John McGivern is back, baby. And he’s heading to the main streets of the Midwest.

The beloved Milwaukee personality announced his newest show Wednesday morning, John McGivern’s Main Streets. The show will serve as a more wide-ranging replacement for Around The Corner With John McGivern, which was recently dropped by Milwaukee PBS after 8,000 seasons and boy oh boy did we receive some interesting emails about that.

“John is setting his GPS for 13 main streets all over the Upper Midwest,” reads a press release, “traveling from Wisconsin to Michigan, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois and Indiana. Season 1 of John McGivern’s Main Streets will showcase more than a dozen destinations as only John McGivern can, through entertaining conversations and fun facts that will no doubt lead to laughs. The show will highlight great communities in and out of Wisconsin, giving viewers even more places to learn about and explore.”

Says McGivern: “We’re going to go 300 miles in all directions of my condo in downtown Milwaukee. I’m so excited to expand my travels to the surrounding states and meet fellow Midwesterners on their turf. I already ordered my I-PASS!”

John McGivern’s Main Streets will begin airing in Wisconsin and across the Midwest in January 2022, “on top TV stations all across the the upper Midwest.” The show is produced by Milwaukee’s Plum Media.

So rejoice, McGivern heads! The man, the, myth, the legend is exiled no longer! (It’s a half-assed reference to the Rolling Stones’ Exile On Main St., you see.) We demand only one thing: GURDA BETTER BE ALONG FOR THE RIDE.

Here’s the full press release:


A familiar face is returning to TV and maybe your neighborhood.

Actor, comedian and TV host John McGivern is returning to local airwaves. He’s hosting a new half-hour weekly TV show called John McGivern’s Main Streets.

John is setting his GPS for 13 main streets all over the Upper Midwest, traveling from Wisconsin to Michigan, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois and Indiana. Season 1 of John McGivern’s Main Streets will showcase more than a dozen destinations as only John McGivern can, through entertaining conversations and fun facts that will no doubt lead to laughs. The show will highlight great communities in and out of Wisconsin, giving viewers even more places to learn about and explore.

“We’re going to go 300 miles in all directions of my condo in downtown Milwaukee. I’m so excited to expand my travels to the surrounding states and meet fellow Midwesterners on their turf. I already ordered my I-PASS!”

John McGivern’s Main Streets will begin airing in Wisconsin and across the Midwest in January of 2022 on top TV stations all across the upper Midwest. Plum Media in Milwaukee is producing this series for distribution throughout Wisconsin with the intent to expand the reach across the Midwest each season. The goal of this show is to strengthen and build goodwill in communities by telling the stories of diverse people as they live local and commit themselves to their main streets.

John McGivern’s Main Streets is extremely grateful to already have secured support from Network Health and the David A. and Nancy E. Putz Charitable Fund to help make its debut season a reality.

ABOUT JOHN
Five-time Emmy Award winning actor/host John McGivern learned about the world growing up on Oakland Avenue, the main street of his east-side Milwaukee neighborhood. John has shared his memories through his one man shows for his whole career. He tells the stories of being the third born of six kids in a working-class, Irish Catholic Family in the Midwest. His stories are personal and funny and touching and familiar, and they remind us all that as specific as we might believe our experiences are, we all share a universal human experience. For the past nine years, he’s been getting to know the stories of other peoples’ main streets. By simply talking and exploring, John has shared the hearts of each one of the 117 Wisconsin communities with PBS viewers all across the country.

ABOUT PLUM MEDIA
Plum Media is an award-winning media and events production company located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. We’ve produced hundreds of events and thousands of videos. Our team specializes in all levels of video production, live/virtual/hybrid events. We concept. We collaborate. We produce.

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