Four years ago, this Friday’s date would have seemed like a milestone in Paul Pepper’s life and career.
Floor Director Danny Matteson films Paul Pepper’s show at the Reynolds Journalism Institute. The program is made available for online viewing on the KBIA website.
It would have marked the 30th anniversary of his community television program at KOMU. Special guests, no doubt, would have shown up on the set to surprise and congratulate him. Somebody would have brought a cake.
Mentioned later in the article is Travis McMillen video producer for the Reynolds Journalism Institute:
The show looks a lot like “Pepper & Friends,” too. Thank KBIA producer Travis McMillen for that. The longtime former “Pepper & Friends” fan and employee had the foresight to snag the set of the TV show.
“When the show was going off the air, I inquired what they were going to do with the set,” he said. “I knew all we had in our studio here was a green screen, and we couldn’t do the show properly with a green screen.”
McMillen didn’t tell KOMU managers how he was going to use the set, but he was allowed to take the tables and accessories as long as he hauled them off himself. Other than new chairs and a paint job, the set is the same, down to the brick wall and mock front door.