I'm reminded of something the writer Ernest Hemingway once said: "A helluva lot of state, this Idaho, that I didn't know about."
I'm often asked why Outdoor Idaho has survived and thrived for so long. I think there are several factors, including strong support from our general managers over the years and a willingness from our development folks to search out grants and underwriting.
Couple that with a close-knit group of people who still enjoy working together; a commitment to only tackle shows that someone on staff really cares about; and an attempt to populate each program with real Idahoans, who can help shine a light on their part of the state. "We tell Idaho's stories" is actually in our mission statement; we take it seriously, but we get a lot of help from the ones we interview.
And then there's the state itself. Geologically, Idaho is so impressive! The influence that its mountains and valleys and rivers exert on our staff hopefully shines through every episode. I know our team works hard to capture that natural beauty; and I think viewers appreciate the extra effort, especially when we climb to the top of a 12,000-foot peak, or descend hundreds of feet into a limestone cave, or hike 20 miles into the wilderness, just to get the shot.
There aren't too many things that can unite a complicated state like Idaho. Maybe that's what Outdoor Idaho has been doing best of all for more than 35 years: helping to connect our geographically diverse state. I guess that's not a bad peg to hang your hat on. Thanks for watching.