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On the set of 'The Down and Dirty with Frank Fontana' Special

Posted Apr 24, 2011 by Kay Mathews
Frank Fontana, known for his work as an interior design on a dime expert, was chosen by Craftsman to host a new online television show that appeals to do-it-yourselfers. Go behind-the-scenes of the filming of season one's "Faux" show.
Frank Fontana  host of  The Down and Dirty with Frank Fontana   on the set at the Craftsman Experien...
Frank Fontana, host of "The Down and Dirty with Frank Fontana," on the set at the Craftsman Experience. Chicago, IL
According to Chicagoland Radio and Media, the new “World of DIY” premiered in January 2011 and is “the interactive do-it-yourself online broadcasting network of Craftsman tools.”
The Craftsman World of DIY describes itself in this way: The world's first DIY Broadcasting Network offers programs that present advice and tips on projects, tools and other DIY topics. The Network broadcasts live several times a week on Facebook and BlogTalkRadio™ and programs are archived on YouTube.com/craftsman.
Part of the World of DIY is the online television show “The Down and Dirty with Frank Fontana” as well as a radio show of the same name.
“Craftsman chose up and coming DIY superstar Frank Fontana to be its host for these shows,” states Chicagoland Radio and Media, based upon Fontana’s “work as the host of HGTV’s DIY design show, ‘Design on a Dime.’” Craftsman also notes that Fontana is the author of the book Frank Fontana’s Dirty Little Secrets of Design and is a contributing design expert for NBC’s “Today Show.”
While on a recent trip to Chicago, I was invited by Maralyn Owen, guest relations coordinator for Suite Partners, Inc./Kenmore Live Studio, to view the filming of "The Down and Dirty with Frank Fontana" at the Craftsman Experience workshop located at 233 W. Huron St. in Chicago. This location, according to Craftsman, "is a one-of-a-kind venue that combines hand-on work stations, a live social media studio and project demonstrations that showcase the innovation and performance of Craftsman tools."
Craftsman power tools displayed at the Craftsman Experience.  Chicago  IL
Craftsman power tools displayed at the Craftsman Experience. Chicago, IL
Craftsman s #25 Ford Fusion NASCAR car at the Craftsman Experience.  Chicago  IL
Craftsman's #25 Ford Fusion NASCAR car at the Craftsman Experience. Chicago, IL
The cast and crew were filming season one, episode 10 called the"Faux Show" as seen in its entirety in the video above. The "Faux Show" featured decorative work from stone columns to frosted walls and patina tables to faux leather work. Rich Bauer, of Paintcraft, Inc., was the special guest.
I watched as host Frank Fontana rehearsed his lines and then was a bit surprised when music came on and the producer, cast, crew and craftsmen began to dance. I learned that this was their way of loosening-up before the show and they certainly seemed to have a good time doing so. Soon thereafter it was time for quiet on the set as filming began.
Fontana goes over his lines for the  Faux  show. Chicago  IL
Fontana goes over his lines for the "Faux" show. Chicago, IL
The producer  cast  crew  and craftsmen of  The Down and Dirty with Frank Fontana  dance before the ...
The producer, cast, crew, and craftsmen of "The Down and Dirty with Frank Fontana" dance before the filming of the "Faux" show. Chicago, IL
Lights  camera  action!  On the set of  The Dirty and Dirty with Frank Fontana   Faux  show.  Chicag...
Lights, camera, action! On the set of "The Dirty and Dirty with Frank Fontana" "Faux" show. Chicago, IL
After the show, producer Joan Ruppert thanked their special guest, Rich Bauer, and I had the opportunity to meet her, many members of the crew, craftsmen, and the star of the show Frank Fontana. Fontana took time to pose for a picture with me and was kind enough to autograph a copy of his book Frank Fontana's Dirty Little Secrets of Design.
 The Down and Dirty with Frank Fontana  producer Joan Ruppert thanks special guest Rich Bauer  of Pa...
"The Down and Dirty with Frank Fontana" producer Joan Ruppert thanks special guest Rich Bauer, of Paintcraft, at the conclusion of the filming of the "Faux" show. Chicago, IL
Frank Fontana  host of  The Down and Dirty with Frank Fontana   poses for a picture with Digital Jou...
Frank Fontana, host of "The Down and Dirty with Frank Fontana," poses for a picture with Digital Journal's Kay Mathews. Chicago, IL
Maralyn Owen
Season two of "The Down and Dirty with Frank Fontana" will begin the first week of May. The online television shows are filmed on Thursday evenings at the Craftsman Experience and the public is invited "to stop by and see the show being done live and in person at the Craftsman Experience's new state-of-the-art television production set."