MediaBay's Radio Spirits Combines Classic TV & Classic Radio In New DVD Product Line

Apr 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from MediaBay, Inc.

    CEDAR KNOLLS, N.J., April 23 /PRNewswire/ --
 MediaBay, Inc. (Nasdaq:   MBAY), the leading seller of spoken audio and
 nostalgia products, including audiobooks and old-time radio shows, through
 direct response, retail and Internet channels, today announced the launch,
 through its Radio Spirits, Inc. subsidiary, of a new digitally-remastered DVD
 product line of popular classic television and radio shows from the 1940's and
 50's.  Each individual DVD in the product line combines three classic
 television episodes with the three classic radio shows on which the television
 series was based.
     This TV from Yesteryear product line pays homage to the famous
 entertainers who made the transition from radio to television back in the
 golden age of family entertainment.  TV and radio shows in this series
 include: Ozzie & Harriet, Dragnet, Jack Benny, Burns & Allen, Ellery Queen,
 Flash Gordon, The Lone Ranger, Sherlock Holmes, Fibber McGee & Molly, Charlie
 McCarthy Show, Philip Marlowe, Mr. District Attorney, The Great Gildersleeve,
 Our Miss Brooks, The Life of Riley, Dangerous Assignment, Boston Blackie,
 Richard Diamond, Gang Busters, Duffy's Tavern, and many more.
     "Many popular radio shows of the 1940s were turned into TV shows when the
 video revolution invaded our popular culture in the late 1940s and early
 1950s.  This unique series of DVDs not only celebrates the most popular TV
 shows of all time but it also celebrates their famous counterparts from the
 Golden Age of Radio." Millions of people are familiar with these classic TV
 and radio shows but have not been able to enjoy many of them, until now. We
 are proud to bring these popular TV and Radio shows to a new audience through
 this exciting new release of DVDs," said Carl Amari, President of MediaBay's
 Radio Spirits.
     "Today, we live in a media-driven society that was built on a rock solid
 foundation of radio and television.  Over the last twenty years, several
 generations have missed out on the classic programming that was enjoyed by the
 masses in the 1940s and 1950s.  Those that missed out on the Golden Age of
 Radio and Television plus those who experienced it first hand will find a
 treasure trove of programs to enjoy in this newly created series.  And because
 we have digitally-remastered every single TV and Radio show in TV from
 Yesteryear, they can be enjoyed in a pristine state-of-the-art DVD format.  We
 are taking a very important and very entertaining piece of history and
 bringing it to the forefront of the technology age.    Our endeavor is to
 continue to develop new product lines of classic programming through Radio
 Spirits in order to cultivate additional revenue streams for MediaBay, Inc.",
 said Michael Herrick, President and CEO of MediaBay, Inc.
     Each DVD contains 3 thirty-minute classic television shows and the 3
 thirty-minute classic radio shows on which they were based, for a total of 3
 hours of digitally remastered programming. Also included are cast and crew
 biographies, special filmographies that provide history and inside information
 on each TV and radio show, and the vintage commercials that sponsored the
 programs when they originally aired.  The initial launch includes 8 different
 DVDs under the TV from Yesteryear DVDs banner and has a retail price of $9.98
 each.  Radio Spirits plans to develop sixteen new titles each year and expects
 to sell them in many of the same fine retail chains that carry their best
 selling audio products.
 
     About MediaBay, Inc.
     MediaBay, Inc. is a leading marketer and seller of spoken audio and
 nostalgia products, including audiobooks and old-time radio shows, in hard
 goods and digital download formats via direct response, retail and Internet
 channels.  The Company markets and sells its products to its customer database
 of over 2.5 million names, its email address database of over 2.1 million
 addresses and its more than 2.0 million unique monthly website visitors.  The
 Company is one of the world's largest marketers of audiobooks through its
 Audio Book Club membership club, which markets and sells tens of thousands of
 audiobook titles to its 1.9 million-member file through direct mail and the
 Internet at http://www.audiobookclub.com.  The Company is also one of the
 world's largest marketers of old-time radio shows and classic videos through
 its Radio Spirits subsidiary which markets and sells its content library of
 over 60,000 radio shows and 3,500 videos on audio cassette, compact disc,
 video cassette and DVD through direct mail to its more than 600,000 catalog
 customers, in over 4,750 retail outlets, on its nationwide traditional radio
 broadcasts and through the Internet at http://www.Radiospirits.com.  The
 Company's media download portal site, http://www.MediaBay.com, offers the
 Company's millions of customers and website visitors a single location for
 premium spoken word content available in streaming and secure digital download
 formats.  The Company's RadioClassics subsidiary has been created to
 distribute the Company's old-time radio programs through additional platforms
 including satellite radio, satellite television and digital cable television.
 
     Safe Harbor Statement Under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act
 of 1995:  The statements which are not historical facts contained in this
 press release are forward looking statements that involve a number of known
 and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual
 results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different
 from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by
 such forward looking statements.  Such factors include, but are not limited
 to, risks relating to the Company's direct mail campaigns and the ability to
 retain Audio Book Club members, risks relating to the Company's growth
 strategy, dependence on third party service providers, uncertainty of the
 scope of future product returns, collection and risks associated with selling
 products on credit, competition and other risks detailed in the Company's
 Securities and Exchange Commission filings.  The words "believe" and "should"
 and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. Readers are
 cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements,
 which speak only as of the date the statement, was made.
 
