You Can’t See It But The Wind Was Gusting & Cold

Chuck Zimmerman

Here’s a better photo of Jack Arute, who was the Team Ethanol/IndyCar Press Conference emcee. It was sunny outside of Union Station in Washington, DC but the wind was blowing hard and the wind chill had to be about 10 degrees! By the time we were done I had no feeling in my hands and could barely hold a camera and recorder. Posted by Hello


Reporters Like Talking News Releases

Chuck Zimmerman

We don’t get much feedback sent to us but when we do it’s almost always positive. We really appreciate people like Jarrod who wrote this little note today:

PLEASE keep sending these. They’re great!
Jarrod Allen
News Director
Newark, Ohio

Jarrod’s note was in response to the release we sent out today for Team Ethanol. You can view it here: Ethanol – IndyCar Announcement


Big Press Conference in Washington, DC for Ethanol

Chuck Zimmerman

Team Ethanol put on a great press conference today thanks to some great folks from Integer Group. I’ll have more information about it by tomorrow but wanted to at least get one picture out today before calling it quits. The press conference was in Washington, DC outside of Union Station. I’ve got pictures, audio and of course Talking News Releases coming!

I did about 12 interviews during the course of the morning press conference event and will post more when I have time. Here I am with Tony George, CEO of Indy Racing League, right before he speaks to a group at a special luncheon after the outdoor press conference to announce that Indy Cars will convert to ethanol fuel. Posted by Hello

Ag Groups

The Final TNR With The New NRECA President – Great Reporter Feedback

Chuck Zimmerman

Here’s Cindy interviewing Mike Treadwell (Oklahoma), new President of NRECA. Mike actually takes the reigns tomorrow officially. We’ll use the audio from this interview for the last NRECA Convention Talking News Release we’ll produce tomorrow.

Maybe you wonder if any reporters actually use what we send? Here’s an emailed reply we got this morning from a TNR we sent yesterday:

Chuck & Cindy,

Thanks for the NRECA Convention release with Conrad Burns. I’m using it on my Noon report.

Best Regards,

Bill Ray
104 Radio Road
Powells Point, NC 27966
Posted by Hello

Ag Groups, Audio

5 Talking News Releases In 2 Days – NRECA

Chuck Zimmerman

Chuck and Cindy are on the outside and inside from left to right are: Patrick Lavigne, Renee Butler and Eleanor Miller. It was great to work with them in San Diego, sending out Talking News Releases directly from their newsroom at the convention to reporters all over the U. S.! Posted by Hello

Ag Groups

NRECA Sends Talking News Release to over 2,300 Reporters

Chuck Zimmerman

It was a busy day at the NRECA convention. We worked out of the newsroom and produced a couple of Talking News Releases today and conducted interviews for several that are going out tomorrow.

You can see the first one we did today here: NRECA Convention Release

This release was sent out nationally from the newsroom. We’re mobile! I can’t say how much I liked the internet connection they set up here. It was secure wireless and faster than anything I’ve used yet! In fact, the emails to the reporters went faster than my Dell Inspiron could send them! My Outbox was constantly empty as my contact database program slowly pumped out the release to Outlook. Wish I had that much speed at the office.

Ag Groups

Run The Audio & Video Into The Newsroom Please

Chuck Zimmerman

Here’s what every good newsroom should have in it. It’s a monitor with a video feed from the general session and with it a mult box, which contains the audio feed, allowing multiple reporters to plug in and record the speeches! It makes it so much easier for reporters, especially when the newsroom and ballrooms are so far apart.

I wish every convention or organization would do this. Posted by Hello

Ag Groups, Media