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Subject: [DearMYRTLE] PRESS RELEASE: Listeners Top 400,000 Mark
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2003 13:18:23 EDT
Contact: Pat Richley
25 September 2003
RADIO LISTENERS TOP 400,000 MARK
Officials at NetRadio-Inc.com and DearMYRTLE.com documented an unprecedented
400,000 unique listeners during last Tuesday evening's live 55-minute
broadcast of DearMYRTLE's Family History Hour Internet radio show, necessitating the
installation of a rebroadcast strategy to meet the needs of those who couldn't
"We estimate that for every listener connected, we lost one because we didn't
anticipate this unusual growth. With a major revision of our radio player, we
are now poised for Myrt's high volume of Internet radio listeners during
upcoming broadcasts." says NetRadio's CEO, Bret Lang, Ph. D.
Rebroadcasts of Tuesday's show are currently available online at:
New shows broadcast live Tuesdays 9-10pm Eastern US (daylight when
"This just goes to show that genealogy is alive and well on the Internet,"
replies show host Pat Richley aka DearMYRTLE. "Since the early days of BBS
(Bulletin Boards) and FIDONet which predate the Internet, we've known that family
history is a leading interest for millions of people throughout the world. "
"We were thrilled with summer broadcasts pulling in 10,000-18,000 listeners
per show, while typically 50,000 tune in to each show the other nine months of
the year. It's a tribute to my expert guests, who share insights and encourage
researchers in their ancestral quests."
DearMYRTLE, known as Myrt to her readers and listeners, cites the June 2003
US S. Res. 175, A Resolution Designating the Month of October 2003 as Family
History Month. "With the advent of the Internet, there has been an explosion of
interest in family history. Last month alone, more than 14 million Americans
used the Internet to research their family history. Genealogy Internet sites
are some of the most popular sites on the World Wide Web. My church, The Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has family history information on nearly
500 million individuals on its family history web site <www.familysearch.com>
," states Senator Orrin Hatch.
"The future is bright for genealogists using the Internet for research," says
Myrt. "Sites with scanned images of surviving original documents mentioning
our forefathers provide eyewitness evidence that our ancestors once lived. In
addition to census images, we are seeing a rise in the number of official
government sites offering access to images of original vital records of birth,
marriage and death. Its my joy to spotlight these web sites, as well as to
interview authors and programmers about the wonderful tools they provide to avid
family tree climbers."
"Listeners are cautioned to search for primary, original, straight-from-the
horse's-mouth resources rather than second hand info published, without source
citations, online or in book format."
ABOUT NETRADIO-INC.com: With offices in Port Charlotte, Florida, this
company was founded in August 2002, and is led by CEO Bret Lang, Ph. D. Among others
he holds the copyright for TCP/IP architecture - the structure behind the
Internet. Bret's Internet radio streaming expertise spanning 6 years provides
innovative listener and broadcaster options employing the latest technology.
Unlike terrestrial radio models, where listener audience is limited to specific
graphic regions, Internet radio streaming is available to anyone with a
computer, speakers and access to the Internet.
ABOUT DearMYRTLE: This is the nom de plume of Pat Richley, author of THE
EVERYTHING ONLINE GENEALOGY BOOK, 1995-2003 online genealogy columnist for AOL's
Golden Gates Genealogy Forum, and webmaster of www.DearMYRTLE.com . She has
been onlining since 1985, providing practical down-to-earth advice for family
historians through her column since 1995. Pat teaches MSOffice part-time at
Manatee Technical Institute, Bradenton, Florida. She currently serves as president
of the Manasota Genealogical Society, is a member of the Association of
Professional Genealogists, and is the proud grandmother of three.
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