"Explore Southern Oregon" TV and Internet Series 1996 - 2012
FOR 16 YEARS, THIS ENTERTAINING AND INFORMATIVE TOURISM VIDEO AIRED ON ROGUE VALLEY TV ALL WEEKEND, EVERY WEEKEND. IT WAS ALSO ON THE INTERNET 24-7. VIEWING AREA INCLUDED ASHLAND, JACKSONVILLE, GRANTS PASS, MEDFORD AND CENTRAL POINT. MY HUSBAND, GEORGE RUBALOFF, SEEN WITH ME ON THE LEFT, HOSTED THE SHOW WITH ME THE LAST TWO YEARS.
Since it first went on the air January 1, 1996, 'til its last show on December 30, 2012, this television program was seen all weekend, every weekend, on two Southern Oregon TV channels. In that time, it logged more than 74,000 hours on the air. It also went online 24-7 in 2000. It's hard to say how many people found out what there is to see and do in the Rogue Valley
by watching this popular program, but it's fair to say A LOT. It encouraged residents to get out and discover some of what's available for them to see and do right here in their own back yards. Visitors were invited to extend their stay and come back sooner. And it was helpful to people who wanted to make their home in the Rogue Valley. And why not? Visitors from all over the world continue to be drawn to this culturally-rich, outdoor paradise with its temperate climate and laid-back lifestyle. And the heart of it, the Rogue Valley, is where residents and visitors find the amenities of a large city with almost none of the hassle.
"Explore Southern Oregon" gave viewers an armchair tour of one of the most desirable places in the country. From world-class theater to museums, music events and art galleries to hiking, fishing, biking and skiing to a mysterious vortex, this 1-hour program aired on Channel 9 in the Rogue Valley and Channel 14 in the Grants Pass area. Online, internet users could watch the entire show or they could watch clips of the individual communities that were represented; Ashland, Jacksonville, Central Point, Medford and Grants Pass. The site was loaded with links to many Southern Oregon attractions, both natural and man-made.
My co-producer on this show, Arlis Duncan of Page One Productions in Jacksonville, was dedicated to the excellent production values of this show and I will always be indebted to her for sharing her expertise. We worked together on this project year in and year out and although there were times we wanted to tear our hair out over a production of this magnitude, we didn't. After 16 years, we reached an amiable decision to retire "Explore Southern Oregon" and remain friends to this day.