Back On The Mississippi
PR & Publicity

BOTM PR Policy

Any public television station that airs Back On The Mississippi can request a PR Packet customized for their market.

The Press Release will be targeted at the media outlets suggested by the station, and sometimes a few others we dig up. In addition to the Press Release, the packet includes posters, fact sheets, promotional BOTM flying discs (always a favorite), and other goodies that attract the attention of writers and news production professionals.

As a result, the station can expect great ratings for Back On The Mississippi, and greater public awareness of other programs on the station.

We are also available to work on fundraising efforts. Please email for more information.


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Quotes From BOTM Reviews

"I found it fascinating.... Having the Lincoln impersonator ID himself as 'a Lincoln impersonator' was one of many nice meta-fictional touches. And you are a brave man to perform a rap even for 10 seconds."
-- Kurt Andersen, Studio 360, Spy magazine

"Turns the travelogue form on its head."
-- Bill Hanley, Twin Cities Public Television

"Back On The Mississippi was great--very entertaining and fun to watch"
-- Bill Griffith, Zippy The Pinhead
(Photos taken during one of the BOTM scouting trips inspired a Zippy comic that ran on January 19, 2004. Click to see the comic.)

"Strinz uses engaging, everyman humor to keep his stories about life on the Mississippi from getting too studious."
-- Michael Finley, The NEW Why Teams Don't Work

"Part travelogue, part history, part 'Rare Visions' silliness about America's river."
-- Aaron Barnhart, Kansas City Star

Newspaper & Magazine

The Hawk Eye - July 15, 2003

Winona Daily News - August 18, 2003

St. Paul Pioneer Press - December 28, 2003

Star Tribune - June 27, 2004

TPT Magazine - June/July, 2004 (pdf file)

Lincoln Journal-Star - November 1, 2004

Milford Times - November 3, 2004

Omaha World Herald - November 4, 2004 (opens new window)

Daily Nebraskan - November 9, 2004

Milford Times - November 10, 2004 (review by Nancy McGill)

Kansas City Star - December 24, 2004

Video Librarian - November/December 2005


St. Paul Pioneer Press - June 6, 2004 (written by Chuck Strinz for the paper)

Star Tribune - July 18, 2003 (written by Chuck Strinz for the paper)

(more to come -- the scanner is working overtime)


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Future Tense nationally syndicated public radio program, September 10, 2004

Nebraska Public Radio Network on All Things Considered November 3, 2004 and Morning Edition November 4, 2004

TV News

Please request a DVD. Unless we can find an available bitstream server, it just isn't practical to offer these TV news reports via the Web. We're sorry for the inconvenience. Send email to

BOTM Press Releases

September 8, 2003 (first press release)

September 7, 2004 (eBay auction - first of its kind!)

Bookstore Appearances

Red Balloon Book Store

Bound To Be Read

Theme Song

Listen to the BOTM Theme by Steve Meger