The Daily Republic: Small Town, Big Deal

The hosts of “Small Town Big Deal” won’t soon forget filming at the Corn Palace.

Jann Carl and Rodney Miller, hosts of the TV show, recall a little boy jumping up and down, shouting out “Small Town Big Deal.”

“It just meant we were resonating with the kids, too,” Carl said. “That was a big deal for us.”

Carl and Miller visited South Dakota this summer, to film the Red Power Show in Huron and the Corn Palace in Mitchell.

Carl had never seen the Corn Palace, Mitchell’s main tourist attraction, before — but she had heard about it. She was excited to visit, and said the visit lived up to the anticipation.

“Not only is it incredibly unique, and so amazing, but everybody we met was so proud of it,” she said. “You could see it’s such a great sense of pride of the city.”

Huron’s events will be the main focus of the episode, which is scheduled to air at 8:30 p.m. today, but it will also feature the Corn Palace. Mitchell and Huron both fit perfectly into the theme and purpose of the show, the hosts said. That’s celebration of small-town life, family values and rural America.

“When people watch our show, they have hope the American dream is still alive,” Carl said.

Miller, who is no stranger to Red Power Roundup, said Huron embraced the event like he’s never seen. Everywhere they looked, a red tractor beckoned.

“Basically we’re moving the production to South Dakota,” Carl said with a laugh.

“Small Town Big Deal,” which started in 2012, airs every Thursday on RFD. Miller and Carl said they are excited at the show’s recent partnership with Carbon TV, which streams outdoor TV shows online for free at

“We think Jan and Rodney really showcase the people and places across the nation that make the country great,” said Corey Spearman, Director of Product Development for Carbon Media Group, “We’re big on community, big on the outdoor lifestyle. We really think it’s a perfect match.”

Carl and Miller, whose banter extends beyond their co-hosting duties, joked with Spearman, also — a camaraderie that all three said they enjoy.
Miller, a farm kid from Illinois who now lives in Georgia, said he’s always looking for strong, grassroots stories about real people, particularly from rural America. Carl, who lives in Los Angeles, said this is the show she’s always wanted to do.

“Our show is like a love letter to America,” she said. “We like to focus on the upbeat, uplifting, positive things that are going on in towns all across America.”

They focus mostly on small towns, and have a seal of approval from the Parents Television Council, a family friendly feel they are proud of.

“We really think America is thirsty for that, too — family friendly TV,” Carl said.

Source: The Daily Republic


Luke Capizzo