CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia Department of Commerce Cabinet Secretary Keith Burdette will introduce tonight the state's newest tool to promote tourism and development: "Fly Rod Chronicles with Curtis Fleming." The presentation will take place tonight, Friday, Jan. 18, at 6 p.m. at the West Virginia Culture Center. The evening's program also includes an exclusive preview of an upcoming episode that pays tribute to West Virginia's fallen law enforcement and first responder heroes.
"The show shines a national spotlight on West Virginia's scenic beauty and outdoor recreational opportunities," said Burdette. "By touring our towns and talking to our people, the program will help viewers learn about the attractions, culture and heritage that make West Virginia 'almost heaven.'"
The West Virginia Department of Commerce has made the state a title sponsor of the 2013 broadcast season of the Outdoor Channel's "Fly Rod Chronicles with Curtis Fleming" program. The sponsorship includes 13 original 30-minute episodes. Six shows will be filmed on streams, rivers or lakes in the state. West Virginia will be integrated into the other seven shows. Primary Commerce agencies contributing to the sponsorship and show content are West Virginia Development Office, Division of Tourism and the Division of Natural Resources' State Parks and Forests.
The show will be aired nationally during the week of January 20.
A native of Bridgeport, W.Va., Fleming travels the world to find and experience the best hunting and fishing.
The "Fly Rod Chronicles with Curtis Fleming" 2013 season premiere, which aired Jan. 1, was filmed at West Virginia's Pipestem Resort State Park. The upcoming season of "Fly Rod Chronicles with Curtis Fleming" also will shoot at several other locations around West Virginia including the Cranberry, Potomac and Greenbrier rivers.
The Outdoor Channel is known to sportsmen across the country and around the world for its programming on all aspects of the sporting life. Now in its 10th season, "Fly Rod Chronicles with Curtis Fleming" boasts a viewership of nearly 1 million viewers per episode.
To learn more about "Fly Rod Chronicles with Curtis Fleming" visit www.flyrodchronicles.tv
. To find out more about West Virginia State Parks click www.wvstateparks.com
Please visit the West Virginia Division of Tourism online at www.wvtourism.com
or call 1-800-225-5982 for a free copy of the 2013 West Virginia Official State Guide.
Amy Shuler Goodwin