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“RAW TRAVEL” SEASON THREE DEBUTS IN 91% OF U.S. THIS WEEK
- Nation’s #1 Most-Watched Authentic Adventure Travel Series Continues Big Growth Spurt -
NEW YORK, NY: September 30th, 2015 – AIM Tell-A-Vision® Group (AIM TV) announced today that the syndicated television series Raw Travel® will debut its 3rd season this weekend in over 140 cities representing 91% of the U.S. and over 103 million homes. Season 3 indicates another big growth spurt for the series with almost twice the distribution from its premiere two years ago.
The show now firmly ranks as the #1 most watched authentic travel series in the United States, beating all comers on cable, broadcast and digital, ranking in the top 10 compared to cable nets on weekends for key demographics. Season 3 will see the addition of over 25 new cities, including all top 50 markets and 95 of the largest 100 cities in the U.S. almost guaranteeing continued audience growth.
Raw Travel’s momentum was demonstrated this past August, typically a low point for television viewing, when the show saw its highest audience to date. On back-to-back weeks viewers tuned in to more than double the previous year’s audience levels.
International viewers are also getting a taste of Raw Travel with outlets in Europe, Asia, Africa as well as other key territories which are licensing the series and sharing the Raw Travel movement with viewers.
Raw Travel’s upcoming episodes showcase authentic and alternative sides of popular destinations such as Southeast Asia, kicking off with Foodtastic Philippines and then a road trip to the Great North American Western Frontier with stops in New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and South Dakota, and later showcasing the natural beauty of Norway.
One of the highlights of Season 3 is an emotional journey to the Oglala Lakota Sioux Reservation in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. The Pine Ridge Reservation is the 2nd poorest county in the United States and an area plagued by the lowest life expectancy in the Western Hemisphere, rampant teen suicide and substance abuse. The Producers visited Pine Ridge during the 4th of July U.S. Independence Day weekend and discovered reasons for optimism and hope among the heartbreak. Raw Travel Pine Ridge – Tribal Tourism will premiere in late November.
“This ride has been wildly more successful than even I could have imagined or hoped. I’m often humbled to the point of tears by the generosity of spirit I’m encountering in my travels. I’m grateful every day for the opportunity to share this journey with the world and hopefully be able to offer inspiration for others to embark on life changing adventures of their own,” states Robert G. Rose, Executive Producer and Host.
Raw Travel is an adventure travel and lifestyle series showcasing the rapidly growing wave of socially and environmentally aware, independent travel. The series weaves together themes of ecotourism, voluntourism (giving back) with underground music and authentic culture in a way unique to U.S. television. More information can be found at www.RawTravel.tv and viewers can visit www.RawTravel.tv/wheretowatch for a complete listing of cities, affiliates and time slots in the U.S.
ABOUT AIM TELL-A-VISION GROUP
AIM TV is an independent content, production and distribution company founded by media executive and entrepreneur Robert G. Rose. AIM TV aspires to produce and distribute positive, compelling content that reflects its mission of presenting Media That Matters. Visit www.AIMTVGroup.com and www.RawTravel.tv for more information.
We traveled to Chiang Mai, Thailand earlier in the year where we were treated to a punk show put on just for the the crew at Raw Travel at the venue 7 pounds, so I wanted to share the video, just for you. It features our pals, the Canadian ex-pat duo of Bobkat, local Thai musicians Ugly Mountain and the local punk rock band Stomper 191.
A birds-eye view of the potent punk scene in Quito, Ecuador with our buddies Los Suziox playing one of their songs off their EL FIN JUSTIFICA LOS MEDIOS (The End Justifies the Means) out now on Punk Outlaw Records.
Punk Rockers can make it big. Many have. But few have remained as relevant as Billy Idol. Yeah, this guy brought new life to Mony Mony but it’s his original songs, “White Wedding” and “Rebel Yell”, I’ll remember. But before our guy had a big solo career as a generally pop rock musician, my man was a punk with the British Punk band “Generation X”.
He was in NYC last night and I had to make time to see this guy. He’s pushing 60 by my math but man, he looked great up there. Shirt off, strutting his stuff, snarling at the crowd and thanking them for their part in helping him have a “great BLEEPING Life”. There were youngsters and old timers, themselves, looking in their 60s. It was mixed of a crowd as I can remember seeing at a concert. I love NYC.
Here is a short clip of Rebel Yell from last nights show. We’ll see how long it is allowed to stay up.
One of my fondest memories and biggest rewards from writing this blog has been meeting different punks and just awesome and interesting people from all over the world. From Cuba to Russia to Mexico, Colombia, Philippines and Peru I’ve met some truly wonderful people and legends in the world of punk music.
