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New Book: ‘You’re An Author? Don’t get Hustled’

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Published Author Wayne McFarland has just released, "You're An Author? Don't Get Hustled - How to launch your book without getting hurt, hammered, or fleeced; a step by step guide" (ISBN: 978-1645505686; paperback).

In the short time since its release, "You're An Author? Don't Get Hustled" seems to be causing quite a stir.

The book opens with: "So you're a new author? Well, gird yourself-soon to descend upon you are legions of flim-flam artists, bogus publishers, ad purveyors, and social media "experts." Their stated goal is to help you sell lots of books and make tons of money - quickly. Their real goal is to deflate as many bank accounts as possible - yours among them, sad to say."

The book goes on to guide authors in such things as "How much promotion should you expect to be doing yourself? Should you get a publisher? Self-Publish? How about an Agent? Or Promoting with Social Media? Should you do Pay Per Click advertising? How do you get book and reader reviews? Should you pay for reviews? It's all covered, in detail and step by step so hopefully (Authors) will know what to do - and what not to do - to keep (their) foot out of the New Author Beartrap."

Pre-release reviews have been laudatory with unanimity that a book such as this, containing specific guidance for authors on how to launch a book into the marketplace, is long overdue: "Splendid!... ...every page is a winning ticket!" "Mr. McFarland has produced an extremely useful manual for indie authors seeking advice on how to publish..." "... sooner or later every writer who wants a shot at publishing is going to need (this book)" "...this a gem for new authors... it's a superb... informative piece" "...(New Authors') pocketbooks are safer (from swindling) with this book...(this book) keeps the author that wants to publish safe."

"A lot of folks who make a living ripping off authors have expressed some real unhappiness about this book," stated McFarland, writer of "You're An Author? Don't Get Hustled." "But I really don't care. I just don't want any other author to go through what I did the first time around."

"You're An Author, Don't Get Hustled" is now available through Amazon.

Learn more about the author at: https://www.waynemcfarland.com/

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American Artist Mateo Blanco Creates a Portrayal of the American Flag Made from His Clothing

ORLANDO, Fla. -- As our country faces a pandemic and signs of a nation divided, the need for hope and happiness is greater than ever before. Renowned artist and proud American Mateo Blanco has seen these signs and is making a stand for unity through his art.

Blanco created "July 4, 2020," a portrayal of the American flag made from his clothing. Each of the iconic colors making up the flag not only has meaning to this country, but to Blanco personally. The white fabric was made from a shirt he often wore while studying at Florida Atlantic University as he worked hard to not only gain knowledge but wisdom. The red stripes are created from his lucky interview shirt, something he typically wore while spreading his art and message with others. The blue swatch was from the favorite blue workout shirt he wore when trying to get healthy.

All fabrics and colors used in the piece represent Blanco putting his best foot forward, which is exactly what he's encouraging all other Americans to do.

"As a principle, everything I do is through love and happiness," said Blanco. "But right now, everywhere I look in my beloved country, I see pain - we are separated. In order to overcome our struggles, we must individually put our best selves forward and unite as a nation."

This isn't the first time Blanco has used fabric in his art. He's also created "Coat of Many Colors," a portrait of Dolly Parton; and "Joseph, Coat of Many Colors," a tribute to Jewish history. In fact, Blanco is known for his whimsical use of unusual mediums like Smarties(r), coffee beans and rope.

"Typically, my work is light-hearted and fun. I create my art to spread joy," Blanco said. "However, for 'July 4, 2020,' I knew I needed to use my platform to share a bigger message. We must come together as a united country."

Although "July 4, 2020" was created this year, its inspiration goes all the way back to the 1950s. After admiring Jasper John's Flag painting, Blanco thought that while this was a beautiful representation of America in the past, it wasn't reflective of the society we're currently living in. He immediately got to work to create a modern representation of this famous piece, giving it his own unique twist.

"July 4, 2020," along with other works by Mateo Blanco, including "Hopi Girl," made from rope; "Ellen," a portrait of Ellen DeGeneres made from coffee beans; and "Desire," a series of Madonna portraits which change when viewed from different angles, can be purchased through the Rosenbaum Contemporary gallery in Boca Raton, Florida.

