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Staff Pick: “Wet County”

Local Late Night Television Done Right
By Rob “Bubbs” Harris

Have you ever been sitting around the house on a Friday night, flipping through the channels and sifting through an endless sea of terrible programming? And how bad are those local late night shows, huh? You’re bored silly, but you just don’t feel like going out, right?

Well, my friends, you now have a glimmering beacon of hope to satisfy your lust for adventure, without ever having to leave the couch. May I now introduce to you, “Wet County,” a locally-produced late night television program that brings you the best in entertainment that both Escambia County and the Gulf Coast have to offer.

Every Friday, after “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (roughly at 1 a.m.), “Wet County” brings you the best bands, the hottest spots and the wildest people—right to your living room. “We wanted to do a local TV show that wasn’t the same old run-of-the-mill programming that nobody watches,” says co-producer and host Brody Logan.

“What we do is go out, so you don’t have to. We hit some great spots and catch some good times to share with everybody. There is so much great music and culture in Escambia County, as well as all around the Gulf Coast that it would be a shame not to do something like this.”

The first “Wet County” episode, featuring local funk/rock group Bella Orange, premiered on Aug. 6 on WEAR TV 3, and was well-received by the community.

Now, don’t think that you have to be some kind of loser if you’re the one sitting at home flipping channels. Not everyone has it so good that they can go out and raise the rafters every weekend, which is the reason the producers of “Wet County,” which also includes Logan’s longtime friend and colleague Dana Szpunar, created the show in  the first place.

“Everybody can’t go out all of the time,” Logan explains. “Some people have kids. Others may not have it in the budget. Some may even have a desire to hear and see live music, without having to deal with the rest of what goes into a night out. Whatever the reason, we are there for you. We only want to bring you the best bands and the most fun you can have without leaving the house. I have personally watched late night television and I have never seen anything like what we are doing with ‘Wet County.’”

So, there you have it. Insomniacs need not fret, for there is more than just Mr. T infomercials, evangelicals and “Hoarders” marathons on late Friday nights. Get “Wet!”

“WET COUNTY”
WHEN: 1 a.m., after “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (Time may also vary depending on regular program scheduling, including football games, special programming, etc.)
WHERE: WEAR TV 3 (Escambia County)
DETAILS: wetcountytv.com