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LA Auto Show to be Broadcast by American Forces Network to Military Around the World

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LOS ANGELES, December 19 -- Highlights from the Jan. 2, 2004; LA Auto Show will be airing on the Armed Forces Network in 188 countries and on 278 Navy ships around the world. The 30-minute special, a collaboration between Armed Forces Radio TV Service (AFRTS) and TV producer Bill Maloney, will be broadcast worldwide on Jan. 10.

"The LA Auto Show program comes at a good time of the year," says Chief Tim Mattox of AFRTS, who stationed at March Air Force Base in Riverside, California "Our troops love cars, the auto racing season is over and a car show is the perfect remedy."

- 'Salute to the Troops' to Air in 188 Countries

The project was developed by Chief Mattox and Maloney, producer of the Ohana Road TV show in Honolulu. Chief Mattox and several servicemen will help with taping the show, and on Jan. 10, via seven AFRTS satellites, US troops will have an up-close look inside the LA Auto Show, where more than 1,000 vehicles (including nearly two dozen making World and North American debuts) will be showcased.

The commercial-free show on the American Forces Network is sponsored by the Cutter Family Auto Center, which also sponsors Ohana Road.

The LA Auto Show annually attracts more than one million visitors to the LA Convention Center, where they see the newest trucks, SUVs, high-performance exotics, concepts and every-day vehicles. The show features everything from the US$643,000 Ferrari Enzo and US$440,000 Porsche Carrera GT to the sub-US$10,000 Kia Rio.