Oprah does a special segment on Frenchboro, Maine in her showApril 30th, 2009 - 6:51 pm ICT by GD
Frenchboro, Maine, which has hardly received any kind of publicity in its years of existence, is all set to get media attention as it got into the headlines with Oprah Winfry making a special segment on this quiet offshore island. On Wednesday, 29th of April, Frenchboro received its share of fame as it was the center of attraction for a few minutes in the “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”
Frenchboro is a sparsely populated island, 7 miles offshore from the Mount Desert Island. The island has about 40 residents only, with 18 households and 12 families residing in the town. The production team had traveled to Frenchboro on the St. Patrick’s Day to learn about the history of the place, its lobster industry, their school and related information. Some days later the residents of the island were gathered in the one room school to talk to Oprah Winfrey herself. Well, the host was not physically present but she talked to them with the help of online video conferencing.
This segment was specially included because the makers of the show wanted to do a segment on an interesting and unusual community. Oprah asked them questions for about how the residents were able to cope up without the availability of basic amenities and inquired about other related issues. The interview lasted for about 10 to 15 minutes but the residents were all feeling nervous. This is quite natural considering the fact that they were on international television for the first time.
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