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‘Fishin Affliction’ hooks up with Corps on water safety

Nashville District Public Affairs
Published Feb. 17, 2011

NASHVILLE, Ten. (Feb. 17, 2011) – Fishin Affliction, a popular regional fishing show, is hooking up with the Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District to lure audiences into thinking about water safety during the upcoming recreational season.

Producers of the show are featuring Corps employees from Old Hickory Lake here for several water safety public service announcements they plan to air this season.   During a taping session today, Park Rangers Amy Redmond and Kathryn Wall provided the key messages for the show segments.

Dan Furmanik, producer of Fishin Affliction that airs 9 a.m. Saturday on WNPX Comcast 17, said, “Not only will you see great fishing but will recognize premiere fishing spots on Corps Lakes.”

The show offers numerous fishing tips but also a cooking and hunting segment as well. 

“This season we will air a water safety message on each weekly show starting in March,” said Furmanik.  “These public service announcements are great educational tools.  Most people are not aware of the simple water safety tips such as the ‘HELP’ heat exchange lessening posture or the fact kids can drown in 30 seconds,” he added.

Redmond and Wall drafted more than 12 safety announcements addressing target audiences identified in the District Water Safety Communication Plan.  While on location at Old Hickory Lake, Rockland Recreation Area, they completed their first shoot addressing hypothermia.  Furmanik and a public affairs representative discussed the need of both a 30 second public service announcement and a secondary longer video that could be used on YouTube, safety exhibits and local schools.  At the end of the first shoot the film crew and Corps of Engineers discussed ways to enhance the public service announcements.

The plan is to broaden the water safety outreach effort.  The Nashville District Public Affairs Office is currently searching for celebrity talent.  Several celebrities have already been approached to assist in the dissemination of water safety key messages for the upcoming recreational season.

Other Water Safety initiatives are being planned throughout the District using radio spots, park ranger radio interviews and utilizing social media to disseminate key safety messages.

Maj. William Judson, deputy district engineer, said this effort to highlight water safety helps people to know what to do to remain safe when they visit Corps of Engineers lakes, rivers and dams.

“These TV spots are valuable because they draw attention to these important issues,” Judson said.  “We want everyone to have fun on the water, but to do it keeping water safety in mind.”

WNPX-TV is a television station licensed to Cookeville, Tenn., which broadcasts on Comcast channel 17 and broadcasts in a large area of Middle Tennessee.  It is owned and operated by ION Media Networks (the former Paxson Communications). 

(Editor’s note: For more information about Fishin Affliction, go to http://www.fishinaffliction.com.)