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R. Dale Flick 02-14-2017 01:32 PM

*ACL sponsors 'Antiques Roadshow*
Steamboating colleagues:
A 'squib' just in announcing that ACL [AMERICAN QUEEN] is finding a 'hook' and niche market sponsoring a new exposure to an estimated 8.5 million plus PBS TV viewers in tandem with 'Antiques Roadshow' [On the air for 21 years] with a sponsorship beginning with Feb. 6th show. The link is with the river cruise line's customers with a bond sharing history and culture in a new fit. "A perfect fit," said ACL's V.P. Timothy Beebe.

Many now see also 'Viking Cruises' river and ocean sponsorship of PBS Masterpiece and "Downton Abbey." This year 'Viking' is co-sponsoring PBS shows "Sherlock" and "Victoria" [Queen Victoria]. These hooks with programing aimed to hit the travel market with the discretionary, disposable income for travel.

Years back the GREENE LINE, from the GORDON C. GREENE to the DELTA QUEEN, had hooks of a kind with big CARTAN TRAVEL by bus, rail, air and later, via Betty Blake, LUFTHANSA airline with other air carrier links. The DELTA QUEEN also had a standing link with the alumni association at Stanford University. How many remember those days? The DELTA QUEEN in the past, including the then MISSISSIPPI QUEEN did fine 'theme' cruises focusing on holidays, events in the south. It's finding the 'niche,' getting the word out with an aggressive, viable marketing program. And it's all about business--big business. Again, what do I know?

R. Dale Flick
Old Coal Haven Landing, Ohio River, Cincinnati.

Jo Ann Schoen 02-14-2017 08:20 PM

Yes, I just saw that recently. I love Antiques Road Show, but I will no longer be watching the program. I can not stand to watch it any more!

Judy Patsch 02-14-2017 09:57 PM

Who is the sponsor?
Is it ACL or the American Queen???

R. Dale Flick 02-15-2017 08:19 AM

*RE: Who is sponsor?*
Morning, Steamboating colleagues:
Good question, Judy, and here's the clarifying answer. Definitely ACL. the 'American Queen' link got mixed up with another report. Just received two nice longish E=Mails from our Franz talking, catching up. I clarified also that this report states with ACL, "...river and coastal cruise line." Again, I just wanted to share what came in here as I always keep my ears and eyes open to what the 'other kids on the block are doing.'

Jo Ann, sorry to hear you are dropping 'Antiques Roadshow' from your list. Looking forward to direct information, PR, plans from the gang working with the DELTA QUEEN initiative in Houma. AGAIN, I've sent E=Mails, letters, calls to congressional reps but some have responded asking me direct questions. Sending the same 'form letter' not cutting it with some. I've lost track of how many times I've done this since the first initiative by Betty Blake. How many here were back there then? Hope all well.

R. Dale Flick
Old Coal Haven Landing, Ohio River, Cincinnati.

R. Dale Flick 02-15-2017 08:40 AM

*Judy's fine work 'DELTA QUEEN Memories*
Steamboating colleagues:
A word here to compliment Judy Patsch on her work setting up the FACEBOOK web page 'DELTA QUEEN Memories...pre 1990s.' No easy job for sure. I read the other postings [Too busy now to paw back through there] discussing and the FACEBOOK web. Both wonderful providing viewing and discussion space. More people 'lurk' here on .org than most know often sending private messages, other E=Mails on issues and questions. There's room for all to be sure. Again, we all often compose and post busy with other things only to realize 'that which is written not always read with the same mind set.' Postings here and on 'DELTA QUEEN Memories...pre 1990s' like a letter from home. Copyright issues with river/steamboat photos posted important to remember if they were done by a professional photographer or other individual. All of my photos I either took myself, were given free and clear, inherited. People so inclined can lay the term (C) copyright to whatever they want down to a grocery list. As our late Capt. Alan Bates used to say, "Let them sue...prooving a case, stating damages costs more than the photo item itself." Thanks to both Franz and Judy. *I'll be off line here with both webs for a period of time but hope by next month to be back reading. CHEERS!

R. Dale Flick
Old Coal Haven Landing, Ohio River, Cincinnati.

Jim Reising 02-17-2017 08:41 AM

JoAnn....To me ACL sponsoring Antiques Roadshow is a positive thing for our cause. They will spend hundreds of thousands of dollars introducing a vast audience to the beauty and wonders of river travel. In a few months when the exemption is passed and Her Majesty is renovated, thanks to their advertising dollars, there will a lot of people wanting to take a trip on the "genuine article".
Let them spend their money enlarging the market, it'll be money our boat won't have to spend.

Frank X. Prudent 02-17-2017 01:19 PM

It's also money that can't be spent lobbying Congress against the DQ!

Jo Ann Schoen 02-17-2017 07:03 PM

Good points Jim and Frank. However, I can't stand to see their name, symbol or pictures of their boats. So I will not be watching Antiques Road Show. I do realize that they advertise for all cruise boats, as most folks don't know the difference between them.

Richard Reiff 02-21-2017 11:53 AM

That is what we use our mute button for on the remote
Sorry to chime in, but lots of programs seem to have sponsors I don't like, or get tired of....So we use the mute button a lot for political ads, car ads, etc.

Also, when we pitch riverboating to our friends we take extra car to steer them clear of ACL and the like.

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