"As one of the longest touring musicians in the Upper Midwest, Sherwin Linton is a living legend," stated Pioneer Public TV's Production Director Tim Bakken. Bakken says that the documentary will feature archival footage of Linton's performances dating all the way back to the 1950's,. Pioneer's production crew traveled with Linton's to his boyhood home in Watertown South Dakota in the summer of 2013 to capture footage for the documentary. The finalized broadcast will also include Linton's original music recordings and his reminiscences about the history and evolution of country western music in the Upper Midwest.
Plans call for the completed special to be broadcast starting in the Fall of 2014 as an hour long feature presentation on several public television stations in the region. A 90 minute DVD will also be produced for sale and distribution with the broadcast, according to Pioneer officials.
Pioneer is currently conducting a Spring Pledge drive to raise funds to support programming costs. Pioneer first went on the air as a viewer supported, locally owned and governed TV station in February 1966. Pioneer serves the region with three towers broadcasting programs to 45 rural counties that are home to 1 million people in western and southwestern Minnesota, northwestern Iowa and the eastern Dakotas. In 2013, there were more than 148,000 views of videos posted by Pioneer Public Television online through the station's website and youtube channel. For more information, visit www.pioneer.org or call 1-800-726-3178.