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Talk to America Launches SMS Text Messaging Service


Listeners with SMS enabled cell phones can now join the program's live discussions

Washington, D.C., September 13, 2005 - Talk To America, the Voice of America's (VOA) flagship daily international call-in show, has added SMS text messaging as a means for listeners to join the program's live discussions.

Listeners with SMS enabled cell phones can now contact Talk to America via text messaging to communicate immediately with on-air guests in addition to telephoning, faxing, or emailing their messages to talk@VOANews.com. Listeners in Asia can send their messages to 63 928 761 4588 while VOA audiences in Africa can text message to 27 838 894 3335.

Talk to America is broadcast Monday through Friday at 1600-1700 UTC (12:00-1:00 p.m. EDT) and covers topics such as U.S. foreign policy, the environment, health and nutrition, and American media and sports. The talk show format allows VOA's large international audience to engage in dialogue with a variety of American decision makers and experts who are now available through SMS Text Messaging.

More information on Talk to America is available on the show's website at: www.VOANews.com/talk

The Voice of America, which first went on the air in 1942, is a multimedia international broadcasting service funded by the U.S. government through the Broadcasting Board of Governors. VOA broadcasts more than 1,000 hours of news, information, educational, and cultural programming every week to an estimated worldwide audience of more than 100 million people. Programs are produced in 44 languages, including English.

For more information, call the Office of Public Affairs at (202) 401-7000, or E-Mail publicaffairs@voa.gov.

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