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Local reality star's series renewed for another season

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Michael Ballard's reality television series 'Full Throttle Saloon' was recently picked up for a second season on truTV, part of the Turner Broadcasting System. Ballard owns the Full Throttle Saloon, which is the world's largest saloon located in Sturgis, S.D.
Dyer County's Michael Ballard is a busy and famous man these days, after the airing of his "Full Throttle Saloon" reality television series on truTV, a part of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

Ballard is the owner of the world's largest saloon called the "Full Throttle Saloon" in Sturgis, S.D. The series is based around his saloon that is open for nine days out of the year, during the Sturgis Bike Rally.

He is going to get even more famous now that truTV has agreed to air new episodes this fall.

"The show was really successful and they picked us up for another 10 episodes this year," said Ballard.

He added the network could possibly air as many as 12 episodes.

Not only is Ballard excited for the series being picked up for a second season, but he also says last season was met with a large viewing audience and high ratings.

"We broke records on the Turner Network with tru Television," said Ballard. "We were in the top five cable shows in our time slot. We beat out Discovery, Spike, TNT, and TLC."

Ballard said since the airing of the show he and his girlfriend, Angie Carlson, and former Jackyl lead singer, Jesse Dupree, are very busy promoting the show and the saloon.

"We're traveling all over the country making appearances," said Ballard. "We've been booked from January through April and are in a different city every weekend."

Ballard and company will be attending Daytona Beach Bike Week, Arizona Bike Week and have been going to all of the Easy Rider shows across the country.

However, when May rolls around, Ballard and Carlson will move from Dyersburg to Sturgis to open up the Full Throttle Saloon. There is a three-month-long process of opening up the saloon that includes an indoor/outdoor bar with two large stages, a tattoo parlor, a burn-out pit, a wrestling ring, restaurants, dozens of stores, 200 cabins for rent and parking for thousands of bikes.

In August, the saloon will open to the throngs of bikers who will be attending the Sturgis Bike Rally. This is when the world will get to see how Ballard keeps up with over 300 employees and tries to make as much money as he can in the process.

"Full Throttle Saloon" can be seen on the truTV channel this fall.

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I haven't been able to find it on DISH

-- Posted by stepreen on Sun, Feb 28, 2010, at 7:56 AM

whoopie.......drunks, cursing and his wife who loves to show her stuff.....great tv

-- Posted by TnWanderer on Sun, Feb 28, 2010, at 6:26 PM

man wish i could get the channel.!!

-- Posted by steelguy on Mon, Mar 1, 2010, at 7:24 AM

It's channel 204 on Dish.

-- Posted by thisismysay on Mon, Mar 1, 2010, at 12:40 PM

We've watched it and liked it.Sure there's profanity but not much else on TV that doesn't have it too. He has some CRAZY employees!!!!! This is his business and he keeps business, he seems fair to his employees and gives them that second chance most people wouldn't.Best wishes to them. We'll be watching.

-- Posted by NannaP on Mon, Mar 1, 2010, at 12:44 PM

Congrats to Mr. Ballard & Miss Carlson!! I'm very proud for anyone local that makes the bigtime. :)

-- Posted by Molby on Mon, Mar 1, 2010, at 1:05 PM

This is a great show featuring a hometown man. I really enjoy it. And, to you people who continue to gripe about the contents, there are at least two buttons on your tv. The channel changer and the off button. Use them!!! Then go back to your old detective re-runs.

-- Posted by The Riverman on Tue, Mar 2, 2010, at 10:35 AM

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