To honor 20 years of producing the local television series, OzarksWatch Video Magazine, Ozarks Public Television (OPT) wants people to learn more about the Ozarks.
“OzarksWatch Video Magazine-A Celebration of People, Places and Traditions” is a one-hour documentary that commemorates the 20th anniversary of the show.
It will include highlights about the origin and evolution of the program. Hosts Jim Baker and Dale Moore, production crew members and creative participants will offer observations and comments.
Additional context is provided by scholars, historians and long-time contributors to the series. It also shows Missouri State University’s commitment of promoting and preserving Ozarks history and culture.
“This special anniversary is a touching reminder of how so many people come together to make public television a success,” said Tammy Wiley, OPT general manager.
About the anniversary event
A free screening of this program will be at the Gillioz Theatre, 325 Park Central East, at 6 p.m. May 14.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. General admission tickets are available at the door the day of the event.
The documentary will also be broadcast at 8 p.m. May 24 and 1:30 p.m. May 27 on OPT.
History of OzarksWatch Video Magazine
The Ozarks is a region consisting of many geographic sections, characteristics and people. Since 1999, OzarksWatch Video Magazine has documented, shared and preserved many aspects of this rich heritage.
To date, there have been 260 episodes in the series. Each one attempts to increase viewer’s understanding of the richness and complexity of the Ozarks.
“The Ozarks is this fascinating and inexhaustible source of incredibly interesting people and traditions,” said Tom Carter, OPT programming and product manager. “It’s a region that’s deeply historical and one that is vibrantly evolving.”
OzarksWatch Video Magazine can be seen weekly on OPT at 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday and 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Thursday. Episodes can also be viewed online.
“OPT is committed to preserving the unique history of the Ozarks region—and we deeply appreciate all of the individuals and underwriters who help us fulfill this important mission,” Wiley said.