LaRoche comes to TV
WORTHINGTON -- Paul Summers LaRoche will host a new show, "Hidden Heritage," premiering Monday on the RFD-TV cable network. LaRoche, who grew up as an adopted son in Worthington and discovered his Native American Lakota heritage in 1993, founded ...
WORTHINGTON -- Paul Summers LaRoche will host a new show, "Hidden Heritage," premiering Monday on the RFD-TV cable network.
LaRoche, who grew up as an adopted son in Worthington and discovered his Native American Lakota heritage in 1993, founded Brulé and AIRO (American Indian Rock Opera, and found a niche in the Native American recording industry. He is joined in musical endeavors by daughter Nicole and son Shane, and wife Kathy handles the business affairs.
During an interview earlier this year with the Daily Globe, LaRoche talked about the RFD-TV opportunity.
"We were broached to bring content to a program that covers Native Americans," he explained. "The more I thought about it, I couldn't pass the offer by. ...
"It's going to be a half-hour series with three little stories in each episode. ... They'll be positive, uplifting stories with happy endings," he added.
RFD-TV The Magazine touted the show in its July-August edition:
"The show will take a close look into life on the Lower Brule Sioux Reservation, one of the tribes that make up the Great Sioux Nation.
"... Paul's re-entry into Native American has given him the opportunity to spend time with Lakota elders and spiritual leaders. Listen in as Paul sits down with Sioux elders and tribal leaders to hear in their own words some of the great wisdoms that have been passed down through the generations. Cameras follow Paul to historic and sacred Siouan sites, such as Mato Paha, Bear Butte State Park and Paha Sapa, the beautiful Black Hills.
"... Paul and friends take to the road via motorcycle and travel the back roads of reservation lands with stops at historical sites and breathtaking scenic overviews along the way. ..."
The pilot episode features the LaRoche/Summers family journey into Native America as written in the book, "Hidden Heritage" by author Barb Marshak, although LaRoche emphasized that the series overall will have a much broader focus.
"It's not about Brulé; I didn't want it to be the Brulé show," he said. "I want to bring Native America from behind the shroud of mystery."
The premiere episode will be shown at 8:30 p.m. Monday; 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and 7:30 a.m. Wednesday on RFD-TV, available on most major cable providers. A new episode will be broadcast in the same time slots for the next 12 weeks.
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