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MPTV's OUTDOOR WISCONSIN Premieres its 28th Season on January 12th

December 22, 2011

MILWAUKEE, Wis., Dec. 22, 2011 - OUTDOOR WISCONSIN, MPTV's longest-running MPTV-produced series, will launch its 28th season on January 12th. The show airs on Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. on MPTV 10.1 HD. Episodes are re-broadcast on Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. on MPTV 10.1 HD.

The series premiere of OUTDOOR WISCONSIN highlights a pheasant hunt at Wild Wings Sportsman's Club with host Dan Small and the winning auction bidders at last year's Outdoor Wisconsin Banquet. Also, Tom Newbauer will examine a new, environmentally-safe propane ice auger.

Each of this season's 26 episodes will include a special archival segment, taking a brief look back at the last 28 years of the show. The premiere on January 12th will feature a flashback from 1988, when Larry Bandy took a kite-skiing lesson on Pewaukee Lake from Steve Shapson.

OUTDOOR WISCONSIN consistently ranks in the top 20 of all public television programs seen in the Milwaukee area. The show's popularity is due, in part, to the program's diverse subject matter, including topics such as hunting, fishing, conservation, camping, biking, wildlife observation, safety, habitat management, endangered species, pollution abatement and conservation. Each episode is hosted by Small, and additional on-air segment producers are Tom Newbauer, Debbie Wolniak and Judy Nugent.

"We are happy to continue to educate and entertain outdoor enthusiasts, as we have for so many years," said Jack Abrams, Producer & Director of OUTDOOR WISCONSIN for all 28 seasons. "Our goal is to help viewers understand and respect Wisconsin's natural resources. Also, we want to offer newcomers to our region or to outdoor activities an introduction to the wide range of recreation available here, and also to provide seasoned outdoor enthusiasts with a vicarious experience when they can't be there themselves."

Dan Small has been the host of OUTDOOR WISCONSIN since its premiere in November 1984. He is also contributing editor of Wisconsin Outdoor News, a bi-weekly newspaper that covers outdoor activities, environmental concerns and other items of interest to Wisconsin's sportsmen and women. He is an avid outdoorsman and a widely published writer with credits in national and regional magazines. His writing has won numerous awards in regional and national competition.


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