Mark McDonald, producer and host of the Emmy-winning PBS program “Illinois Stories,” traveled to Mason City on Saturday with his camera operator to interview residents and obtain footage for an upcoming episode of that show, which will air within the next few weeks.


 

Mark McDonald, producer and host of the Emmy-winning PBS program “Illinois Stories,” traveled to Mason City on Saturday with his camera operator to interview residents and obtain footage for an upcoming episode of that show, which will air within the next few weeks.


“One of my viewers mentioned John Means and said Mason City has a lot going on,” said McDonald, who described his show as being about “people, places and events in central Illinois.”


His stops included not only Means’ properties but also the Arlee Theater and Mason City Limits.


Camera operator Tony Yuscius explained that the Mason City episode will probably run within the next two weeks, as the program operates with a short lead time.


“We film for about three hours and spend about that much time in editing,” he said. “The show is different than some, in that it is shown the way it is shot. People get tired of a lot of pre-produced programming.”


“Illinois Stories” has been on the air for about seven years and originates at WSEC-TV out of Jacksonville-Springfield.


To check listings, go to www.networkknowledge.tv/pages/local-programs/illinois-stories.php.


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