TV show features important outdoor Maine issues

The Maine Show logoBen Sprague is an interesting young man, a Bangor banker who enthusiastically interviews Maine people for his weekly podcast called “The Maine Show.” When he invited me to be a guest on his show, I checked it out and was impressed with the folks he’s interviewed and the issues he’s tackled. It’s a very interesting show.

Ben caught up with me at the Maine Harvest Festival at the Cross Center in Bangor, and we taped the show in a room at the auditorium. I talked about my career as an advocate for sportsmen and conservation, including my 18 years at the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine.

We hit on a wide range of topics including the Land for Maine’s Future program, the proposed national park near Millinocket, hunting, fishing, and other outdoor recreational opportunities, and something I’ve been talking about a lot lately, the failing rural economy. I offered advice to young people who want outdoor careers, we talked about Greenville’s branding initiative, we explored the marketing of hunting and fishing (actually, the lack of marketing), and we talked about my campaign for governor (actually, despite the encouragement of Ben, I explained why I will never run for governor!).

You can listen to Ben’s program here. I also encourage you to check out Ben’s other shows as well, accessible here. The show with Steve Vose also focused on outdoor issues and opportunities.

George Smith

About George Smith

George stepped down at the end of 2010 after 18 years as the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to write full time. He writes a weekly editorial page column in the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel, a weekly travel column in those same newspapers (with his wife Linda), monthly columns in The Maine Sportsman magazine, two outdoor news blogs (one on his website,, and one on the website of the Bangor Daily News), and special columns for many publications and newsletters. Islandport Press published a book of George's favorite columns, "A Life Lived Outdoors" in 2014. In 2014, George also won a Maine Press Association award for writing the state's bet sports blog. In 2016, Down East Books published George's book, Maine Sporting Camps, and Islandport Press published George and his wife Linda's travel book, Take It From ME, about their favorite Maine inns and restaurants.