Merchant Concert on Oxygen TV, Web

Oxygen will televise a concert featuring eclectic singer/songwriter
Natalie Merchant on Dec. 21 and also simulcast her performance on the Web.
Up Close and Personal with Natalie Merchant will run
at 8 p.m. on the East Coast, and video of the show will be simultaneously
streamed from Oxygen's Web site (

It's the third time the women's network has streamed a concert telecast.

Oxygen will re-stream the show three
hours later for West Coast visitors, the network said.

Prior to the concert, online users will have the opportunity to submit
questions that Merchant will answer during the show.

Oxygen will tape the show Dec. 19 at its Manhattan
studios, in conjunction with its launch on Time Warner Cable in New York City
that day, network executives said.

R. Thomas Umstead

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.