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Matt v. Hunger

Matt Price hovers over his plate in the Pig Wing Challenge at Starsky's Bar and Grill in south Omaha for the Travel Channel's show "Man v. Food Nation." Price is hosting a viewing party called Matt v. Hunger to gather food several local charities. (Courtesy)

Matt Price is turning a television appearance into an opportunity to help people in Fremont.

Price, a morning radio personality and news director for Fremont stations KHUB and KFMT, will appear Wednesday night in an episode of the popular cable show "Man V. Food Nation." The show will air at 8 p.m. on the Travel Channel.

He is hosting a "Matt vs. Hunger" viewing party from 7-9 p.m. at The Gathering, 750 N. Clarmar Ave.

Along with watching the show, which will feature Price participating in the Pig Wing Challenge at Starsky's Bar and Grill in Omaha, the event will include a silent auction that will include autographed items from Nebraska native Larry the Cable Guy, authentic Husker Power items and a chance to co-host the morning show with Price.

Money raised during the event will be donated to the Salvation Army's food pantry, Low Income Ministry and Care Corps Homeless Services.

"Thanksgiving's right around the corner and Christmas is right around the corner," Price said. "Let's see if we can't build this up for when people really need help."

There is no cost for tickets, but donations will be accepted, Price said. The radio stations are giving away tickets and there also will be drawings for tickets at a number of businesses where people can drop off canned food items.

Anyone wanting a ticket or more information can call the radio station at 402-721-1340.

Price is hopeful that a lot of people will come to The Gathering to watch "Man V. Food Nation" on Wednesday.

"I think it's really cool that the community gets together," he said. "Stuff like this doesn't happen all the time. I'm new to the community and it's a great way to meet people that care about the community and want to give back. Fremont, as a whole, seems like a community that wants to give back, and I think that's really cool."

Price taped his segment for the show with host Adam Richman in late August. He was filmed for around 10 hours and is eager to see what ends up on the air on Wednesday.

"I'm really looking forward to see how they portray everything that went on," Price said. "They can go a lot of different ways with that. They can make you look stupid or they can make you look smart."

Price, though, is more excited about the chance to help people in need.

"I hope that after it's all said and done and people find out if I won or lost (the challenge), that it won't matter because we'll be helping the community," he said.


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