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Great Lakes Article:

New public TV show highlights the lakes
By Mike Fornes
Cheboygan Tribune
Published May 23, 2005

MACKINAW CITY - A new television show will debut Monday night and feature five of Michigan's most popular tourism areas.

"Great Lakes, Great Times" will air at 10:30 p.m. Monday on Michigan Public Television stations statewide, highlighting the state's maritime destinations. The Straits of Mackinac, Grand Traverse Bay, Ludington, Sault Ste. Marie and Whitefish Point are explored by lake, land and air to reveal the beauty, heritage and vacation opportunities offered by each location.

The half-hour program showcases the unique appeal of the Great Lakes, giving viewers a close-up look at experiences that are uniquely Michigan: scuba diving in Whitefish Bay, sailing in a Mackinac race, commuting from Ludington to Wisconsin in style aboard the S.S. Badger car ferry, and visiting a lighthouse on the Leelanau Peninsula.

"Our maritime heritage destination tours integrate Michigan's magnificent natural and cultural resources to provide an exciting and educational visitor experience," said Dr. William Anderson, director of the Michigan Department of History, Arts and Libraries.

"Great Lakes, Great Times" is hosted by Fred Nahhat of WTVS Detroit Public TV and produced by Tom Durant, who also produced the Public Television series "Great Lakes Ports of Call." With the summer tourist season about to begin, the show is intended to engage families in the rich maritime history of the state through breathtaking views of its attractions and the fascinating stories revealed by lighthouses, museums and historic ships that are found along Michigan's expansive shoreline.

"Great Lakes, Great Times" is funded by the Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters, Travel Michigan and the Ludington Area Chamber of Commerce and the Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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