West Michigan: Newsmakers June 13, 2008




Grand Rapids Press:

Dave Skoczen's first involvement with an all-star game was anything but a relaxing exhibition. In 2003, Skoczen was the play-by-play announcer for an all-star game featuring the California League, where he worked with the Class A Visalia Oaks, and the Carolina League. He only had to call three innings of that game, but there were hours of research to be conducted on the players who had traveled across the nation. His next all-star assignment should involve a little less homework. Skoczen, now in his fourth season as the play-by-play voice of the West Michigan Whitecaps, will call the Midwest League All-Star Game at the Great Lakes Loons' Dow Diamond in Midland on Tuesday. "I just have to be ready for the game," Skoczen said. "It shouldn't be as hard because I've seen all of the teams." Brad Golder, the Loons' director of communications, will be calling the television broadcast of the all-star game, and Skoczen was the first broadcaster he contacted in January to handle the radio duties. Golder has no doubt Skoczen will do a fine job... Voice of Whitecaps gets All-Star call (Fri, 6/13)



Loyal users of rabbit ears and rooftop antennas aren't sitting on their couches waiting for their TVs to go fuzzy next year. West Michigan residents have asked for more than 27,000 federal coupons to subsidize purchases of converter boxes to make old TVs work with over-the-air signals after Feb. 17. Statewide, more than 678,000 coupons have been requested -- about 4.4 percent of the 15 million requests nationwide. The federal government is making the $40 coupons available, through an $890 million outlay, to ease the transition from analog television to over-the-air digital TV. Most local stations broadcast both types of signals -- analog NTSC (for National Television System Committee) and digital ATSC (for Advanced Television Systems Committee). On Feb. 17, broadcasters are required by federal law to turn off their traditional NTSC signals and hand back the radio spectrum to the federal government. After that, the only way to get programming using an antenna will be with a television with a digital ATSC tuner or with a conversion box... Coupons help TV watchers prep for digital age (Fri, 6/13)







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