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									                                      Chris Berry
                              President, General Manager
                                News Talk 630 WMAL

As President, General Manager of Washington’s 630 WMAL, Chris Berry oversees what
has been referred to as “the most important radio station in the most important city in the
world”. WMAL is owned by ABC, Inc. and provides it’s audience with news,
commentary and listener involvement 24-hours a day. Berry is President of the
“Washington Area Broadcasters Association,” an organization that represents all of the
region’s radio and television stations. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the
Maryland/DC/Delaware Broadcasters Association.

Prior to joining WMAL in November 2002, Berry spent six years at ABC News in New
York where he served as Vice President, Radio and was responsible for all domestic and
international news, sports and information programming over the ABC Radio Networks.
Berry joined ABC News in 1996 following 14 years at CBS Radio, where he worked as a
newsroom manager in Los Angeles, Washington and Chicago. Although most of his
career has been focused in radio news, Chris Berry is no stranger to the television
newsroom, having started his broadcast career as a producer at WHBQ-TV in Memphis.

Berry is the recipient of numerous broadcasting and journalism awards and has twice
been nominated as “News Talk Executive of the Year” by Radio and Records magazine,
and was honored with the award in 2002.

He is active in many professional and community organizations and has served on both
the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors of the Radio-Television News
Directors Association. In 1999 he formed the RTNDA’s “Diversity Task Force” which
encourages and recognizes news organizations that work toward acknowledging the
differences that exist in their communities. He also has served on the Board of Directors
of Foundation for American Communications.
                                  Khalim Piankhi
                        Vice President, Community Relations
                                      WUSA 9

Khalim Piankhi was named Channel 9's Vice President, Community Relations in
December 1996. Prior to this promotion, Piankhi had been Director of Community
Affairs since 1994 when he was promoted from Manager of Community Affairs and
Executive Producer of all locally produced programs for WUSA 9.

In the seventeen years Piankhi has been with WUSA 9, he has been Executive Producer
for programs that have won more than twenty Emmy Awards, three National Association
of Broadcasters "Service to Children" Awards, a Gold and Silver Medal from the New
York International Film and Television Festival, two CINE Golden Eagle awards, four
Communication Excellence to Black Audiences awards, three Ohio State Awards, the
Action for Children's Television Award and four Best of Gannett Awards.

WUSA 9 Community Affairs activities for which Piankhi is responsible have received
the Private Sector Initiative Award from the president of the United States as well as
awards from the National Broadcast Association for Community Affairs, American
Women in Radio & Television, the American Association of University Women and a
2003 Emmy Award for best Public Affairs program.

Individual recognition includes the 1991 "One & Only" employee of the year award from
WUSA 9 and the 1996 Board of Governor's award from the Washington, DC chapter of
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Khalim was also nominated for
the 2004 Gannett “Manager of the Year” award.

During Piankhi’s 33 years in the media, he has held positions in print, commercial and
public television, and independent productions. He joined WUSA 9 from Washington
D.C.'s WHUT-TV (PBS) where he was Senior Producer of the Emmy Award winning
Evening Exchange program for three years and a Producer/Writer for four years (1981-

Piankhi was a Producer/Writer for the Washington D.C. based Sunship Productions, Inc.
from 1978-1980. Prior to this, he held various positions with NBC and the NBC owned
local station WRC-TV from 1974-1978, including Washington Producer for Knowledge a
daily, half-hour educational program broadcast in five cities.

From 1972-74 he was editor of Blackstage Magazine, a publication he created and
organized as an independent publishing company.

Piankhi, who attended Washington D.C.'s Howard University, is a member of Leadership
Washington and is a Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for The National Conference
for Community & Justice, (formerly The National Conference of Christians and Jews).
He is married and has three adult daughters.
                                  Ronald Sturman
                            Community Relations Manager
                               The Washington Times

Ron Sturman’s professional and personal mission is to “do good as he does well.” As
community relations manager for The Washington Times, he’s the point person for
special partnerships that the newspaper has cultivated with organizations that make our
communities better places in which to live and to work. The best example is the
newspaper’s partnership with The Points of Light Foundation and its network of
volunteer centers that engage people and organizations to volunteer time and talent for
constructive community purposes.
Prior to his current role, Ron was assistant manager of The Washington Times
Educational Service where he acquired corporate sponsorships for the publication and
distribution of K-12 educational supplements that appeared in-paper and were distributed
to schools throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
Ron is a volunteers in his community and with 40Plus of Greater Washington -- , the
organization that provides career counseling and other support services to mature men
and women seeking employment or career changes. (Ron notes that he is quite happy
with his current employment and career, which has been built on a background of
teaching, educational broadcasting, and public administration.)
                                       Rich D'Amato
                     Vice President for Community Investment,
                                 America Online Inc
Rich D'Amato is the Vice President for Community Investment at America Online Inc. He
oversees the development and communication of all AOL's corporate giving and employee
volunteer and community engagement programs.

Prior to joining America Online in 2000, as AOL's senior executive for International
Communications, Mr. D'Amato was Senior Vice President for Robinson, Lerer &
Montgomery, a leading strategic communications firm located in New York City.

A native of Washington, DC, Mr. D'Amato began his career with the United States Senate
as a staff member in the Office of the Senate Sergeant at Arms where, from 1986-1990, he
served as a liaison between the news media and the U.S. Senate as well as its standing and
special committees.

In 1990, he became the Communications Director for the U.S. Senate Committee on
Commerce, Science and Transposition, under the Chairmanship of Senator Fritz Hollings
(SC), where he managed all external Committee communications as well as the Chairman's
media profile.

From 1994-1997, Mr. D'Amato was the Senior Director for Public Affairs at the National
Cable Television Association where he was responsible for the Association's media
communications efforts surrounding public policy issues and the cable industry's efforts to
re-establish its public affairs and consumer affairs profile.

Mr. D'Amato lives in Washington, DC with his wife, Sally Young D'Amato, a Managing
Director at Bearing Point, and their two young children.

Contact Information:
Rich D'Amato
Vice President, Community Investment
22000 AOL Way
Dulles, VA 20166

                                   Stephen Freitas
                            Chief Marketing Officer
                  Outdoor Advertising Association of America, Inc.

Stephen Freitas is Chief Marketing Officer, Outdoor Advertising Association of America,
Inc. Stephen joined the OAAA after spending ten years developing high profile
marketing programs for Clear Channel Communications and Eller Media Company. As
Senior Vice-President of marketing, Mr. Freitas was responsible for global branding,
advertising, research, public relations and corporate communications, in addition to being
heavily involved with business development initiatives. Prior to joining the outdoor
advertising industry, Mr. Freitas worked as a media planner at two San Francisco
agencies. Before that, he was with Chevron USA. Mr. Freitas holds an M.B.A. in
marketing and advertising. He is a graduate from the University of California, Berkeley.

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