ISHPEMING - In February, Marquette County's west end played host to some special visitors - the three-man film crew of the PBS television program "Under the Radar Michigan."
Friday, area residents will get their first look at the program episode that was filmed while the crew was here.
Airing at 5 p.m. on the local WNMU TV 13 PBS station, the western Marquette County episode will be put into regular rotation for showing around Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio and Canada, providing a considerable amount of exposure for the area.
This February photo shows a camera crew from the PBS show “Under the Radar Michigan” at the Midtown Bakery and Cafe in Negaunee. (Journal file photo by Johanna Boyle)
Tom Daldin, left, host of the show, is shown with Coy Hill at the Suicide Hill ski jumping tournament in February. The episode will air at 5 p.m. Friday on WNMU TV 13. (Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce photo)
"It's amazing," said Elizabeth Peterson, executive director of the Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce. "They did an absolutely fantastic job of capturing the west end and our spirit."
During the February trip to Ishpeming and Negaunee, host Tom Daldin, co-creator Jim Edelman and production manager Eric Tremonti spent time visiting Wilderness Sports and Midtown Bakery and Cafe learning about the longtime businesses and what they mean to the culture of the two towns.
They also took a turn on the tube slide at the Al Quaal Recreation Area in Ishpeming, made a stop at Hickey's Bar to interview Randy and Kevin Kluck - authors of the book "Yooper Bars" - and learned about cudighi sausage at Congress Pizza.
One of the main events showcased in the episode was the 125th annual ski jumping tournament at Suicide Hill. That portion of the segment, besides giving an overview of the tournament and its history, also includes an interview with veteran ski jumper Coy Hill, who passed away in May, capturing a piece of Suicide Hill history.
Members of the GINCC and the Ishpeming Ski Club had the chance to view the episode in advance at a business after hours event last week, and Peterson said the episode was very well received.
Johanna Boyle can be reached at 906-486-4401.