Viewers see beautiful landscapes, clean transitions and steady footage, but behind the curtain, there exists a production team, working each week to produce an award-winning show about Grand Lake.
Earlier this year, members of the Oklahoma Tourism Industry Association awarded the team behind “MidAmerica Industrial Park’s Living Grand on Grand Lake” the 2016 RedBud Award for Outstanding Media Coverage-Television and Online for the show's second season.
The Rogers State University Public Television show, hosted by Kristi Wallace, also received a Merit Award in 2015 in the category of Outstanding Media Coverage.
Now in its fourth season, Wallace said contest rules dictate the show has to wait to enter the contest again, but it still showcases Grand Lake businesses and interesting residents weekly on RSU Public TV.
By day, Wallace is the marketing director for INTEGRIS Grove Hospital, but in her off hours, Wallace loves sharing her home, and Grand Lake, with others through Living Grand.
Wallace said she is familiar with most of the subjects the show features, but there is more to know.
“It may be people that you know, but you might not know their story or what brought them to Grand Lake,” Wallace said.
InVision Media Group, a subsidiary company of Video Revolution, produces the show under the direction of Stevie Fernandez Jr., the creative director of InVision.
Fernandez said he and his employees interview subjects on camera, film extra footage and record audio. Wallace said she writes the scripts and is on camera for intakes and outtakes.
Stevie Fernandez III, Fernandez’s son, said he, along with and Brian Du, edit the footage. Fernandez III said the editing can take as long as 10 hours for each segment. The episodes are approximately 30 minutes long, but the total editing process for each can take 30 to 40 hours.
Wallace and her team choose the subjects featured based on audience input.
The most recent episode, Season 4 Episode 5, features Chickanellas, Rusty Fleming and the aircraft division of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
Wallace said an upcoming episode will feature David Moritz, the chief executive officer of Society Awards, whose facility in Grove puts the finishing touches on the entertainment industry’s most recognizable awards, such as the MTV Video Music Awards, Academy of Country Music Awards and the Golden Globe Awards.
Persons interested may find airing times online at rsu.tv/guide/ and watch full episodes at rsu.tv/shows/living-grand-on-grand-lake/
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Living Grand on Grand Lake debut in 2014, as a partnership with area businesses and Rogers State University.
Royal Aills, general manager of RSUTV said the show was a natural, because it showcases the beauty of Grand Lake, as well as allow people from across the state to see what northeast Oklahoma offers.
The project is designed to showcase life on Grand Lake - especially for those in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, who travel to the lake each weekend.
"Grand Lake is Green Country's most popular destination for entertainment. It's known as one of this state's great escapes," Aills said. "From Har-Bar Village to Shangri La, Grand Lake is Oklahoma's choice for fun in the sun."