Pistons TV and Radio networks providing expanded coverage for 06-07 season




With a network of over-the-air and cable television stations and radio stations, the Detroit Pistons are ensuring their fans throughout the state of Michigan and in northwest Ohio will be able to enjoy the 2006-07 season from the comfort of their homes or while traveling. The team has agreements with five out-state and N.E. Ohio television stations and 16 radio stations, which will reach the majority of its fans.

In addition, Fox Sports Net (FSN) Detroit is carrying 31 remaining regular season games. It is picked up by nearly every cable system in Michigan. My TV-20 is televising 27 upcoming regular season games and WDIV-TV 4 is airing six selected weekend Pistons match-ups. The remaining 11 contests will be aired nationally on TNT cable or ABC-TV. For those who can't tune in for the live broadcasts, My TV-20 will replay their game broadcasts at midnight and 3 a.m., and WDIV-TV 4 will replay the games played on its station at 1 a.m.

George Blaha enters his 31st season as the voice of the Pistons, and will handle all of the television announcing duties this season on My TV-20, as well as cable provider FSN Detroit. Greg Kelser will join Blaha and provide color commentary, marking his 10th season on FSN Detroit and his first on My TV-20.

The Pistons TV network includes key additions WNEM-TV My-5 in Flint; WMNT-TV My TV-48/58 in Toledo, Ohio; and WWLZ-TV 12 in Traverse City, joining longstanding holdover WXSP My-X in Grand Rapids. Also carrying some games is WHTV My-18 in Lansing.

The Pistons out-state over-the-air broadcast television network will televise all games carried on My TV-20 or WDIV-TV 4 for the 2006-07 season. The network includes:

WXSP-TV - My X (Grand Rapids)
WMNT-TV - My TV 48/58 (Toledo)
WNEM/DT - My 5 TV (Flint)
WLLZ-TV12 (Traverse City)
WHTV/My18 (Lansing) will broadcast 19 games. All of these games are listed on Pistons.com.
(Check your local listings for specific games and times.)

Pistons fans will get to know their team even better during Prime Time Pistons, a 30-minute program being aired on My TV-20 every Saturday night during the season (check your local listings for start times).

“We've got powerful stations in Grand Rapids and Toledo now, and the great thing about WNEM in Flint is their signal runs all the way up to Oscoda and Alpena and beyond,” said Pete Skorich, senior vice president of broadcasting and multimedia for Palace Sports & Entertainment. “We used to get a lot of letters from the Bad Axe-Cass City area in the Thumb. They just weren't covered before. We have a greatly increased reach this year.”

The Pistons' radio network also has broadened its reach, said Glen Kwiatkowski, director of broadcast traffic at Palace Sports and Entertainment. “We have radio affiliates throughout Michigan and into Ohio,” said Kwiatkowski, instrumental in putting the radio network together. “We're proud this year to have added major markets such as Traverse City, Saginaw and Toledo. We're also in the process of negotiating additional markets.”

The Pistons' flagship station, WDFN-AM 1130 will continue to provide game coverage, as well as pre and post-game shows each game night. With Blaha handling all the television duties, play-by-play veteran Mark Champion will handle the call on the radio with former Pistons Bad Boy and current Shock Assistant Coach Rick Mahorn providing color commentary. Radio listeners can also pick up the action on .the following stations throughout the state, five more stations than previously could be picked up during the 2005-06 season:

· Ann Arbor: WTKA AM 1050
· Ann Arbor WLBY AM 1290
· Battle Creek: WBCK AM 930
· Battle Creek: WRCC FM 104.9
· Escanaba: WCHT AM 600
· Flint: WTRX AM 1330
· Grand Rapids: WBBL AM 1340
· Greenville: WSCG AM 1380
· Jackson: WIBM AM 1450
· Kalamazoo: WKZO AM 590
· Maumee, Ohio: WDMN AM 1520
· Muskegon/Fremont: WEFG FM 97.5
· Petoskey: WWKK AM 750
· Port Huron: WPHM AM 1380
· Saginaw: WSGW AM 790
· Traverse City WCCW FM 107.5







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