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For immediate release
October 10, 2001
Contact: NPR
Gretchen Michael,
202-513-2304
gmichael@npr.org

The Motley Fool
Jamie Patten,
703-254-1773
jpatten@fool.com



NPR and the Motley Fool Announce New Partnership
The Motley Fool Radio Show Joins NPR

Washington, DC -- NPR, the nation's leading producer of public radio programming, and The Motley Fool, the nation's savviest financial multimedia company, today announced they will join forces to develop and produce The Motley Fool Radio Show, an informative and amusing program focusing on money, investing and personal finance.

Building on their success of the past three years as two of America's most successful weekend radio hosts, Motley Fool co-founders David, age 35, and Tom Gardner, age 33, will host the new financial program that will feature their unique perspective on the news of the week, along with a lively mix of guest interviews, games, and listener call-in segments. The Motley Fool Radio Show will combine NPR's editorial and programming expertise with The Motley Fool's distinctive blend of financial wit and wisdom in a weekly one-hour show. The Motley Fool and NPR are currently developing the program and anticipate the show will be available for public radio stations in the coming months.

"For more than thirty years NPR has been celebrated for providing intelligent and educational programming that is responsive to the needs of its listeners," said David Gardner. "Likewise, we respond to people's financial needs by helping them learn to make smarter decisions about their money. There is tremendous synergy between both organizations and we are very excited to be working with the talented people at NPR."

"When I first heard David and Tom Gardner, it was clear they were meant to be on public radio," said Jay Kernis, NPR's Senior Vice President for Programming. "They are smart, funny and demonstrate tremendous knowledge of money and personal finance. This show will overflow with useful information -- and be thoroughly entertaining at the same time."

The Motley Fool, Inc. is a diverse personal finance company that educates, amuses and enriches more than 30 million people each month. Founded in 1993, The Motley Fool has been on hand to help people achieve financial independence across a wide variety of online and offline media channels including its award winning website at www.Fool.com; its best selling Simon & Schuster and self-published books; and a nationally syndicated weekly newspaper column carried by more than 225 publications.

Renowned for its journalistic excellence and standard-setting news, information and cultural programming, NPR serves a growing audience of 16 million Americans each week via more than 644 public radio stations. NPR Online at www.npr.org brings hourly newscasts, news features, commentaries and live events to Internet users through original online reports, audio streaming and other multimedia elements. NPR also distributes programming to listeners in Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa via NPR Worldwide, to military installations overseas via American Forces Network, and throughout Japan via cable.