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Collin Geraghty, left, has been selected as one of four hosts for the popular Discover Wisconsin television series. The new team of co-hosts are, from left, Geraghty, Libby Amato, Eric Paulsen and Mariah Haberman. The show is planning to expand its coverage of the Badger State.

Collin Geraghty selected as host for Discover Wisconsin

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Hudson native Collin Geraghty has been selected as one of four co-hosts for the nation’s longest running tourism program, Discover Wisconsin.

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The team was formally introduced Friday at the Wisconsin State Fair.

“I’m about being able to see and experience Wisconsin’s treasures,” Geraghty said.

The new season marks debut of Geraghty, Mariah Haberman, Eric Paulsen and Libby Amato and return of former host and Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett to the Emmy Award-Winning TV show.

This is the first time the show has introduced a multi-host format since 2003. The crew is hard at work now and the 27th season of Discover Wisconsin premieres Nov. 2-3.

“We’ve outgrown ourselves time and again for nearly three decades, but the need to expand our team has become increasingly apparent in recent years,” said Chad Diedrick, managing producer for Discover Wisconsin. “The ‘Discover Team’ concept makes perfect sense and it all clicked when we saw the four of them together.”

Managing director Greg Smith also noted that Discover Wisconsin is covering more destinations and events in a single season than ever before. The show is set to cover more than 50 destinations in its 2014 season -- up from 20 in 2009.

Geraghty and Haberman will serve as the show’s co-hosts, showcasing Wisconsin’s unique traditions, places, events and hidden gems each week. Amato and Paulsen have been tapped as field hosts and will appear in select episodes throughout the season.

Geraghty already has visits scheduled around Wisconsin, including a stop in Hudson on Aug. 15.

“We’ll be at Pier 500 Aug. 15 in the afternoon for an episode highlighting the cheesiest comfort food in the state,” Geraghty said. “I’m really excited about coming to Hudson.

“I’ve already been to Milwaukee twice, Wausau and have stops scheduled in Danbury and the Apostle Islands.”

He is an fly fisherman and can often be found on the banks of Wisconsin’s lakes, rivers and streams.

Geraghty and his wife Kathline currently live in Chicago, but Collin said Hudson and Wisconsin will always be his home. He is a 2000 graduate of Hudson High School. He went on to get a theater degree at Marquette University in 2004 and has had a variety of jobs since.

“I’m a working actor,” Geraghty said. “It’s really a cool thing.”

Among his recent projects have been commercials, commercial voice-overs and various roles in theatrical productions.

He is the son of Hudsonites Maeta and Mark Gherty (Collin officially changed the spelling of his last name to the original Irish version -- Geraghty).

History

In 1986, Dick Rose created the idea of showcasing Wisconsin's many vacation spots on a television show dedicated to Wisconsin tourism. Discover Wisconsin Television was born in 1987, becoming the first public and private sector partnership under Governor Tommy Thompson's Administration.

Discover Wisconsin TV (DW-TV) reaches more than 480,000 viewers throughout the Midwest on a combination of network, cable and satellite stations. Additionally, through the advent of satellite broadcasting, DW-TV is regularly viewed on cable stations throughout the country.

As the nation’s longest running tourism program, Discover Wisconsin can be seen statewide on Fox Sports North (FSN) Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. For more on this and other episodes or the broadcast schedule in other areas go to www.discoverwisconsin.com. Connect with Discover Wisconsin on Facebook (www.facebook.com/discoverwisconsin), YouTube (www.youtube.com/DiscoverWI) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/discoverwi).

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Doug Stohlberg
Doug Stohlberg has been part of the Hudson Star-Observer since 1973 and has been editor since 1987. He worked at the New Richmond News from 1971 to 1973. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota.
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