Newsweek's news releases at Click "Pressroom.")

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Technology and Entertainment Gurus Converge at GDC, Outline Vision for the Future of the Game Industry

Technology and Entertainment Gurus Converge at GDC, Outline Vision for the Future of the Game Industry

High Profile Speakers Include: Nintendo President, Xbox Co-founder, Hollywood Futurist, Sony CG Specialist

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The Game Developers Conference (GDC) brings to life the 2005 theme, Future Vision, with a series of talks dedicated to the road ahead for interactive entertainment. The "vision track" will include progressive leaders in the fields of music, video games, design and technology. GDC will take place Monday through Friday, March 7-11, 2005 at the Moscone West Convention Center in San Francisco.

"The vision track is designed to provoke innovation among developers and set the stage for the future of interactive entertainment," said Jamil Moledina, director, GDC. "In a business environment where finishing the current project is the foremost priority, our goal is to provide an environment that fosters the innate creativity of game developers, and empowers each of them to establish their own long-term vision of the next decade of games."

Featured speakers include: * J Allard, corporate vice president and founding member of the Xbox platform project, is recognized as one of the most promising young leaders of the entertainment industry. In 1993 he was named in Hollywood Reporter's Top 35 Entertainment Execs Under 35. Allard's session is entitled "The Future of Games: Unlocking the Opportunity."

* Satoru Iwata, president of Nintendo, is a unique executive in the games business since his background is not finance, law, or marketing, but rather video game creation. His game credits include the classic character Kirby, as well as the globally popular Earthbound and Super Smash Brothers series. His session entitled "The Heart of a Gamer," will assess where the game business stands today, predicting how it will develop over the next several years.

* Masaya Matsuura, a visionary musician and game developer, blazed ahead of his time by building an online music community in Japan. In 2004 IGDA awarded Matsuura with the First Penguin award for taking risks and breaking new ground in beat-rhythm and music games. He helped bring rhythm to games with titles like Parappa the Rapper and Vib-Ribbon. Matsuura-san will be facilitating a session entitled, "The Near Future of Media Distribution."

* Peter Molyneux, co-founder of Bullfrog Productions and founder of Lionhead Studios, is renowned for creating the new genre "god games" like Populous (1989) and Black and White (2001) -- games that cast the player as a deity whose whims influence the activities of a simulated world. In 2005 the Queen of England recognized Molyneux by giving him an Order of the British Empire (OBE). Sir Peter Molyneux is the first games developer to be granted an OBE. His session is entitled "Gamesplay Moves Forward into the 21st Century."

* Remington Scott, CG special projects supervisor at Sony Imageworks, has supervised/directed/produced computer generated "Performance Animation" for visionary feature film directors including Peter Jackson, Hironobu Sakaguchi, Sam Raimi and the Wachowskis. His work in The Lord of the Rings: The Twin Towers received the Academy Award for Achievement in Visual Effects for using a computer motion capture system to create the split personality character of Gollum and Smeagol. Scott's session is entitled "Feature Film Performance Animation and Digital Human Acquisition for the Next Generation Games."

* Tim Sweeney, programmer and founder of Epic Games, has been developing games and technology from the time of early PC gaming. His 3D genius has developed many games, including Unreal Tournament, Splinter Cell and Harry Potter. His accomplishments don't stop there: He was recently named among GameSpy's 30 Most Influential People in Gaming. Sweeney's session is entitled "Games Technology and Content Creation for the Next Generation."

* Kenzo Tsujimoto, president and CEO of Capcom, will give a talk named, "The Japanese Game Industry: Past, Present and Future," examining the Japanese game industry through the context of Japanese events such as the Tokyo Game Show, the CESA (Computer Entertainment Supplier's Association) Game Awards and CEDEC (CESA Developers Conference) organized by CESA.

* John Underkoffler serves as science and technology advisor to film productions including Minority Report, The Hulk, The Miniseries Taken and the upcoming live-action adaptation Aeon Flux. His technology- based art and design works have been exhibited across several continents and have received various awards. His session is entitled "Fluid Loop: The Splendid Tangle of Science Design in Cinema, Games and Life."

* Will Wright, Maxis' chief designer, co-founded Maxis in 1987. His ground breaking game The Sims 2 became the fastest selling PC game ever, selling more than a million copies in the first ten days worldwide. In 2002 Wright was inducted into the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences' Hall of Fame. His session is entitled "The Future of Content."

The GDC will feature more than 300 lectures, panels, tutorials and roundtable discussions across seven content tracks. For a complete list of GDC 2005 event information visit

About the CMP Game Group

A core provider of essential information and community to the professional game industry, the CMP Game Group includes the Game Developers Conference, Game Developer magazine,, the Independent Games Festival, and the Game Developers Choice Awards. For more information, please visit

About CMP Media LLC

CMP Media LLC ( is a leading integrated media company providing essential information and marketing services to the entire technology spectrum -- the builders, sellers and users of technology worldwide. Capitalizing on its editorial strength, CMP is uniquely positioned to offer marketers comprehensive, integrated media solutions tailored to meet their individual needs. Its diverse products and services include newspapers, magazines, Internet products, research, direct marketing services, education and training, trade shows and conferences and custom publishing.

