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Thursday, June 19, 2008 - 9:01am

Georgia Public Broadcasting and The Georgia Department of Labor Join Forces To Bring Jobs to Georgians

GPB Radio’s Jobs In Georgia: A Special Call-In Airs Friday, June 22, 3 PM
GPB TV, Albany’s WALB and Toccoa’s WNEG Television Partners For Simulcast of Job Fair 2008 Sunday, June 22, 2 PM

Georgia Public Broadcasting and the Georgia Department of Labor(GDOL) will team up to simplify the process of finding a job in Georgia. GDOL experts will man the GPB studios to assist Georgians in their search for employment. This collaborative effort will highlight the many resources that GDOL offers job seekers and will give insight to approximately 100 employers in Georgia.

"Georgia Public Broadcasting is proud to continue our partnership with the Georgia Department of Labor to again produce Jobs in Georgia and Job Fair for our radio and television audiences. We know these programs provide a valuable service for Georgians," said Executive Director Nancy Hall. "Each year we receive an overwhelming response from callers all across the state who benefit from and appreciate this important service."

On Friday, June 20 at 3 PM, GPB Radio will present Jobs in Georgia: A Special Call-In. The program will be simulcast on WCLK-FM 91.9 in Atlanta. Hosted by GPB Radio's Rickey Bevington, the program features State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond and other representatives from the Department of Labor who will take calls and answer listener questions about Georgia's economy and the current state of the job market. Tune in to find out about the best employment resources, free education programs, the latest tips for job hunting and much more. The toll-free telephone number for listeners to call during the program is 1-866-RADIOGA (1.866.723.4642).

Job Fair 2008 will air live Sunday, June 22 at 2 PM, and will be hosted by Karla Heath-Sands of WALB-TV from the GPB Atlanta studios; and co-hosted in Albany by Ben Roberts of WALB-TV and in Toccoa by Jeff Sharon and Amelia Hines of WNEG-TV. Other celebrities scheduled to participate in the broadcast are Rhubarb Jones, a popular Atlanta radio personality and member of the Country Music Disc Jockeys Hall of Fame; Silas Alexander of Atlanta’s 102.5 FM; and Len Kiese of Albany’s WALB-TV.

"Job Fair 2008 will offer viewers throughout the state an excellent opportunity to better understand the services available through the Georgia Department of Labor and the statewide employment security system," said State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond. "Our viewers will see how those services are helping job seekers and communities across the state and especially in North Georgia, where several recent plant closures and layoffs have left thousands of hard-working Georgians unemployed."

Job Fair 2008 will also focus on the plight of hundreds of workers who’ve lost jobs from layoffs in southeast Georgia, including coverage of the Statesboro Job Fair, which is part of the labor department’s intensive efforts to help individuals find new jobs and careers. The program will highlight the labor department’s important role in economic and workforce development in West Georgia, where thousands of new jobs are being created in Columbus and nearby counties.

Among the guests scheduled to appear on Job Fair 2008 are Rajeev Dhawan, economist at Georgia State University, Commissioner Ron Jackson, Technical College of Georgia; Bruce Abraham, executive director of the Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce; Mike Gaymon, president and chief executive office of the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce; and Dr. Anthony Parker, President of Albany Technical College.

Jim Wilcox, vice president and general manager of Albany's WALB-TV10, says: "Part of our WALB service area includes the ninth poorest congressional district in the country. Improved education and the creation of good paying jobs are absolute necessities. We are so thankful to again be part of this year's Department of Labor job fair."

Jimmy Sanders, general manager of WNEG-TV32 in Toccoa, said: "WNEG-TV's service area of Northeast Georgia has been hit hard by the recent economic downturn. We are thrilled to be asked by the Department of Labor to join in this major effort to connect folks in our community with the jobs they need."

Career experts will be available in Atlanta, Albany and Toccoa to answer questions from viewers who wish to call during the job fair. Viewers may also ask questions and receive immediate answers over the Internet. Job Fair 2008 will be webcast, which will allow people to watch over the Internet. To participate in the webcast, or ask questions, visit the labor department's web site at

Job Fair 2008 will be re-broadcast Sunday, June 22 during GPB TV’s Overnight broadcast schedule at 1 AM.

Watch Georgia Public Broadcasting on these nine stations across Georgia: Atlanta - Channel 8; Albany - WABW/14; Augusta - WCES/20; Chatsworth - WCLP/18; Columbus - WJSP/28; Dawson - WACS/25; Macon - WMUM/29; Savannah - WVAN/9; Waycross - WXGA/8.

Listen to Georgia Public Broadcasting on these 16 stations: Albany - 91.7 FM, Athens - 91.7 FM, Augusta - 90.7 FM, Brunswick - 88.9 FM, Carrollton - 90.7 FM, Columbus - 88.1 FM, Dahlonega - 89.5 FM, Demorest - 88.3 FM, Fort Gaines - 90.9 FM, Macon - 89.7 FM, Rome – 97.7 FM, Savannah - 91.1 FM, St. Marys - 1190 AM, Tifton - 91.1 FM, Valdosta - 91.7 FM, Waycross - 90.1 FM.

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