For sure you might could be a real “gen-u-wine” Mississippi redneck if your name is Jim Bob Allgood and you are the owner/host of the popular Southern culture outdoor television series known as Redneck Adventures created and operated from Natchez. As Jim Bob describes his unique television vision, “Redneck Adventures is somewhere between the normal hunting and fishing show and Hee Haw.” That pretty well sums up the focus of their programming.
A Redneck is What?
Jim Bob defines “redneck” as spending quality family time on the front porch, sitting in a swing swaying slowly back and forth watching the neighbors drive by, saying “yes ma’am” and “no sir,” enjoying the great outdoors and sharing it with others. The whole world outside of Mississippi may not comprehend this definition (except maybe in Louisiana, Alabama and Georgia), but for Jim Bob and a solid percentage of God- and America-loving folks, redneck is a good thing. Certainly it is not some silly, meaningless, mindless goofball acting like an idiot…all the time.
Redneck Adventures’ Programming Focus
“Our original program concept ploy was to be a sort of regular type hunting and fishing show, but illustrating how down home folks in the South went about enjoying the great outdoors. It is families and friends on squirrel hunts, rabbit chases, sitting in deer stands, casting a hooked worm for a catfish or white perch. It is campfires, fish fries, hunting camp reunions, and everything else that goes into outdoors fellowship, fun and freedoms. It’s all about America,” says Allgood.
“Now after over 10 years of production we are slowly shifting into a mode where we play a direct hands-on role in getting more people involved in the outdoors of Mississippi. Our particular focus now is getting more youth and kids out of the house, off the X-Boxes and into the woods and out on the lakes. We’re offering outdoor experiences to kids and adults as well who have never had the opportunity to do these things before. The reaction is amazing,” Jim Bob reflects. This role plays well with the national movement to recruit more youth into the shrinking ranks of hunters and anglers.
“The other angle we are working on is to provide firsthand outdoor experiences for the less fortunate. The idea is to get young people with special needs, illnesses, handicaps or other restrictions outside and into the world of our outdoors with a Southern spin on goodness.”
Redneck Broadcast Saturation
It’s fitting that the state held its first statewide film festival just a few months ago at the Muse Center on Hinds Community College’s Rankin Campus in Pearl. The central theme of this conference was to attract more movie making and filming to Mississippi. This was held in conjunction with the new Mississippi Film Office Studios opening in Canton.
Also presented was a new film industry incentive program offering financial rebates for work done in the Magnolia State. Another plus-plus-plus introduction was the new film program that started last fall at the Rankin campus of the college’s Career-Tech Division.
This was a very timely symposium because people already heavily invested in the Mississippi film industry producing movies, documentaries and television were in attendance. Jim Bob was there, too. Why?
You see, Jim Bob and sidekick partner Stork Rayborn have already produced, finished and aired over 190 30-minute television series movies across all 50 U.S. states, Puerto Rico, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico, North Africa, Russia, Ukraine and all of Europe. Asia is on the drawing board now. Each show made in Mississippi airs multiple times all over the world.
Currently Redneck Adventures broadcasts over 300 airings monthly. The saturation of these airings reaches over 160 million households. This includes national, Mississippi and Louisiana markets. It includes Dish Network Satellite, Starfish Television Network, America One Network, Fanz TV Network, WLBT, WHCQ, W07BN, Comcast and Cable One. In Louisiana market outlets include KAQY ABC 11, and KPBN, Cox & Charter Digital Channel 113 and numerous foreign markets.
Check their website at www.redneckadventures.com for more details. This is Mississippi made filming seen 300 times a month nationwide and across the globe. That’s moxey if you ask me. Seems to fit right in with the new film mission the state has in mind.
Well, what would a couple of redneck adventurists be up to next? Their thought landscape is very broad. The concept for a future project is to focus on communities all across the state to promote localized tourism one town at a time. It may be a local festival to celebrate strawberries or blueberries or catfish or some historical reenactment, a pageant or whatever.
Redneck Adventures will work with any community to essentially build its branding by creating a film package to advertise the community and its unique tourist attraction. It goes beyond ads placed in travel magazines or other traditional media outlets. These films can be aired on television stations, cable outlets, web sites and all of the social media resources.
Of course, they don’t intend to abandon the outdoors angle either. They hope some communities or regions of the state might sponsor outdoor events including hunting and fishing as part of their branding. Jim Bob and Redneck Adventures also hopes to convince big corporate entities in Mississippi to step up to the plate to help support these community filming projects. The targeted end result would be to further promote Mississippi as a hospitality Mecca.
Redneck Adventures is a small-town, home grown Mississippi business. Like many entrepreneurial ventures it requires a passion, a commitment and dreams to see it through to success. Jim Bob Allgood possesses all of those qualities that he is living out through the camera lens at Redneck Adventures.