New Providence, NJ (PRWEB) February 8, 2007
ProGenealogists, Inc. and Genealogy Today announced the launch "Family Roots Radio," a weekly Internet radio show devoted to the widely popular pursuit of genealogy and family history. This hour-long radio show will begin airing each Thursday at 1 p.m. Pacific (4 p.m. Eastern) beginning February 8, 2007 on Modavox's VoiceAmericaTM Channel, the nation's leading Internet radio provider.
Hosted by well-known genealogical author, speaker and researcher, Kory L. Meyerink, the show will feature a wide range of "how-to" elements designed to assist all people interested in family history, from the novice to the professional. In addition to answering general questions from listeners, spotlighting important family history news and providing research tips from professionals, the show will include guests from among the most prominent genealogists today. The show will also explore effective ways to use software and the Internet in the pursuit of family history, including spotlighting data-rich websites. In addition, an "interactive" feature will walk listeners through the use of important sites, while they are listening to the broadcast.
"The value of the Internet for genealogical research today cannot be over-emphasized," according to Meyerink. "The growing number of genealogical sites online, along with the explosion of content on the web makes it crucial for all family historians to more effectively use this key resource. An Internet radio show is simply the best way to provide that information. Users can log onto the show live, or anytime after the broadcast and listen at their leisure. Since they'll be listening on-line, we'll have the chance to walk them through the sites and concepts we discuss in each show."
"Family Roots Radio" will be broadcast on the popular VoiceAmerica Channel, accessible by anyone having an Internet connection with audio capabilities. The addition of an interactive website and downloadable archives of past shows will provide many more listener options than available via traditional radio broadcasts. To listen to the show live, log on to the VoiceAmerica Channel at http://www.voice.voiceamerica.com. Kory will take calls toll free at 1-866-472-5788. All past shows will be archived and available in MP3 format for podcast download.
Natalie Cottrill, CEO of ProGenealogists, Inc., explained, "We have long wanted to find a new and unique way to share the tremendous expertise that exists among our staff and researchers, and to reach out to the broader genealogical community. We also wanted the ability to tap the expertise of the entire professional genealogical community so the typical family historian can get to know the wonderful people who contribute so much to this important and engaging activity. We appreciate VoiceAmerica for giving us that opportunity."
To help with the publicity and content of "Family Roots Radio," Cottrill and her team at ProGenealogists turned to their long time friend and colleague, Illya D'Addezio, owner of "Genealogy Today," a popular web site for family history news, data and information. "I am excited about this project, and have been from the day Natalie first talked to me about it. Both the content and audience of "Family Roots Radio" fits very well with the demographic of our site visitors at "Genealogy Today" and our affiliated web sites. This will give us the opportunity to broaden our user base, while providing additional important content to our existing users."
Host Meyerink brings more than 30 years of professional genealogical experience to "Family Roots Radio," having served in a wide variety of genealogical positions. He has worked as an independent researcher, as a librarian at the Family History Library, as a manager at Ancestry.com and is currently a vice president at ProGenealogists, Inc. He also serves as adjunct faculty for San Jose State University and Brigham Young University. As a volunteer in the genealogical community, he has served as a trustee of the Association of Professional Genealogist and as president of the Utah Genealogical Association. He is also the founding director of the popular Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. His writings include Ancestry's major reference work, Printed Sources. He holds four Accredited Genealogist credentials, has a Masters of Library Science and is a Fellow of the Utah Genealogical Association.
Randall Libero, executive producer at the VoiceAmerica™ Network, explained that their market studies had shown a great need for content oriented to the growing activity in family history. "Studies have consistently shown that interest in family roots is one of America's most popular leisure pursuits, and providing such informative, topic-driven radio is exactly what we do at VoiceAmerica. When we went looking for a professional group to develop and host a genealogy radio show, we were impressed with the expertise and the people at ProGenealogists," said Libero. "We look forward to providing our listeners with timely, expert information to make it easier for them to find their family roots."
For more information visit http://www.familyrootsradio.com/
About ProGenealogists, Inc.
ProGenealogists, Inc. (http://www.progenealogists.com) is the nation's largest, Internet-based genealogical research company. Formed in 2000 as a partnership of three experienced and respected genealogists, it has grown steadily over the past seven years serving thousands of clients throughout the world, while employing a growing number of excellent full-time genealogists. Based in Salt Lake City, Utah, the staff and researchers make use of the expansive collections of the Family History Library, as well as a large network of local researchers to access the records needed to find both ancestors and living relatives for their clients.
About Genealogy Today
Genealogy Today (http://www.genealogytoday.com) has been serving genealogy enthusiasts since 1999 with its unique collection of databases and search tools, original articles from experienced genealogists, and directory of local genealogy. The company offers free and subscription based databases, including several special collections of funeral cards, World War Two ration books, criminal mug shots, Masonic lodge rosters and railroad employment records. With more than 58,000 registered members, Genealogy Today helps connect researchers with common family lines through its free Team Roots program.
Modavox, Inc. (http://www.modavox.com) is a pioneer in internet broadcasting, producing and syndicating online audio and video, and offering innovative, effective and comprehensive online tools for reaching targeted niche communities worldwide. Modavox (OTCBB: MDVX) is the leading producer and distributor of online, talk radio content, streaming approximately 250 hours of live programs and scheduled replays weekly on its Modavox VoiceAmerica™ Network (http://www.voiceamerica.com) and the 7th Wave Network (http://www.7thwavenetwork.com). Through its patented Modavox Central™ technology, Modavox "takes the search out of search," delivering content straight to desktops and internet-enabled devices. Through its proprietary StreamSafe™, WebcastWizard™ and Stream Syndicate™ tools, Modavox provides managed access for live and on-demand internet broadcasting and syndication; content management; and online meeting, event management, enterprise communications and distance learning.