Media Blitz!
...and newspaper begat radio...and radio begat television...

On May 18, 2000 the Champaign News Gazette ran a story on my fight against telemarketing. To my surprise, the story ran front page, and had a big picture of my mug on it (by mug, I mean my face, not my drinking receptacle). The fact that the News-Gazette would go so far as to endanger their circulation by putting such a frightening image on their front cover shows that they don't like telemarketing. Or at least they know that the vast majority of the public hates telemarketing, so that should offset the ugly factor.

The article, which can be found here, alerted people to the fact that there is something they could do to fight telemarketing, and sent them to my page for further details.

Since the article has run, I have been contacted by several radio stations across the country, and have done a television interview with the local CBS affilliate, WCIA.
WCIA has given me permission to include the broadcast as a QuickTime movie, which you will find here.

On the smaller scale, I have received email from coast to coast, including an 84 year-old woman who is on oxygen 24 hours a day. She said that she has received a call each day including weekends for the past several months, and it's been upsetting her. She thanked me for my work and offered to bake me cookies.

Here's a list of media that have covered the story so far:

  • Champaign News Gazette (they kicked off the media coverage and started the domino effect)
  • St. Louis Post Dispatch
  • Television
  • WCIA Television (CBS) Champaign, Illinois
  • Radio
  • WDWS - Champaign, IL
  • WTVN - Columbus, OH
  • KYKY - St. Louis, MO
  • KTRS - St. Louis, MO
  • WJBC - Bloomington, IL
  • WYMG - Springfield, IL
  • There have been others, as I've heard it through the grapevine that a Green Bay station mentioned the website, but these are the only ones I know of with certainty.

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