Television: October 2008 Archives

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) will host a statewide DTV preparedness training October 23, 2008 at 6:00pm at various Michigan National Guard Facilities.

The training will focus on educating people on how to install and operate a digital converter box. Additionally, the training will bring to light the importance antennas play in the digital transition.

The Michigan National Guard has opened its facilities and the use of their interactive video teleconferencing equipment so that each site participating in the training can communicate with multiple other sites. This will allow engineers and DTV experts to answer questions more specifically to one area.

The DTV preparedness training will be open to the public and is free of charge. Doors will open at 5:30pm and a valid photo ID is required to enter. The MAB and the National Guard strongly encourage the public to attend this informative training as well as participate in the question and answer session that will follow.

For a list of participating Michigan National Guard facilities, please visit or just Click Here.


Television: Newsmakers Oct 23, 2008



FS Detroit to air high school playoff selection show

High school football teams around the state will huddle around their television sets this Sunday, October 26th, at 6:30 p.m. to find out the qualifiers and pairings for the 2008 Michigan High School Athletic Association Football Playoffs during the Selection Sunday Show, exclusively on Fox Sports Detroit.

The 30-minute program, hosted by FSN's Mickey York and Ryan Field, will provide a rundown of the 256 teams that have qualified for the MHSAA Playoffs, as well as their first round matchups and game sites.

"Selection Sunday is one of the biggest television shows we do with FSN all year long," said John Johnson, communications director for the MHSAA. "The Selection Sunday Show has created a great atmosphere for the beginning of the playoffs, as teams gather together to celebrate their great season, and then watch to find out about their tournament draw. It's also one of the biggest nights of the year for our website,"

Following the completion of the Selection Sunday Show at about 7 p.m., the MHSAA website,, will provide the complete list of playoff qualifiers and first round pairings. Actual game times will be added to the list the following day as they are determined and provided by the participating schools.



FS Detroit's next "Under the Lights" episode features Red Wings prospect camp

The next installment of Fox Sports Detroit's "Under the Lights" follows four promising Detroit Red Wings draftees through every aspect of the team's September prospect camp in Traverse City. Under the Lights: Red Wings Prospect Camp - Living the Dream premieres Thursday, Oct. 30 at 8:00 & 9:30 PM.

One week before the veterans arrive, the Red Wings hold a camp for their prospects - highly-touted talents that represent the franchise's next generation of players. Prospect camp is boot camp/job orientation/tournament rolled into one - all with the constant reminder that the most important eyes of the organization are focused on them.

The Fox Sports Detroit cameras and microphones followed forwards Justin Abdelkader, Cory Emmerton and Mattias Ritola, as well as goaltender Thomas McCollum, through the fitness tests, team meetings, practices and games. Fox Sports Detroit was granted unprecedented access to the prospects, general manager Ken Holland, assistant GM Jim Nill, head coach Mike Babcock as well as the players and coaches that keep the Red Wings winning tradition on course. The show takes an inside look how the player evaluation process works with a rare, unfiltered glimpse of how personnel decisions are made.

Through interviews with Holland, Nill, Grand Rapids Griffins head coach Curt Fraser, player development director Jiri Fischer and others, viewers find out what is expected from prospects as they progress through the organization. Each of the four featured players describe how they struggle to live up the expectations and embrace a whole new way of playing in the professional ranks. web site launched



The latest step in the growth of the MHSAA Network happened this week with the official launch of the Website, which will serve as the go-to location for all video content created during the fall regular season in several sports, and which will also host live distribution of Association Finals in a number of tournaments, beginning with the Boys Soccer Finals on November 1.

In addition to broadcasts of contests that became available on Friday, the majority being from this year's fall regular-season competitions in football, boys soccer and girls volleyball. Videos of the 2008 MHSAA Boys Baseball Finals are also available, as well as classic contests from the 1990's in football, volleyball and soccer. Visitors to the Website can sort games by sport, and also search for games by school.

Information about purchasing DVDs of available games can also be accessed. The remainder of the 70-plus games already produced this fall by the MHSAA Network will be loaded during the coming week, along with tournament contests and highlights shows in golf, tennis and cross country.

