Milwaukee Public Television is in the area this week interviewing people for an episode that will air throughout the state next year.
The interviews are for a 30-minute episode of “Around the Corner with John McGivern.”
“We will be interviewing 18 to 22 different people about living, working and playing in this community,” said McGivern.
Last season, Milwaukee Public Television produced 13 episodes for the series. The second season, which will begin airing in January, will feature 14 episodes.
“It was very successful ratings-wise for non-commercial,” he said. “We were looking for ways to share stories that revolve around one community, one neighborhood.”
McGivern said the first season was mostly about Milwaukee-area neighborhoods.
The furthest they traveled to do an episode was to Sheboygan.
“But it plays everywhere in the state,” he said, “so we thought we should do shows everywhere.”
When asked how they came to choose Waupaca and the Chain O’ Lakes, McGivern said, “My family came up from Milwaukee to Pine Lake near Wild Rose to vacation. I said, ‘If we want to do a vacation, let’s do the Chain O’ Lakes.'”
The crew arrived here on Monday and is doing a mix of interviews in Waupaca and King.
“We do five to six interviews per day,” he said.
They took place at the Freckled Frogg, Furniture by Todd, Camp Onaway, the Wisconsin Veterans Home, Clear Water Harbor, Ding’s Dock and Indian Crossing Casino, Wild West Campground and Corral, the Secret Garden Cafe, the village of Rural and the Red Mill Wedding Chapel.
McGivern is also interviewing Mayor Brian Smith for the “Official 30 Seconds” part of the episode that will play as the credits run.
“I will ask the mayor why this is the best place to live, work and play,” McGivern said.
Their visit here will include spending time on the Chain O’ Lakes with someone who has a cottage on it to capture that aspect of life.
In addition, the episode will feature John Gurda.
“Every episode, he shows up on his bike and talks about the history of the community for three minutes,” McGivern said.
Gurda is a Milwaukee-born writer and historian. He has written numerous books including The Making of Milwaukee. In 2006, Milwaukee Public Television premiered a documentary series based on the book.
Locally, the crew has been assisted by the staff of the Waupaca Area Chamber of Commerce in making contacts with local people and businesses.
They contacted the Chamber about six weeks ago.
“We figured out what they wanted,” said Terri Schulz, president of the Waupaca Area Chamber of Commerce.
In addition to the Waupaca area, the crew is filming footage for its second series in Mineral Point, the Wisconsin Dells, northern Door County and on State Street in Madison.
McGivern said they will be back here approximately two weeks before the Chain O’ Lakes episode airs to do a premiere with those who were interviewed for the show.