Are you a Huell Fan?
This year KCET is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the iconic TV show Visiting with Huell Howser. Nobody was more curious and open-minded about California than Huell Howser. During his time with KCET, he produced over a thousand episodes of his various shows.
Huell loved California!
He loved the big vistas, the hidden gems, the off-beat people who always turned out to have a story you didn't expect. And that's why California loved him.
Many of the programs haven't been seen in years.
Huell's old tapes won't last forever, they're sitting in his archive waiting to be digitally converted for broadcast and streaming. A lot of the early episodes still need closed captions and many need to be re-captioned to new standards. Each streaming platform requires its own file formats. For example, the process of making Huell available on Amazon is different than the process for KCET's Roku channel.
You can be a part of Huell’s legacy by actively participating in the preservation of his show.
This is where you come in. You can engage directly with this program you love. Huell fans have been clamoring for more episodes to be broadcast on KCET. You’ve been asking us to make more episodes available for streaming. We heard you and created a Kickstarter campaign to do exactly that.
Join forces with KCET to make these classic programs available for everyone to see.
We want to broadcast and stream more rare and vintage episodes of Visiting with Huell Howser. What better way to celebrate 25 years of adventures? With the funds raised here, our team will digitize and re-caption these old tapes for broadcast on KCET and for streaming on multiple platforms like Amazon, Roku and Apple TV.
We’ve hand-picked the best early and rare episodes of Visiting from Huell's archives.
The next step is to pull the master tapes from the archives and get them into our new system at KCET. From there, our engineers and video coordinators can convert the episodes into the proper formats for each streaming platform so you can watch Huell where you watch your other favorite shows.
Congratulations, Huell fans - you did it! Thanks to you, there will be more Huell Howser in the world.
"Huell loved to be around people. He taught me the art of storytelling, and that made me a better cameraman."
- Luis Fuerte
"If, like me, you arrived in LA in the middle of Huell's long career, there are so many episodes you never got a chance to see, but need to see. Also, frankly, young Huell is drop-dead gorgeous."
- John Rabe, 89.3-KPCC
"If you have a good story, it doesn’t have to be overproduced. I want our stories to reveal the wonders of the human spirit and the richness of life in California, including its history, people, culture and natural wonders."
- Huell Howser
Huell fans unite and check out our rewards!
The images below are illustrations, the rewards are created and shipped once the campaign reaches its goal.
Pledge $5 or more: We've Made a New Friend
Thank you for joining forces to make more Huell episodes available for all to see.
Pledge $15 or more: Excitin'
Stay cool with this "I'm a Huell Fan!" personal fan made from recycled plastic.
Pledge $25 or more: Amazing!
Show everyone you're a part of Huell's legacy with this enamel pin with a bright nickel finish. Since you're amazing, you also get a purple and gold Huell postcard. PLUS, to celebrate reaching 50% of our goal, everyone that pledges at this level or above gets a bonus reward: a round purple and gold 2" vinyl Huell sticker thrown in for free!
Pledge $60 or more: Spectacular!
Imagine how many new friends you could make walking around town in one of these spectacular "I'm a Huell Fan!" T-shirts. Available in tie dye, grey or white. You can select your size and color when you receive your email survey from Kickstarter. We'll throw in a postcard and sticker, too.
Pledge $80 or more: Now That's Neat!
Can't decide between pin and shirt? You can have both, plus a postcard and a sticker. Choose your T-shirt size and color when you fill out the Kickstarter email survey at the end of the campaign.
Pledge $100 or more: Oh My Gosh!
What would you carry in your "I'm a Huell Fan!" tote bag? It comes with an enamel pin, a postcard and a sticker.
Pledge $225 or more: Absolutely beautiful!
Superfans are key to preserving Huell's legacy - they go "full tote bag" and get a Huell gift bag stuffed with all of the above rewards, PLUS a signed copy of Luis Fuerte's book, Louie, Take a Look at This! My time with Huell Howser. Huell's longtime camera operator recounted their adventures together in his beautifully printed full color hardcover book and he wants you to have a signed copy.
Pledge $365 or more: Is This Guy Serious?
KCET staff wants to thank you in person with a guided tour of the station. You and a guest are invited. Of course, you also get the Huell superfan gift bag stuffed with all of the above rewards.
Pledge $625 or more: Louie, Take a Look at This!
Dinner for two with Luis Fuerte at KCET. Huell's longtime camera operator Luis Fuerte wants to meet you and personally thank you for keeping the spirit of the show alive. Join Luis and KCET staff for dinner at our station. Take home all of the above rewards, including a signed copy of Luis' book.
Risks and challenges
KCET is a bustling public media organization with a commitment to serving the community. While we don’t expect any delays in fulfilling our commitment to you, it is possible that an urgent matter could impact our projected timeline. If that happens, we will do our best to get back on track as soon as possible since Huell Howser programming is important to the community we serve.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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