Cingular and Hubbard Broadcasting, Inc. Team to Provide Free Text Messaging Service About School Closings and Delays Wednesday February 15, 4:07 pm ET MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Cingular Wireless and Hubbard Broadcasting, Inc. have teamed together to provide a free text messaging service that will send text alerts about school closings, school delays and winter weather advisories in metropolitan Minneapolis/St. Paul and surrounding areas. The text messages are available to any person who registers his/her wireless handset from any wireless carrier in the area, provided that the handset can receive text messages. The program is a collaboration of Cingular Wireless and 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS, KS-95-FM, AM 1500 and FM107/WFMP and is offered as a community service to assist people in dealing with situations caused by unexpected weather events in the area. Additionally, 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS Chief meteorologist Dave Dahl records 15-second and 30-second weather spots for the radio stations regarding school closings and delays. "We are happy to provide these weather-related text messages as a public service to residents of the Minneapolis/St. Paul and surrounding areas," said Jeff Harkman, regional vice president and general manager for Cingular Wireless. "We are thrilled to be a part of this community and are excited to be able to use our technology to make everyday life a little more convenient." Registrants can be customers of any wireless carrier in the area, and registration in the program is free. Handsets must have an area code local to the area to participate. Under the program, Cingular and Hubbard Broadcasting, Inc. notify wireless customers via text messaging of important weather-related information applicable to the area, such as school closings and delays, severe and winter weather warnings and snow emergencies. Participants may register their individual handsets in the program by completing an electronic registration form on-line that is accessible through the Hubbard Broadcasting, Inc. web sites including: www.kstp.com, www.KS95.com, www.AM1500.com and www.FM107.fm or by visiting www.cingular.com/schoolclosings. Handsets must be registered during each annual program period, which typically runs from October through April. Following registration, a participant's first alert can be expected within approximately 48 hours. Alerts will not be received where wireless carriers have no or inadequate coverage. Standard text messaging rates of your wireless carrier apply for any messages sent or received as a part of this program.