Joseph Rosendo’s Travelscope announces release of Christmas in Switzerland special

WHAT:        Travelscope Christmas Special

WHERE:      Public Television Stations

WHEN:        Nov. 15, 2011 release

WEBSITE:          www.Travelscope.net

Los Angeles, September 2011:  Joseph Rosendo’s Travelscope, the Emmy-winning travel series, takes viewers on journeys that scale new heights of adventure, natural splendor and cultural richness.  Travelscope’s Christmas in Switzerland special is no exception.

CHRISTMAS IN SWITZERLAND

Travelscope heads toLausanne, Montreux andBasel,Switzerlandto bask in the glow of a Swiss-style Christmas at some of the country’s best Christmas Markets.  Joseph’s adventures include a visit to a Christmas ornament artist, samplings of Swiss culinary specialties, a journey to old St. Nick’s village and a close encounter with Father Christmas himself and his trusty companion the Schmutzli, who’s been checking his list to find out who’s been naughty or nice.  A full slate of holiday fun is guaranteed for all!

Underwritten by:  Volvo, No Jet Lag, Park Air Express
Local Underwriting:  Available with non-compete of national underwriter

Producer: Julie Rosendo, julie@travelscope.net

Presenting Station:  KQED,San Francisco

Station Relations:  Lisa Landi, Llandi@kqed.org

With 65 episodes airing on public television stations and more in production, Joseph Rosendo’s Travelscope is distributed by American Public Television and reaches 92% of theUSmarket with a strong connection with audiences in the 25-54 age group, as well as the 55+ viewers, both male and female.

While recognition continues to flow in from the Emmys, Tellys, Society of American Travel Writers and Lowell Thomas awards, Travelscope holds firm to its principal mission which is to illustrate the enduring truth in Mark Twain’s quote, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness.”  “Travel is more than my vocation,” says host Joseph Rosendo, “it’s a passion I’ve cherished for 40 years and am privileged to share with my public television viewers.”

Among his many travel journalism awards, Rosendo has been recognized numerous times by the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation’s Lowell Thomas Awards and has received the Medaille d’Or du Tourisme from the French Government  and the Travel Industry Association of Canada’s Globe and Mail Travel Media Award for Excellence in Travel Journalism.  Joseph remains a favorite with audiences by presenting quality travel experiences that feature his culturally-sensitive and personal perspective.

About KQED

KQED (kqed.org) has served Northern California for more than 50 years and is affiliated with NPR and PBS. KQED owns and operates public television stations KQED 9 (San Francisco/Bay Area), KQED Plus (San Jose/Bay Area), and KQET 25 (Watsonville/Monterey); KQED Public Radio (88.5FM San Francisco and 89.3FM Sacramento); the interactive platforms kqed.org and KQEDnews.org; and KQED Education. KQED Public Television, one of the nation’s most-watched public television stations, is the producer of local and national series such as QUEST; Check, Please! Bay Area; This Week in Northern California; Truly CA; and Essential Pépin.  KQED’s digital television channels include 9HD, KQED Life, KQED World, KQED Kids, and KQED V-me, and are available 24/7 on Comcast.  KQED Public Radio, home of Forum with Michael Krasny and The California Report, is one of the most-listened-to public radio stations in the nation with an award-winning news and public affairs program service delivering more than eighteen local newscasts daily.  KQED Interactive provides KQED’s cross-platform news service, KQEDnews.org, as well as offers several popular local blogs, video and audio podcasts, and a live radio stream at kqed.org. KQED Education brings the impact of KQED to thousands of teachers, students, parents, and the general public through workshops, community screenings, and multimedia resources.

About American Public Television (APT)

American Public Television (APT) has been a leading distributor of high-quality, top-rated programming to America’s public television stations since 1961. In 2009, APT distributed 56 of the top 100 highest-rated public television titles. Among its 300 new program titles per year are prominent documentaries, dramatic series, how-to programs, children’s series and classic movies, including Spain…on the road Again, Travelscope, Rick Steves’ Europe, Newsline, Globe Trekker, Simply Ming, America’s Test Kitchen From Cook’s Illustrated, Lidia’s Italy, P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home, Murdoch Mysteries, Doc Martin, Rosemary and Thyme, Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison, Liza’s at the Palace…. and John Denver: The Wildlife Concert. APT also licenses programs internationally through its APT Worldwide service. In 2006, APT launched Create™ – the TV channel featuring the best of public television’s lifestyle programming. For more information about APT’s programs and services, visit APTonline.org.

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Media Contact:  Julie Rosendo

julie@travelscope.net

V 310-455-7164

C 310-482-1052

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