Gary R. Thieman grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. After attending Northern Michigan University, Georgetown College, Kentucky, he left for a position in television at WCPO-TV, Cincinnati. He started in the prop department working local news and variety shows such as the Uncle Al, Len Mink and Nick Clooney Shows.
The Viet Nam Conflict interrupted his career but served to be a blessing in disguise. While serving in the United States Air Force, he landed a prime time network morning radio show broadcasting from the network headquarters studios at AFKN, Seoul Korea.
After leaving the military, Thieman entered commercial radio as a disc jockey graduating to positions in major markets during prime time. He transitioned to radio sales, sales management, eventually becoming General Manager of an AM/FM combo. In 1983 he segued back to television, where he produced, directed, and appeared in commercials aired in New Orleans, LA, Mobile, AL and the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Heading to Los Angeles in 1984, Thieman founded GRT Productions Inc. He launched the award winning on-going radio show The Bottom Line, which airs coast to coast on the Cable Radio Network and internationally on Armed Forces Network. In 1988 he produced and directed the television documentary “The Young on the Run” guest-starring Leslie Charleson of General Hospital.
Thieman executive produced and directed Delta Blues “the last of the traditional bluesmen” airing on Black Entertainment Network from 1997-1999.
A string of award winning documentaries such as No Means No!, Angry Young Man, Drinking for Two, Marijuana One More Toke, just to name a few, were produced and directed by Thieman and currently distributed by NIMCO Inc., domestically and internationally.
He has produced and directed corporate videos for the United States Air Force Research Lab receiving the Telly Award and Communicators Award for those efforts.
Awarded by the Secretary of the Air Force, he was among the recipients of the 2009 USAF Integrated Communications Excellence Award promoting Edwards Air Force Base Flight Test Nation Air Show. His company, GRT Productions Inc., was the agency of record. The air show set unprecedented attendance records. Thieman is currently, Executive Producer / Director / Writer of Ghost of Route 66… a GRT Production.
Show : The Bottom Line