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eScapes Network Hires Media Industry Veteran Randy Kuckuck as Chief Operating Officer

“As a team, we’ll work to disrupt a fast-growing industry by expanding into new markets and building new products that extend eScapes’ platform.”

MONROE, MICHIGAN, April 20, 2017 – Roy Radakovich, CEO, announced today that eScapes Network, the industry leading innovator of relaxation TV and point-of-care media, announced the addition of Randy Kuckuck as Chief Operating Officer, adding more depth to its executive team as it rapidly grows its operations.

Randy KuckuckKuckuck will be based in the company’s Monroe, MI, headquarters and will focus on accelerating eScapes’ expansion and innovation in the point-of-care media space as well as continuing to grow the Relaxation TV channels. eScapes provides a unique, soothing combination of music and HD video as an excellent alternative to the high-stress programming usually available on cable TV and in waiting rooms across many industries.

eScapes Chairman, Robert Oklejas said, “We are delighted to have Randy on the eScapes team. He brings not only great experience in the media industry, but also outstanding personal qualities and creative insights that brought success to every organization he has been associated with. His organizational and leadership skills will insure that we can continue to efficiently grow our market presence.”

Kuckuck joins eScapes from the non-profit Center for Book Publishing where he is Executive Director. Prior to founding the Center, Kuckuck was COO at Muze in New York, NY, and All Media Guide in Ann Arbor, MI. Those companies were the industry leaders in online media information and provided music identification and recommendation data and tools to many of the media industry giants. Both of those companies were acquired by TiVo.

“I’m joining eScapes’ executive team at a true inflection point for the company. With the technology-driven products developed by the company and the endorsements of professional associations and government leaders, the company is poised for great things,” said Kuckuck. “As a team, we’ll work to disrupt a fast-growing industry by expanding into new markets and building new products that extend eScapes’ platform.”

About eScapes
Headquartered in Monroe, Michigan, eScapes Network’s patented Hybrid Radio/Television programming has hundreds of HD episodes which take viewers around the world and creates an immersive, relaxing environment in your home or office. The programming is available on select cable TV systems and on highly customizable, Private Television Networks for use in hospitals, medical and dental offices, car dealerships, and other waiting room settings. It’s Relaxation Television. For more information on eScapes products, contact Jon Oswald, Vice President, jon@escapes.net, 734 241 4410.

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ProMedica Health System and The eScapes Network Launch Nation’s First Large Private Television Network

Delivering a Private Therapeutic & Branding TV Health & Communications Network

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MONROE, MICHIGAN, February 25, 2015 – eScapes Network LLC and ProMedica, a not-for-profit healthcare organization in Toledo, Ohio entered into an agreement in which eScapes will create a Private Television Network (PTN) and a digital message board platform to effectively deliver the Network’s proven Therapeutic Television content, ProMedica’s branding and educational messaging along with Public Service announcements across their health system. eScapes will install approximately 300 PTN systems in ProMedica’s hospitals, remote medical facilities and doctor’s offices.

eScapes Network’s CEO, Roy Radakovich said, “ProMedica’s year-long partnering search was a very careful and thorough process due to the importance of the their Corporate Branding Strategy coupled with other demanding objectives including ease of use, flexibility and scalability. eScapes’ PTN solution met or exceeded all of these objectives and provided therapeutic content to sooth, educate, and inform patients, while providing an entertaining and relaxing atmosphere for ProMedica’s staff.” He concluded with, “Another important benefit of eScapes’ therapeutic content is a perceived reduction in patient wait time.”

ProMedica’s Associate Vice-President Marketing & Advertising, Kathleen Merrill commented about the partnership with eScapes saying, “We were looking for a way to share information with our employees, patients and visitors and eScapes offered a solution that not only maximizes our ability to communicate a wide variety of news and announcements, but we’ll be able to do it in a unique way that enhances every environment it’s featured in.” Kathleen added, “People are naturally drawn to eScapes’ beautiful content which makes a perfect backdrop for our messaging, and with our PTN, we’ll be able to instantly update every location in our network.”

