|For immediate release
March 11, 2003
America Online, Inc.
AOL Radio@ Network and NPR Team Up To Offer Award-Winning Radio Programming To AOL Members
AOL Broadband Members Gain First Access to NPR Stream on Broadband Radio@AOL
March 10, 2003 (New York, NY) - America Online, Inc., the world's leading interactive services provider, and NPR (National Public Radio), today announced that NPR's award-winning radio programming will be available through the AOL Radio@ Network. The new NPR stream is now available on the Broadband Radio@AOL service, where broadband members can experience CD quality sound while enjoying NPR's hit programs including All Things Considered, Fresh Air, Morning Edition, The Motley Fool Radio Show, Talk of the Nation and The Tavis Smiley Show.
In the coming weeks, the AOL Radio@Network will make NPR's popular news, talk and entertainment programming available to narrowband members conveniently on AOL. At that time, online radio fans will also be able to enjoy NPR via Radio@Netscape and Spinner.com.
This new relationship with NPR expands the AOL Radio@ Network's wide range of leading original and third party offerings.
"News radio is one of the top requested formats among our listeners and an incredibly vital format for us," states Jim Van Huysse, General Manager of the AOL Radio@ Network. "We are excited to be able to work with NPR to bring the first-rate, national programming that NPR is famous for to our AOL Radio@ Network listeners."
"Listening to radio via the Internet is convenient for certain groups people - those outside of the home, those who cannot receive strong broadcast signals in the U.S., or those who simply prefer to listen with headphones in their work environment," said Maria Thomas, Vice President for NPR Online. "We're seeing a growing demand on npr.org for NPR's unique, fresh content. The AOL Radio@ Network, with its enormous base of online radio listeners, offers more users easy access to NPR content."
"Broadband Radio@AOL is one of the most popular features on the AOL Broadband service today, " said Carlos Silva, VP of Programming for AOL Broadband. "The addition of a top-notch partner such as NPR to our already diverse lineup of music, news, sports and talk stations greatly enhances the Broadband experience for our members."
AOL Broadband members can access the NPR stream starting today at AOL Keyword: Radio under the News/Sports/Talk category. For additional information about AOL Broadband, members can visit AOL Keyword: Broadband where they can learn about broadband, check local availability and place an order. Or members can call 1-800-574-1779, or visit www.aolbroadband.com. Web users can also access NPR's rich audio content, and seven years of audio archives, at www.npr.org.
The AOL Radio@ Network encompasses Radio@AOL, AOL's first integrated radio service, Broadband Radio@AOL, Radio@Netscape, Radio@Netscape Plus andSpinner. Designed to transform the conventional radio experience, these interactive services offer convenient 24/7 access to a vast selection of original and third party programming, contextual information and integrated commerce. The AOL Radio@ Network currently offers more than 200 best of breed music, news, sports, entertainment and seasonal stations including features from today's hottest stars and most respected names in broadcasting. The AOL Radio@ Network leads the Internet radio market with the highest combined reach of any online radio service, generating more than 6 million unique visitors per month.
AOL Entertainment, a part of America Online, Inc., delivers a wide range of programming, products and services across the entertainment spectrum including games, movies, music, radio, sports, television, and ticketing. AOL Entertainment provides unique and compelling ways for the Internet's largest and most engaged audience to experience exclusive premieres, get the latest news and reviews, access their favorite celebrities and even behind-the-scenes, and interact with fans from around the world. AOL Entertainment provides programming to AOL's flagship service, Broadband service, and leading web properties. America Online, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of AOL Time Warner Inc. (NYSE: AOL). Based in Dulles, Virginia, America Online is the world's leader in interactive services, Web brands, Internet technologies and e-commerce services.
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NPR, renowned for journalistic excellence and standard-setting news, information and cultural programming, serves a growing audience of nearly 20 million Americans each week via more than 680 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.