quot;Central Alabama Outdoorsquot; has ties to Greenville

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, July 17, 2002

Early Sunday mornings, viewers from across Alabama can catch Rick Redmon's "Central Alabama Outdoors" on WNCF ABC 32 in Montgomery.

The show focuses on hunting, fishing and other outdoor sports and events in the central Alabama area. Pioneer Electric in Greenville is a sponsor of the show, which is being aired in its first season this year.

Host Rick Redmon says the show allows viewers to get involved as he visits places that local sportsmen could visit and discusses tactics that sportsmen can use. He said the show will be filmed in several different locations with several different themes this season. Some of these include fishing in Union Springs, deer hunting with Ben Atkinson at Sedgefield Plantation in Bullock County, bass fishing with Coach Bill "Brother" Oliver on Lake Martin and fishing on the Coosa River with Alabama radio personality Don Day.

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Other shows will include coverage of the B.A.S.S. Invitational Tournament on Lake Martin, coverage of all the Central Alabama Buddy Bass Tournaments and shooting sporting clays with world champion clay shooter Tre' Sides.

Redmon said that tapings began in December and the first show aired January 6. He said that Curt Gantt is his partner with the show, as he does the camera work, editing and producing.

"He does all that and I line up what we do and where we go and what guests we have on the show," Redmon said. "He has done this type of thing before and he basically approached me about doing something in the Central Alabama area."

Redmon said that he and Gantt "felt there was no other show like that in this area" and that they try to film shows at area lakes and rivers and "try to find places people in this area can hunt and fish."

He said that one of the first shows was filmed at Indian Creek Lodge in Greenville and that he hopes to film more shows at Indian Creek. He said the show's working relationship with Pioneer Electric is strong as the company is a big supporter of the show.

Redmon said the show also participates in charity events, such as Alabama Wildlife Federation fundraisers and other charity events in the Central Alabama area.

Spokesman for Pioneer Electric Cooperative Terry Wilhite said that Pioneer Electric is proud to sponsor the show because of the things Redmon has done here in Butler County and with Pioneer Electric.

"The biggest success was when Rick helped our employees raise more than $3,000 toward the $16,000 we donated for Relay for Life, and by hosting and serving as emcee at a tournament held on the Alabama River," Wilhite said.

He said that many people from this area enjoy the outdoors and that Butler County has several great areas and camps for hunting and fishing.

"Pioneer Electric serves a lot of people who enjoy hunting and fishing and our area is greatly benefitted by the fact that we have some of the best hunting and fishing spots anywhere," Wilhite said. "By working with Rick, we are able to bring dollars to our area that wouldn't otherwise be there."

He said that Pioneer Electric serves many of the hunting camps in this area and those camps are an excellent revenue source for Butler County.

"We have the best hunting areas anywhere and Pioneer Electric serves several of those camps," Wilhite said. "Hunters and fishermen come from everywhere to enjoy themselves, and are a major part of our economy."

Redmon said he hopes the show will expand over the next couple of years.

The show airs Sunday mornings from 7-7:30 a.m. on WNCF ABC affiliate channel 32 in Montgomery. It is sponsored by Montgomery Marine, Ben Atkinson Motors, Venture Out and Pioneer Electric/ACME Propane.