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A star is born...in ‘The Garage’

June 7, 2014

UXBRIDGE – Steve Butler may be the most popular host of a do-it-yourself TV-show you’ve never heard of.

For the last three years, the artist and furniture maker has been producing a how-to show from a single-car garage on North Main Street that’s carried on more than 400 cable television stations in 45 states and several foreign countries, from Hawaii to South Africa.

Aptly named “The Garage with Steve Butler,” the show is widely traded on a web site known as PEGMedia that allows a variety of noncommercial programmers to swap free content. It’s a system that finds audiences as wide as they are scattershot, which helps explain why total strangers say hello to Butler at the local Hannaford’s Supermarket, while he’s completely anonymous a few miles away.

“Lately, I have a lot more viewers in Denmark...I have a lot more in South Africa,” Butler said. “My blog has thousands of hits. I get e-mails every day. I had a gentleman come up to me on the street the other day who said, ‘You know, you make it look like anyone can do it.’”

Full story appears on page A1 of Sunday's Call.

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