About Rosenbaum Contemporary:

Rosenbaum Contemporary, founded in 1979, is based in Boca Raton, Florida. The gallery caters to international collectors interested in investment-quality works by Postwar, Modern and Contemporary masters and presents nationally recognized museum-level exhibitions throughout the year. The gallery also offers a wide range of free services to collectors worldwide including acquisition advice, art consulting, sourcing of artists, art collection building and management and resale of select works of art.

Learn more at: https://www.rosenbaumcontemporary.com/artists/157-mateo-blanco/works/9997/

Follow Mateo on Twitter: https://twitter.com/mateoblancoart and Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mateoblancoart/

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‘Money Is an Energy Game,’ Gold Winner of 2020 COVR Visionary Awards for e-books, is now available in print

ARLINGTON, Wash. -- Madeline Gerwick of Polaris Business Guides and Margaret Donahue of Feng Shui Connections announce the print publication of "Money Is an Energy Game" (ISBN: 978-1734283600). Released in Kindle format in December, 2019, this book was named the Gold Winner of 2020 COVR Visionary Awards for e-books on June 6, 2020.

If you'd like to accomplish more by doing less and easily generate greater prosperity, this book is for you. Mental and emotional blockages, beliefs, and behavior patterns that interfere with creating more prosperity and ease in life are common. The book uncovers the connections between energy and money, so you can win at the game of money and success. It provides a fresh perspective via a gold mine of over 100 tools and techniques, new ideas, scientific proofs, and tested methods to increase your wealth and well-being.

Brian Tracy, author of "The 21 Success Secrets of Self-Made Millionaires," recommends this book, saying: "This powerful, inspiring book shows you how to unlock your hidden powers to achieve financial success-no matter where you are today or where you are coming from."

From Maria Shaw, Intuitive Astrologer, Author and Horoscope Columnist: "Love this book! It covers everything you need to know to get started on a path to prosperity. Eye opening with wonderful insightful information I can put to use immediately. These authors covered it all! I feel excited, armed, and ready to attract money and prosperity now. Thank you for sharing your knowledge in this book. Everyone, rich or poor, just getting by or doing well, needs to read it."

The co-authors, Margaret Donahue and Madeline Gerwick, have taught prosperity practices to businesses and individuals for nearly twenty years. Margaret Donahue's senior executive position, MBA, and feng shui mastery bring a unique perspective to this topic, while Madeline Gerwick's economic degree, business experience and mastery of astrological cycles, particularly related to business and economics, provide a broader understanding of energy. "Money Is an Energy Game" captures their combined experience and knowledge to bring you revolutionary perceptions related to energy and money.

If you're looking for step-by-step instructions, new ideas, and money wisdom to improve your life, business, and financial well-being, "Money Is an Energy Game" is the choice for you! This 2020 COVR Visionary Awards e-book winner is available on Amazon.

The print edition will be available for shipment in mid-July and can be ordered at https://moneyisanenergygame.com/.

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Green Buildings Are Not Sustainable, says Janis Birkeland

MELBOURNE, Australia -- According to Dr Janis Birkeland, the originator of net-positive design, while sustainable 'green' buildings are making great strides, they still do more damage than no building at all.

"Each green building increases the problem," she says. "Even though there are numerous sustainable building initiatives and processes that purport to contribute to sustainability, the industry is still analyzing and assessing all the wrong things in the wrong ways. For example, there are dozens of things fundamentally wrong with green building rating tools."

However, Birkeland also says that construction, which causes so much environmental destruction, could actually save nature and deliver social and environmental justice.

"True sustainability is possible and affordable, but not if we use the same strategies."

Dr Birkeland's new book, "Net-Positive Design and Sustainable Urban Development" (ISBN 9780367258566), explains why current theories and practices are not effective. It systematically dissects these failings and reverses their underlying concepts.

