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American Public Television (APT), the second largest supplier of television shows to public broadcast stations, will begin offering the new children’s musical series “Raggs” on February 4, 2008. The series stars five colorful canines - Raggs, Trilby, Pido, B. Max and Razzles - who play in a rock ‘n’ roll band and live together in a clubhouse with their wisecracking pet cat, Dumpster. The innovative format features live costumed characters, animated segments, interviews with children and music videos. Dr. Sholly Fisch, former VP of Program Research at Sesame Workshop, directs “Raggs” educational content which reinforces preschool academic and pro-social themes.
Captivating music lies at the core of “Raggs,” with more than 200 original rockin’ songs that educate as well as entertain children and parents. The Raggs concept evolved from the success of The Raggs Band, which has played over 3,000 live concerts on four continents since 2001. Performances include three overseas tours for Armed Forces Entertainment and three trips to The White House.
The nation’s most-watched public broadcaster, San Francisco’s KQED, added “Raggs” to its award-winning list of successful shows in June 2007. “When we began airing ‘Raggs’ as a test, we bookended it in the schedule with ‘Curious George’ and ‘Dragon Tales,’ two of public broadcasting’s most successful titles,” says Scott Walton, KQED Executive Director of Communications. “In August, ‘Raggs’ ratings exceeded both titles 13 out of 20 days. We have been amazed at the overwhelming public support for ‘Raggs’ and know that it will delight audiences across America.”