Since July, I have been working on my new show. There was the pilot, that was actually more the audition for the show. Once I was accepted by ShawTV to produce the show, we went into pre-production mode. Well, sort of. In the talk based world of TV, sometimes real world events put a camera and microphone in your face when least expected. Not a problem for me but it’s never a dull day in my life.
From street interviews, guest interviews, location selection, all take time and, of course, expense. Looking for sponsorship, gaining access to unusual places, and arranging volunteers to help out are all a lot of fun and craziness. Of course, there’s a little creativity happening as well. With all the work done so far, we now have the debut ready for air next week, and as well, we have two more instalments ready for air as well.
The show will be in a half-hour format and will repeat at different hours through the week. Once the show has been broadcast, it will then be made available on the ShawTV North Island YouTube channel.
A new episode will be aired every two weeks and will have a new guest along interviews from ‘everyday’ people who live in the region. So if you see the ShawTV/ Martin @ the Crossroads sign up at events, malls and parks, come by and say a few words on camera!
Here it is, the YouTube version of S01 E01 of Martin at the Crossroads!
The show is somewhat basic in production. In any case, the content is most important. Chelsea was a wonderful guest. Her story warmed my heart from the first time I heard it. I hope to spend more time at the tribal centre in future. The ‘Big House’ is a special place for me now. I’m happy that it is just minutes away from where I live.
For the production stsrting in September I hope to have a new intro and some graphics included in the show.
I write this Saturday morning and it is now day two of the VIMF which is, of couse, the acronym for the Vancouver Island MusicFest. Yesterday (Friday) was a wonderful experience as I wandered around looking at the food, the people, and the vendors. Of course the music was wonderful too! The venue is amazing! The mainstage area is massive and then there are stages all over the place. The Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds are expansive and both open fields and forests. Some of the stages are nestled into the forest and I look forward to checking them out today! Of couree I will have more to report to you here.
Today, we tape some segments for my show. They will all be aired at a later date on ShawTV!
Looks like I will be going to the Vancouver Island Music Festival this weekend. Since I’m back in the talk show host saddle, I have the means to go and do some interviews as a member of the media.
I am always looking for a personal story, so don’t expect a lot of celebrity news, expect more from the people that make it happen and the people who volunteer throughout the weekend to make this one of BC’s premier music events. This year the line up of talent is magnificent. From country to world music, there is something for everyone. Camping is sold out, so you might have to ask me nicely to set up your tent in my back yard. I have room, but I get first priority for the coffee in the morning and of course, first rights to the shower!
Have a look at the festival here. I will be on my own at times and also with the wonderful folks at ShawTV – North Island.
Watch for me. I’ll be the one with the microphone in my hand!