Dave, thanks for letting me post this!
With thumbs up from both Dave Johnson and Brian M - I would like to take this opportunity to formally introduce Alaska Outdoors Television (AKODTV) to the Alaska Outdoors Forum community.
AKODTV started back in 97’ as a mere concept I had to promote Alaska while working for others producing outdoor programming. In 2004 I decided it was time to proceed forward which is when I discovered the forum. Since then I’ve worked on developing the show in the background while gaining a better knowledge of today’s typical Alaskan outdoorsmen and what Alaskans would feel proud to have represent them to a nationally audience as the authentic Alaskan experience.
Raised as an Alaskan commercial fisherman I have seen the times change, regulations have come and gone and a few salmon streams I enjoyed fishing as a kid have all but gone dry. But one thing has not changed and that’s the passion and friendship that we share as hunters, anglers and extreme outdoor adventurists for Alaska. Although this first season of Alaska Outdoors Television has been produced on a shoe-string budget the message is the same. Get out and enjoy Alaska. Try new adventures and share those moments with friends. Some adventures you bag that record bull moose while other days are left to ones interpretations and fish stories. In the end however it’s the stories of the adventure, camaraderie and the memories we walk away with that we cherish forever.
This first season airs on FOX 4 KTBY-TV every Saturday at 5pm and repeats Sundays in random timeslots. These programs will air each weekend until the new season starts in October 2009. We expect the series will go national sometime in 2009. Each episode is 30 minutes long and focuses on DIY fishing and hunting trips as we don’t stay at 5-star lodges and typically guide ourselves. AKODTV is more about Alaskan storylines than a how-to series but occasionally the professional guys will lay out a few tips and tricks for getting around.
I look forward to producing the last 4 episodes of this season and welcome any and all of your comments as we are still shaping and tweaking the show to get it just right.
Alaska Outdoors Television