Anaconda men get metal detecting pilot on Nat Geo

| February 28, 2012 | 1 Comment
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By itself, metal detecting may seem like a pretty dull spectator sport.

But, with Anaconda residents Tim Saylor and George Wyant in the field, treasure hunting just might catch on with television viewers.

The duo behind Anaconda and a number of self-produced “Extreme Metal Detecting” DVDs is now flirting with their own TV series on the art of uncovering buried gems.

Two half-hour pilot episodes of the show “Diggers” will premier back-to-back at 8 p.m. Feb. 28 on the National Geographic Channel.

The channel is not part of most basic cable packages.

Team ATC, as Saylor and Wyant are known, not only travel across Montana but all around the country in search of historical artifacts lost beneath the surface.

Saylor, a software developer, and Wyant, who works at Montana Resources, first bonded over their interest in metal detecting several years ago.

Wyant bought a few instructional videos off the Internet, which they both found dry. They created a website and started filming their own trips to raise interest in the hobby, but let their personalities show through to make their videos more entertaining.

“It’s something about when we get together. We egg each other on,” Saylor said. “Nothing is off limits, and we push boundaries.”

Silly skits and footage of actual finds helped “Extreme Metal Detecting” sell more than 1,000 copies over six volumes. When Saylor put a few compilations on YouTube, they caught the eye of more than a few

TV production companies.

Half Yard Productions, creators of “American Loggers” and “Modern Marvels,” came to Anaconda to meet Team ATC early last year. They successfully pitched “Diggers” to National Geographic in July.

Most of the filming for these two episodes took place in September and October. The first episode is set in Montana and the second is set in South Carolina.

“For most treasure hunters, it’s a dream come true,” Saylor said. “They’re flying us to places we might not ever have gone to.”

While they do find some incredible things, what makes the show is their ability to keep it fun and funny, Wyant said.

“It’s not about what we do, but how we do it,” he said. “Were constantly making stupid bets and messing with each other.”

The series is not guaranteed beyond these two episodes, though “King George” and “Ringmaster Tim” are hopeful Nat Geo decides to bring them back for a whole season – depending on how the pilots test with audiences.

“They’re talking good things, and we’re positive about it moving forward,” Wyant said. “I don’t want it to end. It’s just created a life of its own.”


Information from: The Montana Standard,

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  1. Quinn says:

    The episodes are

    Diggers: Montana Juice

    Ringy and KG are headed to an old prison in Montana to help the local museum curator uncover buried treasure. The shuttered prison has remained unopened for decades, but it once held some of the most notorious outlaws of the Old West. Who knows what the boys will find that once belonged to the prisons infamous residents Contraband? Bullets? A shank?

    Diggers: Digging Dixie

    KG and Ringy hit the beaches along Charleston, S.C. Hurricanes may be a nightmare for homeowners, but they are heaven-sent for treasure hunters. Storms far out at sea often churn up the shoreline, revealing all kinds of treasure, or juice, as they call it. With potential riches and shifting sands, the South Carolina beaches could be a treasure trove. In no time, it looks like they are onto something. Could it be gold?

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