When I was a kid T.V. was a big deal. Big in the sense that there were only three channels, so when something was on it was not only culturally significant, but it was your only chance to see it. The world had yet to blanket itself with limitless choices and non-stop reality fame. At one point I wanted to be on TV because I had a crush on Suzanne Somers and I figured it was my only way to meet her. But that small-screen dream quickly faded as my professional ambitions took on a more serious tone; astronaut, stuntman, private detective. So maybe it’s ironic or at least a strange twist of fate that I now find myself on TV, employed as the host for a new reality show on the “Great American Country” channel* called, “Made from America.” The show follows me on my travels across the US collecting t-shirts from real, honest-to-goodness American businesses, like the a dirt track in Pennsylvania, the dairy in Washington, and the Opry in Tennessee. With each half-hour episode I get an intimate look into the motivations and challenges of unique small business and in exchange for their hospitality I produce a t-shirt representative of their business that sell on their behalf, sharing the profits with them so they can keep on living their version of the American dream. To be honest, I’m a reluctant TV host as the sound of my own voice gives me the willies. But the opportunity to tell all these personal stories and support the pursuit of The American dream is a huge honor for me and I’m grateful for the opportunity to completely embarrass myself in front of a million people. I can only hope that Suzanne Somers will be one of them.
From TV land,
*The premiere date will be announced soon. To find out which channel “Great American Country” is on in your zip code, here’s a handy-dandy web page to solve the mystery: http://gac.viewerlink.tv/