Fred Trost, the host and producer of public TV's "Practical Sportsman" program, has announced that the show will end production with a final episode on September 8th. Trost made the announcement on last Thursday's (6/16) program, and on his website. He cited lack of funding as the primary reason behind his decision to end production.
"The Practical Sportsman" has been a Thursday night fixture on Michigan public television stations since 1981. It began as a revival of Mort Neff's "Michigan Outdoors" program, which aired on commercial TV from 1951 to 1974. In 1982, the title of the show was changed, but the focus remained on outdoor issues and features, particularly pertaining to Michigan sportsmen and outdoor enthusiasts.
Trost, in his remaining 13 programs, will feature highlights from the show's 24-year run.