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Category Archives: Behind the Scenes

New Coffee, Get Air and Back to the Future, Eugene Style.

  I’ve got a great new coffee to tell you about. It’s local, Cannon Beach and it’s actually been roasted in Cannon Beach for nearly 30 years. But now you can get “Sleepy Monk Coffee” right here in Eugene. Don Oakerson is the connection and watch video to find out how we got connected to…
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Sunriver, The Old KEZI Gang, and You: This week on Rick Dancer TV

One of the special productions we used to produce at KEZI TV was a feature called Our Town. We’d send reporters like Al Peterson, Erin Bruce and myself into a community, put together reports and education and entertain our viewers. I loved doing these reports and towards the end they turned into something we called…
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Marge, You Can’t Die on Me! Behind the Scenes.

I met her at Siuslaw Coffee Roasters in Florence, Oregon. She was no taller than a stepladder my folks use to have in their kitchen. Her eyes would sparkle when she talked and her smile never got tired of covering her face. I wish I could remember the interaction we had that first time we…
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Moore Is Not Less in Creswell: Behind the Scenes

  Young girl in Creswell, Oregon sees a need, takes a chance, risks a lot and creates a niche for herself and a great service for her community. That’s what Rick Dancer TV is going to focus on this Sunday at 4:30 on KEVU. Jesse Moore just turned 21 and is a major businessperson in…
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Time To Take A Stand: Rick Dancer TV

When easier to do nothing than it is to take a stand on issues of persecution especially when you can’t see it. I thought about that while walking the movie “Selma” last weekend. I wondered if I would have been one of the thousands of people to travel to Selma in protest of persecution and…
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Behind The Scenes: Oregon’s Swiss Alps

  Do you ever feel like every place you go on vacation is already discovered and in some cases ruined by other tourists? Me too. My mother’s family pioneered Baker County. We used to go back every five years for the Maxwell Family Reunion. One year we took the kids and went over the mountains…
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Behind The Scenes: 1968, What Were You Doing?

  1968 was a tough year in this country and right here in Eugene, Oregon too. A few years ago (1993) staff at KEZI went back into the archives to find pictures to help tell the story of that amazing year. Staff spoke with local leaders, wove it together into a series called “Remember When.”…
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Behind the Scenes: A Very Personal Show

I sat to line out this weeks show and realized I needed a few stand ups (me on camera going blah, blah, blah) to bridge some of the stories. Rather than bother my photographer I pulled out my trusty Iphone6 and shot most of them in the car (not driving). It is amazing what technology…
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Behind the Scenes: I Resolve not to Resolve.

I don’t do New Year Resolutions. I know they probably work for some people but anytime I have to tell someone else I’m going to change I highly doubt my heart and soul are really ready. For me change comes not with words or deeds but when I get so sick of me that I’m…
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Behind The Scenes: Strangest Reindeer of All

Christmas is a great time of year. But like me, are you tired of how phony it’s become? Christmas used to seem much simpler. What happened to this holiday known for giving? Has it become all about buying and in this transformation its people who get lost in Christmas? Last year we took our camera’s…
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