Posts tagged: Sportsman Channel
OUTDOORS TV — The Sportsman Channel said Monday it has hired Sarah Palin to be host of a weekly outdoors-oriented program that will celebrate the “red, wild and blue” lifestyle, according to the Associated Press.
The program, “Amazing America,” will debut in April. The Sportsman Channel is in some 32 million homes, less than one-third of American households with television, with programming geared to people interested in hunting, fishing and shooting. Palin's show will include a series of stories about personalities and activities in that vein.
Owners of The Sportsman Channel tried and failed this year to buy its chief competitor, the Outdoors Channel, which airs in slightly more households. The effort attracted some controversy because Leo Hindery Jr., a media executive whose company owns The Sportsman Channel, is a Democratic fundraiser and regarded warily by politically conservative outdoor enthusiasts who worried about what he might do to Outdoors.
Some of the content on The Sportsman Channel suggests they shouldn't be too concerned.
Besides the upcoming Palin series, Sportsman airs a series with conservative activist and rock musician Ted Nugent. Sportsman also airs a TV version of the National Rifle Association-sponsored radio show, “NRA News, Cam & Co.,” each weekday and “NRA Guns & Gold,” a show about guns styled after “Antiques Roadshow.”
Harvey said The Sportsman Channel has no interest in being politically polarizing.
“It's not our intention at Sportsman to take any political position,” he said. “This lifestyle, coast to coast, crosses every type of political spectrum.”
“It's very important to have somebody of (Palin's) stature as a personality on Sportsman because it validates the whole category for everybody,” said Gavin Harvey, network CEO.
The Sportsman Channel has ordered 12 episodes of the series to start. It's the first of a three-series deal between the network and the busy nonfiction production company Pilgrim Studios.
“The network showcases a lifestyle that I love and celebrate every day and it's great to be a part of their team,” Palin said in a statement provided by the network.
Since her failed bid for the vice presidency in 2008, the former Alaska governor has worked as a commentator on Fox News Channel and was host of a short-lived series about her home state, “Sarah Palin's Alaska,” that ran on the TLC network.
Another high profile show on Sportsman that ran this summer, “Aporkalypse: 2013,” was about the growth in the feral pig population.
HUNTING — Despite an effort and even a hint of extortion by some Montana outfitters to have him barred, television host Randy Newberg’s appointment to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s board was announced on Wednesday.
BIG-GAME — Some Montana outfitters are threatening to withdraw support from the the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation if the conservation group doesn't withdraw its nomination of national hunting TV show host Randy Newberg to its board of directors.
The outfitters contend Newberg's Sportsman Channel show, On Your Own Adventures, favors do-it-yourself hunters and puts down the services of guides.
In an email from Montana Outfitters and Guides Association to all of the RMEF board members, management and other state outfitter associations, director Mac Minard stated on Wednesday that “Outfitters from several states have expressed concern …” because Newberg “…is affiliated with, and often represents one or more organizations that some perceive to be anti-outfitting/landowner often presenting the western Outfitting Industry in a negative light.”
Minard’s email goes on to say, “(Montana based outfitters) have indicated they may withdraw donations to RMEF if the appointment goes through.”
My two cents: I'm very surprised the MOGA would take this stand against a hunter and outdoorsman who is top notch in his line of work. If anything else, a little diversity on the RMEF board would make the organization stronger. Mostly, I see this as another regrettable fracture in the ranks of sportsmen.
Read on for more details from the Gazette story:
HUNTING — A TV documentary will air Thursday featuring two Montana hunters confronting the issues and the difficulty centered around hunting wolves. The two-episode program on the Sportsman Channel will be the first to follow a wolf hunt in the Lower 48 states.
It's already getting praised and bashed, as you might expect. See the video intro above and judge for yourself.
“On Your Own Adventures” tackles the issue of wolf management head-on with an attempt to present equal parts education and adventure.
Big game hunter and conservation historian Randy Newberg, along with hunting partner, Matt Clyde, will try to outsmart an intelligent predator—and explain the reasons why wolf management is necessary—during an 11-day spot-and-stalk wolf hunt.
The series airs Thursday (Aug.) 16 and concludes on Aug. 23.
To find the Sportsman Channel:
Use the zip code locator on the website http://thesportsmanchannel.com if you plug in your zip code, it will show the providers the channel is on.
I used zip code 99201 and it shows the Sportsman Channel on Comcast ch 428, DIRECTV 605, DISH 395 (that's in HD too).
For more details, see my Outdoors column: TV show confronts contentious wolf hunting issues
BIG-GAME HUNTING — The 2010 scouting effort and hunt to bag Washington's No. 1 California bighorn sheep will be featured on the Sportsman Channel's SOLO Hunters program on Aug. 7.
The episode follows Arron Roth and his wife, Angie, as they log 23 scouting trips in Eastern Washington and finally harvest a Chelan County ram that scored 190 6/8 Boone and Crockett points.
SOLO Hunters hunt for the challenge of a hard fought DIY (do it yourself) hunt despite the elements or terrain. The show features no-frills hunts in which the sportsmen rely on their feet and hunt off their backs or on land that they have researched, scouted and mastered for their rare opportunity to take a trophy.