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Concert-oh's Videoconferencing Site Expands Its Reach

September 7, 2012 | Telepresence Options
By Deborah M. Todd / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

While some professional athletes live in velvet-roped bubbles of celebrity that few can penetrate, Pirates pitcher Jason Grilli wants fans to know he's not one of them. In fact, he'd much rather shake a hand and answer a question than be the subject of whispers and stares while standing in line to buy milk.

"People put you up so high on a pedestal," he said with a touch of disbelief. "I was in line standing behind these two guys and they were whispering, 'Don't look now, but that's Grilli behind you.' I said, 'I'm right here, it's OK, you can talk to me.' "

In an effort to demonstrate how truly accessible he is, on Thursday Mr. Grilli hosted his second town hall meeting through Monroeville-based Concert-oh, a videoconferencing website that allows for moderated discussions with hundreds of visitors.

Powered by Monroeville-based teleconferencing company Chorus Call, the site runs Web camera streams, audio files, text chats and allows for photo and document sharing. The company was founded by Chorus Call CEO Giorgio Coraluppi in 2010 and features nine satellite offices.

When the town hall feature is activated, the host can read questions submitted through a Q&A window or select a raised hand icon to let a viewer speak up.

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