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Two Honolulu residents compete to host online version of TV classic

By Erika Engle

LAST UPDATED: 8:04 a.m. HST, May 10, 2013

Stephanie Arne and Charles Lee of Honolulu are among 12 semi-finalists competing to become the next “Wild Guide” for the online version of Mutual of Omaha’s “Wild Kingdom,” an American TV classic.

Video entries submitted by Arne and Lee, as well as the 10 other contestants, can be viewed and voted on at either of two websites until midnight time May 23. Voting on the Wild Kingdom website and the Wild Kingdom YouTube pages is limited to one vote per person per day.

The three finalists with the most votes will be announced May 29 and will then participate in an audition. The winning “Wild Guide” will be announced July 15, and will host the online resurrection of the show.

Marlin Perkins originally hosted the popular TV show from 1963 to 1985, when the zoologist-turned-TV host was forced to retire for health reasons. He was succeeded by Jim Fowler, who previously was shown in the wild tracking the animals about which Perkins would educate viewers.

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