The book builds on this critique to show how urban development can give back more than it takes over its lifecycle. It provides examples to show that development can increase - rather than just repair, restore or regenerate - overall social, ecological and economic sustainability.

"Technically speaking, in a net-positive city, nature's 'positive' ecological footprint would exceed humanity's 'negative' ecological footprint, relative to pre-urban conditions.

"Positive Development theory has led to new methods, strategies and tools that enable professionals and students to design (and assess) net-positive buildings and environments that increase the natural and social life support systems," said Dr Birkeland.

Net-Positive Design presents game-changing sustainable planning analyses, a collaborative design process and a free STARfish computer app. The STARfish enables designers to go beyond zero (or recycling systems) to create designs that yield net-positive environments. It defines new criteria and benchmarks based on fixed, objective biophysical conditions, rather than relative to conventional (unsustainable) buildings or current conditions.

"The new approach not only up-ends building assessment tools, it integrates assessment and measurement with design. It synthesises the 'hard' technical and 'soft' creative dimensions in planning, decision making and design."

Creating and measuring 'beyond zero' cumulative impacts is no easy task but, thanks to Dr Birkeland's insights and dedication to sustainable development, it has now been done and is available around the world for educators and professionals alike.

Learn more: https://netpositivedesign.org/

Authoritative comments about Net-Positive Design:

"From the author who developed Positive Development theory comes another tour de force - a delightful guide for those of us disappointed with the direction of conventional approaches to wicked problems." - Mirek Dymitrow, Lund University and University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

"By re-engineering our approach to urban development, Birkeland reveals how cities could become our most powerful resource in reversing the trends associated with climate change...Essential reading for all decision makers." - Dr Kathi Holt, architect and strategic urban designer.

Book availability & links:

Routledge Publishers. RRP from $A37 for eBook:
https://www.routledge.com/Net-Positive-Design-and-Sustainable-Urban-Development/Birkeland/p/book/9780367258566

Paperback: ISBN 9780367258566
Hardback: ISBN 9780367258559

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Positive_Development

Learn more: https://netpositivedesign.org/

About the author:

Dr Janis Birkeland was an architect, city planner and attorney in San Francisco before entering academia. Dr Birkeland has devoted her working life to sustainable development, originating many increasingly familiar sustainable design concepts. She is presently an Honorary Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne, having been a Professor of sustainable architecture in Australia and New Zealand. Her books include Design for Sustainability (2002) and Positive Development (2008).

Media enquiries:
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Free Augmented Reality (AR) Fireworks for July 4 from Anywhere

DUBLIN, Ohio -- Using the free TotalAR app on a smartphone or tablet, you can watch augmented reality fireworks from any location from 9 p.m. to midnight local time on July 4, HoloPundits announced today. The fireworks display will run 12 minutes and will feature patriotic virtual fireworks and music.

Communities across the country are promoting the mobile app as an alternative or a supplement to their in-person fireworks displays. The city of Dayton, Ohio is one community offering the virtual fireworks and other augmented experiences through the mobile app.

"It's fun to watch the hot air balloons and the other experiences available on the app," said Nick Terbay, Recreation Program Coordinator for the City of Dayton. "You just hold your phone up to the sky and experience all the augmented reality displays."

Leading up to July 4, you will be able to enjoy other fun experiences through the app. You can witness a beautiful rainbow, a stunning show of lanterns, a hot air balloon launch, a UFO landing, and more.

"We wanted to make something special for the community to enjoy," said HoloPundits Founder and CEO Vinod Dega. "With our app, these experiences can be brought to life wherever you are through augmented reality. People can enjoy the holiday safely, and that is important to us."

Though more than 60 communities in 20 states are teaming up with HoloPundits to provide this to their community members, individuals from anywhere can participate in the experiences.

To participate, download the TotalAR app for free at GooglePlay or the AppStore (no ads appear in this app). Allow the app to enable camera and location services. Click on Geo AR and enjoy the experiences.