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Belo Updates Investment Community on First Quarter and Full-Year 2005 Outlook; Management Presents at Bear Stearns 18th Annual Media Conference

Belo Updates Investment Community on First Quarter and Full-Year 2005 Outlook; Management Presents at Bear Stearns 18th Annual Media Conference

PALM BEACH, Fla., Feb. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Belo Corp. (NYSE:BLC) presented at the Bear Stearns 18th Annual Media Conference in Palm Beach, Florida, today, updating the investment community on the Company's business strategies, current operations and financial outlook for both the first quarter and full-year 2005.

Robert W. Decherd, Belo's chairman, president and Chief Executive Officer, provided a summary of the Company's operating strategy and outlined how Belo is positioning itself for the future. Decherd noted, "We are very excited about Belo's future, and specifically about the Company's financial and strategic prospects for 2005. The Company comprises a superior group of assets in growth markets. Belo's three major newspapers are truly outstanding journalistic organizations that are the primary news presence in their markets. Our commitment to quality journalism extends to every Belo television station, virtually all of which lead their markets consistently. These assets provide Belo with a measurable competitive advantage and the opportunity to outperform our peers consistently. Tremendous progress is also being made on the strategic initiatives that will further enhance the Company's operations."

2005 Outlook

Regarding Belo's outlook for 2005, Decherd said, "From an overall standpoint, we expect Belo's total revenue to increase in the low-to-mid single digit range for full-year 2005 with a low-single digit decrease in Television Group revenues and a mid-to-high single digit increase in Newspaper Group revenues. Excluding the $20 million charge to revenue in 2004 related to the circulation overstatement at The Dallas Morning News and an increase in 2005 of approximately $16 million in circulation revenue at The Morning News related to recommendations from the Circulation Review Team ("CRT"), Newspaper Group revenues are expected to increase in the low-to-mid single digits."

Television Group

Belo's Television Group will not have significant political or Olympics revenue in 2005. The Television Group had $62.5 million in combined political and Olympics revenue in 2004. Political revenue in 2005 is expected to be about $5 to $8 million.

Television Group total revenues are expected to decrease in the low-single digits for full-year 2005 with a mid-single digit increase in spot revenues excluding political. Television Group interactive revenues are expected to increase approximately 30 percent, from $9 million in 2004 to $12 million in 2005, increasing the overall revenue growth percentage for the Television Group by about half a percentage point.

Newspaper Group

Belo's Newspaper Group revenues are expected to increase in the mid-to- high single digits in 2005. Revenue is expected to increase at a mid-to-high single digit rate at The Dallas Morning News and The Press-Enterprise in Riverside and at a mid-single digit rate at The Providence Journal.

The annual and quarterly revenue growth percentages for The Dallas Morning News in 2005 will be affected by several items related to the circulation overstatement:

* The recommendations of the CRT at The Dallas Morning News regarding distribution process changes are expected to result in an increase in circulation revenue of approximately $16 million and an increase in operating expenses of approximately $19 million in 2005. During the implementation of the recommended changes, full expenses will be incurred before full revenue benefits are realized. When the total effect of all the CRT's recommendations is fully realized in 2006, there will be an expected increase in revenues and expenses of approximately $35 to $40 million with an expected neutral to slightly positive impact on Newspaper Group segment EBITDA.

* With lower circulation levels throughout 2005, preprint revenues at The Morning News will be lower in each quarter of 2005 versus the prior year. The full-year impact on The Morning News' preprint revenue in 2005 is expected to be approximately $6 million. Many preprint advertisers have not yet adjusted their preprint deliveries, but will likely do so when the audit of The Morning News' March 2005 circulation figures is issued. The effect of lower circulation levels on preprint revenues is expected to be about $500,000 in the first quarter, $2 million in the second and third quarters and $1.5 million in the fourth quarter as The Morning News cycles against the partial impact of lower preprint distribution levels in the fourth quarter of 2004.

* Advertisers are expected to use approximately $4 million in advertising credits available to them through The Morning News' voluntary advertiser plan in the first quarter of 2005. The Morning News estimates that approximately 80 percent of these credits offset advertising that otherwise would have been recorded as revenue. The majority of the advertiser credits at The Morning News expire at the end of February; therefore, advertiser credits are not expected to displace a significant amount of revenues in the remaining quarters of 2005. Conversely, the $8 million in advertising credits used by advertisers from September through December of 2004 is expected to impact revenue growth favorably from September through December 2005. The $8 million in advertising credits during this period displaced an estimated $6.5 million in revenues.

