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National exposure

Lucan woman part of a nature show that is now broadcast nationwide

July 7, 2012
By Cindy Votruba , Marshall Independent

Terri Lawrenz of Lucan has the perfect job, she gets to make her own hours, gets to travel around the country and learn about different kinds of animals and places.

And now that job is seen nationally.

Earlier this year, "Nature Adventures with Terri and Todd," of which Lawrenz is a co-host, became part of the national lineup on Rural Television at noon on Sundays on Dish Network Chanel 232.

"We had gotten an email in February," Lawrenz said. It had come from Rural TV, a sister station to RFD, indicating that it wanted to air the show. "That was exciting, of course."

What that meant for "Nature Adventures," Lawrenz said, was expanding the area they film.

"It also means more viewership, more exposure," Lawrenz said. It's also the hope that this opportunity will be a stepping stone for becoming syndicated - getting the right person to see the show, she said.

Lawrenz said they were also contacted in January by a distribution company and had five countries express interest in the show.

"We're hoping that Russia and Australia and other countries would pick it up," she said.

Lawrenz said "Nature Adventures" is the "real" form of reality television that inspires people to go into the great outdoors.

"(We want people to be) excited to go out and explore and appreciate what's in front of them," Lawrenz said.

Being on a show that has now gone national is something the former stay-at-home mother had never thought of doing. And it all started by answering an ad to work for a health and beauty product company.

Lawrenz and co-host Todd Magnuson are in the middle of filming season five of "Nature Adventures With Terri and Todd." This season is taking them to such places at the Gulf Coast, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Wyoming.

"We are planning do so some things in North Carolina and Tennessee later this month," Lawrenz said.

Since the show is independent, Lawrenz said they select where they want to film. Lawrenz does research on various places, such as places she's wanted to go or a particular creature they want to learn more about. For example, they learned the Grand Lake area in the Rocky Mountains had a big moose population. The two had just come back from a recent filming in the Red Desert in Wyoming.

"We had no idea it existed," Lawrenz said.

And since Lawrenz does the scheduling as well, taping the episodes haven't taken her and Todd away from their families for very long. If the two take a filming trip that is seven to eight days, they try to get at least three to four episodes' worth of footage. Lawrenz said they have gotten footage for 7-1/2 episodes in just 18 days of taping.

"We cover a lot of ground," she said.



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