Sharon Snow’s face is familiar to nearly all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, thanks to her Friday feature for NTV news, Places to Go with Sharon Snow. Despite getting its start at the beginning of the century, Snow’s not about to run out of destinations to highlight across our province.
Places to Go began 15 years ago, which makes it a bona-fide institution for NTV. Over a decade and a half the segment has shot 40 features annually, Snow said, which means about 600 places visited to date. “It started as a weekly human-interest feature in which we wanted to highlight interesting, fun, unique places people could go within our province,” Snow explained. “Since then our feature has taken us internationally, but we enjoy shooting at home most of all.”
And home has never failed to provide the team with a wealth of places to highlight, Snow said. The segment’s places cover everything from restaurants, spas, theatres, and tree farms, as featured just before Christmas. Places for the show are picked because they offer something special, Snow said — it could be that it’s unique or new to the province, or it might just be something fun.
Selections are made between Snow, the news director, and the cameraman. “It’s not difficult to find new places,” Snow said, “Like any news story or feature it takes preparation
time, but this province is full of wonderful places to visit that we still haven’t gotten to all of them yet.These small businesses ”
Heading up a successful news segment like this–one that involves travel around the province–seems like a full-time gig, but Snow’s actually also a full-time account media rep with NTV and OZFM and nearing her 25th anniversary in the role. Busy as she may be, Places To Go with Sharon Snow will continue with plenty of new spots to feature in 2015 – the segment is part of our provincial psyche now, Snow said, and a big part of her own life as well. “The greatest compliment is when people write or call to say they’ve included ‘our’ feature into their list of vacation destinations or I’ve made some misplaced Newfoundlander homesick since watching one of our features, like our boil up with the Minister of Tourism at the time,” she said of the impact the show has on her. “All of these are wonderful compliments to the sustainably of the feature.”
Article by Terri Coles