The first quarter is expected to be the most challenging quarter of 2005 for The Dallas Morning News as it will be negatively impacted by approximately $4 million of credit bank use, the reduction in preprints revenue associated with lower preprint distribution levels of approximately $500,000 and almost $1 million of incremental CRT expenses. The second quarter is expected to be impacted by a reduction in preprints revenue of approximately $2 million and incremental CRT expenses of $3 million with only $1.5 million of CRT revenue. The third quarter will be affected by these same items, but CRT revenues are expected to mostly offset CRT expenses. In the third quarter, The Morning News will also cycle positively against $1.1 million of credit bank usage and the $20 million charge against revenue in the third quarter of 2004. In the fourth quarter of 2005, The Morning News is expected to experience a reduction in preprints revenue of approximately $1.5 million, but will cycle positively against $6.9 million of credit bank usage in the fourth quarter of 2004 and expects to have offsetting CRT revenues and expenses.

Interactive revenues at The Morning News are expected to increase from $14.3 million in 2004 to approximately $18.3 million in 2005, an increase of 28.5 percent. This increase will add about half a percentage point to the 2005 expected revenue growth rate for The Morning News.

At The Providence Journal and The Press-Enterprise, advertising revenues are expected to increase in the mid-to-high single digits and high-single digits, respectively, including interactive revenues in both years. With relatively flat circulation and other revenue, total revenues at The Journal and The Press-Enterprise are expected to increase in the mid-single digits and mid-to-high single digits, respectively.


The Other segment, which is made up primarily of the operations of NorthWest Cable News and Texas Cable News ("TXCN"), will be affected by the re-focused programming approach at TXCN. Revenues for the segment are expected to decrease approximately 20 percent with a decrease in operating costs and expenses of about 25 percent. The result should be an improvement in segment EBITDA and earnings from operations of approximately $1.6 million.

Operating Costs and Expenses

Overall, the Company's operating costs and expenses are expected to increase four to five percent in 2005, including an incremental $10 million for advertising and promotion expense and the $19 million in expected incremental CRT expenses.

Other income (expense) is expected to show income of $1 to $2 million in 2005. Interest expense should be similar to last year while Belo's effective tax rate should be approximately 38 percent in 2005.

Earnings Per Share

Belo currently expects earnings per share for full-year 2005 to be in the range of $1.17 to $1.24 per share. Current analysts' estimates for Belo's full-year 2005 earnings per share range from $1.05 to $1.26 per share with a mean estimate of $1.17 per share.

In the first quarter of 2005, Belo expects earnings per share to range from $0.16 to $0.17, with both Television Group and Newspaper Group revenue down one to two percent. Expenses are expected to increase about two percent in the first quarter of 2005 versus the first quarter of 2004.

Circulation Update

As The Dallas Morning News works through the important changes in its distribution processes recommended by the Circulation Review Team, circulation for the March 2005, September 2005 and March 2006 reporting periods is expected to be affected by disruption to normal distribution processes in addition to the impact of the overstatement. The Company will report on the full impact of the CRT and other distribution process improvements in the ordinary course.

For the September 2004 reporting period, The Dallas Morning News showed daily circulation of 497,628 and Sunday circulation of 693,981, a decrease of about 28,000 newspapers daily and 92,000 newspapers Sunday versus September 2003. For the March 2005 reporting period, circulation should be approximately 482,000 daily and 661,000 Sunday, decreases of approximately 46,000 newspapers daily versus March 2004, or 8.7 percent, and 95,000 newspapers Sunday, or 12.6 percent.

Additional information on Belo is available online at , including the full text of the presentation and the archived webcast.

About Belo

Belo Corp. is one of the nation's largest media companies with a diversified group of market-leading television, newspaper, cable and interactive media assets. A Fortune 1000 company with approximately 7,600 employees and $1.5 billion in annual revenues, Belo operates media franchises in some of America's most dynamic markets and regions, including Texas, the Northwest, the Southwest, Rhode Island, and the Mid-Atlantic. Belo owns 19 television stations (six in the top 15 markets); owns or operates seven cable news channels; and manages one television station through a local marketing agreement. Belo's daily newspapers are The Dallas Morning News, The Providence Journal, The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) and the Denton Record-Chronicle (Denton, TX). Belo operates more than 30 Web sites, several interactive alliances and a broad range of Internet-based products. Additional information, including earnings releases and corporate communications, is available online at . For more

information contact Carey Hendrickson, vice president/Investor Relations & Corporate Communications, at 214-977-6626.

Statements in this communication concerning Belo's business outlook or future economic performance, anticipated profitability, revenues, expenses, capital expenditures, investments, future financings or other financial and non-financial items that are not historical facts, are "forward-looking statements" as the term is defined under applicable federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those statements.

Such risks, uncertainties and other factors include, but are not limited to, changes in advertising demand, interest rates and newsprint prices; The Dallas Morning News circulation matters, including current and future audits of the newspaper's circulation by the Audit Bureau of Circulations; technological changes, including the transition to digital television and the development of new systems to distribute television and other audio-visual content; development of Internet commerce; industry cycles; changes in pricing or other actions by competitors and suppliers; regulatory changes; adoption of new accounting standards or changes in existing accounting standards by the accounting standard-setting bodies or authorities; the effects of Company acquisitions and dispositions; general economic conditions; and significant armed conflict, as well as other risks detailed in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Annual Report on Form 10-K.

