John DeMaio, left, with Joe Dorsey, his business partner and co-founder of Red 5 Creative, while filming the Las Vegas episode of “Travel Thru History.” The show began its second season this past weekend.
SEMINOLE - “Travel Thru History,” an educational travel show created by Seminole High School grad and Red 5 Creative co-founder John DeMaio, kicked off its second season this past weekend with a trip to Miami.
Geared toward a teenage audience and their families, each episode visits and explores a diverse destination around the globe. The goal is to teach its viewers about each city’s roots, history and heritage.
“It’s an educational show intended for teens, but has a larger audience,” DeMaio said. “Older viewers can take away something from it as well. The idea was we didn’t want to talk down to kids.”
Locales from the upcoming season include Louisville, New Orleans, Belize and even St. Petersburg.
“We’ve been to a lot of really cool places, but it was really cool to film the show at home,” DeMaio said.
The St. Petersburg episode airs Jan. 11, 2014 and visit a variety of familiar locations including The Dali Museum, The Holocaust Museum, The St. Petersburg Museum of History, Fort De Soto Park, and the Ted Williams Museum at Tropicana Field.
The show was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Single Camera Video this past June. While DeMaio and his business partner, Joe Dorsey, didn’t win, DeMaio said simply being nominated for the award was enough. The pair traveled to Los Angeles for the awards ceremony and luncheon, and got to brush elbows with the creative minds behind popular soap operas, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and other giants of daytime TV.
“For our little show, it was kind of a big deal for us,” DeMaio said. “It was weird being part of it.”
“It is extremely rare for an educational show with a small crew like ours to be recognized with a national Daytime Emmy award nomination, but our team endeavored to make it a reality, and we couldn’t be more thrilled,” said Dorsey in a press release.
DeMaio graduated from Seminole High School in 1994 and went on to attend the University of Central Florida, where he majored in communications with a focus on radio and television.
After graduation, he stayed in Orlando, doing some work for Skyline Teleproductions and Fox 35. He began focusing on freelance work in 2001 and eventually formed Red 5 Creative with Dorsey. For the past five years, he’s worked as director of photography and an editor for Walt Disney World Creative Entertainment.
Travel Thru History airs on both weekend days – the current season on Saturdays and first season episodes on Sundays – on the MeTV network. Visit metvnetwork.com/wherewatch.php for more information on where to view the show.