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Press Release; WFTE “Frack Alert” radio program

January 1, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PROGRESSIVE COMMUNITY RADIO STATION WFTE IN SCRANTON TO TACKLE “FRACKING” WITH DEBUT OF NEW PROGRAM – “Frack Alert”

JANUARY 1, 2011 – SCRANTON, PA – WFTE FM, the start-up progressive community radio station for northeast Pennsylvania announced today that it will produce and broadcast “Frack Radio: The Shale Gas Report,” a new weekly radio program that examines the highly controversial shale gas drilling process, extracting gas from deep layers such as the Marcellus Shale, which is taking place in 34 states across the United States.  “Frack Radio” will cover the politics, economics, ecological, public health, and community impacts impacts of shale gas drilling.  It will feature distinguished guests, as well as talk to everyday people whose lives are directly affected by high-volume hydraulic fracturing with horizontal drilling, popularly called “fracking.”

“Frack Radio” will debut on January 10, 2011 on WFTE in the greater Scranton area on 90.3 FM and 105.7 FM, and will stream worldwide on the web at www.wfte.org. Writer and longtime social justice advocate Iris Marie Bloom is to host the show. Ms. Bloom is the founder of Protecting Our Waters, a Philadelphia-based volunteer organization that successfully lobbied Philadelphia City Council to pass resolutions calling for a moratorium on gas drilling, both in the Delaware River Basin and statewide, at least until cumulative impact studies are done.  As an environmental writer, she regularly contributes articles to Philadelphia’s Weekly Press and provides background for other media outlets.  Ms. Bloom will write and host the program in collaboration with an all-volunteer production and technical crew.

Frack Radio’s debut will coincide with the on-air launch of WFTE Progressive Community Radio on January 10, 2010. Frack Radio will begin as a weekly, one-hour program and is expected to expand in frequency as resources allow. WFTE will provide the program for broadcast on other community radio stations worldwide and will permanently archive the show for download at www.wfte.org.

About WFTE

WFTE is a grassroots coalition building a listener-supported, volunteer-operated community radio station in northeast Pennsylvania. The station gives an independent voice to progressive people committed to social, political, economic and environmental change by hosting educational, uncensored and entertaining local news, talk-shows and cultural programs featuring local personalities and artists as well as featuring national programs including Democracy Now and Thom Hartmann. WFTE will broadcast 24-hours a day, seven-days a week at 90.3FM and 105.7FM. WFTE is owned and operated by Community Radio Collective, Inc., (CRC) a Pennsylvania nonprofit formed in February 2008 and granted tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status by the IRS. For information on WFTE please call 570-212-WFTE (9383), email info@wfte.org, or find them on the web at www.wfte.org.

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