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Feb 15, 2002  •  Post A Comment

Posted Friday, Feb. 15, at 12:05 p.m. (PT); last updated at 5:15 p.m.

RealNetworks to service NASCAR.com

Turner Sports Interactive and RealNetworks, the Internet company known for its audio- and video-streaming software, have reached a multiyear deal to provide RealNetworks services for the NASCAR.com Web site, which TSI produces. Those services will include cutomizable video highlights of NASCAR races and customizable audio feeds of the communications between individual drivers and their pit crews.

FamilyNet launching Christian reality series: Reality TV and cross-platforming meet evangelical Christian values on “TruthQuest: California,” a new 13-part half-hour FamilyNet series that will follow 12 teenagers this summer as they travel the Golden State in a Winnebago. The teens, selected from churches around the country, will meet Christian Hollywood stars, surf with Christian surfers, scale mountains with Christian mountain climbers and minister to runaways. And they will chronicle their California adventures on a Baptist Press Web site. Fort Worth-based FamilyNet reaches 38 million households. Baptist Press is the news service of the Southern Baptist Convention. “TruthQuest” will debut this fall.

WNBC brings back popular promos: After more than six years, WNBC has brought back its signature “We’re 4 New York” promotional campaign to celebrate the rebirth of New York, it was announced by Dennis Swanson, president and general manager of WNBC and co-chair of NBC Olympics. The new campaign debuted at the start of the Olympics, and spots feature the Boys Choir of Harlem and WNBC and Today Show talent in a musical tribute to New York. Regular programming featuring the “We’re 4 New York” campaign will begin airing this weekend.

CNN’s McIntyre trades quips with Pentagon’s Clarke: In the chaos that ensued after the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon, CNN military affairs correspondent Jamie McIntyre was mistakenly arrested and handcuffed by a policeman who patrols the building. He had his camera, tape recorder and press pass confiscated as well. “You will never, never set foot in the Pentagon again,” the officer told him.

Mr. McIntyre recounted the moment with laughter during a Wednesday appearance at a Washington Cable Club lunch with featured speaker and Pentagon spokeswoman Torie Clarke. Mr. McIntyre repeatedly asked her why the military is not granting the media more access to the front lines of the war on terror. Ms. Clarke insisted that the Pentagon has been accommodating but can’t grant access to special operations forces because that would endanger the troops and compromise their missions.”If we did everything [the press] wanted, someone would be unhappy. If we did everything we wanted, we’d probably be living in the Soviet Union,” she said. As Mr. McIntyre continued to grill her on the issue, she quipped, “I’m going to spend the rest of the afternoon getting Jamie over to the most dangerous places.” Mr. McIntyre responded, “I’m a Pentagon correspondent, not a war correspondent.”

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