'Extreme Genes' in The Davis Clipper

Stories, research fill family history radio show Extreme Genes


Jun 24, 2015

Scott Fisher started Extreme Genes two years ago. The radio broadcast is now in 10 states and 29 stations. Courtesy photo
FRUIT HEIGHTS – Scott Fisher has a passion for radio and a passion for family history.

Two years ago, he brought those disparate interests together in the form of Extreme Genes, a radio show that is a bit education, a bit entertainment and a bit detective work, all related to family history.

The radio show has since been syndicated and can be heard on 29 stations in 10 states and as Internet podcasts and continues to pick up momentum, he said.

“We have guests from all over the world and all walks of life and all types of research,” said Fisher. “There is no one expert in family history because there are so many different places, types of records and areas of expertise.”
Some guests might know about DNA research or new technology, some may understand different cultures, he said. Some guests may be calling for help with research, some might be sharing personal histories.

“It’s all fascinating,” he said. “I love it when listeners come on and talk about difficult problems and others come on with solutions and they learn from each other.”

One of Fisher’s favorite guests was a 90-year-old woman he invited on the show to tell about the time she and some friends stowed away on a boat leaving San Francisco for Hawaii in 1947.

His mother was one of those friends.

“She passed away five years ago so it’s been a long time since I’ve been able to talk to her about anything like this,” Fisher said of his mother.

Because his mother was a professional writer, Fisher had always encouraged her to write her life story.

“I told her that if she didn’t write it, I would be forced to,” he said with a touch of a smile in his voice. “I dug up a few things that I don’t think she would have told me about herself.”

In research on his own line, Fisher said he has found some “very interesting people.”

One ancestor engraved the Continental dollar used during the American Revolution, a great-great uncle created the first elevator stage used on Broadway in New York City. He has found veterans of both the Revolutionary and Civil wars and says everybody can trace back to royalty. For him, one line goes to Robert the Bruce of Scotland.

“I think this gives the children and other family members deep tap roots from which they can gain strength during their challenges in life,” he said. “They can learn to understand where they fit in through the procession of generations.”

Fisher has written 11 books on family, put together a two-volume reference on Methodist marriages and written articles for journals in New York and England. He was invited to be one of three emcees at the Global Family Reunion in Queens, New York this month.

His radio career began when he was a student in Connecticut in 1970. For 16 years he was half of the well-known Fisher and Todd morning duo in Salt Lake City. He now has a mid-day show on KODJ 94.1 and his family history show runs Sundays at 7 p.m. on KNRS 570 AM or 105.7 FM, or online at iTunes or iHeartRadio and extremegenes.com. He is sponsored by familysearch.org and by myheritage.com.

Fisher hopes to reach both those who are already working on family history and those who might have an interest.

“I have it in mind always that there are people listening who have never done it (family history) before,” he said. “My hope is that they will hear it and say, ‘Wow, that sounds so interesting and exciting, I want to try that.’”

“Certainly there are just unbelievable stories that can be found anywhere and everywhere,” he said. “It never gets old. A lot of happy things happen with family history.”

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