Jon Olson, “Next Stop Host & Producer” Bio
With seven Emmy nominations for both TV Hosting/Presenting and Producing, Jon Olson has proven that this unique and pioneering formula for success in the TV world is working. He has skillfully merged two of his life long passions: the performing arts and travel. An accomplished musician in his youth, Jon dove into acting while living in Los Angeles in the early 90’s. Combining these skills with his love for travel was the perfect journey for him after moving to Portland, Oregon in 1994.
Originally from South Dakota, Olson was raised with solid Midwestern values and work ethic, so when he was told that it was impossible for him to start his own travel TV show, with little experience in the business at the time, he boldly said, “Watch me!” And watch him we have. Over the past several years, Jon has grown his regional travel show, “PDXposed,” into a national/international travel show – “NEXT STOP.”
“PDXposed” was a Portland-based television show featuring regional musicians, sports, art, adventure and community, and the launching pad for The Digital Studio, a production company started by Olson and a handful of talented professionals. The team has grown the company to a level of profitability, by doing it their way – always do the right thing, be professional, honest, never greedy and always under promise and over deliver.
After eight years of exploring the nooks and crannies of what makes Portland such a rich city to enjoy, Jon and his team found themselves frequently asked, “Where’s your next stop?” Thanks to a partnership with Alaska Airlines, they are able to answer that question in nearly 64 million homes across the nation. “NEXT STOP” aired its first show January 8, 2011. Keeping within Jon’s motto of being “fun and positive,” this travel series trots around the globe following its enthusiastic and relatable host featuring how locals live and what they do for fun. His benchmark for success in the show: “When viewers are left smiling and saying, ‘I want to go there and if Jon can do it, so can I!’”
Jon is known for an authentic respect and passion for the areas he visits. He genuinely enjoys sharing with viewers the extraordinary everyday life in each of his destinations. Whether ice bar hopping during a festival in Japan, flying in a helicopter over an Alaskan glacier, or swimming with dolphins off the Big Island of Hawai’i, Olson stops at nothing to show case the unique characteristics, traditions and people in his travels.
“A natural in front of the camera, Jon Olson brings a warmth and humor to a fun show and makes you feel like you’re right there with him on vacation!” – Rob Marciano, CNN News & Weather Anchor
To those who know him, Jon’s heart is much larger than his travels. He never shies away from an opportunity to assist a nonprofit agency in need, especially when children are involved. Whether he’s emceeing or featuring such events on his show, he always welcomes these opportunities to give back. “Children have always been near and dear to my heart. It is critical that we give them the tools for success that they might not otherwise have on their own. Plus, at the end of the day, I’m just a big kid myself!”
Olson currently resides in both Portland, Oregon and Honolulu, Hawai’i with his fiancé and her three beautiful children, where he is having, “The time of my life!”