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Local radio program to host regional call-in program

ATHENS, Ohio (May 20, 2004) -- There are many important issues facing communities in Appalachian Ohio, but few outlets for communicating these issues. An upcoming radio discussion program on the WOUB-FM Radio Network will give area residents the chance to voice their opinions about ways to create community.

Tune in on Tuesday, May 25, at 7 p.m. as citizens from throughout the listening region give their views about technology's role in Appalachian Ohio. Two listening groups will be held in Nelsonville and rural southern Perry County, hosted by Hocking College and Sunday Creek Associates. The listening groups are composed of listeners who have been following the series and who are involved in creating community. In-studio guests will include Leslie Lilly, president and CEO for the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, and John Winnenberg of Sunday Creek Associates.

Listeners may call toll free, 1-800-825-1771, with questions and comments for either listening group members or in-studio guests. What is a community? How does it develop and grow? Does a community have to be a geographical place? These are just a few of the topics to be addressed in what should be a lively discussion.

"This Time Around: Reinventing Community" is a year-long series that explores the fabric of community, how and why communities change, and what the future may hold for Appalachian Ohio. Features focus on communities within the WOUB Radio Network coverage area and will include four quarterly call-in discussion programs. Past topics have included niche farming, land restoration efforts, and Hocking County?s growth, just to name a few. A companion Web site is available at www.thistimearound.org, which allows community members to interact online. This Time Around: Reinventing Community airs at 8:30 a.m. Tuesdays on the WOUB Radio Network and repeats on Tuesday afternoons at 4 p.m. during "Afternoon Edition."

The Ohio University Telecommunications Center, a unit of the College of Communication, operates two television stations: WOUB-TV/Channel 20 in Athens and WOUC-TV/Channel 44 in Cambridge; one cable channel: WOUB II; and six radio stations: WOUB-1340 AM, WOUB-91.3 FM, WOUC-89.1 FM, WOUH-91.9 FM, WOUL-89.1 FM and WOUZ-90.1 FM.

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Media Contact: WOUB Public Information Coordinator Olivea Oldham, (740) 593-4944 or Olivea_Oldham@woub.pbs.org, or Radio Producer Sandra Sleight-Brennan, (740) 593-4857

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