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 CHICAGO, Dec. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Comtact, Inc. recently announced

the creation of Our News Network (ONN), a current events and information service directed at gays, lesbians and bisexuals, and their families, friends and supporters.
 Brian K. M. Wiley, the president of Comtact and the publisher of ONN, refers to the news service as a TELEMAGAZINE.
 "A TELEMAGAZINE is a complete publication accessible by phone and presented in a convenient audio format," explained Wiley.
 ONN callers have a wide variety of "columns" to browse by dialing 1-900-WE DIAL ONN (1-900-933-4256). In addition to community news stories, listeners can seek the wise and contemplative advice of "Dear Dick," hear "Lady Sadie's" astoundingly accurate horoscopes, listen to gay and lesbian book reviews in "Looks at Books," and receive a compelling overview of people and events in the lesbian and gay community in "Heroes and History."
 ONN also features a Community Calendar which lists local events of interest to callers. Organizers of such events can enter them in the calendar free-of-charge by calling 1-800 WE ATEND.
 The cost of a call to ONN is $.95 per minute, considerably less than many 900 services, and the TELEMAGAZINE is accessible 24 hours a day from anywhere in the country using a touch tone telephone.
 "There are no hidden connection charges or other gimmicks that have disillusioned many users of 900 services. We've attempted to minimize the rates to make ONN within the financial reach of everyone," said Wiley.
 The launching of ONN has truly been a community project. Wiley sought a variety of opinions and perspectives in order to make the service a valuable and interesting resource for the diverse audience of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and their friends. A portion of the proceeds from ONN are donated back to the gay and lesbian community.
 Information is available regarding the licensing of ONN to various interests by calling 1-800 WE ARE 900. Wiley also said that Comtact looks forward to syndicated distribution of ONN's feature columns in early 1992.
 Comtact, Inc. was established earlier this year to aid businesses and organizations in creating successful "Communication Tactics." After considerable consultation and need analysis, Comtact devises phone programs to supplement their client's existing marketing or service plans.
 "Considering the enduring and expanding strength of the 900 industry, and how easy it is to provide information through the telephone, many companies are beginning to see the potential of using phone services to strengthen their business," said Wiley.
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