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Tornado Week 2005 Delivers Real-Life Twister Tales on The Weather Channel

Tornado Week 2005 Delivers Real-Life Twister Tales on The Weather Channel

The Weather Channel(R) Spotlights Survival Stories, Suspense, and Ultimate Chaos Caused by Terrible Twisters During Special "Storm Stories" Theme Week

ATLANTA, Feb. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The sky has a greenish hue. A deafening roar builds, rapidly approaching. The wail of warning sirens pierces the air. Dust, papers, lumber, and debris swirl about in the sky overhead. Shelter should be sought immediately. In 2004, the busiest tornado year on record, these experiences occurred more than ever. Now, with the active tornado season just a month away, The Weather Channel will serve up plenty of historically wicked tornadic activity as part of its upcoming "Storm Stories: Tornado Week."

Scheduled to air March 6-12 at 8 p.m. ET on the popular all-weather network, a tornado-themed week of primetime programming will be the focus of fourteen "Storm Stories" episodes; real life experiences will put a spotlight on the chaos caused by these twisters and on the people whose lives were changed forever as a result. Additionally, the special episodes will serve to heighten public awareness to the dangerous conditions that accompany severe weather frequently seen in the spring and summer.

In addition to each night's "Storm Stories" episodes, special reports further investigating certain shows will air Monday through Thursday during Evening Edition, the network's popular primetime program which runs from 9:00 - 11:00 p.m. ET.

Sunday, March 6 - 8:00 p.m. - "Hallam, Nebraska Tornado" PREMIERE - After an F-4 tornado strikes Hallam, Nebraska, a total of 55 dogs, nine cats, and an iguana all make it back to their owners through the extraordinary efforts made by Lincoln Animal Control and the Humane Society.

8:30 p.m. - "Storm Chasing Rescue" PREMIERE - Two storm chasers rescue the victim of a tornado just outside of Wichita, Kansas.

Monday, March 7 - 8:00 p.m. - "White Snake Tornado" - Veteran storm chasers are put to the test as they encounter a series of dangerous tornadoes.

8:30 p.m. - "Utica Tornado" - April 20, 2004. An F-3 tornado rips through the small town of Utica, Illinois, as a tornado outbreak spawns twisters across the north, northeast, and central parts of the state.

Tuesday, March 8 - 8:00 p.m. - "Nashville Tornado" - April 16, 1998. A rare F-2 tornado hits Nashville, Tennessee, leaving the downtown area resembling a war zone.

8:30 p.m. - "Manchester Tornado" - The small town of Manchester, SD, is nearly wiped off the map by an F-4 tornado. Many families lose everything they own to the awesome power of the tornado, but fortunately no one loses their life.

Wednesday, March 9 - 8:00 p.m. - "Roanoke Tornado" PREMIERE - Four dramatic accounts of an F-4 tornado which rips through the town of Roanoke, Illinois.

8:30 p.m. - "Without Warning" - June 18th, 2001 - Siren, WI, is struck with an F-3 Tornado and city officials had no way to warn the townspeople.

Thursday, March 10 - 8:00 p.m. - "'74 Super Outbreak" - As one hundred and forty-eight tornadoes rip through thirteen states, tornado alarms sound in the tiny town of Xenia, Ohio, warning residents of the upcoming danger and bringing experts as close to F-6 damage as they may ever get.

8:30 p.m. - "Too Far From Shelter" - May 4th, 2003 - During an F-2 tornado a man loses his girlfriend while they try to save her horses.

Friday, March 11 - 8:00 p.m. - "Shelter From The Storm" - Pierce City, MO, is devastated by an F-3 tornado. Most residents take shelter in the Armory since it's thought to be one of the sturdiest structures in the area. More than 12,000 homes were lost and 45 people died in the area between Kansas, Missouri, and Tennessee.

8:30 p.m. - "Blown From Her Arms" - A 10-month-old and her mother are snatched up into the funnel as a tornado tears across Oklahoma in 1999.

Saturday, March 12 - 8:00 p.m. - "The Deafening Sound" - A family survives not one but two tornadoes in November, 2002.

8:30 p.m. - "Salt Lake City Tornado" - August 11, 1999 - A rare event occurs as an F-2 tornado rolls through a major downtown area.

Airing in conjunction with the "Storm Stories: Tornado Week" episodes, The Weather Channel will also present special on-air segments that present further information on some of the most devastating tornadoes of 2004 during its popular primetime program "Evening Edition" (9-11 p.m. ET). These reports will shed further insight into the tornadoes that struck Utica and Roanoke in Illinois and Hallam, NE, and how they affected these towns and their residents.

"Within a matter of seconds, a tornado can change people's lives forever," said Patrick Scott, president of The Weather Channel Networks. "By recognizing the warning signs of tornadic activity and by taking to heart the valuable safety lessons provided throughout the series, we hope that viewers will be increasingly aware of the dangers associated with tornadoes and how to protect themselves and their families in advance of the upcoming severe weather season."

"Storm Stories" is hosted by Storm Tracker Jim Cantore, a veteran field reporter and on-camera meteorologist at The Weather Channel. Viewers are encouraged to find out more about these suspense-filled episodes by visiting .

