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March 1 , 2005
CONTACT: Ward Mullens
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EMU graduate to make television debut March 6

YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University alumnus Bill Click ('03) readily admits that being the host of the latest home improvement television show, “Restoration Realities,” is harder than he imagined it would be.

“There’s no chair with my name on it,” said Click with a laugh. “And no one is bringing me drinks on the set.”

“Restoration Realities” premieres on the Do It Yourself (DIY) Network Sunday, March 6 at 2 p.m., (consult cable provider for availability and channel).

The show focuses on helping homeowners overcome the obstacles of restoration, whether it’s a specific piece of furniture or an entire room.

“This is a show about learning. It’s not an entertainment show,” said Click. “Restoration is a process, not an event.”

Click spent the past year traveling the country filming 26 episodes of the show and putting in some grueling days that rival his time working for his own construction company, Model Construction Inc. in Clinton.

“We worked 107 hours in eight days for three episodes,” said Click.

There was the bathtub in Atlanta, and a staircase in Portland, Oregon. Click even managed to find a project in Michigan, working to repair crown ceiling work in a home in Detroit.

Click said that one thing he realized while shooting the show was that people are throwing out a lot of things that can be restored. He said people who want to try to restore something can do it.

“Restoration gives you a sense of history of the house,” said Click. “Everybody wins with restoration. Restoration dollars (compared to quick fixes) compound value over time and can help boost the local economy.”

Restoration does take more initial planning, something Click said the show doesn’t really cover, but is supplemented through the DIY Web site.    

“There’s a whole planning phase that we don’t get the chance to show,” he said. “You can’t just run down to the local home center and get what you need.”

Click landed in front of the camera after he was selected from 1,400 inquiries. Seventy potential hosts were asked to make audition tapes, then the field was narrowed to eight, who did on camera auditions.

While Click said his love of talking helped him land the job, his considerable resume was hard to ignore. Click, who owns two businesses, earned his degree in historic preservation from EMU in 2003 and is the president of the historic preservation alumni chapter.

“Television is an evil seductress,” Click said with a laugh. “On the one hand you think about how few people get to host a TV show and then when you see the beast, you wonder ‘what did I do to deserve this (referring to the up to seventeen hour days with the aggressive shoot schedule).’ It’s a great honor and I would do it again.”

Eastern Michigan University is a public comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.

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Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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