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'VOA Executive Lounge' Debuts for Young Indonesian Professionals

A daily program for "Success in career, Success in life!"

Washington, D.C., March 1, 2007 - The Indonesian Service at the Voice of America launched VOA Executive Lounge today. The seven-day-a-week program (VOA Executive Weekend on weekends) for young professionals will be carried from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m. Indonesian time on the Trijaya Radio Network, the leading station in Jakarta. Each program will focus on how young professionals can be successful in their careers and in life.

"The number of young professionals in Indonesia is expanding rapidly, and this show will help them succeed in the challenges they face," said VOA Indonesian Service Chief Norm Goodman. "Each program will have useful information for our audience ranging from managing office politics to improving social relationships to the latest technology, trends in music, movies, and fashion."

On today's first show, World Bank employee Muhammad al Arif from Indonesia talked about philanthropy and "How to Feel Like a Millionaire Without Being One." It was a good example of how young professionals can share their success with others.

Ian Umar hosts the weekday VOA Executive Lounge, and Ariono Arifin hosts VOA Executive Weekend, a more relaxed edition that delves into young professional's social and leisure life outside the office.

Produced by VOA, VOA Executive Lounge is carried in a total of 12 cities-10 on the Trijaya Radio Network in Jakarta, Bandung, Semarang, Yogyakarta, Surabaya, Medan, Palembang, Manado, Jember, and Pontianak and two on partner stations in Kendari and Madiun.

The Voice of America and the VOA Indonesian Service both mark 65 years of broadcasting this year. The VOA Indonesian website is

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 115 million people. Programs are produced in 45 languages.

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