The Weather Channel viewers can also be alerted to tornado warnings and the latest hazardous weather conditions by signing up for Notify! by The Weather Channel. Notify! automatically delivers severe weather watches and warnings, from the National Weather Service, for any U.S. zip code or city name specified by the subscriber. In addition to tornado watches and warnings, these alerts also include watches and warnings for severe thunderstorms, flash floods, hurricanes and more. Subscribers can elect to have this information delivered via voice, wireless text, email or a combination of all three. For additional information or to subscribe today, visit .

For an interview with Jim Cantore or for additional information on any of the "Storm Stories: Tornado Week" featured episodes, contact Kathy Lane at 770-226-2102 or Matt Boyter at 770-226-2191.


The Weather Channel, a 24-hour weather network, is seen in over 88 million U.S. households. Its Web site,, is consistently ranked among the Top 10 of all Web sites by Nielsen//NetRatings. The Weather Channel also operates Weatherscan, a 24-hour, all-local weather network distributed to 8 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.

Contact: Kathy Lane Matt Boyter 770-226-2102 770-226-2191

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Local Business and Medical Leaders Discuss Wellness Programs to Cut Business Costs

Local Business and Medical Leaders Discuss Wellness Programs to Cut Business Costs

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., Feb. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- David Brennan, President and CEO of AstraZeneca U.S. and Chairman of the Board of Directors for the American Heart Association in Southeastern Pennsylvania, will lead a panel discussion on CN8's Money Matters Today, hosted by Mary Caraccioli, on ways businesses can save money by promoting wellness programs for employees. The segment, to air March 3rd at 8 p.m., also features Dr. Michael Parmacek, Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine for the University of Pennsylvania Health System and Director of Penn's Cardiovascular Institute, Jenifer Bland-Campbell, Director of Nutrition Program Development at ARAMARK and Harold L. "Hal" Yoh III, Chairman and CEO Day & Zimmermann.

Cardiovascular diseases are the No. 1 cause of death of all Americans. In 2003, the Center for Disease Control estimated that heart disease and stroke cost the nation $351 billion: $142 billion in lost productivity from death and disability and $209 billion in health care expenditures. Almost 13 million Americans have coronary heart disease, the leading cause of premature, permanent disability for members of the workforce - about 1.1 million new cases occur each year. Collectively, cardiovascular disease (including stroke), cancer and diabetes account for approximately 66 percent of all deaths in the U.S. and about $700 billion in direct and indirect economic costs each year. An adult smoker costs an employer an extra $3,400 per year and smoking leads to increased absenteeism, decreased productivity and increased health and life insurance premiums and claims. It has been estimated that obesity costs U.S. companies $13 billion per year.

Employer sponsored wellness programs such as smoking cessation, free flu shots, obesity counseling, general health and nutrition education, and prevention screenings have been proven to save businesses money. The panel will discuss ways to save businesses money through various programs and will detail programs that have been successful in their own companies and others. A CDC evaluation of nine organizations with workplace health management interventions found a return on investment ranging from $1.40 to $490 per dollar spent.

Biographies of Panelists:

David R. Brennan

Brennan is President and CEO of AstraZeneca North America. He is responsible for over 12,000 employees in the U.S. and Canada business. In addition to his duties with AstraZeneca, he is a member of the Executive Board of PhRMA, Chair of the State and Alliance Committee, member of the Board of Advisors at Christiana Care Health System in Delaware, Chairman of the Board for the American Heart Association in Southeastern Pennsylvania and Vice President, C-Change (Roundtable on Cancer).

AstraZeneca is a major international research based pharmaceutical company engaged in the development, manufacture and marketing of pharmaceutical products. AstraZeneca is headquartered in London with its U.S. headquarters located in Wilmington, Delaware. Wilmington is also the global home for the company's Neuroscience commercial and research and development efforts. AstraZeneca operates ten different R&D sites and has sales activities in over 100 countries and manufacturing facilities in 20 countries.

Jenifer Bland-Campbell, RD

Bland-Campbell works to provide nutrition guidance and consultation to ARAMARK chefs developing menu programs that reach the 15 million customers ARAMARK serves every day in healthcare institutions, businesses, universities, school districts, sports and entertainment facilities, and convention and conference centers. She also oversees development of nutrition education programs and materials to educate ARAMARK customers about proper nutrition and healthy lifestyles. With more than 20 years experience in foodservice and clinical nutrition management, Bland-Campbell was most recently Regional Director of Patient/Clinical Services for ARAMARK's Healthcare Management Services group, which provides innovative services to more than 1,200 hospitals, healthcare systems and senior living facilities across North America.

Michael S. Parmacek, MD

Dr. Parmacek is Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine for the University of Pennsylvania Health System and Director of Penn's Cardiovascular Institute. A graduate of Northwestern University Medical School, he is a member of the American Heart Association Basic Research Council, International Society for Heart Research, American Federation of Clinical Research, and North American Vascular Biology Organization. PENN Medicine is a $2.7 billion enterprise dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and high-quality patient care. Penn Health System is comprised of three hospitals (the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, consistently rated one of the nation's "Honor Roll" hospitals by U.S. News & World Report; Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation's first hospital and Presbyterian Medical Center); a faculty practice plan; a primary-care provider network; two multi- specialty satellite facilities; and home health care and hospice.

