Posted 9 months ago
By John Axtell
The Panhandle gets some international publicity tonight when the Brigham Young University TV channel airs an episode of its The Story Trek reality series focused on the Panhandle. America: the Best of the Best airs at 6:00, 9:00, and midnight.
Host Todd Hansen and his crew visit various parts of the country with only a general idea of where and usually no idea of who he’ll be featuring, just randomly selecting attractions and individuals for generally unplanned and unscripted interviews, looking for what he calls “good news.
When he visited the Panhandle earlier this year, Hansen did call ahead to Scotts Bluff National Monument Superintendent Ken Mabery to tell him they were coming and what they were looking for.
Mabery says Hansen showed up with a full crew and spent a couple of hours filming around the Monument and asking about subjects that included the Oregon Trail and Mormon Trail.
Hansen also called ahead to Friends of Carhenge board member Kendra Schott to arrange an interview about the junked car replica of Stonehenge that included its history and what visitors have to say about it.
A more traditional, at least for Story Trek, story came with a decision to stop at Box Butte General Hospital and a surprise interview with E-R and family practice physician Dr Mark Chu, who is also a retired Air Force colonel and house painter.
Dr Chu says he had no idea what to talk about or even if he wanted to talk to Hansen, but ended up talking about being born in Hong Kong and attending a private college to be a missionary before switching to the military and medicine.
Other segments tonight feature attractions and people from Ellsworth, Alliance, the Scottsbluff-Gering area, and Chimney Rock.
BYU-TV is found on Dish Network channel 9403, DirecTV channel 374, Charter channel 190. It also streams at www.byutv.org.