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Tune in to four inspiring and courageous tales of perseverance in the face of adversity. Visit an experimental boarding school in Kenya, take part in a gruelling race along side a live volcano, see the challenges faced by a young man in pursuit of his dream and witness the journey along the Underground Railroad as OLN embraces the human spirit this February.

“OLN is proud to offer viewers personal and inspiring stories from around the world during Black History Month” commented Alain Strati, VP Specialty TV & Development, Rogers Media Television.

Boys of Baraka
Saturday, February 7 at 8pm ET/PT
Boys of Baraka focuses on a generation of inner-city kids abandoned by society. Growing up in Baltimore, they are all too aware of their bleak statistics – 61 per cent of the city’s African-American boys fail to graduate from high school; 50 per cent of them end up in jail. Destiny comes to 16 boys including Richard, Romesh, Montrey and Devon, with a unique twist – a chance to attend an experimental boarding school in rural Kenya. This is an opportunity for these young men to change their lives by gaining educational confidence by graduating from high school as well as sharing a unique and memorable experience together. See their incredible transformation in Boys of Baraka.

Volcanic Spirit
Saturday, February 14 at 8pm ET/PT
Volcanic Spirit shares the story of Africa’s most difficult mountain race – the ‘Mt. Cameroon Race of Hope’ and the local athletes who risk everything to compete. The town of Buea in the Southwest Province of Cameroon hosts the challenging marathon-length sprint – 10,000 feet up and down a live volcano! Almost fifty per cent of those who start the race will not finish, but those who persevere have the chance to win more than the average yearly salary in Cameroon. For these dedicated competitors, Mt. Cameroon is not just a race, it’s their only shot at achieving wealth and fame. Follow fierce competitors such as Sarah Etonge (five-time champion and mother of seven) on their journey to accomplish the seemingly impossible.

Year of the Bull
Saturday, February 21 at 8pm ET/PT
Meet Taureen Charles – the All-American team captain of the Miami North Western Bulls and blue-chip prospect for the NFL. Year of the Bull is a candid look in to Taureen’s life, his struggle to get out of the inner-city and his determination to qualify for a Division One collegiate football program. Taureen believes that football will enable him to provide a better life for him and his family. His journey is not without its complications – disappointing SAT scores, peer pressure, internal struggles, state-wide media attention, and immense pressure to succeed – and Taureen must face some difficult dilemmas and important decisions. Year of the Bull begs the ultimate question for struggling young athletes: What matters most…SAT scores or the final score of the game?

A Thousand Miles to Freedom
Saturday, February 28 at 8pm ET/PT
A Thousand Miles to Freedom is the story of Canada and The Underground Railroad. For more than 40,000 African Americans living in the United States, the Underground Railroad became a term synonymous with freedom — freedom in a place called Canada, “The Promised Land.” A Thousand Miles to Freedom brings viewers the Canadian perspective on this grueling trek out of oppression revealing the past through the eyes of those who lived it.

Have the holidays left you strapped for cash? Can’t afford the winter escape of your dreams? OLN has the release you’re looking for with new and exciting episodes of your favourite travel-adventure shows! Catch the season premieres of Survivorman, Word Travels and Departures January 2009 on OLN!

Survivorman – Season 3
Premieres Monday, January 12 at 8pm ET/PT with encore presentation at 11pm ET/PT.
Plus, tune in to OLN weekdays at 8pm ET/PT for all of the highlights from the first two seasons of Survivorman.
Your favourite Survivor Les Stroud is back for a thrilling third season! In each new episode, follow the film maker and renowned naturalist Les Stroud to a different remote location where he demonstrates primal methods of survival. Whether it be starting a fire with nothing but a flashlight filament, finding ‘all natural’ sources of food (think scorpions) or learning to drink water from rain-filled moss – Les has got you covered! Survivorman showcases Les’ ability to utilize resources the rest of the world would overlook – in one episode an old plywood box serves as a temporary shelter while Les uses steel wool and his CB Radio battery to make a fire! Each seven day journey documents a new adventure, while showcasing the beautiful natural landscapes the world has to offer.

