Veteran Bell Atlantic Spokesperson Retires

Veteran Bell Atlantic Spokesperson Retires

Risoldi Ends 36-Year Career; Pittsburgh Native Steps In

October 16, 1997

Media contacts:

Sharon Shaffer


PITTSBURGH - Shirley Risoldi, spokesperson for Bell Atlantic in

western Pennsylvania since 1989, has announced her retirement,

effective Oct. 15. Her responsibilities are being assumed by Sharon

Shaffer, currently media relations manager for southeastern and

northeastern Pennsylvania. Shaffer now is the primary Bell Atlantic

news media contact in Pennsylvania.

"Shirley Risoldi has been an excellent voice and face of Bell Atlantic

in Pittsburgh and the surrounding area," said Dan Whelan, Bell

Atlantic-Pennsylvania president and CEO. "We will miss Shirley's

talent and energy, and we wish her all the best.

"Sharon Shaffer brings a proven ability to meet the needs of the press

in her present position, and she'll work very well with the western

Pennsylvania media," he added.

Risoldi's retirement concludes a 36-year Bell Atlantic career that

spanned a time of tremendous change in the telecommunications

industry. A native of Honolulu, she began her telephone career as a

customer service representative for the Hawaiian Telephone Co. before

taking a similar position with C&P Telephone in Alexandria, Va.

Risoldi moved to Pittsburgh in 1963 and held a number of assignments

in the public relations department at Bell of Pennsylvania before

becoming Bell Atlantic's western Pennsylvania spokesperson.

Risoldi will join her husband Matt at their home in Ocala, Fla.

A Pittsburgh native, Shaffer's Bell Atlantic career began in Bell of

Pennsylvania's outside plant engineering department. She left the

company to pursue personal and other business interests, moving to

eastern Pennsylvania. Shaffer returned to Bell Atlantic in

Philadelphia in 1979, where she worked in operations, product

management and regulatory affairs before joining the public relations

department. Shaffer was named Bell Atlantic spokesperson in

Philadelphia in 1987.

Shaffer will maintain offices in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

The new Bell Atlantic (NYSE: BEL) is at the forefront of the new

communications, information and entertainment industry. With 40

million telephone access lines and 5.5 million wireless customers

worldwide, the corporation -- formed through the merger of Bell

Atlantic and NYNEX -- is the premier provider of advanced wireline

voice and data services in the eastern United States and a market

leader in wireless services. Bell Atlantic also is the world's

largest provider of directory information and one of the world's

largest investors in high-growth global communications markets, with

operations and investments in 21 countries.