Stream57 Brings WGBH and WBUR Program ‘Project Dropout’ to Live Online Audiences

April 9, 2009

NEW YORK, April 9 /PRNewswire/ – Stream57, the leading provider of fully customizable webcasting and streaming media communications, is pleased to have teamed up with WGBH, the largest producer of PBS prime-time programming and a pioneer in education multimedia, to stream the live television and radio program Project Dropout to a large online audience.

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On Tuesday, April 7 at 6pm EDT, Stream57 webcasted WGBH and WBUR 90.9′s Project Dropout, a live one-hour special on television, radio and the web that focused on the high school dropout crisis in Massachusetts. Users who joined the program online at www.projectdropout.org were able to

participate in a live chat with state policymakers, educators and students while watching the live presentation through Stream57′s Flash-based webcasting software suite, StreamLine.

“As a father of two teenagers, I’m proud to be a part of helping spread the word on the high school dropout crisis with WGBH and WBUR,” says Ben Chodor, President of Stream57. “We are proud to have helped take this program online to the network’s tech-savvy audience, providing an interactive forum for students, parents and administrators to discuss this important issue together.”

“I’m thrilled that Stream57′s software made it possible to extend the reach of this important live program,” adds WGBH Senior Producer Hillary Wells. “The webcast brought a whole new dimension and immediacy to our television and radio simulcast and the quality of the Stream57 live stream has set a high bar for future projects.”

An archived version of the live webcast is available for viewing at www.projectdropout.org.

About Stream57

Stream57 is an energetic team that believes in the power of the Internet for learning, marketing and entertainment, with offices in New York and London. StreamLine 3.1, Stream57′s cutting-edge webcast and rich media software suite, brings a new level of interactivity to online video presentations and e-learning. Recently named #745 in the Inc. 5000 List of Fastest Growing Private Companies, Stream57 was founded in 2001 by President Ben Chodor, and has provided software and services for rich media delivery, webcasting and e-learning solutions for a wide range of distinguished clients, including several Fortune 1000 corporations, charities, B2B publishers, higher education institutions and health care organizations. For more information on Stream57, please call 212-909-2550 or visit www.stream57.com.

About WGBH

WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcaster, producing such celebrated national PBS series as Masterpiece, Antiques Roadshow, Frontline, Nova, American Experience, Arthur, Curious George and more than a dozen other award-winning primetime, lifestyle and children’s series. Boston’s last remaining independent TV station, WGBH produces local TV productions (among them, Greater Boston, Basic Black and Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One) that focus on the region’s diverse community, while WGBH 89.7 FM is Boston’s NPR Arts & Culture station, offering a rich menu of classical, jazz, blues, news programming and more. WGBH is the leading producer of online content for pbs.org — one of the most-visited dot-org sites on the Internet — a major producer for public radio and a pioneer in developing educational multimedia and new technologies that make media accessible for people with disabilities. For its efforts, WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors, including Oscars, Emmys, Peabodys and duPont-Columbia Journalism Awards. Visit WGBH on the web at www.wgbh.org.

About WBUR

One of New England’s leading sources of news and information, WBUR, 90.9 FM, is owned and operated by Boston University and is a member of National Public Radio. WBUR also broadcasts a selection of BBC programs and locally produced programs such as “Here & Now,” “Only a Game,” “On Point,” and “Car Talk.” WBUR has won more than 100 major awards for its news coverage, including several George Foster Peabody Awards, the Associated Press News Station of the Year for 2003-05, and three prestigious Edward R. Murrow Awards in the 2007 Radio-Television News Director Association’s (RTNDA)

annual national electronic journalism competition.

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