A televised message of love

Greetings: Comcast and a military news service unite to bring troops' taped holiday greetings to area families.

December 21, 2003|By Stephanie Tracy | Stephanie Tracy,SUN STAFF

Christy Orlosky has been fortunate in her ability to keep in semi-regular contact with her husband, who is serving in the Army in Kosovo.

But even though the Glen Burnie woman has e-mailed and spoken with him, being apart during the holidays is never easy.

So Orlosky was excited to get an e-mail from her husband telling her to watch for a televised holiday greeting -- from him.

Orlosky and other military families in the region will have the opportunity to see taped holiday messages from troops stationed all over the world. Comcast Cable and a military news service worked together to produce the tapes. "I remember seeing broadcasts like this during the Persian Gulf War and thought that was really great," Orlosky said. "I never thought I would get to experience it personally, though."

The five-minute Comcast Local Edition will air at 54 minutes after the hour during CNN Headline News between tomorrow and Dec. 28. The greetings will be broadcast on Channel 28 in Anne Arundel County and Channel 43 in Annapolis.

Comcast viewers in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's counties will also get to view local editions with holiday greetings from troops.

Seventeen servicemen and women from Anne Arundel County and five Annapolis residents are sharing their greetings.

Comcast received the taped messages from the Army and Air Force Hometown News Service. The news service provides stories about local military personnel stationed around the world to more than 14,000 newspapers, radio and television stations.

Bruce Abbott, vice president and general manager of Comcast's Chesapeake Bay group system, said the taped greetings are a great way to show support for the troops and their families.

"This is a very trying time for them, and these local editions are our way of remembering our local heroes who are away from their families during the holidays," Abbott said.

Here is a list of Anne Arundel County service members who will appear in taped holiday greetings during CNN's "Headline News":

Annapolis: David Kline, James Pindell, Kisha Rogers, Randall Stillinger and Kimberly Tanksley.

Crofton: Nannetta Hall, William Sharp and James Moon

Fort Meade: Crystal Mehta

Glen Burnie: Albert Curtian, Michele Durso, Lance Obcamp, Steven Orlosky and Heather Snyder

Millersville: Kevin Mahoney

Odenton: Robert Horn- berger

Pasadena: Timothy Hezel, Sean Hurdel and Joshua Wenger

Severna Park: Rob Beidleman

Severn: Sandra Hayes and Cassandra Taft

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