Detroit Public Television First to Air eScapes Network During March Pledge Drive
Hybrid Radio/TV Network “eScapes” to run March 24, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
MONROE, MICHIGAN, March 17, 2011 – Detroit Public Television Channel 56 will air select Great Lakes region segments from the eScapes Television Network on March 24th 2011 from 7:30 to 8 p.m. as part of the March pledge drive, according to Fred Nahhat, Vice President Local Production and Pledge.
“We are very excited to be the first TV station in the country to air the eScapes Network content,” said Nahhat. “We believe their unique programming achieves the high quality artistic level that our viewers expect from Detroit Public Television.”
Fifteen-minute themed episodes shot by video artists around the globe include minimal edits, slow zooms, and pans of vistas ranging from lighthouses and cityscapes to ships at sea and tropical beaches, all scored with a soundtrack that invites you to crank up the volume while cranking down your stress.
Robert Oklejas, president, chairman of the board, and creator of eScapes, is far from your typical network executive. A Michigan State University graduate and successful entrepreneur, Mr. Oklejas co-founded Pump Engineering in 1986 and became its president in 1996. Pump Engineering produced recovery turbopumps for reverse osmosis desalination plants for clients worldwide. While watching Great Lakes freighters sail by his window during a relaxing vacation, the idea for eScapes came to him. He worked on the concept for nearly a decade until he sold his Monroe, Michigan-based company last year giving him the time to launch eScapes in earnest, purchasing the latest broadcast and production technology and recruiting experienced media professionals.
“We have the best of both TV and radio in eScapes” said Alexander Zonjic, renowned jazz flutist and eScapes Creative Director. “Robert has an incredible vision. As soon as I saw the initial eScapes presentation I wanted to be involved; the music is as important as the videography. You can have this on 24/7 as background or to watch and listen. It’s amazing.”
Brilliant in concept, colors, scenery and music, eScapes is designed to relax and calm viewers from the frantic pace and histrionic nature of today’s broadcasting. Headquartered in Monroe, Michigan, the network is available on the Galaxy 16 Satellite, providing programming content for HD digital channels and cable MSOs. For more information, contact eScapes at 734-241-4410 or e-mail us.