In this season’s premiere episode see Les in his natural habitat – Sierra Nevada. Just because this is Les’ home turf, doesn’t mean he knows the land well… it’s pretty easy to get lost in the desert! Les was instructed to live like a “lost” hiker, but watch as he actually becomes one!

Word Travels – Season 2
Premieres Sunday, January 18 at 8:30pm ET/PT with encore presentation at 11:30pm ET/PT
Word Travels is back and better than ever! Your favourite travel writers Robin Esrock and Julia Dimon take you around the world while showing you the truth behind the byline as they battle deadlines, jetlag and their own emotional limits to find the next great story. This season of Word Travels takes viewers on an adventure to both exotic and familiar locations – see Robin and Julia as they visit Sri Lanka – where they stumble upon a bizarre bloody ritual guaranteed to make your jaw drop and learn about the manufacturing of the world famous Ceylon Tea. When in Mexico, they discover that there’s more to tequila than a good night out and in Korea they
spend a night in a Buddhist temple! Then, watch as they head to Canada’s West coast and check out Vancouver Island’s surfing community. Don’t miss the adventure with Word Travels, it’s full of surprises, always beautiful and always unpredictable – just like the world it uncovers!

Departures – Season 2
Premieres Sunday, January 25 at 7pm ET/PT with encore presentation at 10pm ET/PT
Best friends Scott Wilson, Justin Lukach and cameraman Andre Dupuis left their everyday lives behind in search of unique experiences and adventures abroad in season one of Departures. They just finished travelling the world in a year long adventure… so why stop now! Reuniting in Spain, the boys set sail for another adrenaline filled adventure. Come along for the ride as they venture to exotic locations including Libya, Brazil and Cuba. From epic landscapes and unforgettable people, to the often trying times that come with international travel, and the occasional romance, life with these boys is anything but dull! This season expect to see singing camels, poisonous plants and insects, the world’s largest living rodents, angry snakes and even… a reunion with Gisele! See it all when Departures premieres!

Don’t get left behind! Catch the season premieres of Survivorman, Word Travels and Departures January 2009 on OLN.

Jump start your New Year with the adrenaline-fuelled, international sporting event Dakar Rally 2009. In depth, daily coverage begins Sunday, January 4 at 7:30pm ET/PT (with encore presentations at 10:30pm ET/PT) and continues until Monday, January 19 on OLN!

The ultimate test of endurance and skill, this year’s Dakar Rally – marking it’s first ever occurrence in South America – will put competitors against dunes, fesh fesh sand, limitless roads and perilous mountains. The competition isn’t the only thing that’s hot! Professionals and amateurs alike will be going head-to-head in the intense heat of the austral summer. Over the last 30 years, Dakar has forged itself a legendary reputation on the African territory that helped solidify its position as one of the major sporting events of the international calendar. It continues to resonate with adrenaline junkies as 530 teams representing 49 nationalities get set to start their engines for this year’s rally including 230 motos, 30 quads, 188 cars and 82 trucks. Watch as lone Canadian competitor, 50 year-old, Vancouver Island native Donald Hatton sets his sights on victory in Dakar 2009.

The round trip to Buenos Aires, via Valparaiso is a challenge in which the most enduring competitors will find their way and have the opportunity to distinguish themselves. With close to 6,000 kilometres of specials and difficulties scattered on the whole course, the battle for the title will remain wide open until the finish. Mitsubishi’s title will be up for grabs against their major rivals at Volkswagen, BMW and Team Gordon. In T2, we will find Toyota and Nissan looking for a highly coveted victory. On the two-wheeler side, KTM will turn out in force to maintain its domination of the discipline. All the best truck teams will be there as well: Kamaz, Tatra, Hino, Mercedes, Ginaf, and the title-holder Man will vie for first place.

(Toronto – December 8, 2008) Tune in to the action-packed OLN original special highlighting the most dangerous eight seconds in sports! Hangin’ On, Boys and Bulls premieres Saturday December 13 at 6 pm ET.

