With Dakota Life available on RFD-TV, viewers from all over the country can experience a program that has long been a favorite in South Dakota. "Dakota Life one of our most popular programs, both for the staff, as well as our viewers, because we get a chance to highlight some of the amazing treasures we have in South Dakota," says producer Rina Bellew.
Dakota Life takes to South Dakota's highways and byways to find the stories that make life in the state unique. It includes visits with artists, musicians, artisans, teachers, historians, museum curators and other South Dakotans with a story to tell. The results are extraordinary snapshots of ordinary lives.
Although South Dakota is a small state, with a population of only about 750,000, it has an endless number of stories to share. From the tree-covered peaks of the Black Hills to the wide-open prairie, there are unique and unusual narratives that cannot be found anywhere else in the nation.
Many people around the country might be familiar with famous South Dakota faces like Mount Rushmore or Tom Brokaw, but there are a lot of things about South Dakota most Americans do not know. SDPB decided to start producing Dakota Life because they knew there were many compelling stories in the state that were not being told. The program gives viewers a chance to learn more about some of the lesser-known happenings going on in South Dakota.
Original producer Jim Sprecher explains, “As the son of a postman I learned long ago that there is a new story around every bend of the road in South Dakota and someone unique telling it. Dakota Life captures those stories and preserves them for future generations to enjoy. South Dakota Public Broadcasting has always taken the everyday stories of everyday people to heart and made them part of our legacy. Several years back we were looking for a new series idea that could showcase the variety of people and their stories found across the landscape of our state. Many of our staff noted the wide variety of people, places and things they encountered when on the road with other productions. Dakota Life was born.”
RFD-TV viewers who enjoy equine programming will find items of interest on Dakota Life, whether it’s in a segment that focuses on a breeder whose miniature horses pull sleds and help children learn to ride or a story about wild horse adoption services. Dakota Life takes story suggestions from all over the state. From these numerous ideas, producers find the stories that are unique, unexpected, interesting, and timeless. They also try to discover the stories and people that the commercial media tend to overlook.
"The thing I love most about Dakota Life," says Rohrer, "is that we explore remarkable, unusual stories that could be happening in your hometown."
Enjoy artist profiles, stories of historical preservation, reports from the great outdoors and much, much more. Tune-in to Dakota Life on RFD-TV this fall and discover what makes South Dakota and its people so special.
Dakota Life - South Dakota Public Broadcasting
PO Box 5000
Vermillion, SD 57069
Airs: Thursday 3pm (et) / 2pm (ct)
Friday 1am (et) / 12am (ct)