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University of Iowa News Release

June 3, 2005

Children's Miracle Network Telethon To Hit The Airwaves

Mediacom Communications Corporation will broadcast the Children's Miracle Network Telethon statewide throughout Iowa Saturday, June 4, and Sunday, June 5.

For the third consecutive year, Mediacom is the "exclusive broadcast partner" with the Children's Hospital of Iowa at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics to broadcast the Children's Miracle Network Telethon.

This year's telethon, hosted by Marie Osmond and John Schneider, features musical entertainment acts -- including Kool and the Gang -- and short stories about how children are being helped through the efforts of the Children's Miracle Network.

The Children's Miracle Network Telethon raises money to support children's hospitals across the United States and Canada. During the program there will be a local phone number and Web site on the screen for viewers who want to donate to the Children's Miracle Network at the Children's Hospital of Iowa. Best of all, the funds raised from Iowa will stay in Iowa.

"The stories of children served by the Children's Hospital of Iowa are indicative of the types of specialists that are available at Iowa's only academic medical center. Iowa is fortunate to have the depth of services available here in Iowa City," said Michael Artman, M.D., UI professor and head of pediatrics and physician-in-chief at Children's Hospital of Iowa.

The Children's Miracle Network Telethon will be shown from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 4, and from 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday, June 5.

The Mediacom Connections Channel is available in these communities:

Atlantic - Channel 22

Cedar Falls - Channel 22

Cedar Rapids - Channel 22

Des Moines - Channel 22

Dubuque - Channel 22

Fairfield -- Channel 22

Iowa City - Channel 74

Mason City - Channel 5

Ottumwa - Channel 22

Quad Cities - Channel 22

Waterloo - Channel 22

Check your local listings for the Mediacom Connections Channel in your community.

"Mediacom is pleased to partner with the Children's Hospital of Iowa to bring the Children's Miracle Network Telethon into our customers' homes statewide throughout Iowa on the Mediacom Connections Channel," said Todd Behrends, Mediacom's communications manager.

"Broadcasting this telethon is another way that we further demonstrate our commitment to the various charitable organizations that we support each year within the state," Behrends added.

Mediacom Communications Corporation is the nation's eighth-largest cable television company and the leading cable operator focused on serving the smaller cities and towns in the United States. The company's cable systems pass approximately 2.77 million homes and serve about 1.53 million basic subscribers in 23 states. Mediacom Communications offers a wide array of broadband products and services, including traditional video services, digital television, high-speed Internet access, video-on-demand and high-definition television.

Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, Children's Miracle Network is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to generating funds and awareness programs to benefit children treated at 170 children's hospitals throughout the United States and Canada. Children's Miracle Network's hallmark is that locally generated donations stay in the local area to benefit patients at the local children's hospital. To date, Children's Miracle Network has raised more than $2.6 billion for children's hospitals. Children's Miracle Network also includes 75 corporate sponsors, 200 television stations and more than 135 radio stations.

Children's Hospital of Iowa at UI Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City is the state's longest-serving children's hospital. More than 130,000 children receive care at the Children's Hospital of Iowa and its statewide network of outreach clinics each year.

For assistance in covering this event, please contact Lisa Baum at 319-335-8447.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Marketing and Communications, University of Iowa Health Care, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room E110 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945,