Big Ten Network president Mark Silverman is confident by the time the network launches in August, fans around the league will have access to the channel devoted 24 hours a day to Big Ten sports. Silverman, on the Michigan campus Tuesday to discuss the status of the network, particularly in terms of cable distribution, said 40 cable companies, including 12 in Michigan, are on board, along with DirecTV... Big Ten Network confident it will deliver (Wed, 5/23)
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For those who missed the announcement, the Big Ten Network will debut in August. Who will see it remains another matter. Big Ten Network officials, including president Mark Silverman, were in Ann Arbor on Tuesday pitching all of the network's attributes. But when the inevitable topic of distribution arose, Silverman could say only that he was optimistic. The network currently has an agreement with DirecTV and a number of smaller cable outlets throughout the Midwest that will make it available in 15 million homes. It does not, however, have an agreement with cable giants such as Comcast, which serves many Michigan homes, despite preliminary meetings... Big Ten Network might be hard to find (Wed, 5/23)
The Big Ten Network has lots of programming that local sports fans will want to watch on TV, but it has yet to secure a deal with the cable distributor that can make that a reality. Three months from its launch, Big Ten Network president Mark Silverman made a stop in Ann Arbor on Tuesday to detail its progress. Silverman touted the number of football games - at least two per school - and men's basketball games - 60 percent of the schedule - that will be shown this season. He also highlighted the vast amount of HDTV programming that will be available from the start... Big Ten Network seeks a distributor (Wed, 5/23)
WYCD Rocks The House With 25th Annual Hoedown
CBS RADIO Country WYCE/DETROIT reports that 1.1 million Country fans showed up for the 25th ANNUAL WYCD DETROIT HOEDOWN that was held from MAY 18-20. The event was held at the HART PLAZA in Downtown DETROIT. Artists that played this year included THE WRECKERS, TRACY LAWRENCE, JOE NICHOLS, LITTLE BIG TOWN, EMERSON DRIVE, DARRYL WORLEY, DANIELLE PECK and many others. (Tue, 5/22)
WDET-FM 101.9, Detroit Public Radio, will bring its daily public affairs program "Detroit Today" to downtown Detroit's Campus Martius Park for a live broadcast on Thursday, May 24 from 10:00am to noon. The broadcast will take place at the StoryCorps Griot booth, currently at the park as part of an African-American oral history project touring the US.
Matt Watroba is hosting Detroit Today this week, and will be discussing the significance of StoryCorps Griot coming to Detroit and feature some of the oral histories already collected. Tentatively scheduled guests for this special edition of Detroit Today include local civil rights
leader Arthur Johnson, Juanita Moore, director of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Bob Gregory, Director of Campus Martius Park, Joel Silvers, local film maker, as well as StoryCorps Griot facilitators.
Listeners are invited to join the conversation live on Thursday by coming down to Campus Martius Park from 10am to noon during the live remote broadcast.