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  • Wild Man

    Central Point man is living the dream with his own adventure television series
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    • Wanted: Wild Woman
      Comcast SportsNet Northwest is looking for the next Jeremy McLaughlin to host another outdoor-adventure series, but this show comes with a little less testosterone than McLaughlin's show.
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      Wanted: Wild Woman
      Comcast SportsNet Northwest is looking for the next Jeremy McLaughlin to host another outdoor-adventure series, but this show comes with a little less testosterone than McLaughlin's show.

      Comcast this week put out a casting call for a sequel called "Wanted II: Adventure Woman" to find a host for a new series similar to "The Wild Life with Jeremy," but with a feminine twist.

      The reality-style television series will film in late August or September, pitting contestants against the outdoors and each other to vie for the host job, with the winning woman chosen by a panel of judges.

      Would-be entrants should be comfortable and knowledgeable about the outdoors, have a spirit of adventure and, of course, be female. No television experience is necessary.

      For more information and an application, visit www.csnnw.com.

      — Mark Freeman
  • Jeremy McLaughlin stood near the edge of an Eastern Oregon cliff, ready to make the literal and figurative plunge of his young life.
    The 24-year-old Central Point native was about to test-drive paragliding, the extreme sport of jumping off high places tethered to a glorified kite. And he was doing it in front of television cameras there to chronicle the wild ride that was to kick off his new, and very public, wild life.
    "It was me strapping a parachute on my back and running off a cliff," McLaughlin says. "Not only was this going to be intense, but it was going to be all me right off the bat."
    McLaughlin leapt off that cliff in April, and the parachute captured more than enough wind to sail him softly to earth. It launched his new career as the Northwest's television outdoor adventure man.
    That paragliding moment was the first take in McLaughlin's life as the host of a new outdoor adventure series called "The Wild Life with Jeremy," now winding up its inaugural season on Comcast SportsNet.
    The show airs Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and can be seen in Southern Oregon on Ashland cable channel 82.
    The former University of Oregon wrestler and one-time African missionary is now putting the finishing touches on next Wednesday's season finale.
    He earned the job in the spring by winning an outdoor reality-show contest also broadcast on Comcast SportsNet. And he's still trying to comprehend the dizzying ride into television — much like that paragliding ride that launched his series.
    "I'm not going to lie," says McLaughlin, a 2003 Crater High School graduate. "It's been such an amazing ride.
    "This job is every kid's crazy dream — to go out and have adventures," McLaughlin says. "It's been an experience of a lifetime. Just thinking back at what's happened really blows my mind."
    McLaughlin has seen success on the show by collectively tapping into his backgrounds in outdoor sports and theater, as well as his new-found ability to act comfortable on camera despite no past television experience.
    "He's a naturally charismatic guy, an appealing guy, and he's quick to tell a story," says Adam Willis, the show's associate producer. "He's definitely coming into his own quickly."
    McLaughlin's ascent began innocently enough in August when a friend heard that Comcast was taking applications for participation in a new reality show called "Wanted: Adventure Host," with the winner to host Comcast's planned adventure show.
    "I thought it was a job application, not a reality TV show," McLaughlin says. "It was one of those things where I didn't really know what I was getting myself into."
    McLaughlin earned a slot on the show, which he calls a mix of "American Idol" and "Survivor," testing contestants' outdoor mettle and show-host potential.
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