A new online show that recently started in Blount County to highlight fun on the Little River in Townsend has now teamed with a Knoxville internet company to focus on outdoor fun throughout the region.
Beginning in early May, the online show Bowl of OH! will be seen on Knoxivi, an internet broadcasting company that produces local programming.
“Knoxivi is East Tennessee’s online broadcast company with shows on seven channels: Business, Entertainment, Education, Technology, High Schools, Lifestyle and News & Sports. Knoxivi’s shows are available live and from the archives 24/7 at www.knoxivi.com,” according to the company’s website.
Bowl of OH! started about two months ago and was the brainchild of Taz Cable, marketing director for River Rat Tubing and USA Rafting in Townsend and Sevierville. “When I started it with River Rat, we were doing a lot of updates on Facebook, and the updates and posts were getting monotonous,” said Cable. “There’s only so much you could say in that format, so we developed a show so we could be more creative in getting our message out. We wrapped entertainment in with it.”
Cable said he did the show for three weeks with poor lighting and a $20 set up before he learned about Knoxivi through a Knoxville Chamber Partnership event. He spoke with Mark Mowery and Joe Dickey with Knoxivi, and the partnership fell in place quickly. “Mark Mowery was interested in what we were doing, and I met with him and Joe Dickey, president of Knoxivi,” Cable said.
“We met at their Market Square studio and went over shows I had done. They immediately picked up the show and started talking about the future. We are now excited about going on air with Bowl of OH! The unofficial first show is set to air May 4.”
Cable said Bowl of OH! is mixture of many things and is named appropriately because all the pieces go into making a complete “bowl.”
“It is a weekly show that will be broadcast each Tuesday at 6 p.m. It is recorded live and can be seen on demand throughout the week, or you can come watch it live in studio at the Lunchbox in Market Square,” he said. “
Cable said Bowl of OH! will be “Blount County-rooted, East Tennessee-projected with an emphasis on recreation, sports, entertainment and community news.”
Cable said he will emphasize Blount County events by highlighting community news and features stories from Blount Today. “There will be a lot of highlights on Blount County plus entertainment pieces that will focus on everything from Nashville to Asheville and Chattanooga to Johnson City. The focus will be on East Tennessee and getting out of the house,” he said.
Cable said there will be a portion of the show devoted to upcoming movies to give people an idea of other activities they can do to get out of the house. “We want you to go all day long hiking, biking, kayaking and then, at the end of the day, go to a movie or a concert,” he said. “Stay out all day. We’ve been inside too long. It’s all entertainment, sports and community news designed to get folks outside and get them moving. Some people need help with that.”
Cable said Bowl of OH! will not be a traditional show. “Its punchy, edgy, pushes the envelope just a little bit for this area. Everybody has their place. Not that there is anything wrong with what is out there, but there is nothing like this out there now,” he said.
Another change is in the length of the show. “We were a 10-minute show, and now we’re going to be a 30-minute show -- 22 minutes without commercials,” he said.
Cable started the show as part of his marketing company - GiddyOh. “I knew it was going to be entertainment-based. I took a lot of what I saw on the television show ‘Soup’ on the E Channel. It’s the same style of show as what we’re doing,” he said. “It’s just a big bowl of stuff - a Bowl of OH!”