It’s man versus beast! Hangin’ On, Boys and Bulls features eight of the bravest and baddest bull riders from the renowned Dodge Tour. Watch as each competitor strives to master an angry 2000 pound bull in what is called the most dangerous sport in rodeo. The tour traveled all over Ontario this past summer to find the best bull riders in the province, and united them at the Dodge Rodeo Finals at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga. Hosted by Hugh Burrill and filmed at the heart pounding finals, OLN puts you front and center for all the action, introduces you to some of the colourful characters who travel with the tour and demystifies the complicated rules of bull riding.

Riders, bull fighters, stock contractors and fans – see them all when Hangin’ On, Boys and Bulls premieres Saturday December 13 at 6 pm ET on OLN!

(Toronto – December 4, 2008) The action-packed, adrenaline-charged hit series Dog the Bounty Hunter rolls into OLN this month! Don’t miss all of your favourite episodes from the early seasons when Dog the Bounty Hunter begins weeknights at 7 pm ET starting Monday, December 22 on OLN.

OLN takes you back to the beginning for all of the adventures of real life bounty hunter Duane Chapman a.k.a. “Dog”. Along with his loyal family and colleagues – wife Beth, sons Duane Lee and Leland, and daughter Lyssa – Dog stops at nothing to get his man! In the memorable first season, Dog and his entourage travel from Hawaii to Colorado in search of their prey – including a 21-year daughter of a gospel pastor and ex choir member, and a crack dealing long line fisherman. Tune in to see Beth look after her children while chasing fugitives in 4 inch heels and watch as Dog fearlessly takes on dangerous criminals but struggles to discipline his own unruly brood.

Don’t miss the heart-stopping action when Dog the Bounty Hunter begins weeknights at 7 pm ET starting Monday, December 22 on OLN!

Embrace the unknown with the Eagar brothers of Canada, -Jeff, Chris and Stephen – as they take you to exotic travel locations around the world and provide a unique behind-the-scenes perspective you won’t be find in any tourist guide! These homegrown mariners give a national take on international adventures in this OLN original series that takes you off the beaten path and into the unfamiliar. Each episode brings a new destination and with it, a new adventure. From traveling across India in a rickshaw and crossing the Arctic Circle in a reindeer drawn sleigh; to hitch hiking across Peru and floating down the Nile in a felucca boat, when you travel with the Eagar boys you are guaranteed to get there in local style.

Fasten your seatbelt and come along for the ride! “Which Way To…” premieres Tuesday, October 21st on OLN.

OLN is Canada’s destination for adventurous entertainment. Through such homegrown hits as Survivorman, Mantracker, Angry Planet and Ed’s Up! and the internationally-acclaimed The Amazing Race, The Academy, and Tour de France, OLN offers viewers a chance to take part in real and rugged experiences. And with exceptional travel programs like Departures, Pilot Guides, Word Travels, and Amazing Adventures of a Nobody, OLN proves the world is literally one click away. OLN is part of Rogers Media Inc., a division of Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX: RCI and NYSE: RCI) which is a diversified Canadian communications and media company.

Mon., Aug. 25 – Fri., Aug. 29 from 6 p.m. ET – Midnight ET

OLN’s Travel Week returns this year with locations that will satisfy even the most daring armchair travellers. Get an exclusive glimpse at the people and places that make a destination so unique with exciting episodes of OLN’s best travel series including Departures, Word Travels, Pilot Guides and Don’t Forget Your Passport.

Sun., Aug. 24 at 9 p.m. ET

Approaching the third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, this compelling one-hour special analyses the disaster that occurred in New Orleans in August 2005. Find out what scientists and engineers predicted would happen well before the levees broke and how some of their worst fears were realized.

Mon., Aug. 18 at 7:30 p.m. ET

On vacations around the world, travellers capture compelling, shocking, incredible and funny moments on their video cameras. This new season features more jaw-dropping, abdominal-aching laughs and gasps as average citizens share some of their wildest moments caught on film.

Mon., Aug. 18 at 7:30 p.m. ET

On vacations around the world, travellers capture compelling, shocking, incredible and funny moments on their video cameras. This new season features more jaw-dropping, abdominal-aching laughs and gasps as average citizens share some of their wildest moments caught on film.