For more information, visit https://www.totalar.com/fireworks.html

or view https://youtu.be/cSdoEGjkomg

HoloPundits is a global technology company with expertise that spans the entire spectrum of AR, VR, and mixed reality. Headquartered in Dublin, Ohio with offices in Chennai, India, Holopundits works with brands across a variety of industries to transform their experience through immersive technology.

For more about HoloPundits, visit our website: https://www.holopundits.com/about-us.html

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New Book, ‘Tenacity’ is a Story of Courage and Resilience in the Face of Adversities

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Veena Sharma is an Indo-Fijian author, who has released her memoir "Tenacity" (ISBN: 978-1643883861). It is a story of risk, courage, and determination. Ultimately, it's a story of the human spirit's triumph over fear. Born into poverty, uprooted from her homeland, forced to marry a stranger, subjected to physical and emotional abuse.

Veena Sharma's spirit demanded that she risk the emotional pain of ostracism and realize her right to determine the colors of her own story.

It is her story of embracing risk and change and learning to dance with them. Beginning with a painting of life in Fiji that cradles readers so softly that they wish that they had been born there, readers then accompany her on an adventure to Canada as her family relocates. There is no way to grasp her family's insistence she marry a stranger. Her parents, victims of cultural conformity, insist that she stay with him regardless of the physical and mental abuse he inflicts. Veena's choices inspire readers to deny fear it's power and to embrace change so they can become the authors of their own stories.

"From my perspective, every experience and every person we meet serves a purpose in our life, either good or bad. Your experience in life, including mistakes, struggles, and failures, doesn't have to define who you are, but instead, it can indeed lead you to discover your true self," says author Veena Sharma.

Veena Sharma is an overcomer who currently lives in Ft Myers, Florida. In this debut memoir, she shares her life journey, struggles, accomplishments, determination, and perseverance. Veena wishes to inspire, motivate, and encourage people and to evoke higher frequencies of hope.

She hopes her book will heal and transform others who are tired of living with woes or on plateau. Veena's greatest satisfaction is living life making a difference.

In her memoir, she talks in detail about her childhood in a remote place in Fiji Islands, her adulthood in Vancouver, Canada, her struggles and her accomplishments. The book also contains golden nuggets as an inspirational message for the readers at the end of each chapter.

Veena Sharma was born in a very remote place in Fiji Islands called Dawasamu. She lived there in her early years and moved to Vancouver, BC Canada at age 16 with her family. Veena lived in Vancouver until age 39 and moved to USA after getting her BSN degree from University of Victoria, Victoria BC Canada. Veena's passion for advancement in life gave her opportunity to live in California, Virginia, Illinois and brought her to her final destination, Ft Myers, Florida.

Veena completed her Master's Degree in Nursing in 2009 from Walden University. Currently Veena works as an oncology nurse navigator. Veena's passion for creative writing began when she took many English courses while she was attending her nursing program. She excelled in all her English classes. One of Veena's goal in life is to empower, inspire and motivate others.

Her first book, "Tenacity: Penciling the Journey and Inking the Destiny" is a memoir of a woman's courage and resilience in the face of adversities. Veena takes her readers on the journey from Fiji to her final destination Florida. She talks about her struggles, sacrifices, accomplishment and hopes that it will help readers who are in plateau and need help to overcome some of the barriers in their life.

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The book is available on Amazon.com or can be ordered from your local bookstore
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Six PBS Stations Join A National Initiative to Break The Stereotypes of Individuals with Disabilities

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- July 2020 marks the 30th anniversary of President Bush signing into law the Americans with Disabilities Act. In celebration of this civil rights law, WXXI Public Media (Rochester, New York) is leading a pilot project to expand its innovative "Move to Include" initiative into five additional communities. Funded through a grant from the Corporation of Public Broadcasting, this national initiative will use the power of public media to inform and transform attitudes and behavior about disabilities.

WXXI is partnering with PBS affiliates WFYI (Indianapolis), OPB (Oregon), WGCU (Southwest Florida), WCNY (Syracuse), and Iowa PBS to spotlight disability issues and people with differing abilities through television, radio, news, special events, and social media.

