About The Hosts
Gary Rispone was introduced to the outdoors by his father and has been an avid outdoorsman and nature conservationist ever since. He has spent his life passing his love of the outdoors to his children and grandchildren.
In 2002, Gary created Paradise Louisiana to share his passion with the state of Louisiana. As the original host of this outdoor news show, Gary has co-hosted with two of the biggest outdoor personalities in the state. He has also been an active member of nature conservation organizations such as the Atchafalaya Basin Commission, Ducks Unlimited, National Wild Turkey Federation, Quality Deer Management Association, the Baton Rouge Sportsman’s League and Coastal Conservation Association.
Some of Gary’s most treasured memories are those of the many hours he has spent in the outdoors, hunting and fishing with his father, brothers, children, and grandchildren as well as countless other family and friends.
Gary considers his biggest passion and achievement to be introducing children, individuals with disabilities and those less fortunate to the beautiful state of Louisiana, the sportsman’s paradise.
Don Dubuc is an outdoorsman, conservationist, columnist, broadcaster, journalist, speaker and broadcaster. He has spent decades fishing and hunting the woods, swamps, marshes and bayous of the southeast. He has combined his knowledge and love of the outdoors with a unique ability to provide both experienced and novice sportsmen with techniques and hints for successful hunting and fishing in Louisiana and the Gulf Coast. This insider’s knowledge of Louisiana has proven invaluable in discussions about rebuilding New Orleans and the Gulf South.
Don’s works offer more than just tips by creating public awareness of environmental and resource-oriented issues. With a special emphasis on youth involvement and ethics, Don’s radio programs heard on a number of stations across the country since 1985 cover all aspects of the outdoors in a sincere, enthusiastic manner. Don’s other outdoor media works include articles and photographs to a number of statewide magazines. Don is an award-winning television reporter who has written, produced and hosted 21 years of outdoor features on New Orleans’ ABC 26 TV and other LA stations. Whether a live broadcast or magazine features, Don’s unique style is always interesting, informative and entertaining.
Don’s personal and professional affiliations include memberships in Outdoor Writers of America Association, Southeastern Outdoor Press Association, Louisiana Outdoor Writer’s Association (Past President) LA Wildlife Federation (Past Regional Director) Ducks Unlimited, Delta Waterfowl, Bass Angler Sportsmen’s Society, Buckmasters, National Wild Turkey Federation and Bayou State Bowhunters. Don was inducted into the LA Sportsman “Hall of Fame”, named “Conservationist of the Year” by two sportsmen’s organizations and earned a nomination for the Governor’s State Conservation Communicator Award. In 2003 Don was honored with the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association’s Arthur Van Pelt Award for lifetime achievement in conservation.
“On the air” Don has won numerous awards from New Orleans Press Club, LOWA, SEOPA, OWAA, Winchester and the National Shooting Sports Foundation for photography, writing and broadcasting. Don’s network radio show, airing since 1989 was selected as the best in 28 states by the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association. Without doubt, Don has the most credibility, visibility and name recognition in LA outdoor media.