Live at Five at Four
Have you ever imagined trying to visit all of the important tourist attractions in the High Country in one day? Is it even possible?
A television crew from Knoxville, Tenn., attempted just that this past Monday, as it covered as many points of interest as possible in one day for the one-hour television show, "Live at Five at Four."
"It used to air at 5 p.m.," host Russell Biven said. "Then they moved it to 4 p.m., but 'Live at Five' was just too catchy a brand name to give up."
"Live at Five at Four" hosts Biven, Beth Haynes and Erin Donovan and their camera crew traveled to the High Country with an SUV and a large film editing truck with satellite feed capabilities. The "Live at Five at Four" television program is part of WBIR-TV News Channel 10, an NBC affiliate located in Knoxville.
During the WBIR-TV crew's one-day visit to the High Country, it filmed segments at the Ashe Country Cheese Factory, Grandfather Mountain's Mile High Swinging Bridge, several "pull-off" views on the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Mast Store in Valle Crucis, Chetola Resort, Linville Falls, Blowing Rock Tourism and Development Authority, a Christmas tree farm, downtown Boone, a mountain winery, Tweetsie Railroad and Scream Time Zipline, among others.
When it came time for the "live" portion of "Live at Five at Four," the crew parked in front of Blowing Rock Memorial Park and introduced each recorded segment in a live broadcast from the park's gazebo. From the camera's vantage-point, the hosts were recorded with a beautiful backdrop looking down Sunset Drive from the park.
"Live at Five at Four" hosts Bevin and Haynes also interviewed Chetola Resort's Greg Tarbutton and Carl Freeman about the resort's new Orvis guided fly-fishing tours and received a fly-fishing casting lesson from Freeman.
The hosts also interviewed High Country resident Melanie Bullard and her children, Olivia and Mac Waters. Bullard had once worked for WBIR-TV Channel 10 after she graduated from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in 1986.
Although the hosts and crew were invited to stay for supper and cocktails, they dutifully declined and departed for Knoxville shortly after the "Live at Five at Four" broadcast was complete.