 

SOURCE MediaBay, Inc.
    CEDAR KNOLLS, N.J., April 23 /PRNewswire/ --
 MediaBay, Inc. (Nasdaq:   MBAY), the leading seller of spoken audio and
 nostalgia products, including audiobooks and old-time radio shows, through
 direct response, retail and Internet channels, today announced the launch,
 through its Radio Spirits, Inc. subsidiary, of a new digitally-remastered DVD
 product line of popular classic television and radio shows from the 1940's and
 50's.  Each individual DVD in the product line combines three classic
 television episodes with the three classic radio shows on which the television
 series was based.
     This TV from Yesteryear product line pays homage to the famous
 entertainers who made the transition from radio to television back in the
 golden age of family entertainment.  TV and radio shows in this series
 include: Ozzie & Harriet, Dragnet, Jack Benny, Burns & Allen, Ellery Queen,
 Flash Gordon, The Lone Ranger, Sherlock Holmes, Fibber McGee & Molly, Charlie
 McCarthy Show, Philip Marlowe, Mr. District Attorney, The Great Gildersleeve,
 Our Miss Brooks, The Life of Riley, Dangerous Assignment, Boston Blackie,
 Richard Diamond, Gang Busters, Duffy's Tavern, and many more.
     "Many popular radio shows of the 1940s were turned into TV shows when the
 video revolution invaded our popular culture in the late 1940s and early
 1950s.  This unique series of DVDs not only celebrates the most popular TV
 shows of all time but it also celebrates their famous counterparts from the
 Golden Age of Radio." Millions of people are familiar with these classic TV
 and radio shows but have not been able to enjoy many of them, until now. We
 are proud to bring these popular TV and Radio shows to a new audience through
 this exciting new release of DVDs," said Carl Amari, President of MediaBay's
 Radio Spirits.
     "Today, we live in a media-driven society that was built on a rock solid
 foundation of radio and television.  Over the last twenty years, several
 generations have missed out on the classic programming that was enjoyed by the
 masses in the 1940s and 1950s.  Those that missed out on the Golden Age of
 Radio and Television plus those who experienced it first hand will find a
 treasure trove of programs to enjoy in this newly created series.  And because
 we have digitally-remastered every single TV and Radio show in TV from
 Yesteryear, they can be enjoyed in a pristine state-of-the-art DVD format.  We
 are taking a very important and very entertaining piece of history and
 bringing it to the forefront of the technology age.    Our endeavor is to
 continue to develop new product lines of classic programming through Radio
 Spirits in order to cultivate additional revenue streams for MediaBay, Inc.",
 said Michael Herrick, President and CEO of MediaBay, Inc.
     Each DVD contains 3 thirty-minute classic television shows and the 3
 thirty-minute classic radio shows on which they were based, for a total of 3
 hours of digitally remastered programming. Also included are cast and crew
 biographies, special filmographies that provide history and inside information
 on each TV and radio show, and the vintage commercials that sponsored the
 programs when they originally aired.  The initial launch includes 8 different
 DVDs under the TV from Yesteryear DVDs banner and has a retail price of $9.98
 each.  Radio Spirits plans to develop sixteen new titles each year and expects
 to sell them in many of the same fine retail chains that carry their best
 selling audio products.
 
     About MediaBay, Inc.
     MediaBay, Inc. is a leading marketer and seller of spoken audio and
 nostalgia products, including audiobooks and old-time radio shows, in hard
 goods and digital download formats via direct response, retail and Internet
 channels.  The Company markets and sells its products to its customer database
 of over 2.5 million names, its email address database of over 2.1 million
 addresses and its more than 2.0 million unique monthly website visitors.  The
 Company is one of the world's largest marketers of audiobooks through its
 Audio Book Club membership club, which markets and sells tens of thousands of
 audiobook titles to its 1.9 million-member file through direct mail and the
 Internet at http://www.audiobookclub.com.  The Company is also one of the
 world's largest marketers of old-time radio shows and classic videos through
 its Radio Spirits subsidiary which markets and sells its content library of
 over 60,000 radio shows and 3,500 videos on audio cassette, compact disc,
 video cassette and DVD through direct mail to its more than 600,000 catalog
 customers, in over 4,750 retail outlets, on its nationwide traditional radio
 broadcasts and through the Internet at http://www.Radiospirits.com.  The
 Company's media download portal site, http://www.MediaBay.com, offers the
 Company's millions of customers and website visitors a single location for
 premium spoken word content available in streaming and secure digital download
 formats.  The Company's RadioClassics subsidiary has been created to
 distribute the Company's old-time radio programs through additional platforms
 including satellite radio, satellite television and digital cable television.
 
     Safe Harbor Statement Under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act
 of 1995:  The statements which are not historical facts contained in this
 press release are forward looking statements that involve a number of known
 and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual
 results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different
 from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by
 such forward looking statements.  Such factors include, but are not limited
 to, risks relating to the Company's direct mail campaigns and the ability to
 retain Audio Book Club members, risks relating to the Company's growth
 strategy, dependence on third party service providers, uncertainty of the
 scope of future product returns, collection and risks associated with selling
 products on credit, competition and other risks detailed in the Company's
 Securities and Exchange Commission filings.  The words "believe" and "should"
 and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. Readers are
 cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements,
 which speak only as of the date the statement, was made.
 
 SOURCE  MediaBay, Inc.