As a child, Chet Garner, JD ’06, toured Texas in his family’s Suburban, stopping at most every small town museum and barbecue joint along the way. After graduating at the top of his class from Baylor Law School in 2006, Garner has returned to his first love as host and producer of “The Daytripper,” airing this spring on PBS stations across Texas.
The show debuted last year as “The Austin Daytripper” on Austin PBS affiliate KLRU, covering attractions in and around the state’s capital. Garner quickly realized that others would enjoy the format if it expanded to cover the entire state, and the show morphed into “The Daytripper,” where it is currently airing on PBS stations in not just Austin but College Station (KAMU) and Killeen (KNCT), with premieres slated for Waco (KWBU, April 18), Houston (Houston PBS, May 1) and Dallas (KERA, May 1) in the next few weeks. Dates and times are pending for additional stations in San Antonio (KLRN), Corpus Christi (KEDT), Lubbock (KTXT), Amarillo (KACV) and Midland (Basin PBS).
“The Daytripper” examines the many great things anyone living in Texas can do in a day, from state parks to museums to local eateries and attractions. Each episode covers a specific destination; early episodes featured towns from Waco to Bastrop to Fredericksburg. The Waco show highlighted city landmarks such as the Dr Pepper Museum, Cameron Park biking trails, Health Camp, and of course Garner’s alma mater, Baylor. (See below for a video sample of the show; full episodes are viewable at klru.tv.)
Sic ’em, Chet and Texas Daytrippers!