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AMERICAN ATHEISTS, INC. P O Box 140195 Austin, TX 78714-0195 Voice: (512) 458-1244 FAX: (512) 467-9525 BBS: (512) 302-0223 For Release on or before July 22 AMERICAN ATHEIST TELEVISION FORUM REACHES 9,023,392 HOMES The "American Atheist Television Forum" now reaches over 9 million homes by cable, according to Jon Murray, president of American Atheists. He made the announcement on the 14th anniversary of the weekly talkshow. Airing on 132 stations across the nation, the Forum examines state/church separation problems, religion in politics, and the civil rights of Atheists. "It has become a staple in many American homes," Mr. Murray noted, "particularly for Atheists isolated from other contact with fellow Atheists." "Many cause organizations complain about lack of access to the media for their concerns," Murray notes. "Our solution has been to go around the conventional media and straight to the people through national video and electronic outreach." First produced in 1980, the program originally aired only in Austin, Texas. It has been introduced in other cities and on cable outlets through the efforts of members of American Atheists. According to "Cable Contacts 1993", (New York: BPI Media Services, 1993) the 132 cable stations reach over 9 million homes. Six hundred video cassettes are shipped to the participating stations each month. Mr. Murray and Madalyn O'Hair, founder of American Atheists, are hosts of the program series. The programs are one-half hour in length and are produced for weekly broadcast. The American Atheist Television Forum appears on cable systems which provide community access programming. In each instance, supporters in the area have asked for the programs to be aired and sponsor them. Mr. Murray is enthused with the restructuring of American Atheists which has emphasized the strength of the National Office and its information services. "The American Atheist Television Forum, the American Atheist Bulletin Board Service [512-302- 0223], and its e-mail outreach have really taken off since we turned from local chapters to national outreach," he explained. "American Atheists' information service to that part of the population which is Atheist (10 per cent) is more in tune with communications ideas of the '90s. No more pamphlet distribution, no more leaflets, all of our handshakes now are electronic." For further information contact: Jon Murray, President American Atheists, at (512) 458-1244 or (512) 458-1271. *********************************************************************** * * * American Atheists website: http://www.atheists.org * * PO Box 140195 FTP: ftp://ftp.atheists.org * * Austin, TX 78714-0195 * * Voice: (512) 458-1244 Dial-THE-ATHEIST: * * FAX: (512) 467-9525 (512) 458-5731 * * * * Atheist Viewpoint TV: avtv@atheists.org * * Info on American Atheists: info@atheists.org, * * & American Atheist Press include your name and mailing address * * AANEWS -Free subscription: aanews-request@listserv.atheists.org * * and put "info aanews" in message body * * * * This text may be freely downloaded, reprinted, and/other * * otherwise redistributed, provided appropriate point of * * origin credit is given to American Atheists. * * * ***********************************************************************

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