ProMedica PTN eScapes Demo Display Hospice

About ProMedica – Established in 1986 and headquartered in Toledo, Ohio, ProMedica is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit health organization providing nearly 4-million patient visits annually in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan.

About eScapes – Established in 2010 and headquartered in Monroe, Michigan, the Network is available in the Northern Hemisphere on the Galaxy 16 Satellite/Transponder 5, providing everything you love about radio, with HD video from around the world – 24/7. A Private Television Network, with US-patented Hybrid Radio/Television content, is customer-branded television creating a relaxing atmosphere and reinforcing your brand with place-based marketing. For more PTN information contact Jon Oswald, General Manager, Jon@escapes.net, (734) 241-4410 or visit us at www.myPTN.com.

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Michigan Dental Association and The eScapes Network Launch MDA Private Television Network

Branded Therapeutic Television – Health Education – Communications Platform

PTN Endorsed by MDA

MONROE, MICHIGAN, February 25, 2015 – A new alliance between eScapes Network LLC and Michigan Dental Association (MDA) will aid in reducing the stress commonly associated with dental appointments. Patients will find their visits to participating dentists help them relax and learn more about oral health.

The two organizations entered into license, service, and end user agreements in which eScapes and the MDA are creating a statewide MDA Television Network, featuring eScapes’ patented Therapeutic Television content. In addition, the programming contains dental practice branding, digital advertising, educational and health messaging along with Public Service announcements. Participating MDA Members receive exclusive pricing, co-branding benefits with the MDA, and the opportunity to receive royalties from state, regional and national advertisers.

eScapes Network’s President and Chairman of the Board, Robert A. Oklejas said, “We are pleased and excited about working with the MDA. We feel the MDA Television Network will provide numerous benefits to their patients. Watching the MDA Television Network will reduce patient anxiety, reduce perceived waiting times and educate and inform patients about products and services available from the dental practice. Participating dentists will be able to dynamically greet, recognize and thank patients, increase profits through patient education and product promotion, and receive advertising royalties, all while enjoying exclusive MDA Member pricing.” He concluded by saying, “Our strategic plans include nationwide expansion in partnership with the MDA.”

“The mission of the Michigan Dental Association is to help member dentists succeed,” says Dr. Dale Nester, chairman of the MDA Services board of directors. “Our alliance with eScapes provides member dentists with the unique opportunity to help their patients relax, reduce their stress level and be better educated about product and service offerings that support their oral health and help them look their best. This may lead to greater acceptance of recommended treatment plans. The quality programming offered by eScapes, combined with educational content will help a participating dentist make a visit to their practice a pleasant and welcome experience.”

About Michigan Dental Association – The Michigan Dental Association was founded in 1856 and is the oldest professional association in Michigan. The MDA’s 5,500 members represent 75 percent of the dentists in the state. The MDA is headquartered in Okemos and its members practice in 26 local dental societies throughout the state. MDA members are also members of the American Dental Association, the nation’s leading oral health authority. To learn more, visit us at www.SmileMichigan.com.

MDA Member Testimonial

About eScapes – Established in 2010 and headquartered in Monroe, Michigan, the Network is available in the Northern Hemisphere on the Galaxy 16 Satellite/Transponder 5 and fiber distribution, providing everything you love about radio, with HD video from around the world – 24/7. A Private Television Network, with US-patented Hybrid Radio/Television content, is customer-branded television creating a relaxing atmosphere and reinforcing your brand with place-based marketing. For more PTN information contact Jon Oswald, General Manager, Jon@escapes.net, (734) 241-4410 or visit us at www.myPTN.com/midental.

