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Talk Of The Desert With Melinda Read Celebrates 400th Episode

Release Date: 11/07/2008

PALM DESERT, November 7, 2008 – Time Warner Cable is pleased to announce the airing of 400th episode of Talk of the Desert with host Melinda Read.  Talk of the Desert becomes the longest running show on Time Warner Cable’s Desert Cities TV channel 111 when this episode airs November 14-18, 2008.

Since first airing in March 1999, guests for Talk of the Desert have included major celebrities and desert newsmakers.  Carol Channing, Glen Campbell, Andy Williams, Lee Iacocca, Jack Jones, Frankie Valli, Tony Orlando, Barbara Sinatra, Rich Little, Mary Bono, Jerry Vale, Trini Lopez, Keely Smith, to name a few, have all shared stories about their careers with Melinda and talked about their favorite charities.

Melinda was honored to receive a Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars on April 30, 2005.  It was during this celebration that Frankie Randall first performed the song he had written especially for her that now serves as the theme song for Talk of the Desert.
Talk of the Desert can be seen on Desert Cities TV channel 111 at 10:00 a.m. Friday, 7:00 p.m. Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Sunday and 7:00 p.m. Tuesday. Talk of the Desert can also be seen on Desert Cities on Demand channel 110.

Melinda earned her Associate of Applied Science Degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, and her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Seattle Pacific University.  She is co-owner of six Christian radio stations in the Northwest.  Melinda held the titles of Mrs. Washington for the 1991 Mrs. America Pageant and Mrs. California for the 1996 Mrs. International Pageant.  Her broadcasting career all began sitting on her father’s knee while he was hosting his own radio shows in Seattle in the early 1960s.   Her website is

About Desert Cities TV:
In addition to Talk of the Desert, Desert Cities TV (DCTV) is home to such shows as the Albertsons Team Golf Championship, California Country, Inside Southern California, Health & Home Report, and The World Report with Morrie Beschloss.  DCTV also airs the KTLA Morning Show each weekday and KTLA Prime Time News seven days a week.  DCTV is available to all Time Warner Cable customers in the Coachella Valley with a digital converter.  DCTV is owned and operated by Time Warner Cable.

About Time Warner Cable San Diego Division:
More than 1,400 local employees serve customers in the San Diego division with cable television, high-speed online and home telephone services over a fiber-rich broadband network.  The Coachella Valley, Banning and Yucca Valley are served by the Desert Cities System of the San Diego Division.

Time Warner Cable is the second-largest cable operator in the U.S., with technologically advanced, well-clustered systems located mainly in five geographic areas — New York state (including New York City), the Carolinas, Ohio, southern California (including Los Angeles) and Texas. As of June 30, 2008, Time Warner Cable served approximately 14.7 million customers who subscribed to one or more of its video, high-speed data and voice services, representing approximately 33.6 million revenue generating units.  More information is available


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