"We're proud to pilot Move to Include in five additional communities, using public media's many platforms to promote equity and inclusion," said WXXI President Norm Silverstein. "Through Move to Include, we hope to build more inclusive communities by inspiring and motivating people to embrace different abilities and include all people in every aspect of community life."

The six PBS stations will work to organize community partnerships, create content, and provide outreach specific to their own communities. They will also contribute content to the PBS LearningMedia collection used by teachers, families and students free of charge.

To learn more about this initiative, the work of all six stations, and more, visit: https://movetoinclude.us/.

Below are a few highlights of what stations will be doing in their communities:

WXXI (Rochester, New York)
* The WXXI News Inclusion Desk: WXXI's News team will produce a variety of stories, from the arts to transportation issues to how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected those with disabilities. The stories will broadcast on AM1370 and FM 88.5 and online at WXXINews.org throughout July.
* WXXI LIVE Forum: The Impact of COVID-19 on People with Disabilities / Premieres July 23 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV

WXXI hosts a virtual town hall style forum that looks at how COVID-19 has affected those with disabilities.

WFYI (Indianapolis)
* Veterans Coming Home: Healing Arts / Airs July 23 at 7:30 on WFYI-TV
This 30-minute WFYI documentary tells the inspiring stories of local veterans who are using art to help transform their war experiences into hope and healing.
* No Limits / Airs July 30 at 9 p.m. on WFYI-TV
o This half-hour documentary from 12 Star Media follows high school students from the Indiana School for the Blind and Vision Impaired as they work with an Indianapolis arts organizations to design more accessible experiences. The piece will air with audio descriptions.
OPB (Oregon)
* Fairview Resident Profile: The Fairview Training Center admitted nearly 10,000 Oregonians over the course of its 100-year existence, most of whom were people with intellectual or developmental disabilities. One longtime resident describes what it was like to live there as an "inmate" who wore a uniform, slept in barracks-style quarters and worked every day on the site's 700-acre farm. Air date TBA.|
* People First: Several residents of the Fairview Training Center helped launch the global People First movement in the 1970's. At its first meeting in Oregon in 1974, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities gathered to speak up for themselves to advocate for improvements in their own lives and for more opportunities for independent living and growth. Air date TBA.

WGCU (Southwest Florida)
* Digital Storytelling digital segments: WGCU teamed up with Best Buddies of Southwest Florida for a digital storytelling workshop that launched the initiative. The workshop provided an opportunity for buddy teams to become filmmakers and story tellers.
* Gulf Coast Life: WGCU's locally produced radio talk show, will feature local organizations that provide services/programs to the disable community, and will talk with people living with disabilities to discuss issues around accessibility.

WCNY (Syracuse)
* Connect NY: The ADA Today / Premieres July 27 at 9 p.m. on WCNY-TV
Three decades after the American with Disabilities Act was passed, nearly 70% of individuals with disabilities still cannot land a job. WCNY speaks with one Syracuse agency who is trying to break the stigmas attached to the word disabled, and introduces viewers to a grassroots advocate who shares what is lacking with the ADA in 2020.
* Capitol Pressroom, WCNY's live weekday radio broadcast from the Legislative Correspondents Association Pressroom at State Capitol in Albany, will present four themed Move to Include segments in July.

Iowa PBS
* The Life Autistic / Airs July 13 at 8 p.m. CT on Iowa PBS
This Iowa PBS produced documentary explores the challenges and successes of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), at different stages in life and range on the spectrum. Host Tyler Leech, a member of Iowa's community of people with autism, guides us through all twelve stories from the original Iowa PBS web series.
* Accessibility Now / Airs July 20 at 8 p.m. CT on Iowa PBS
Told firsthand by Iowans with disabilities, this half-hour documentary examines how the Americans with Disabilities Act has helped improve their lives and how they continue to face barriers to equality.
Nationally, the WORLD Channel will broadcast a collection of films from its America ReFramed series. WORLD is making this collection free-of-charge to public media stations across the country (check local listings). Selected films for Move to Include are:
* Vision Portraits: Acclaimed director Rodney Evans takes viewers on a personal journey as he ponders how the deterioration of his vision will impact his life. Airs: July 4 at 10 p.m. ET
* Enter the Faun: A choreographer and an actor with cerebral palsy collaborate to prove that everybody can transform. Airs: Tuesday, July 7 at 8 p.m. ET
* Deej: The story of DJ Savarese ("Deej"), a gifted, young writer and advocate for nonspeaking autistics. Airs: Tuesday, July 14 at 8 p.m. ET
* Intelligent Lives: Pioneering teens with intellectual disabilities work for increased inclusion and independence. Airs: Tuesday, July 21 at 8 p.m. ET
* Perfectly Normal for Me: An after-school dance program for kids with physical disabilities prepares for a spring recital. Airs: Tuesday, July 28 at 8 p.m. ET

