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WEVA Launches 'On-The-Air' VOD & Podcast Site
May 27, 2006

Sarasota, FL - The Wedding & Event Videographers Association International (WEVA) has continued its momentum in creating valuable new membership benefits by launching new Video On-Demand and Audio On-Demand (podcast) content produced for wedding and event videographers.

Available to members only, the new content is already online at the association's new site called WEVA On-The-Air. Several audio podcasts on technology topics and videography business issues, created exclusively for WEVA members by On-The-Air executive producers and podcast pioneers Kathy and Al Ritondo were unveiled Friday.

The initial audio podcast series include In The Biz hosted by Kathy Ritondo, and Tech Talk hosted by Al Ritondo.

"In The Biz brings you answers to the questions you have on everything to do with opening and running your wedding and event video business. Videographers come to our industry from all walks of life, but have not necessarily been business owners,” Ritondo said.

"The new podcast series covers marketing, contracts, making business life easier, insurance, the work environment, when to expand, when to hire employees, making equipment purchases, and more. It covers all the questions you have about operating your videography business,” she said. Several segments are already online for immediate member access.

WEVA Tech Talk was launched to take videographers further into the world of new and emerging digital technology and its impact on the professional wedding and event videographer. Many of the shows are being recorded on-location at major industry events, such as NAB and Wedding & Event Video Expo where manufacturers, product engineers, and other tech-savvy professionals are interviewed live.

Interviewees on Tech Talk podcasts now online include the president of Panasonic Broadcast, the director of high-definition DVD technology for Sanyo Electronics, specialists from JVC Professional, DVD production wizards, and other tech experts. How is new technology affecting our sector of professional video? Listen in and find out where our industry is headed. WEVA members can access the content 24/7 by going to WEVA On-The-Air.

"The success and popularity of the on-location podcasts produced for the World Record Wedding Video Shoot in Sacramento last February, which are online at www.weva.com/wrwve (scroll down), ignited development of this exciting new site," said WEVA's Director of Association Communications Dan Argenas. "Plans are already in place for additional new programming."

A brand new streaming video series called The WEVA Vault is available on the site and features interviews with WEVA Wedding & Event Videography Hall of Fame inductees, and WEVA Special Award honorees.

The first segment is an on-camera interview with WEVA Hall of Fame inductee and multi-year WEVA Creative Excellence Award recipient John Goolsby of Cannon Video Productions (Riverside, CA).

"There are pearls of wisdom in every segment from 'The WEVA Vault' that will resonate with videographers who want to be inspired, and who want to glean real-world insights into the methods and techniques that have proven so successful for these special wedding and event videographers who truly are WEVA treasures," said Al Ritondo.

“You don’t need an iPod to access WEVA On-the-Air programs,” said Ritondo. “A podcast is an MP3 audio file that you can download from the Internet, preferably by broadband. The advantage is that you can listen to the program from your MP3 player, which is great because you decide where and when you want to listen. You can also listen to the audio program and watch the video features on your computer."

Building on WEVA's Expanding IT Exploration

WEVA On-The-Air is the newest phase of the association’s widening exploration of IT platforms to expand professional development education, and new job opportunities for the WEVA membership nationally and internationally.

In addition to WEVA On-the-Air, the association’s innovative online content now includes
WEVA NEWS MINUTE videos produced by Bruce Himmelblau and Sue Lawson; Nat Chat (spotlighting WEVA members on-location) produced by Natalie Neal and Robert Neal; and streaming video segments featuring cutting-edge wedding and event video creativity on multiple channels of WEVA-TV.

Reuters World News Video was recently added to WEVA-TV as well. The international news features are updated automatically 24/7 using new and innovative streaming video technology.

On the popular WEVA Forums, creative wedding & event video techniques, demos, and previews are continuously shown and discussed by WEVA members in a password-protected environment. Videographers can see what's new every day on the WEVA Video Gallery. And, by searching through the Gallery archives videographers can see the creative evolution of wedding and event video ideas, trends, and concepts.

Join WEVA now to access the new WEVA On-The-Air programming and other valuable WEVA membership benefits to help you succeed in your business, including job opportunities through the new "StreamLocal" program, and discount admission to Wedding & Event Video Expo 2006.

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About WEVA International

The world's largest trade association for professional wedding & event videographers, WEVA International is dedicated to advancing the professional interests of videographers worldwide through continuing education, technical support, group benefits, advocacy committees and professional development training.

For more information about WEVA membership, and attending cutting-edge events for videographers, including the WEVA 16th Annual Wedding & Event Video Expo August 21-24, 2006 at spectacular Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, call the association at 941-923-5334 or email: info@weva.com.

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