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                           AFTRA Introduces National President's
                                   Message Podcast on Website

Los Angeles, CA, January 4, 2006 – The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) is pleased to announce the debut of a new feature available on the AFTRA website: the first AFTRA National President’s Message recorded as an audio file and available for download and podcast from the AFTRA website.

In his pioneer address, AFTRA National President John P. Connolly states, “This message is much more than a mere convenience for our members; it's an acknowledgment of AFTRA’s readiness and resolve to organize the digital markets of  the 21st century – proof positive that AFTRA is the future in media.” As part of its strategic planning process the union has targeted digital media technologies, including the rapidly expanding market of podcasting, as key areas of organizing new employment opportunities for its membership.

To hear or read the full address, please visit www.aftra.com and click on the “Message from the President” button on the homepage.

The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists – affiliated with the AFL-CIO – is a diverse national union representing over 70,000 professional performers, broadcasters, and recording artists in 32 Locals throughout the country. AFTRA members work as actors, broadcast journalists, dancers, singers, announcers, hosts, comedians, and disc jockeys in all aspects of the media industries including television and radio, sound recordings, commercials, non-broadcast/industrials, interactive games, and the Internet. For more information, visit AFTRA online at www.aftra.com.


Contact:
Christopher de Haan
cdehaan@aftra.com
(323) 634-8203 

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