WORLD will also showcase content created by the six stations in a special two-hour block of Move to Include documentaries and programs on Sunday, July 26 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Move to Include was launched in Rochester, New York in 2014 as a local partnership between WXXI and the Golisano Foundation, the nation's largest private foundation devoted to supporting programs for people with intellectual disabilities. The Foundation, which also donated $20 million to build Southwest Florida's Golisano Children's Hospital, has provided more than $1 million in funding to date for Move to Include in Rochester. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) awarded the initiative a $645,000 grant to help expand the multimedia initiative to these five public media organizations over 16 months.

"Public media's mission is to make high quality programming free and accessible to all, and Move to Include is an important part of ensuring inclusion for people with disabilities," said Pat Harrison, president and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. "CPB is proud to support this effort by local public media stations to strengthen our civil society by building more inclusive communities."

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967, is the steward of the federal government's investment in public broadcasting. It helps support the operations of more than 1,500 locally owned and operated public television and radio stations nationwide. CPB is also the largest single source of funding for research, technology, and program development for public radio, television, and related online services.

For more information, visit https://www.cpb.org/ and follow us on Twitter @CPBmedia, Facebook, LinkedIn, and subscribe for other updates.

WXXI Public Media is the essential, life-long educational media resource for the Greater Rochester area in New York State. WXXI puts the community first with programming that stimulates and expands thought, inspires the spirit, opens cultural horizons and promotes understanding of diverse community issues. WXXI also has a long-term affiliation with Little Theatre, which helps enhance the cultural life of the community and strengthens two of Rochester's most vital arts institutions. Log on to https://www.wxxi.org/ for more information about our services and programs.

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Tech Company HoloPundits Offers Free Augmented Reality Fireworks for July 4

DUBLIN, Ohio -- While social distancing guidelines are still in effect, many Fourth of July celebrations have been put on hold. Though nothing can replace the magic of real fireworks, HoloPundits, a technology company, created a free augmented reality experience available to anyone with a smartphone or tablet.

"We wanted to make something special for the public to enjoy," said HoloPundits Founder and CEO Vinod Dega. "With our app, Fourth of July fireworks can be brought to life wherever you are through augmented reality."

The app, TotalAR, puts dazzling displays in the sky through a smartphone or tablet, giving the viewer the opportunity to see fireworks as if standing right under them.

The 12-minute fireworks display will be available to view between 9 p.m. and midnight local time on July 4. Watch it once or multiple times before midnight.

Communities across the country are promoting this virtual display as an alternative to in-person fireworks events.

Available now on TotalAR are other augmented reality experiences - all at no cost and free of ads. Experience a rainbow, floating lanterns, a hot air balloon launch, and a UFO landing all from the comfort of your home or your favorite social-distancing location.

"People can enjoy the holiday safely, and that is important to us," said Dega.

To enjoy the experience, download the TotalAR app for free at GooglePlay or the AppStore (no ads appear in this app). Allow the app to enable camera and location services, open the app and click on the Geo AR option.

View the promo video here (YouTube): https://youtu.be/cSdoEGjkomg

For supporting videos and text, please click here ( https://www.dropbox.com/sh/k961kwo5a94gliw/AAA7ByI-wVW-aIKhzwhr5TO8a?dl=0 ) to see the following:
* Promo video
* B-Roll video
* Suggested Anchor Script

HoloPundits is also available for on-camera interviews. Please send inquiries to Doug Smith at Doug.Smith@HoloPundits.com or call 614-371-2595.