Harold L. (Hal) Yoh III

Yoh is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Day & Zimmermann, a leading global provider of diversified managed services for 1700 customers ranging from FORTUNE(R) 500 and other commercial companies to government agencies and public utilities. As president since 1996, and chairman and CEO since 1999, Yoh has overall leadership responsibility for the company, which operates from more than 150 locations worldwide, employs 20,000 professionals, was named the U.S. National Family Business of the Year (1998), and is currently ranked as one of the largest private companies in America by Forbes. He is an executive committee and board member of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, a board member of the PENJERDEL Council, and a board member for WHYY (the Delaware Valley's public television and radio broadcast station). In addition, he serves on numerous of boards and committees for his alma mater, Duke University.

Since 1924 the American Heart Association has helped protect people of all ages and ethnicities from the ravages of heart disease and stroke. These diseases, the nation's No. 1 and No. 3 killers, claim more than 930,000 American lives a year. The association invested more than $407 million in fiscal year 2002-03 for research, professional and public education, advocacy and community service programs so people across America can live stronger, longer lives.

Source: American Heart Association

CONTACT: Beth Huffman of American Heart Association, +1-610-940-9628,

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Results of Online Radio Ad Campaign Demonstrate Positive Increases in Awareness and Persuasion

Results of Online Radio Ad Campaign Demonstrate Positive Increases in Awareness and Persuasion

Ronning Lipset Radio Commissions Dynamic Logic to Measure the Effectiveness of Major Radio Advertiser's Online Radio Campaign

NEW YORK, Feb. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Online Radio rep firm Ronning Lipset Radio, a radio network that represents America Online's AOL Radio Network, Yahoo! Music's LAUNCHcast, Live 365 and Microsoft's MSN Radio and, today released study results that illustrate the effectiveness of online radio advertising for a campaign run by Travelocity.

Ronning Lipset commissioned Dynamic Logic, a leading independent market research company with expertise in marketing effectiveness, to examine the effects of the online radio advertising campaign for Travelocity on various marketing and brand metrics. Travelocity's campaign, which was planned and bought by their media agency, OMD, ran on affiliates of the Ronning Lipset Radio Network.

Dynamic Logic measured the impact of Travelocity's online radio advertising on various brand impact metrics such as aided brand awareness, unaided brand awareness, online radio ad awareness, brand impression, unaided consideration and behavior intent. Survey participants were recruited via online radio ads before the Travelocity campaign started and, then later, while the campaign was running in-market, to collect brand impact data. Responses from both the control group, or pre-wave, and the exposed group were compared to identify ad impact. As a major difference between the pre-campaign control and the exposed groups was exposure to the online radio campaign, differences are largely attributed to the online radio campaign exposure.

Specific results for the campaign demonstrated that online radio advertising positively impacted key brand metrics, lifting brand impression to a 110 index, unaided consideration to a 121 index and behavior intent to a 113 index.(i) The research also showed that the advertising was memorable, as online radio ad awareness scored a 147 index.

"We are big supporters of both digital media as well as radio, and when OMD brought us the opportunity to be one of the first to advertise on online radio, we wanted to do so, but also wanted to gauge its effectiveness. We were pleased to see that all of the metrics we measured were increased after running a campaign and test," said Deborah Italiano, Director of Advertising, Travelocity.

"We are always looking to quantify the effectiveness of our radio investments, and the study commissioned by Ronning Lipset Radio did that for us, in a very efficient, timely manner. There is increasing focus on media accountability, and the results of this study clearly justified the investment in this growing medium," said Natalie Swed Stone, US Director of National Radio Investment, OMD.

"We have been speaking with major agencies and advertisers about the power of online radio and how it can work very much like traditional radio. Advertisers have been asking for radio to prove its power as a medium, and our agency and advertising partners asked us to do the same for online radio. The study that was commissioned for the Travelocity campaign is proof that online radio is a very effective advertising vehicle," said Andy Lipset, Managing Partner, Ronning Lipset Radio.

About Ronning Lipset Radio

Ronning Lipset Radio was formed specifically to help traditional advertisers find and reach the highly qualified and consistently growing number of listeners to online radio. A key element of the company's mission is to "normalize" the use of online radio broadcasters in the traditional mix of media by way of Arbitron ratings data. With affiliates American Online's AOL Radio Network, Yahoo! Music's LAUNCHcast, Live 365 and Microsoft's MSN Radio and, the company represents the largest online broadcasters in the country. With its network, the company is able to showcase an engaged online radio audience whose size is viable in the traditional marketplace. The principals have spent a significant amount of time in the sale and marketing of traditional radio and, later, the online space, which allows them to have a complete understanding of how radio and online marketing come together to meet a marketer's objectives.

