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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 11, 2010
CONTACT:  Bobbie Fisher, Chief Communications Officer, 757.889.9107

WHRO PRODUCTION CHOSEN FOR NATIONAL DISTRIBUTION
What Matters program about Doumar's to be offered by National Educational Telecommunications Association

NORFOLK:  WHRO announced today that an episode of the public broadcaster’s Friday night public affairs program What Matters has been selected by the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) for national distribution to public television licensees and educational entities in the United States, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

The episode, “Doumar’s: A Recipe for Success,” featured program host Cathy Lewis talking with Albert Doumar, nephew of Abe Doumar, the man credited by the Smithsonian Institution with the creation of the ice cream cone.  Doumar’s Restaurant on Norfolk’s Monticello Avenue has been a staple in the Hampton Roads community for more than 70 years.

“Doumar’s: A Recipe for Success” joins “Wired for Life” and “Surviving Abundance”, two recent WHRO programs offered for distribution by NETA.

“WHRO is thrilled that NETA has selected our Doumar’s episode for distribution,” said What Matters producer Danny Epperson, “and very pleased that a national audience will have the opportunity to experience a Hampton Roads icon like Doumar’s.”

WHRO is a public service media company that promotes education, culture and citizenship to the citizens of Hampton Roads, Virginia through a variety of telecommunications services.  Thousands of viewers and listeners tune in to broadcast programming on WHRO's four public television and seven public radio stations every day.  Since its founding in 1961 to support education, WHRO has employed creativity and technology to serve its mission to enrich audiences through content that engages, educates and entertains.  Owned by 18 local school divisions, WHRO delivers educational and new media services to 286,000 students and 25,000 educators per month as well.