ATLANTA - November 12, 2007 -- The Weather Channel, the leading national weather information cable network, announces today that episodes from two of its popular original programming series are available as digital audio editions at www.audible.com, effective today.
Initially, the selections on audible.com will include 20 programs from Storm Stories, a long-running series featuring the real-life experiences of survivors and rescuers who have battled astonishing weather events. In addition, the offerings include five programs from It Could Happen Tomorrow. From an original series produced by The Weather Channel, each program explores the scenario of what would happen if historic weather catastrophes of the past were to reoccur today. Each month, The Weather Channel will add five additional Storm Stories episodes and two additional It Could Happen Tomorrow episodes. Ultimately, 101 Storm Stories and 13 It Could Happen Tomorrow selections will be available for download from audible.com.
"We are excited about this venture that will allow consumers to have a chance to hear the compelling stories and fascinating scenarios that made these two programs so popular with our TV viewers. Audio elements always strengthened these programs and now these will be combined with carefully-edited narratives and interviews to offer hours of listening pleasure," said Harold Lewis, vice president of The Weather Channel Radio Network.
Among the Storm Stories episodes launching on audible.com are: "Blown from Her Arms," the Telly Award-winning program about the 1999 Oklahoma City tornado that snatched a mother with her 10-month infant up into its funnel; "Blizzard on the Mountain," the story of three plane crash survivors who had to wait in frigid temperatures for rescue by a brave skier; "Rescue from Above," a dramatic look at what happened to the crew of the freighter White Seal that was on a direct collision course with a devastating storm; and "Weather Dog," which shows how a dog named Champ saved its Nebraska owners from disaster by leading its owners to the basement before a tornado hit.
The scenarios created in the five episodes of It Could Happen Tomorrow are based on these situations: a San Francisco earthquake, a Chicago tornado, a tsunami in Hawaii, a Los Angeles fire, and a Miami hurricane. The San Francisco Quake episode of It Could Happen Tomorrow won a Telly Award in 2007.
About The Weather Channel Companies
The Weather Channel companies (TWCC) are made up of The Weather Channel® television network, The Weather Channel digital properties, and WSI. The Weather Channel is based in Atlanta and is seen in more than 100 million U.S. households. TWCC also operates Weatherscan®, a 24-hour all-local weather network; The Weather Channel Radio Network; and The Weather Channel HD. The most popular source of weather news and information, TWCC properties reach 60 million monthly Web consumers (weather.com and Desktop) and 32 million monthly mobile users (mobile Web and applications) and offers the second most popular mobile app on all smartphones. WSI, headquartered in Andover, MA, primarily provides business-to-business weather services, particularly for the media, aviation, marine and energy sectors. TWCC is owned by a consortium made up of NBC Universal and the private equity firms The Blackstone Group and Bain Capital. For more information, visit www.weather.com/press.