Log Off and Live: San Francisco TV Host Doug McConnell Explores ''Life Outside The Box'' on OpenRoad.TV - The Traveler's Video Guide to the American West -- New Video Blog Series Showcases Revealing Conversations with Prominent Digital Media and Technology Experts about Travel, Adventure and Life Outside of Work

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Doug McConnell, longtime host of "Nissan's Bay Area Backroads" on KRON-TV, and host of OpenRoad.TV with Doug McConnell -- The Traveler's Video Guide to the American West (http://www.openroad.tv), and OpenRoad.TV co-founder Carl Bidleman have recently launched a new video blog series called "Life Outside the Box" (http://openroad.tv/blog/category/life-outside-the-box).

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    In the ongoing feature, McConnell meets up with successful people in the world of digital media and technology and invites them to talk about their favorite places and activities when they finally get a break from the computer. The series will soon expand to include interviews with interesting leaders from a variety of backgrounds.

Most recently, McConnell and Bidleman posted a "Life Outside the Box" interview with Om Malik, (http://openroad.tv/blog/2008/02/03/life-outside-the-box-8-om-malik/), highly respected journalist and founder of Giga Omni Media, publisher of a number of Web sites that chronicle the worlds of technology and new media.

A week after the December interview, Malik suffered a heart attack. Once Malik had regained some of his strength, McConnell went back for another visit to update the story. The new interview presents a candid conversation with Malik, who's evolved from a cigar-loving, restaurant connoisseur and workaholic to a man who's now discovered the benefits of a more peaceful lifestyle, and has even regained his sense of smell once he gave up smoking.

Previous "Life Outside the Box" profiles include conversations with David Pescovitz, editor of Boing Boing, 'a directory of wonderful things'; Rhett Butler, publisher of environmental science and action Web site mongabay.com; David Allen Ibsen, author of "5 Blogs Before Lunch," a branding and marketing blog; Mindy Roberts, author of "The Mommy Blog"; Natalie Zee Drieu, senior editor of craftzine.com; Guy Kawasaki, Silicon Valley entrepreneur and author; and Brad Day of "Weekend Sherpa," an e-mail newsletter on outdoor pursuits in Northern California.

Coming up are chats with John Battelle, entrepreneur, journalist and founder/chairman/CEO of Federated Media Publishing; Scott Beale, founder of Laughing Squid, covering art, culture and technology from San Francisco and beyond; Alder Yarrow of Vinography: a wine blog about wine and food adventures in San Francisco and around the world; and Merlin Mann, founding editor of 43folders.com, a family of Web sites about personal productivity.

OpenRoad.TV is an easy-to-use Web site and online travel community that combines broadcast-quality videos and travel expertise with user-generated content. It is designed to help people imagine, plan and book travel in the West. The site is packed with videos, photos, stories, useful links and interactive maps exploring the well-known landmarks and hidden gems of one of the world's most iconic regions. Visitors are invited to join a growing online community to share photos, videos and firsthand stories of their own travels and to exchange views on topics such as active adventures, lodging tips, traveling with kids and pets, food, wine, history, RV'ing, motorcycle touring and parks.

About Doug McConnell

For the past 15 years, San Francisco Bay Area television personality Doug McConnell has been the award-winning host and senior editor of KRON's "Nissan's Bay Area Backroads" - the longest-running, regional television series in Northern California. Prior to joining "Backroads," McConnell hosted, reported and produced many other series, specials and news reports for KPIX-TV in San Francisco, KING-TV in Seattle, KAKM public television in Anchorage, PBS and CBS nationally, the Discovery Channel and Animal Planet, and other broadcast and cable outlets.

About OpenRoad.TV

OpenRoad.TV is owned by ConvergenceMedia Productions. Doug McConnell and Carl Bidleman are the principals of the company, based in Sausalito, Calif. Jim Wirth heads up marketing and community development. Paul Schoos is head of finance. More information can be found at http://www.openroad.tv.

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