Honoring Our Ancestors Newsletter
October 23, 2006
Well, I'm finally coming out of the closet and 'fessing up that I'm part of the Roots TelevisionTM (www.rootstelevision.com) team! In fact, I'm one of the schemers who came up with the whole thing, so I thought I'd share this press release we're going out with.
As you might suspect, this is something near and dear to my heart -- and in my view, long overdue in the genealogical world. I know many of you have already taken a peek. Thank you! I hope you'll visit often! For the rest of you, please come and check us out -- and let your friends know, too! Finally, feel free to use the Contact Us form to let us know your thoughts. This online channel truly is by and for roots-seekers, so we want to hear from you.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Roots TelevisionTM Quiet Launch Not So Quiet!
When Roots TelevisionTM (www.rootstelevision.com) debuted on September 29, 2006, it was a quiet launch in beta mode intended to draw enough traffic to test the site and work through the inevitable technical bugs that accompany new ventures into cyberspace. That "quiet" launch quickly became an international roar, as word spread lightening-fast and Roots TelevisionTM drew viewers from five continents in the first 24 hours! Not surprising really, since family history commands one of the largest and fast-growing markets in the world.
Perhaps what is surprising is that no one thought of launching a family history channel sooner. After all, there's a golf channel, a wine channel, a sailing channel, a horse channel, and poker channel, and even a shipwreck channel. Why not a channel for what's said to be the second most popular hobby?
Today, roots fever is hotter than ever, with over 113 million Americans interested in their family history, and roots-sleuthing running at near-epidemic proportions in other countries, such as the U.K. Yet this audience has been largely neglected by television. Roots TelevisionTM is uniquely positioned to be one of the first media outlets to take advantage of the inevitable merge between television and the Internet -- and in so doing, serve this global and long-ignored audience.
What People Are Saying about Roots TelevisionTM According to Family Tree Magazine, Roots TelevisionTM is "TV That Won't Rot Your Brain." Their review noted, "We give it two thumbs up, but the addiction potential is high, so get hooked at your own risk." And here's a sampling of viewer reactions so far:
About Roots Television, LLC
Largely a virtual operation with partners scattered around the globe, Roots TelevisionTM takes a broad view of family history and is committed to providing programming -- both original and from talented producers and independent filmmakers around the world -- that appeals to avid genealogists and family history lovers of all stripes.
Whether you're an archives hound, scrapbooker, cousin collector, roots-travel enthusiast, Civil War re-enactor, DNA fan, reunion instigator, sepia-toned photos zealot, Internet-junkie, history buff, old country traditions follower, cemetery devotee, story-teller, multicultural food aficionado, flea market and antiques fanatic, family documentarian, nostalgia nut, or mystery-solver, Roots TelevisionTM has something for you -- and that "something" is quality programming.
Please forward this newsletter to your family and friends who are interested in genealogy -- thank you!
Wishing you an abundance of genealogical serendipity!
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