Our May meeting will be held Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 7:00pm at the Wyndham Hotel in the Grill Breakfast room. The Wyndham is located at 700 E Adams Street in downtown Springfield, IL. Free parking is available on the street. Paid parking is available in the parking garage attached to the Wyndham. Our meetings are free and open to the public.
Our May program will feature Scott Walkington and Travis Smith of Double Dove Productions LLC and a presentation on their PBS-TV Network series, “American Prairie,” including season 1 Highlights about the people, places and events along Historic Route 66 in Illinois.
Scott is the Executive Producer of this PBS-TV series; Travis is the Promotions Marketing Director. Scott began his career at age 9 playing organ music at area restaurants, club meetings and beauty contests when an elderly musician from the big band era told Scott if he wanted to be successful in the music entertainment business, he needed to do three things: “(1) find your audience, (2) learn what they really like best, and (3) give them what they want but not too much, just enough that they want even more. And if you can do that, you’ll be a successful entertainer”. And so Scott continued doing that in his musical career. When he later joined a video camera club ten years ago, members thought his antique farm videos were good enough to sell. Scott used these same three principles from his musical career on his DVD’s and sold successfully on Amazon. That’s when TV producers took notice of his videos and asked if he’d consider producing for PBS or RFD-TV. With the advice of Mark McDonald (WSEC/Springfield) and Dan Bruns (KVIE/Sacramento), a pilot show was approved and “American Prairie” was approved for PBS Network.
Hope to see you there!