Pancho Guevera, the drummer for the Peruvian rock band (and some say the world’s actual 1st punk band) Los Saicos was one of those people. I say “was” because I just received word that Pancho has died. More information on Pancho’s death HERE.
I had heard about Los Saicos before arriving in Peru and had been told that despite Pancho’s legendary status he would gladly meet with me.
I met him at a coffee shop with another pal of his via a local bi-lingual Lima punk who had been guiding me around the punk scene in Peru.
Pancho didn’t speak much English and my Spanish was pretty laughable but we got along quiet well. I instantly liked Pancho from the moment I met him. He was a gentle soul, obviously older, but yet punk to the core, I could just tell.
When I wrote my article about Punk rock starting in Peru rather than the UK or the U.S., it stirred a little controversy of course and was picked up (and ripped off?) by other outlets like Vice, etc. The jury is still out whether Los Saicos was the actual first punk rock band or, like the Kinks in the UK or other bands in that era, simply influential in the formation of punk.
It’s not for me to say, but what I will say after meeting Pancho is that he was a really good guy… and 100% punk rocker in his heart.
I’m sad I won’t get to reconnect with him (my goal had been to produce a Raw Travel – Peru episode and have a reunion with Pancho on camera). But I’m very happy to have made his acquaintance and I never forgot about meeting him and never will.
I have a good video interview with Pancho that I hope to include in my documentary “Punktology” when I finally get back to working on that again. in the meantime, if you wish to read the article I original wrote on the subject of Peru’s founding of punk music and meeting Pancho, you can read the article HERE.
Pancho… you will be missed amigo, but gracias for all you contributed not only to punk music but music in general. More importantly thanks for, by all accounts that I can see at see, being a very good human being.
Rest in Peace Amigo.
The Republicats is a punk band made up of some of Manila’s movers and shakers in the Punk Music Scene. These guys were kind enough to not only hook up an entire evening of Filipino punk music for our cameras but to sit down with us before hand and tell us how the scene developed and what it’s like to be a punk rocker in the Philippines.
Thanks to the magic of television, you can see more of the Republicats, if you tunein this weekend to Raw Travel’s Magical Manila premiering May 9th-10th all over the U.S. Visit HERE for tune in info.
Thanks to the magic of Manila, if you ever get to visit, you are in for a treat. Thanks to the magic of the internet, you can get an idea of what it’s like by watching our exclusive interview of the Republicats below. Enjoy!
40 years after the fall of Saigon, we went to Vietnam to check it out. It was wild.
I’m glad I was born when I was and instead of going as a draftee in a cargo plane to fight a vaguely defined and scary war in a jungle I was able to go as a tourists.
The Vietnamese were great people and showed not a bit of animus towards us.
The punk music scene in Vietnam is kind tame by U.S. and Latin American standards but we stumbled upon this cool band KOP Rock Band who put on a show for us at the Acoustic Bar down a side street in Saigon (now known as Ho Chi Minh City)… Yes, Vietnam is, gasp, communist, but I didn’t see anyone begging in the street, or that much crippling poverty. Everyone seemed fairly well off in comparison to say the Philippines, a decidedly more Western & American Influenced culture where kids sniffing glue and sleeping on the street was a normal occurrence.
Vietnam has it’s issues, I know. but the people are war weary and that typically makes for, at least in my estimation, for some people who enjoy some good rock and roll. And KOP Rock band gave it to them.
Here’s a music video from our travels to Vietnam and our pals KOP rock Band and if you want to see more of them, then watch Raw Travel this weekend (May 2nd-3rd). More info on the show HERE.
The punks in Chiang Mai, Thailand are cut from a slightly different cloth than those in Bangkok, or so I’m told. Since we were in Thailand during the extended New Year’s holidays we weren’t able to hook up with any of the punks in the famous Bangkok scene, though I did, finally hear back on some emails I sent out when I had moved on to other locales in Southeast Asia. I do hope I can get back to Thailand under less stressful circumstances (camera crew filming on deadline and really get to know this place and meet some Bangkok punks finally.
In the meantime, as a first time trip goes, it was quick and I was pretty much beyond jet lagged the entire time, but I am appreciative of the punks who played for us at the 7 Pounds bar on the outskirts of Chiang Mai. These guys Stomper 191 didn’t speak too much English and I didn’t get a ton of insight, but what do you need to know? They obviously love and live the lifestyle.
Enjoy this cover from a Stomper 191, appropriately enough, it sounds like they may have stomped the sound system before going on.. True punks indeed.
I see they are still cranking out the punk.
Hope to see you guys soon. Viva Punk Rock in Colombia Amigos!