RTN to Launch in Detroit
Retro Television Network (RTN), which is owned and distributed by Equity Media Holdings Corporation, announced that it has entered into an affiliation agreement with The E.W. Scripps Company to bring RTN programming to Detroit. The new affiliate will launch in early 2008 on a digital stream of WXYZ-TV, Detroit's ABC affiliate that reaches more than 1.9 million households in the nation's 11th largest television market.
"RTN's quality programming is the ideal solution for digital sub- channels," said Bill Peterson, Senior Vice President of Scripps' Television Station Group. "This is an opportunity to essentially launch a whole new television station in the 11th largest DMA in the country."
"WXYZ-TV is one of the highest-rated ABC stations in the United States and we are thrilled to have such a strong partner to launch RTN's Prime Time All the Time lineup in Detroit," said Mark Dvornik, RTN's Executive Vice President.
"In addition to being a ratings and technology leader, WXYZ-TV has long prided itself on embracing innovative ideas," said Grace Gilchrist, Vice President and General Manager of WXYZ-TV. "We believe that our partnership with RTN will provide Detroit area viewers an innovative programming alternative and also create added value to WXYZ-TV."
RTN is a new television network that provides each affiliate a customized feed with classic hit shows, in addition to local programming including news, weather and sports. RTN is specifically designed to go on a broadcast digital channel and provides local broadcasters a way to get ratings and successfully monetize their digital spectrum.
Detroit Free Press:
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Stories From The Heart of the Land to air on WDET
WDET-FM 101.9, Detroit Public Radio, will present "Stories From The Heart of The Land", a new five-part series that will air Sunday evenings at 10 beginning September 23.
The series, featuring some of the country's best radio producers, is hosted by Jay Allison. The stories range across the world - from Australia to Newfoundland, Mexico to Tibet - to capture the human connection to land and landscape.