About Dynamic Logic

Dynamic Logic is a leading independent research company with expertise in marketing effectiveness. Dynamic Logic's three main product areas are: AdIndex(R) for online advertising, CrossMedia Research(TM) for multi-vehicle campaigns and MarketNorms(R), an advertising effectiveness database. Founded in 1999, the company is headquartered in New York City with offices in Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and London.

(i) Source; Dynamic Logic AdIndex, September, 2004. Number of

respondents: 2,079

Source: Ronning Lipset Radio

CONTACT: Beth Silver of Ronning Lipset Radio, +1-212-309-9073,

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Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, VH1 and NYC Big Events Announce Return of VH1's Annual 'Save The Music' Benefit Concert to New York City

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, VH1 and NYC Big Events Announce Return of VH1's Annual 'Save The Music' Benefit Concert to New York City

The annual star-studded concert will include performances by Bon Jovi, Queen Latifah, John Legend, Joss Stone, Rob Thomas among others

VH1 and Time Warner Cable to Donate Over $1 Million to Further Instrumental Music Education in New York City Public Schools

NEW YORK, Feb. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, VH1 President Christina Norman and Time Warner Cable of New York and New Jersey Senior Vice President & General Manager Barbara Kelly today announced a donation of over $1 million worth of new musical instruments to the New York City public school system. The donation, made by the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, furthers the Foundation's core mission to emphasize the importance of instrumental music as an integral part of a child's education. Since its inception eight years ago, the Foundation has restored instrumental music programs in 166 New York City Public Schools, providing nearly $4.5 million worth of new musical instruments.

The Mayor and VH1 also announced that thanks to the efforts of NYC Big Events, the "Save The Music: A Concert To Benefit The VH1 Save The Music Foundation" will be returning to New York City for the first time in 4 years. The annual star-studded concert with performances by Bon Jovi, Queen Latifah, John Legend, Joss Stone, Rob Thomas among others will take place at the famed Beacon Theatre on April 11th. The concert will cap off the "VH1 Save The Music Week" from April 4th through April 11th, and will be broadcast on VH1 on Sunday, April 17th at 9:00 PM (ET/PT). NYC Big Events President Maureen J. Reidy, Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein and a student band from PS 207, PS 222 and IS 278 attended the announcement at PS 57 in Harlem.

"Music education is an important part of growing up - it teaches discipline, creativity, and an appreciation for the arts," said Mayor Bloomberg. "That's why, for the first time, our Administration has established a comprehensive citywide arts curriculum in kindergarten through 12th grade.

Contact: Edward Skyler / Jennifer Falk (212) 788-2958 Kelly Devers (DOE) (212) 374-0338 Laura Nelson, VH1 (917) 903-9850 Maureen Murray (212) 788-7577 Brett Henne, VH1 (917) 749-0197

One of our biggest partners in music education has been VH1. Through its Save The Music Foundation, the network has donated almost $3.5 million worth of instruments to our public schools, and today, I'm happy to announce that VH1 is making a donation of more than $1 million worth of new musical instruments that will launch 41 new music programs in the New York City public schools during 2005."

"VH1 Save The Music Foundation is truly excited to partner with the City of New York to creatively highlight the importance of music education and celebrate the positive benefits that it can bring to children, public schools and New York," said Christina Norman, President, VH1 and Chairman of the Board, VH1 Save The Music Foundation. "We're honored to bring the show back to New York City, the birthplace of VH1 Save The Music. Since its inception in 1997, the Foundation has brought music education to more than a half a million children, but the need to restore music education programs still exists. The concert -- and the entire VH1 Save The Music Week -- will generate awareness about that need nationwide."

VH1 and NYC Big Events, Inc. first met back in November 2004 to discuss bringing the VH1 Save the Music Benefit Concert back to New York City and to evaluate ways to increase awareness for the VH1 Save the Music Foundation and the event. The last time the annual concert was in New York was back in 2001. The idea for "Save the Music Week" was born and a decision was made to bring the event back to its roots to where it all started at the Beacon Theatre. When major events, such as this benefit concert, are staged in NYC, they not only generate a positive economic impact, but they also provide a unique opportunity to showcase and promote all that is great about New York City.

"We are so thrilled that VH1 is bringing its most important televised event back to the world's greatest stage, New York City," said Maureen J. Reidy, President of NYC Big Events, Inc. "We very much look forward to collaborating with Christina Norman and her team on the 'Save the Music Week' celebrations, which are certain to provide a fun and memorable experience for New Yorkers and visitors alike."

Today's donation of more than $1 million worth of new musical instruments will launch 41 new music programs in the New York City public schools during 2005. This year's musical instruments were delivered to the grant recipient schools by Soundtree, Manny's Music, Sam Ash Music and Rayburn Musical Instruments. Each year the benefit concert for the VH1 Save the Music Foundation raises funds for the non-profit organization dedicated to restoring instrumental music programs in America's public schools, and to raising awareness of the positive impact that music participation has on students. Studies show that students involved in music programs are better at languages and score higher on standardized math and reading tests. Since VH1 Save the Music was created in 1997, nearly $30 million worth of musical instruments has been donated to 1,200 public schools in 80 cities, improving the lives of more than 500,000 children.

