OSWEGO – Combining soldiers’ experiences in the military with great fishing creates a natural way to relieve stress and makes for an interesting and exciting television series.
“Fishing Behind the Lines” with Don Meissner is a 13-part series produced by WPBS-DT and explores more than just fishing and celebrating our region, but also highlights the most basic forms of humanity and how we connect to people through recreation.
Meissner was the host of “Rod and Reel Streamside” for several seasons and worked with Fort Drum and WPBS in Watertown to focus on fishing destinations from the perspective of a serviceman or woman.
“Oswego County is a major sponsor of the program and is being featured in four episodes beginning this month,” said David Turner, director of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. “These episodes include experiences on the Salmon River and Lake Ontario.”
The series will be offered to other stations in the PBS network by a nationally recognized program distributor and airs on Mondays at 7:30 p.m. with a repeat of each episode on Saturdays at 9 a.m.
Each episode will also be available for streaming online and on mobile devices one week after each original broadcast.
Viewers can access these episodes via the stations video player Web site, watch.wpbstv.org
Local episodes to watch for include Episode 4, a Salmon River drift boat trip with guides Tom Burke and Andy Bliss, which originally aired July 1 and will be available online July 8; Episode 6, Lake Ontario fishing with Capt. Tom Burke, airing July 15; Episode 7, Salmon River bank fishing with Jim Kelso, Vietnam veteran and volunteer guide airing July 22; and Episode 12, Lake Ontario brown trout fishing with Capt. Ernie Lantiegne, airing Aug. 26.
It’s also a good time to turn on the Sportsman Channel or the Time Warner Sports channel because you or your neighbor might be on it.
A new mini-series appropriately titled “The Run” explores the impact of the annual salmon run as thousands of anglers converge on the quant village of Pulaski to take advantage of this natural phenomenon.
Producers from E Team Media spent months in Pulaski last summer and fall to film and interview business owners, residents and visitors, and capture the transformation of the village as the numbers of fish and anglers grew exponentially over that period.
The show will reach more than 50 million homes this summer by airing nationally on the Sportsman Channel and throughout New York and Oswego County on the Time Warner Sports channel.
This reality-based television show highlights the trials and tribulations of the people, businesses and fishing guides that take part in this yearly event and will air three times weekly, with the prime showing on Sportsman Saturday’s block.
The four-part mini-series can also be seen on the Time Warner Sports Channel.
Check your local listings or go http://twcs.tv/programming.asp?show=The+Run for a complete schedule of shows.