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Melvin has been a host on Mississippi Outdoors for over 30 years. The Neshoba County native and Newton resident started his career with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks in 1966. Melvin is a true Mississippi icon. Every week Melvin has been greeting the viewers of Mississippi Outdoors. His warm smile and genuine personality have endeared him in the hearts of Mississippi sportsmen and women. Without even trying, Melvin has ingrained himself into the fabric of Mississippi's outdoor landscape. Melvin once said he's been living every country boy's dream and he's able to exceed his expectations. "Very few people get to live out their dreams and fantasies," Melvin said. "With God's grace, the support of my wife Betty and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks I've been able to do just that."

Randy was born and raised in Meridian, MS and introduced to the outdoors at a very young age by his parents, Joe and Betty Newell. Both parents had him out on the lake or in the woods year round. He now resides in Rankin County with his wife, Donna and son Addison. Randy is a Conservation Officer for The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks with over seventeen years of experience. "I am living a God given dream in the opportunity I have been given," Randy said, "And I plan on every child and family in the state of Mississippi to live it with me." Randy is actively involved in A-Hunt-Above, which is an organization that creates hunting and fishing opportunities for physically challenged children and children with life threatening illnesses.

Todd Shiyou is a Hancock County native, the youngest of four sons to Michael and Juanita Shiyou. Being part of a family that loved the outdoors, it was natural for Todd to hunt and fish for whatever was in season. Todd's main passion is speckled trout fishing. He never missed a chance to go with his dad. Naturally as Todd became older, venturing offshore, blue water fishing was just another step to make him a more rounded fisherman. No matter what the season Todd will be out there. 





Jim Walker
Media Director

Rusty Bush
Series Producer

Scooter Whatley
Segment Producer

Tamara Jackson
Public Affairs

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