About HoloPundits

HoloPundits is a global technology company with expertise that spans the entire spectrum of AR, VR, and mixed reality. Headquartered in Dublin, Ohio with offices in Chennai, India, HoloPundits works with brands across a variety of industries to transform their experience through immersive technology.

For more about HoloPundits, visit our website: https://www.holopundits.com/about-us.html

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New Internet Radio Station Founded by ‘Dream Team’ of Radio Personalities

20-0625s2p-tncradio-live-696x522.jpg -- TNCRadio.LIVE announced today that some well-known radio personalities along with others have come together to help create a new Internet Radio and Mixed-media company focused on those who spend their day driving the streets of Houston.

TNCRadio.LIVE an Internet Radio station launching July 1, 2020, provides Houston TNC, delivery, repair service and other full-time drivers up-to-the-minute details they need to be safer, smarter, and more successful. They do this by providing accurate and timely traffic, weather, and emergency information along with driver-designed programming throughout the broadcast day.

Managing Partner, Tom Kelley said, "This team came together in a remarkable way. We have IT professionals, social media experts, and finance support all focused on the same goal. We are also excited that several radio personalities have joined the team. As a mixed-media information distribution company, we hope to disrupt the Houston Internet Radio market in a way that is positive for our listeners and our advertisers."

Kelley went on to discuss some of the on-air personalities who have joined the company as partners. Jim Kovacik, Vice President of Programming (formerly, 'Jimbo,' 97.9 The Box) has been a ratings leader in the Houston market for years. Author, on-air personality and mixed-media journalist, Shelley Johnson is the Vice President of Business Development. Additionally, Houstonians will recognize the strong and trusted voice of Vice President of Operations, Ron Samuels.

"Combined, that's nearly 100 years of broadcast experience right there. It is a real 'Dream Team' of radio broadcasters moving into the new world of Internet Radio and mixed-media communications. As the market moves to an Internet based format, these radio greats have kept up with the times and made the move as well," said Kelley.

Jim Kovacik, who also manages the station's strategic business relationships, announced the new station has developed partnerships with a variety of companies. "We have teamed with WAZE to power our Traffic Navigation Center. Plus, we are working closely with TranStar and other digital broadcasters to create a system that provides information and entertainment across multiple formats focused on our core audience."

Shelley Johnson said, "We are positioned to be a strong leader in the Houston Mixed-media advertising market. It is not like the old days at all. While our goal is to allow drivers to keep their 'eyes on the road and their ears on us,' much of our advertising and our information content is available on our app, videos, website, podcasts, and streaming. Our advantage is that we can bring real-time information across multiple platforms while concentrating on the health and safety of our drivers. This brings a level of security that they have not had in the past. It also gives our sponsors a place to deliver their message directly to those who need their goods and services."

Known for his powerful voice on several San Francisco and Houston area radio stations, Ron Samuels is no stranger to the Houston market. When asked about why such a well-known radio personality would jump into the world of Internet Radio at this point in his career, Samuels said, "My family keeps asking me when I plan to retire. I'm not sure that's in my nature. These guys have done their research and we are almost ready to launch. I am excited to be part of something that brings the power of Radio to the Digital age.

Our audience delivers people, car-parts, food, furniture, and groceries. Others drive from site-to-site doing repairs, etc. It won't be long before the professional drivers of Houston have a new favorite radio station."

TNCRadio.LIVE, scheduled to launch July 1, 2020, provides on-going weather, traffic, and emergency information to Houston area drivers. The station is privately owned. TNCRadio.LIVE is a DBA of IMSICO, LLC, a Texas Company and can be accessed via Alexa, a number of Internet Radio Directories or by visiting the company website.

If you would like more information about this topic, please call Ambar Mendez, Director of Digital Marketing at 281-870-2700, or visit the website https://tncradio.live or email info@tncradio.live

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