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New Twist: Talk Radio, the Internet and the Blogosphere Join Forces to Activate the Grassroots
New Townhall.com empowers conservatives in time for upcoming electoral battles
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WASHINGTON, July 4 /Christian Newswire/ -- Today, Townhall.com announced the launch of its new groundbreaking website, which promotes political activism by combining the interactivity of the internet and blogosphere with the reach of conservative talk radio.

Townhall.com, which reaches 1.4 million people online a month, is combining its online audience with the millions of weekly listeners of Morning in America with Bill Bennett, The Mike Gallagher Show, The Dennis Prager Show, The Michael Medved Show and The Hugh Hewitt Show.

This new site moves listeners from the radio to the web for activism tools, creating their own blog, free podcasts, opinion columns and the ability to influence lawmakers and their communities in the political debate. Townhall.com is the first conservative media site enabling people to create their own blog and their own email newsletters.

"Talk radio and the blogosphere separately have helped return everyday Americans to the political debate," said Hugh Hewitt, executive editor of the new Townhall.com, host of The Hugh Hewitt Show and author of the book Blog. "The new Townhall.com joins these two grassroots mediums to further break down the obstacles that prevent an easy transition from informed citizen to activist. Our intent is to attract, inform, motivate and activate the center-right. An informed and connected conservative base is the left's worst nightmare."

Townhall.com has been the pulse of conservative opinion for over a decade, carrying well over 100 leading conservative columnists. The new Townhall.com enables journalists, bloggers, and opinion leaders to gauge what opinions are most important to grassroots conservatives in real time through a new online voting system as well as other measurements.

Townhall.com’s sophisticated activism tools help activate listeners of talk radio by writing news editors, calling talk radio shows, signing petitions and communicating with local, state and federal elected officials.

“We are empowering our millions of radio listeners and online readers like never before,” said Chuck DeFeo, general manager of Townhall.com. “The new Townhall.com is not only informing grassroots conservatives but ensuring that conservative voices are heard in 2006 and 2008.”

To view the website, please visit: www.Townhall.com. To view the online press kit for Townhall.com and learn more about us and what we offer, please visit: http://townhallmedia.com.

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