New series follows author and adventurer Jeff Belanger as he explores the folklore of New England.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – October 22 , 2013 – If we’re to believe the history books, folklore, and thousands of eyewitnesses over the last few centuries, New England is full of ghosts, monsters, and other mysteries that are more than just campfire tales. On October 31st at 10 PM, PBS affiliate WGBY in Springfield will premiere New England Legends, a new television series that follows adventurer and author Jeff Belanger as he explores these many tales around New England.
Two half-hour episodes will air back-to-back on October 31st: “The Spooky Berkshires” and “Mysteries in Stone.” “The Spooky Berkshires” examines the tragic history of the Houghton Mansion in North Adams, Massachusetts, and its century-old haunting, then heads up to October Mountain in the Berkshires to chase down stories of Bigfoot sightings, UFOs, and the ghost of a young girl said to haunt an abandoned cemetery somewhere deep in the woods.
“Mysteries in Stone” takes viewers north of Boston to a 4,000-year-old calendar in Salem, New Hampshire dubbed “America’s Stonehenge,” before heading south to Lynn Woods on Boston’s North Shore to explore tales of pirates, buried treasure, and a man who spent his life tunneling through solid rock because spirits told him he’d find gold.
“This isn’t a ghost-hunting show,” said Host and Executive Producer Jeff Belanger. “Legends are living, breathing things. They define our communities as much as the buildings or the people who came before us. New England Legends will explore those tales from the fringe that make living in New England that much more interesting.”
Belanger partnered with Tony Dunne, who wrote and produced the documentary Things That Go Bump in the Night: Tales of Haunted New England back for PBS in 2009. Belanger was featured prominently in that first documentary, which went on to national acclaim. The two have been discussing producing a regular television series ever since.
“New England Legends is made by New Englanders for New England,” said Director and Executive Producer Tony Dunne. “These stories are always evolving as new people discover the hidden caves and mysterious locales that are hidden treasures in our region. We’re taking a snapshot of these stories and showing believers and skeptics alike how these legends help define what it means to be from New England.”
About Jeff Belanger
Jeff Belanger (www.jeffbelanger.com) is a New England native, author, adventurer, and one of the most visible and prolific paranormal researchers today. Since 1997, the journalist has interviewed thousands of eyewitnesses to paranormal occurrences. He’s the author of more than a dozen books on the paranormal (published in six languages) including the best sellers: The World’s Most Haunted Places, Weird Massachusetts, Our Haunted Lives, and Who’s Haunting the White House? (for children). He’s the founder of Ghostvillage.com, the Web’s most popular paranormal destination according to Google.com, and a noted speaker and media personality. He’s also the host of the cable/Web talk show, 30 Odd Minutes which is available in over 9 million homes in the United States and Europe on Sky TV. Belanger has written for newspapers like The Boston Globe and is the series writer and researcher for Ghost Adventures on the Travel Channel. He’s been a guest on hundreds of radio and television programs including: The History Channel, The Travel Channel, Biography Channel, PBS, NECN, Living TV (UK), The Maury Show, The CBS News Early Show, FOX, NBC, ABC, and CBS affiliates, National Public Radio, The BBC, Australian Radio Network, and Coast to Coast AM.
About Tony Dunne
Award-winning television producer Tony Dunne grew up in Central Massachusetts, but has called Western Massachusetts home for well over a decade now. After studying film and television production at Emerson College and the University of Massachusetts, Tony has spent the past 15 years working as a producer in news, commercial, independent, and most recently public television at PBS honing his storytelling skills. Tony has produced magazine programs, nightly newscasts, quiz shows, lifestyle and health programming, as well as the nationally-distributed documentary Things That Go Bump in the Night: Tales of Haunted New England for PBS.
About New England Legends
New England Legends premieres on October 31st at 10 PM on PBS affiliate WGBY in Springfield, Massachusetts. For more information, visit: www.ournewenglandlegends.com