|MoneyTrack: Press Release|
"Meet Mr. Earl" Kicks Off MoneyTrack's Second Season on Public Television
TIBURON, CA -- Meet Mr. Earl! Earl Crawley is a parking lot attendant in Baltimore making $20K per year and is worth well over half a million dollars! How has he done it? His incredible story is featured in the second season of MoneyTrack, (www.moneytrack.org), with 15 new, 30-minute episodes that will launch on public television stations across the country beginning Wednesday, May 16, 2007.
MoneyTrack is a fresh series devoted to teaching viewers how to invest wisely and avoid common and dangerous financial scams. MoneyTrack is produced by NETworth Television Productions in Tiburon, CA, headed up by Executive Producer and Host, Pam Krueger. The series is distributed nationally through American Public Television. Its presenting station is KTEH-TV in Silicon Valley, CA.
MoneyTrack's premiere season on public television, which launched in April 2005, has been a huge hit airing on more than 170 stations, clearing 65% of the U.S. DMA's. It is still currently airing in many markets.
Hosts Pam Krueger and Jack Gallagher use an approach that is unique among existing television series about investing. No more listening to talking heads lecture about what viewers should do. MoneyTrack features Mr. Earl and a group of other real people who share their experiences and provide the viewers with real life examples of both the successes and pitfalls of investing. MoneyTrack's distinguished guest experts build on these stories to teach the viewers how the successes were achieved; they include Ben Stein, John Bogle, Janet Bodnar, David Bach and many others. The hazards of investing are also covered in the Scam Alerts in each episode.
The story behind MoneyTrack's underwriting is newsworthy in and of itself. The series is funded entirely through a grant from the Investor Protection Trust (IPT) (www.investorprotection.org), a nonprofit organization devoted to investor education. Since 1993 the IPT has worked to provide the independent, objective investor education needed by all Americans to make informed investment decisions.
"MoneyTrack's strength is its focus on real people dealing with all of the issues related to investing for life long financial security," said Don Blandin, president and CEO of IPT. "People watching the show learn that, with proper planning, they too can become wise and safe investors."
The MoneyTrack series broadcast on public television is the perfect vehicle to disseminate un-biased investor education and protection information to a very broad audience; 8 million viewers have watched to date. As icing on the cake, MoneyTrack programs and segments have also been utilized in local communities. One example is the IPT initiative Investor Education @ your libraryŽ in partnership with the American Library Association where episodes of MoneyTrack are shown at public libraries around the country as part of investor education seminars. Pam Krueger and Jack Gallagher have emceed several investor education conferences and seminars held by state securities regulators. The IPT has also given grants to local public television and public radio stations to create local outreach and broadcast programs around MoneyTrack airings.
New outreach efforts around Money Track's second season will involve live, local town hall seminars broadcast at the state level, radio PSA's, webinars, focus groups and more. The companion website (www.moneytrack.org) includes scheduled live chats with experts and many other resources for viewers and teachers.
And who is responsible for creating all of this? Meet Pam Krueger the Executive Producer of MoneyTrack. After ten years as a stockbroker and ten years of financial reporting on Tech TV, ABC7 in San Francisco and other stations, Krueger had the vision to give Americans the knowledge and resources to empower themselves to take control of their financial futures and to do it with humor and in an entertaining and appealing way. The result of her vision is the MoneyTrack series.
For local airdates and times, please refer to the MoneyTrack website (www.moneytrack.org) or contact your local PBS station.
About NETworth Television Productions
Founded in 2001, NETworth Television Productions has produced seven programs for public television including Networth, a one-hour special that teaches viewers how to use online tools to manage their finances. The show was broadcast on more than 70 PBS stations. NETworth also produced, IPO: Investing Pays Off! The IPO series consisting of 15 short stories features young teens as hosts and teaches kids about investing, saving, philanthropy, becoming an entrepreneur, and other essential life skills. The children's series earned a CINE Award and was nominated for an Emmy® in 2004.
About the Investor Protection Trust
The project is funded by a grant from the Investor Protection Trust (IPT), a nonprofit organization devoted to investor education. Since 1993 the IPT has worked to provide the independent, objective investor education needed by all Americans to make informed investment decisions. For more information, visit www.investorprotection.org.
About American Public Television
For 45 years, American Public Television (APT) has been a prime source of programming for the nation's public television stations. APT is known for its leadership in identifying innovative, worthwhile and viewer-friendly programming. It has established a tradition of providing public television stations with program choices that strengthen and customize their schedules, such as America's Test Kitchen From Cook's Illustrated, Battlefield Britain, The Big Comfy Couch, Globe Trekker, Great Museums, Lidia's Family Table, Rick Steves' Europe, P. Allen Smith's Garden Home, and other prominent documentaries, dramatic series, how-to programs and classic movies. For more information about APT's programs and services, visit APTonline.org.
KTEH Public Television 54 (www.kteh.org) is a service of Northern California Public Broadcasting, Inc. (NCPB), broadcasting from San Jose in Silicon Valley. KTEH produces local and national programs such as Saving the Bay, video i, its weekly independent film and video series now in its 12th season, and community-focused documentaries like Dave Tatsuno, Movies and Memories.
Northern California Public Broadcasting, Inc. (NCPB) (www.ncpb.com) is the most-watched public television and most-listened-to public radio broadcaster in the country. NCPB owns and operates public television stations KQED 9 (San Francisco), KTEH 54 (San Jose), and KCAH 25 (Watsonville/Monterey); public radio stations KQED 88.5FM (San Francisco) and KQEI 89.3FM (Sacramento); KQED's Education Network (EdNet); and the Interactive platforms KQED.org and KTEH.org. Audiences and users can also access NCPB content through: digital television channels KQED HD, KQED Encore, KQED World, KQED Life, KQED Kids, and KQED PBS Kids Sprout; and stream or download available content on www.kqed.org.
Variny Paladino, PR, (510) 243-0567, email@example.com
Cynthia Zeiden, PTV, (415) 864-6305,