Under The Radar Michigan, a Public Broadcasting show about the State which debuted in January last year, will be featuring Clare in an upcoming show.
Hosted by Tom Daldin, the show, which won an Emmy in its second season, features two or three communities on each episode and airs on PBS weekly in Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin and Canada.
After visiting Cops and Doughnuts last summer on the way to the Upper Peninsula, Daldin called Clare a “pretty little town,” and after meeting the guys at Cops and Doughnuts, Cops co-owner Greg Rynearson said, “We suggested they come back and see all that we have to offer.”
“We decided then to feature Clare in a third season show,” Daldin said.
The show’s three-man crew including Eric Tremonti (product director, producer and cameraman) and Jim Edelman (co-creator of the show and cameraman) spent Tuesday touring Clare and visiting several businesses including the Mulberry Café, the 515 Art Gallery, the Whitehouse Restaurant and the Doherty, and of course, a return visit to Cops and Doughnuts.
At the 515 Gallery, the crew met students who are planning and creating a mosaic on the back of the building. At the Doherty they learned a bit about the City’s history from A.J. Doherty and about the business today from sons Dean and Jim Doherty.
The show is geared toward attracting visitors to the many unique facets of the State. “People need to realize what a lot of incredible places we have in Michigan,” Daldin said, “We look for real success stories and there are a lot of them to tell.”
He said he was recognized by three different families in Clare who told him how much they enjoy the show. He continued, “People trust us and they are going to the places that we feature.”
Daldin said he enjoyed his visit here, “This whole town is what you’d picture a perfect town being. We like people, love Michigan and we love doughnuts!”
Wednesday the crew was headed for the State Capitol in Lansing to begin shooting at 9 a.m. there.
They have been all over Michigan. Some recent episodes have included: Dearborn, a city rich in culture; Kalamazoo and the Harbor Country on the west side of the state; Detroit where you can learn to make cheese at home or view movies in style; Traverse City for history and soul food; Ludington’s thriving art community; retro 40 cent lunches in Ypsilanti; wine country in Lexington; and history in Bay City.
They have boated on the Great Lakes, found great places to eat, live or vacation, visited an island of shipwrecks and tall trees, found culture for everyone, enjoyed “Boat and Breakfast,” went on a food tour, explored on “homegrown bicycles,” and much more.
According to their website, the show’s goal is, “to create a dialog that’s not just about the thirty minutes of TV that we create each week. We wanted to create a brand that connects people to Michigan.”
The episode featuring Clare will air this fall, Daldin said, on the area’s Central Michigan University Public Broadcasting Station (PBS). Check their schedule for the episode times.