"An education in the arts is crucial to the development of our City's school children," said New York City Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein. "Engaging students' interests and promoting self-expression are vital to developing our students to their full potential. We greatly appreciate the ongoing support of VH1 Save The Music and local partners such as Time Warner Cable in ensuring that the children in New York City community receive all of the benefits that an arts education provides."

"Time Warner Cable of New York and New Jersey was the first to partner with the VH1 Save the Music Foundation and pilot this campaign in New York City, and we've been amazed with its results. We're proud that VH1 Save the Music is now a successful national campaign today as well." stated Barbara Kelly, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Time Warner Cable of New York and New Jersey. "We will continue to support VH1 Save the Music to ensure that music programs flourish in our public schools. We are committed to providing our resources to give students as many advantages as possible for future success."

New York City Proclaims April 4th through 11th as "VH1 Save The Music Week"

"VH1 Save The Music Week" in NYC will precede the taping of "Save The Music: A Concert To Benefit The VH1 Save The Music Foundation" and will include a special interactive "Family Day" in conjunction with the American Museum of Natural History in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life.

Below is a list of festivities:

Monday, April 4th - Friday, April 8th: VH1 Save The Music Master Classes will be held each day throughout the week at a selected public school in each of the five New York City boroughs, showcasing the various aspects of music. Each interactive master class will allow New York City public school students to learn from the music industry's most prestigious performers.

Sunday, April 10th: VH1 Save The Music presents "Family Day" in conjunction with the American Museum of Natural History in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life ( Students and their families will be able to enjoy performances from critically-acclaimed singer and pianist Peter Cincotti, as well as the Marine Park Band, featuring students from PS 222, PS 207 and Marine Park Middle School. Cincotti will perform several tracks from his album, "On The Moon" as well as his self titled debut CD. Peter will also accompany Marine Park Middle School during their performance. And an instrument "petting zoo" will give children a hands-on experience with a variety of musical instruments.

In addition, VH1 Save The Music will partner throughout the week with prominent New York City establishments to raise funds for the Foundation. Every dollar raised in New York City will be used solely to restore music education in the New York City public school system. As an example, The John Varvatos' store in Soho will donate 15% from each purchase made that week.

NYC Big Events, Inc. is the official organization created by the Bloomberg Administration that is responsible for securing high-profile events of national and international importance that generate substantial economic benefit for New York City and provide a platform to showcase the city's positive image domestically and worldwide.

Now in its eighth year, the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning VH1 Save The Music Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of education in America's public schools by restoring music education programs in cities across the U.S. and raising awareness of the importance of music participation for our nation's youth. In 2005, the VH1 Save The Music Foundation will actively restore music education programs in public elementary and middle schools across the U.S.

The national partner organizations of VH1 Save The Music include the National School Boards Association, U.S. Department of Education, Chief State School Officers Association, MENC-The National Association for Music Education, NAMM-International Music Products Association, the American Music Conference, ASCAP Foundation, The Grammy(R) Foundation and America's Promise- The Alliance for Youth. The national sponsor of VH1 Save The Music is Procter & Gamble.

Time Warner Cable of New York and New Jersey has led the telecommunications industry in bringing exciting, innovative services to customers including Video on Demand, digital video recorders, digital phone and high speed internet access through four ISPs. Visit

Our parent company, Time Warner Cable, owns and manages cable systems serving 10.9 million subscribers in 27 states, which include some of the most technologically advanced, best-clustered systems in the country with more than 75% of the Company's customers in systems of 300,000 or more. In New York State, Time Warner Cable serves approximately 2.6 million customers.

Utilizing a fully upgraded, advanced cable network and a steadfast commitment to providing customers with choice, value and world-class customer service, Time Warner Cable is an industry leader in delivering advanced products and services including high definition television and wireless home networking. Time Warner Cable is a subsidiary of Time Warner Inc.

NYC Big Events, Inc. is the City's official organization dedicated to attracting high-profile events, creating new ones and working with existing major New York City events. NYC Big Events' most recent successes include the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards, the 2004 Republican National Convention, and the upcoming 2005 Country Music Association Awards.

VH1 connects viewers to the music, artists and pop culture that matter to them most with series, specials, live events, exclusive online content and public affairs initiatives. VH1 is available in nearly 87 million households in the U.S. VH1 also has an array of digital services including VH1 Classic, VH1 Soul, VH Uno, VH1 Mega Hits and VH1 Country. Connect with VH1 at

VH1 is a registered trademark of MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom International Inc. MTV Networks also operates and offers joint ventures, licensing agreements and syndication deals whereby its programming can be seen worldwide.

Source: VH1

CONTACT: Edward Skyler, or Jennifer Falk, +1-212-788-2958; or Kelly Devers (DOE), +1-212-374-0338; or Laura Nelson, VH1, +1-917-903-9850; or Maureen Murray, +1-212-788-7577, Brett Henne, VH1, +1-917-749-0197

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