TriCaster Powers Live Webcast for Pat DiNizio of the Smithereens

San Antonio, TX – May 25, 2006 --NewTek, Inc., manufacturer of industry-leading 3D animation products, today announced that the ground-breaking TriCaster™, a portable turnkey production system, will be used to capture and stream Pat DiNizio’s Memorial Day Weekend Concerts, featuring the singer/songwriter of the Smithereens. The event will take place on Saturday, May 27, from 7 PM until 10 PM, from DiNizio’s house in New Jersey.

The concert will be streamed with TriCaster and available as a first-ever LIVE web “Pay-Per-View” broadcast. Highlights will include the debut of DiNizio’s new release "This is Pat DiNizio," plus live jamming with some very special guests including the Smithereens' guitarist Jim Babjak. For more information, visit www.PatDiNizio.com.    

"This is Pat DiNizio" features Pat's singing, backed by pianist Jay Rowe, who has his own group, The Jay Rowe Band and has written songs for and supported Marion Meadows, plus he’s accompanied Angela Bofill,  Phil Perry, and many other song stylists.    The album includes 16 of Pat’s favorite songs--pieces like The Beatles “For No One,” Lionel Bart’s “Where is Love?” Jimmy Webb’s “Witchita Lineman” and the Mamas and the Papas’ “California Dreaming” which will be the video.  These are songs Pat wishes he wrote.  He also includes two he did write with the Smithereens-- “Blue Period” and “Behind the Wall of Sleep.”

“It’s definitely great to be able to bring this concert to the fans—both live at the gig, and live in ‘cyberspace’,” says DiNizio. “It couldn’t have happened without NewTek or TriCaster.”

Fans can register for the pay-per view through the pay-pal cost of $3.99 at http://patdinizio.internetvideochannel.com.

TriCaster allows users to mix multiple live component cameras with pre-edited video, overlay titles, images, external computer displays and even live web pages with simultaneous output to video, projector, and the Internet. Designed to appeal to corporate presenters, educators and media ministries, this 10-pound, shoebox-sized appliance allows users to produce presentations that have all the dynamics of live television.

Singer/songwriter Pat DiNizio, along with band members Dennis Diken (drums), Jim Babjak (guitar), and Mike Mesaros (bass) made for the Smithereens in the 1980s by gigging around New Jersey and New York. The band became a staple on college radio with early releases, and with their major label debut, "Especially for You" [Enigma]. College and MTV airplay led to a contract with Capitol and the 1988 release, Green Thoughts. The group retained a following through the 90s with 11, "Blow Up," "A Date With the Smithereens," hits packages "Blown to Smithereens" and "Attack of the Smithereens." The group continued releasing albums throughout the '90s, including a 1998 best-of and 1999's "God Save the Smithereens."

DiNizio released his solo debut "Songs and Sounds" in 1997, and made a bid for a New Jersey Senate seat in 2000. The run became the subject of the documentary film "Mr. Smithereen Goes to Washington." That same year, he developed the unique touring concept of driving his van to a fan's house, unloading his guitar and a keg of beer, and playing Smithereens requests to a private audience for a set price. DiNizio has also created the Unsigned Band Channel for XM Satellite Radio, and continues to gig across the U.S.

“Events like this one demonstrate the sheer versatility of TriCaster,” says Philip Nelson, NewTek Vice President of Sales and Video Marketing. “Whether you’re a pro, an amateur, or simply a fan—TriCaster opens up a world of possibilities.”

Pricing and Availability
TriCaster is now available now starting at $4,995 US. For more information or to purchase, call NewTek Sales at 800-368-5441 or visit http://www.newtek.com