Locally produced documentary on the Wind River Glaciers is the most viewed WyomingPBS program ever

    (Riverton, Wyo.) – The WyomingPBS documentary Glaciers of the Winds has been viewed in 72 percent of all United States TV households, General Manager Terry Dugas told the CWC Trustees Wednesday night.

    “Never has a WyomingPBS show been watched by so many people so fast as this one,” Dugas said. He said the program, which was distributed to PBS stations late last year, has been seen in 41 states and on 124 public broadcast stations, including eight of the top 10 markets. The one-hour documentary was accepted for national distribution in late October.

    “The Wind Rivers slash across 120 miles, have more than 40 named peaks over 13,000 feet, and have seven of the largest glaciers in the American Rockies. Glaciers of the Winds documents the scientific exploration and retreat of these glaciers,” according to a WyomingPBS promotional release.


    Back in October, Dugas told the CWC Trustees that he works with a national distribution firm to promote the program to PBS stations across the country. He said each station could decide if they wanted to air the program, so he said WyomingPBS would engage in a marketing plan to encourage stations to telecast the documentary. “I think we’ll use Dentyne Ice gum in our promotion,” he said. “Food always works in our promotions.” It apparently worked well in this instance.

    The World Premier of the documentary was shown in September before a standing room only crowd at the Lander Community and Convention Center.

    The Program had its origins during a study of the glaciers by the Central Wyoming College Interdisciplinary Climate Change Expedition (ICCE) Research team under the umbrella of the college’s Alpine Science Institute based in Sinks Canyon outside of Lander.


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