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eScapes Expands Distribution into India


The eScapes Network and ATechnos (Abhay Techno Service Pvt. Ltd.) in Bangalore, India have completed a new programming distribution agreement opening up another global market of millions of new network viewers in the cities of New Delhi, Mumbai, and Gurgaon, India. A select group of major multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) are launching the Networks’ Relaxation Television programming along with development plans for a phased expansion throughout India in 2014.

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Broad Branch Media Signs Distribution Agreement with eScapes


eScapes Network and Broad Branch Media in Alexandria, VA, have completed a new signal transmission agreement opening up Direct to Home sales channels for international distribution covering over 122 million homes in Europe, North Africa, and Western Asia. The eScapes signal is uplinked to popular Hot Bird13 with programming that is a unique blend of 100% HD video from the most amazing places on earth with relaxing music introduced by friendly on-air personalities enhancing the viewer’s immersive programming experience.

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eScapes Signs Hot Bird Deal

eScapes is expanding into Europe, the Middle East, and Africa thanks to a carriage agreement with Eutelsat’s Hot Bird 13 satellite.  The deal has the potential to bring eScapes to over 127 million households in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and West Asia starting on October 1, 2013.

More information on this story can be found at Cable & Satellite International.


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eScapes in Independent Cable News

The May 2013 issue of Independent Cable News includes a full-page advertisement from the eScapes Network announcing incentives for cable providers to carry the network.

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Check it out on page 5 of the newsletter, which is available by clicking here. (PDF file).


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NCTC Signs Master Agreement with eScapes

THE NATIONAL CABLE TELEVISION COOPERATIVE SIGNS MASTER CARRIAGE AGREEMENT WITH THE eSCAPES NETWORK


Truly Unique HD Programming is Now Available to NCTC Members

MONROE, MICHIGAN, March 25, 2013 – eScapes Network and the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) have completed a new master agreement that provides NCTC members distribution rights to the network.

The eScapes Network takes viewers’ senses on a vacation by blending HD video from some of the most amazing places on earth with relaxing music introduced by a friendly, familiar on-air personality to enhance their entire experience. Each hour of programming consists of four location-based episodes running uninterrupted by commercial breaks. “Our programming is so new and different; the network has been awarded a US patent.” says Roy Radakovich, eScapes CEO, “As an independent network producing family-friendly content with wide viewer appeal, we appreciate the level of interest and support we’ve received from NCTC and its members.”

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Private Television Network Brings Relaxing Atmosphere to Business

The eScapes Network Launches an Innovative New Product and Service

MONROE, MICHIGAN, March 1, 2013 — Michigan-based TV network eScapes is offering a Private Television Network (PTN) to businesses to help foster a relaxing atmosphere. The eScapes Network is a TV network that specializes in relaxation television, pairing beautiful scenery from around the world with beautiful music. This programming now forms the basis of a Private Television Network that is available to businesses.

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eScapes Announces Daytime Programming Change

‘Midday Getaway’ with Nationally Syndicated Radio Host Sandy Kovach

Midday Getaway with Sandy Kovach

MONROE, MICHIGAN, December 10, 2012 – The only cable television network offering US-patented Hybrid Radio/Television announced the premiere of “Midday Getaway with Sandy Kovach,” airing daily from 10 am to 3 pm, Monday through Friday. Midday Getaway is a positive, uplifting program designed to engage and inform viewers. Fans of the show can email, tweet, post on Facebook, or call the live audio studio with music and artist requests or comments and feedback.

“I’m so happy to be a part of this amazing endeavor. No one else is doing anything like eScapes!” said Sandy Kovach, “I’m getting to share great music with people in a whole new way, not to mention the stunning HD views from all over the world! I feel like I’m taking people on vacation.” The 100% original HD programming provides a therapeutic retreat from the stresses of day with scenic beaches, tropical islands, lighthouses, and resplendent nature. Your host, Sandy Kovach, plays your favorite musical artists while keeping you company and informing you throughout your midday hours.

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