Posted by Bob Evans
Kansas City PBS has announced the launch of its hit roadside arts program, Rare Visions & Roadside Revelations, in the Kansas City PBS video app. Beginning July 19, audiences can stream episodes on-demand for the first time ever, a decision that was made in response to continued viewer requests to make the long-running show readily available to fans.
“Rare Visions and Roadside Revelations fans have been asking for an easy way to catch up on this classic program,” said Kliff Kuehl, President & CEO of Kansas City PBS. “We are excited to provide an opportunity for audiences to go back on the road with Randy, Mike and Don right from the beginning and to reach new audiences with the option to stream on-demand.”
Launched in 1995, the 14-year series followed Randy Mason, Mike Murphy and Don the Camera Guy as they loaded up their cramped minivan to document outsider artists, grassroots arts environments and offbeat attractions of all kinds, exploring creativity across 39 states and three time zones.
“We were just three guys in a van, traveling the country, and discovering roadside attractions and eclectic artists and their creations,” said Mike Murphy, who appeared on the show and now serves as Kansas City PBS’ Director of Programming. “These sites were designed to get people off the highway, to see something one-of-a-kind or hear a particular message, and the three of us were more than happy to go along for the ride.”
Rare Visions & Roadside Revelations sought out this world of outsider arts, and in a roadshow format, brought the artists and the artwork to the viewers of public television. Along the way, the crew mixed in the odd and the unusual; the roadside attractions that they like to say “your father would never stop the car for,” making a show not only about art, but one that celebrates human creativity.
Throughout the years, the team uncovered odd and unusual attractions in our own backyards, bringing one of the least documented areas of the art world into focus. Over its nine seasons, Rare Visions & Roadside Revelations became a serious repository of interviews and photographic documentation and the show’s legacy was cemented when The Kohler Foundation, a philanthropic organization known for art preservation, accessioned show footage into their collection as an archive of the life’s work of many of the artists featured in the series. In some cases, this video footage is the only remaining record of the work of artists who have passed away.
Seasons one and two will be available to stream on-demand digitally for the first time, starting July 19 and additional seasons will be added on the first of each month throughout the next year. For more information, visit kansascitypbs.org/rarevisions.
Kansas City PBS is a non-profit multimedia organization located in midtown Kansas City. Founded in 1961, KCPBS operates four television channels, as well as working