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GRAMMY-WINNING ROCK LEGEND JOHN FOGERTY TO PERFORM LIVE ON THE EMMY AWARD-WINNING “LIVE BY REQUEST”

AIRING FOR THE FIRST TIME ON PBS, “LIVE BY REQUEST” DEBUTS NOVEMBER 7, 2009 AT 9PM ET ON PBS STATIONS NATIONWIDE

Arlington, Virginia, September 16, 2009 – Grammy-winning rock legend John Fogerty will star on the Emmy Award-winning live music series, LIVE BY REQUEST, coming to television this fall as a special presentation on PBS. Fogerty will perform music requested by the show’s viewers. The show is produced by Media Push Entertainment in association with PBS. LIVE BY REQUEST will air live Saturday, November 7, 2009, 9:00-11:00 p.m. ET on PBS as a special fundraising program for PBS member stations.

For more than four decades, John Fogerty has been an American treasure: one of the most revered and influential artists to emerge in the 60s, and still a vital part of the musical landscape. As lead singer, guitarist and songwriter of Creedence Clearwater Revival and as a Grammy-winning, chart-topping solo artist, Fogerty’s sound has encompassed everything from blues to country and southern swamp rock and roll. Known as one of the greatest songwriters, singers and guitarists of all time, Fogerty was inducted in to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993. With the recent release of The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again (Fortunate Son/Verve Forecast), Fogerty joyfully resurrects his mythical group. The New York Times recently noted in their review of Fogerty’s free concert in New York City, “he still has the biting yowl and near yodel of his Creedence days in his voice, and his guitar parts are pure and chiseled: riffs, strums and a little chicken-plucking lead.”

LIVE BY REQUEST is a live superstar concert event that redefines the music television experience and is controlled by fan interaction. It is the only television program where viewers actually create the artist’s set list and have the chance to personally talk to their music idol. With the premiere PBS special, LIVE BY REQUEST will fully engage viewers across multiple media platforms for the first time via live interactive video requests, call-in requests and text, email and social network requests. LIVE BY REQUEST creates a unique connection between artists and fans.

“LIVE BY REQUEST offers a unique way for viewers and performers to interact, and we’re excited to engage our audience in new and different ways,” said John F. Wilson, PBS Chief TV Programming Executive. “PBS is very active in all digital media, so we see this as a natural extension of what we do everyday in different forums.”

LIVE BY REQUEST achieved critical and commercial success, airing from 1996-2004, while becoming one of the longest running live music series in broadcast history. During its eight-year run, LIVE BY REQUEST featured top musical guests in live performance representing a wide variety of musical genres, including Tony Bennett, Elton John, John Mellencamp, David Bowie, Gloria Estefan and Neil Diamond, among others. Tony Bennett, who appeared in the Emmy Award-winning series’ premiere episode, is credited for the show’s creative concept.

Danny Bennett, Executive Producer of both the original series and this PBS special event commented, “LIVE BY REQUEST is music television where anything can happen. The program presents music the way it should be – live and spontaneous with the fans participating alongside the artist. We are thrilled to have consummate performer and songwriter John Fogerty as our featured artist as this unique show returns to television.”

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About Media Push Entertainment LLC:

Media Push Entertainment LLC is focused on the development, acquisition, production and worldwide distribution of media rights for music and general entertainment based content in all forms. In addition, Media Push creates original programming for distribution into Theatrical, Digital Cinema, Television, Home Video, Web, Wireless and other emerging media platforms.

MPE is an independently managed joint venture between RPM TV Productions, Inc. and Sony Music Entertainment's Commercial Music Group (CMG).

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Miya Hannan, Shore Fire Media
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