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Tennessee’s Wild Side launches new hunting, fishing webcast April 3

Released on March 17, 2006

Tennessee’s Wild Side, the award-winning outdoor adventure show produced by The Renaissance Center and Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, will launch a new Internet-based hunting and fishing program in April.

Tennessee’s Wild Side Weekly will present weekly news and features for sportsmen that can be viewed on a new web The shows are produced by the Multimedia Department at The Renaissance Center, the same team behind Tennessee’s Wild Side, winner of multiple regional Emmys and named the best outdoors show in North America by the Association for Conservation Information in 2005.

Alan Griggs, an award-winning writer and producer with The Renaissance Center, and Chris Nischan, an expert guide and champion of the Field and Stream Total Outdoorsmen Challenge, will be the in-studio hosts for Tennessee’s Wild Side Weekly. They will conduct interviews and introduce segments from field reporters.

“For seven seasons Tennessee’s Wild Side has been a tremendous success in presenting an outdoor adventure show that has something for the entire family,” said Steve Hall, director of the Multimedia Department and producer of the show. “Now we are branching out with Tennessee’s Wild Side Weekly, which is geared more toward the hardcore hunters and anglers. Where Tennessee’s Wild Side includes features on conservation, wildlife preservation and segments for children and families, the new Tennessee’s Wild Side Weekly is more about hunting and fishing.

“And, because the show will be presented over the Internet, the viewer can watch it on his or her schedule, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All you have to do is go to the new web site,” Hall said.

In addition to a weekly video segment, the web site will contain articles by hunting and fishing experts, audio tips and interviews and regular fishing condition reports.

“This show will give you the kind of up-to-date information you need for a successful hunting or fishing trip,” said Nischan, pointing out that the tips and techniques presented will be coming from the professional hunters, anglers and guides “who have been there and done that.”

“This is a show that will satisfy the appetite of even the most seasoned outdoor veteran but will give all sportsmen, beginners included, the guidance needed to improve their odds for a trophy trip into the woods or on the water,” said Griggs.

Tennessee’s Wild Side Weekly is expected to launch April 3. It can be viewed by anyone with Internet access and no special downloads or software is needed. The weekly webcast is offered in versions for high-speed and dial-up access.

The debut program includes in-studio guests Gene Austin, a 26-year veteran fishing guide, and David Gnewikow, a champion tournament angler, talking about bass fishing, and a report from the annual Governor’s Single Shot Turkey Hunt.

“Just like our award-winning television show, Tennessee’s Wild Side on PBS stations across the state and in Kentucky, this new endeavor is created in our continuing partnership with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, along with sponsorships from Ford and Aries Boats,” said Hall. “The team we have put together for the television show, including video journalists, producers, writers, directors and editors behind the scenes as well as our experts in front of the camera, is the force that will drive Tennessee’s Wild Side Weekly and make the information about hunting and fishing in this great state available to Internet viewers around the clock and around the world.”

For more information on Tennessee’s Wild Side and the new Tennessee’s Wild Side Weekly webcasts, call (615)740-5506 or visit or

The Renaissance Center’s Multimedia Department is a full-service video and audio production facility that has produced award-winning concert videos, documentaries, television shows, industry videos and commercials. It is part of The Renaissance Center, a fine arts and technology education and performing arts center at 855 Highway 45 South in Dickson, just 35 miles west of Nashville on Interstate 40 at exit 172.