Arizona PBS premiering local outdoors series ‘Trail Mix’d’ March 23

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New series to explore top recreational trails across the state

Arizona PBS is launching a new local production this week with the broadcast premiere of “Trail Mix’d,” an outdoor and nature-focused series that aims to explore many of Arizona’s top recreational trails. Hosted by Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication alum Isaac “Ike” Easley, the inaugural season of “Trail Mix’d” will feature 13, 30-minute episodes, with the first batch of episodes slated to air Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., starting March 23.

“I take a lot pride in being from Arizona. It has so many different ecosystems and things to do,” said “Trail Mix’d” host Ike Easley. “You can go from the desert to multicolored trees and snowy mountains in just a matter of hours, and to have this platform to really show off what makes my state so cool is such a blessing.”

The premiere of “Trail Mix’d” is part of Arizona PBS’ ongoing effort to increase local programming, on-air and online. Earlier this year, the station’s signature restaurant review series, “Check, Please! Arizona,” kicked off its 10th season; and last fall, the station debuted “From the Vault” and celebrated the return of fan favorite, “Horizonte.” Arizona PBS has also ramped up its digital program offerings this year, with the second season of “Playlist 48” and the launch of “Black in Arizona.”

“We couldn’t be more excited to share such a unique local production with our loyal viewers,” said Arizona PBS General Manager Adrienne R. Fairwell. “More than simply spotlighting the magnificent trails and scenery that make our state so special, ‘Trail Mix’d’ aims to educate viewers on the rich history of the land, as well as foster an appreciation for the various ecosystems that exist around these popular trails.”

“Trail Mix’d” is made possible in part by a gift from Sue and Bill Ahearn. The project also received support from Albertsons Safeway, Salt River Project and Whitfill Nurseries.

Viewers looking to watch “Trail Mix’d” on-demand can stream new episodes after their broadcast premiere on azpbs.org and via the PBS app. Those looking to engage in the online discussion around this new series are encouraged to use the #ExploreArizona hashtag across all social media platforms.

For more on “Trail Mix’d,” visit www.azpbs.org/trailmixd.

About Arizona PBS

Arizona PBS is one of the nation’s leading public media organizations, with four broadcast channels and a growing array of digital platforms. A trusted community resource for 60 years, Arizona PBS fosters lifelong learning through quality programming, in-depth news coverage and critical educational outreach services. It is one of the country’s largest public television stations, reaching 80 percent of Arizona homes and 1.9 million households each week. Arizona PBS has been part of Arizona State University since the station launched in 1961. Learn more at https://azpbs.org.

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