Let's Go Outdoors with Michael Short - TV slate

It started with radio

Let's Go Outdoors started in 1999 as Alberta's exclusive radio magazine program dedicated to the great outdoors. LGO radio programming has been delivered as:

  • Daily features - aired at various times on radio stations across the province.
  • Weekend magazine format show - for years we did a half-hour radio version of LGO. This wrapped up at the end of 2014.

Then we added TV vignettes

On a seasonal basis, Short Communications also produces a series of one-minute TV vignettes, under the Let’s Go Outdoors banner, aired on various TV stations, including Rogers SportsNet.

The TV show followed

From 2012 through 2014 LGO presented a half-hour television series version of Let's Go Outdoors. Episodes of this program are archived on our website and our YouTube Channel. The TV show was presented in a magazine style format and included segments on outdoor news and events, as well as feature stories and interviews. A mix of serious and lighthearted stories educate, inform and entertain audiences. Outdoor subjects range from general interest to active adventures. Interviews with experts and passionate amateur outdoor enthusiasts are balanced against the on-air hosts’ personal adventures.

We added internet delivery for on-demand viewing

In 2009 Let's Go Outdoors set up a YouTube Channel to post the vignettes and other LGO video productions, and we began posting audio versions of the radio programming on our website for on-demand consumption.  In 2014 CarbonTV invited LGO to post episodes of our TV show on their popular digital channel. You can currently watch episodes of our TV show there.

Let's Go Outdoors philosophy

Let’s Go Outdoors is committed to providing relevant and well-researched content that not only informs but also educates on how to use, enjoy and preserve Alberta's abundant natural resources.

 

Our On-Air Crew (2012-2014 Seasons)

Michael Short - Host and producer of Let's Go Outdoors Canada

Host & Producer - Michael Short

Michael brings more than 20 years broadcast journalism experience to his television and radio programming. He is an outdoor enthusiast and is the only full-time broadcast journalist in Alberta dedicated to bringing the outdoors to audiences. His passion for the outdoors is evident in all he does - and he gets outdoors as much as he can... hiking, mountaineering, hunting, flyfishing, golfing, camping - and of course following stories all across Alberta.

He is a certified instructor with the Alberta Hunter Education Instructors Association, a member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association, and the Outdoor Writers of Canada. His personal outdoor interests, combined with his professional broadcast experience, provide a unique and informed perspective on outdoor issues.

Mary Hulburt - LGO adventurer from seasons 2 & 3

LGO Adventurer - Mary Hulbert

Mary Hulbert joined the LGO team in Season Two and has been an active host ever since.

Mary is a proud Edmontonian, and is delighted to be working with the LGO team. She graduated from the University of Alberta’s BFA Acting program in 2010, and from the Faculty of Education in 2006. She enjoys teaching at junior high schools when she’s not onstage or in front of the camera. Mary also loves to travel, making her most recent trip to France in June. Upcoming projects also include training at The Banff Centre as a participant in the Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program, as well as various promotional gigs around the city.

Recent credits include: Pervert (Northern Light Theatre), Workplays (Alberta Worker's Health Centre), Alberto The Dancing Alligator (Kompany), Black Comedy and Good Woman of Setzuan (U of A Studio Theatre). Mary is also a self-confessed Francophile, and aims to obtain French language proficiency in her lifetime. She is ever grateful to her father for all of the camping trips and hikes she experienced as a child. Mary is working on her bowhunting skills, and can't wait to break out the cross country skis this year!

Elma Mehmedbegovic - LGO Adventurer

LGO Adventurer - Elma Mehmedbegovic

Elma was on the team for the first two seasons, but has since moved to Toronto to pursue an acting career. She achieved an honors degree in Spanish and German studies from the University of Alberta, while staying busy in the local film and tv scene. She is no stranger to the camera or the microphone and has been involved in a variety of local promotional work. As a member of the Oilers and Oil Kings Events Team, Elma is used to constant crowd interaction and sports correspondence. She was a guest host for the Edmonton Capitals baseball team for two seasons, and has co-hosted Oil Kings games at Rexall Place. No so long ago, Elma placed as a top 16 finalist in the 2010 Much Music VJ search. It is no surprise that this enthusiastic and quirky individual looks for ample opportunities to quench her growing thirst for the outdoors.  She enjoys a challenge and is always looking for an adventure, because let’s face it…adventures make the best stories and Elma loves sharing hers with people.

Brad Fenson - LGO Gear Guide

LGO Gear Reviewer - Brad Fenson

Brad is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hunting, fishing and unique adventures. His passion for the outdoors pushes him into the field for approximately 100 days or more each year. He has traveled across North America hunting and fishing along the trail and collecting incredible photographs and story ideas from unique locations.

Brad shares his years of experience with LGO viewers through our weekly Gear Tips feature.

BEHIND THE SCENES

Editor - Mike Yarske

Editor - Mike Yarske

Editor… Entrepreneur… Walleye Wrangler…  Mike has over 12 years of broadcast and non-broadcast video editing experience. His passion for editing is only exceeded by his passion for connecting and working with people one on one. He enjoys the challenge of complex projects while still getting them in on time and budget.  But Mike is more than just his work. Mike enjoys chasing Walleye during the summer months and being outdoors year-round. He also loves yoga and meditation and promotes their many benefits. Mike is a self-professed movie and book geek.

Director / Cameraman - Bobby Jones

Director / Cameraman - Bobby Jones

Bobby began his broadcasting career in TV News in Kamloops, BC where he appeared on both sides of the camera. Anchor, reporter, producer, cameraman, editor - Bobby took advantage of the many opportunities a smaller station offers to explore one’s talents. He moved on to CTV in both Saskatoon and Edmonton where he spent 12 years as a cameraman, editor and writer/producer.  Known for being creative and easy to work with, he started his own video production company in 1999, first called Bobby Jones Productions and now Corner 24 Media. To his clients, Bobby brings a wealth of experience and a passion for his craft.

Editor / Production Assistant - Meagan Henderson

Editor / Production Assistant - Meagan Henderson

Since graduating from the Design and Motion Image program at Grant MacEwan in 2012, Meagan Henderson has been working as a video editor and production assistant for the Let’s Go Outdoors team. She also works as a freelance filmmaker and photographer, often collaborating with local musicians and other artists.  Meagan loves to travel, write, support local music and stay active with basketball and yoga. She is an eager young professional who likes to keep busy and is always striving to learn more.

Singer / Songwriter - Marv Machura

Singer / Songwriter - Marv Machura

Marv wrote and performed the Let’s Go Outdoors theme song. Described as a “winning singer and talented guitar player” and “Edmonton’s hottest folk rocker” Marv Machura is a veteran performer and songwriter of contemporary folk-roots music. Peter Pierquet of the Full Moon Folk Club has described Machura as "imagine John Denver with an electric guitar...and crowd favourite."  The Marv Machura Band is a three-piece roots combo that is known for exciting and skilled live performances. A veteran of the roots music scene, Machura has been performing for over thirty years; with the release of his latest disc, he shows no sign of slowing down! Marv is currently making music in Vernon, B.C.

And more...

There are several other folks who have contributed and/or continue to contribute to the success of Let's Go Outdoors including Barbara Bruce, and the good folks at the Alberta Conservation Association: Todd, Ken and many others - thank you all!