HARRISBURG, PA — With the touch of a few buttons on their wireless phone, area residents can now have instant access to local news, sports and weather. WHP-TV 21 has joined with Verizon Wireless to be the local content provider in central Pennsylvania for Verizon Wireless Mobile Web, giving customers access to top local stories, weather, sports and school/business closings and delays.
Mobile Web gives wireless phone users a convenient way to wirelessly access the information they want from the Internet. In addition to dozens of national content providers, area residents will have the added benefit of being able to obtain local information provided by WHP-TV 21's Emmy award-winning Eyewitness News.
" The choice to team up with Verizon Wireless was a natural one," said John F. Feeser III, vice president and general manager of WHP-TV. "We have always been the news leader for Internet content in the Harrisburg area. Verizon Wireless is a leader for wireless Internet access. This partnership gives both companies a unique opportunity to serve our community in a new way."
Roger Tang, regional president for Verizon Wireless-Pennsylvania/West Virginia, said the partnership with WHP brings a vital aspect to the company's wireless Internet service by giving local residents the information that is most important to them.
" Mobile Web users decide what information they want displayed on their phones," Tang explained. " Providing the local news, sports and weather is critical to meeting the needs of the consumer. WHP makes that possible by tailoring the content to this geographic area. This partnership will provide our customers with the most extensive local news and events coverage as well as extensive world wide web content."
WHP-TV was recognized last year as one of the first stations in the country to broadcast a separate newscast specifically for the World Wide Web. WHP-TV is the leader in the Harrisburg television market for web content and was the first local station to include school closings, and streaming video on their site. WHP-TV was also the first station to support Palm Connected Organizer formats, Media Player skins and provide free screen savers. Information at www.whptv.com is updated seven days a week.
Verizon Wireless customers can obtain more information about Mobile Web at any Verizon Wireless Communications Store or by visiting www.verizonwireless.com
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S.with 27.5 million wireless voice and data customers. The new coast-to-coast wireless provider was formed by the combination of the U.S. wireless businesses of Bell Atlantic Corp. and GTE Corp -- now Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) -- and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). The new company includes the assets of Bell Atlantic Mobile, AirTouch Cellular, GTE Wireless, PrimeCo Personal Communications and AirTouch Paging. The company has a footprint covering nearly 90 percent of the U.S. population, 49 of the top 50 and 96 of the top 100 U.S. markets. Verizon Wireless, headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, is 38,000 employees strong. Reporters and editors can find more information about the company on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com
About WHP-TV 21
WHP-TV 21 is the CBS affiliate for Harrisburg-Lancaster-Lebanon-York, serving all of central Pennsylvania since 1953 with quality News, entertainment, and public service programming. A Clear Channel Television (CCT) property, the Station also operates WLYH 15, an SJL Northeast LLC station, under a Local Marketing Agreement for the same broadcast region. Both stations serve the Harrisburg-York-Lancaster-Lebanon television market, the 46th largest in the United States. CCT is a division of Clear Channel Communications, listed on the New York Stock Exchange as CCU.