America’s #1 Lifestyle Management Expert will host a One Hour Program and Short-Form Features
NEWARK, N.J. – July 9, 2002 – Talk America Radio Networks announces that Heloise, America’s #1 lifestyle management expert, will launch an hour-long, call-in show starting in early September. Talk America is part of IDT Media, a subsidiary of IDT Corporation (NYSE: IDT.B, IDT), a leading multinational carrier and telephone company.
Talk America also will distribute a one-minute feature filled with Heloise’s helpful hints in August.
Ask Heloise, her hour-long, call-in show, will enable listeners to find out the answers to the questions that need solutions in their daily lives. Heloise’s lifestyle management approach provides proven advice on important consumer issues, home and garden maintenance, pets, automobiles, elder and child care, savvy shopping, entertaining, saving money, traveling smarter and new technology. Her listeners will love Heloise’s wise and warm approach to solving the problems everyone shares.
Heloise is an internationally syndicated columnist, author, and frequent guest on national and local television shows. HerHints from Heloise column appears in more than 500 newspapers in the United States and abroad. She is also a Contributing Editor of Good Housekeeping magazine and writes the popular Household Helpline column. Her combined readership is estimated to be more than 50 million.
“Who doesn’t need help in managing life? Having daily access to America’s leading “hintologist” will be an asset to listeners across the United States”, said Jim Courter, IDT’s CEO.
“Heloise is the only major new voice that is available to radio stations with an already built-in audience,” said Mitch Burg, CEO of IDT Media. “She will definitely be a valuable addition to stations for the Fall ratings book.”
Heloise is the latest personality to join the exciting new Talk America line-up of leading broadcasters, which includes Mort Crim, Barry Farber and Bruce Williams. Talk America personalities can be heard by more than 3 million listeners a week on over 1,200 radio stations.
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Contact: Trang Nguyen
COO, Talk America