Coney Island legends Tommy Boadgieff (left) and Richard Todoroff look over notes prior to taping a segment of “True Story” on location at Jackson’s Virginia Coney Island.
JTV, the Jackson, Michigan television station announces the premiere of a new monthly series: “True Story” Friday, June 26 at 3:30, 7:30 and 10:30pm. “True Story” will explore the long-told stories of Jackson’s notorious personalities, urban legends and unique history in a new half hour series that will include first-person accounts, archival footage and historic photographs.
The first episode in the new series explores the history of the Coney Island Hot Dog and confirms the long-held belief that the Coney Island was invented in Jackson in 1914. The program features interviews with Richard Todoroff and Tommy Boadgieff, relatives of the Coney inventor along with Eli Potter, proprieter of Virginia Coney Island.
Jackson’s history as a railroad hub attracted many immigrants eager to begin a new life in a prosperous and bustling metropolis. The railroad traffic inspired several new residents to open restaurants to meet the needs of hungry travelers and rail workers. In the show, viewers will learn about the early days of the Coney, how it got its name and how its made.
“True Story” premieres Friday, June 26 at 3:30, 7:30 and 10:30 pm and will replay at various times over the next two weeks. A complete air schedule is online at JTV.TV.
JTV is carried on Comcast Channel 90 in greater Jackson, AT&T U-Verse Channel 5380 in Lansing-Jackson and WOW! Cable channel 161 in south central Michigan. The program can also be viewed on JTV’s live stream on the station’s website.