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Mountain Lake PBS Celebrates Senior Producer Derek Muirden's Work
DATE: May 12, 2010
CONTACT: Jennifer Kowalczyk
PHONE: 518-563-9770 ext. 127
Plattsburgh, NY - May 12, 2010 – On April 23rd, Mountain Lake PBS hosted a celebration of Derek Muirden’s career with the station. With nearly 50 years in broadcasting, he is an icon of North Country broadcasting and one of the most experienced producers in public television.
Muirden has been telling the stories of the Mountain Lake region for decades through the hundreds of hours of programming he has produced. He has touched the lives of countless local people through his series People Near Here and Roadside Adventures.
“I’m very pleased with the time that Derek spent at Mountain Lake PBS,” stated Alice Recore, President and CEO of Mountain Lake PBS. “His body of work has done so much to raise the profile of not only this station, but of the entire Mountain Lake region.”
At a party celebrating his nearly 20 year career at Mountain Lake PBS, Congressman Bill Owens presented Muirden with a proclamation from the U.S. House of Representatives, congratulating and thanking him for his substantial contribution to our region.
“Derek is transitioning into a semi-retirement,” said Colin Powers, Director of Production and Programming at Mountain Lake PBS. “But I’m pleased that he’ll continue to produce the unique pieces that he’s famous for, and Mountain Lake will proudly present them to our audience.”
Derek’s work at Mountain Lake PBS includes the series People Near Here, Roadside Adventures, Roadside Recipes and Rustic Living. His documentary work includes A Castle in Every Heart: The Arto Monaco Story, Voices of Scotland, Adirondack Blue, and Reach for the Sky: Inside the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. He is currently working on a new project, Fran Betters: The Wizard of the West Bank about the legendary fly fisherman of the Adirondacks.
Prior to working for Mountain Lake PBS, Muirden served in the United States Army from 1967-1970. During his time at KYW-TV (NBC) Muirden was nominated for a national Emmy for “Street Shadows,” a documentary about teens and pre-teens living on the streets in four major metropolitan areas.
About Mountain Lake PBS -- Mountain Lake PBS produces high quality programs for local and worldwide audiences, reaching over 3.9 million viewers in New York, Vermont, Quebec and Ontario. The station also provides a host of education and outreach services for learners of all ages and devotes at least eight hours a day to programming for children.
Mountain Lake PBS’ mission is to celebrate and strengthen the civic and cultural life of the Mountain Lake region by providing distinctive telecommunications programs and services that inform, educate, involve and entertain.