September 27, 2005

Contact: Angela Heisel, 272-3651; Stefani Hines, 272-9282

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The University of New Mexico Center for Environmental Health Sciences (NMCEHS) is producing public service announcements for commercial and public radio stations throughout the South to help people affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita to avoid serious health problems.

On Tuesday, September 27, 2005 , the NMCEHS will record two Louisiana musicians in the KUNM studios from 1-2 pm . As narrators, clarinetist Evan Christopher and piano player Tom McDermott will warn listeners about toxic hazards in the soil and water and how to protect their health. Evan and Tom will also play short riffs of music.

The PSAs will be 30 seconds and 2 minutes in length. The 30 second PSAs will urge locals to drink bottled water and to avoid mold. In the longer versions, listeners will get information on how to clean up contaminated dirt and other important health and dietary information.

Project leader, Stefani Hines, and award-winning radio producer, Deborah Begel, will be available for interviews Tuesday September 27. "When we heard that Christopher and McDermott were coming to the Kimo Theater for a fundraiser for Katrina victims, we jumped at the chance to record these fine musicians for our PSAs," Hines said. "We felt that their voices would add an authentic quality to the tone because they too have suffered since the hurricane."

The University of New Mexico Center for Environmental Health Sciences (NMCEHS) is part of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Hurricane Katrina Working Group. One of the goals of this group is to inform hurricane-affected citizens about how to protect their health from dangerous environmental health issues.