"The Website makes it possible for fans to access games at their own convenience from wherever they are located," said John Johnson, MHSAA Communications Director. "This on-demand availability, coupled with contests being shown on cable television on a scheduled basis, give the MHSAA Network incredible reach, and helps spread the good word about high school sports."

Visitors to the Website will find navigation tabs on the left side directing them to the most recently played games which have been uploaded; a number of "best of" videos; highlighted games from the current season; classic games from seasons past; a complete list of games available on the site; and a link to audio of MHSAA post-season tournament and regular season contents on the MHSAA Internet Broadcast Network, which has been originating Association Finals in a number of sports the past three years.

A total of 20 live fall tournament events will be streamed through the Website, beginning with the Boys Soccer Finals on November 1 at Troy Athens and Rochester Hills Stoney Creek High Schools. On the weekend of Nov. 20-22, the Semifinals and Finals of the MHSAA Girls Volleyball Tournament, the Finals of the Lower Peninsula Girls Swimming and Diving Tournament at three locations, and a prime time Semifinal game in the MHSAA Football Playoffs will be streamed live.

MHSAA Network content is also available on Comcast Cable on Channel 900 its Video On Demand service. The MHSAA Network debuted on Comcast in early September. Negotiations are ongoing with other cable television outlets.

Content for the MHSAA Network is being created by When We Were Young Productions-Michigan, which is located in Hartland. When We Were Young Productions is a leading provider of high school sports content and distribution platform development. Headquartered in Madison, Wis., WWWYP was founded in 1992 and has successfully partnered with a number of high school associations and cable providers.

"The Internet element is essential in the contemporary audio and video network," said Tim Eichorst, president of When We Were Young Productions. "People still enjoy appointment-based viewing of events on cable television and over-the-air television and radio outlets, but Internet on-demand availability broadens the reach locally and to followers of high school sports worldwide."

The MHSAA is a private, not-for-profit corporation of voluntary membership by over 1,600 public and private senior high schools and junior high/middle schools which exists to develop common rules for athletic eligibility and competition. No government funds or tax dollars support the MHSAA, which was the first such association nationally to not accept membership dues or tournament entry fees from schools. Member schools which enforce these rules are permitted to participate in MHSAA tournaments, which attract approximately 1.6 million spectators each year.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 28, 2008



Listener support helps WRCJ to successful fall membership drive

Listeners of WRCJ 90.9 FM have demonstrated that classical and jazz deserves a place on Detroit radio. On Sunday, the final day of the station's Fall Membership Drive, the listener-supported public radio station reached its goal with pledges totaling $226,000, even with the area's long suffering economy and a recently plunging stock market.

WRCJ president Rich Homberg commented that listeners have "made it clear how much they value the programming on WRCJ. Every penny of the donations will be put to the best possible use as we preserve and build on this treasured classical and jazz music service that is like no other in Detroit. We think those who make it possible are pretty special, too."

WRCJ's membership campaign remains open. Make your secure contribution by visiting or by calling (866) 909-9725.



Michigan Radio completes successful fall membership drive

Michigan Radio (WUOM FM 91.7 Ann Arbor / WVGR FM 104.1 Grand Rapids / WFUM FM 91.1 Flint), the public radio service of the University of Michigan, finished what it considers a very successful fall membership drive last Friday. The on-air fundraiser, which ran from October 17 - 24, generated over 7400 pledges totaling more than $770,000 from donors across southern Michigan and northern Ohio. Of that, over 3400 pledges came from first time donors to the station, a new all-time high, and a 38% increase in new donors compared to a year ago.

Overall, the fall 2008 membership drive's success amounts to a 16 percent increase in total contributions over last fall's campaign. The money raised helps pay for programming costs at the station, with membership support being the single largest source of income.

Contributions during the 2008 fall on-air membership drive came from different sources, with over $200,000 generated from people making a donation through the station's website, and more than $570,000 from listeners calling in a pledge to phone volunteers.

The success of the membership drive was particularly noteworthy since Michigan Radio tried an innovative approach compared to many stations, and actually decreased the amount of fundraising hours by more than 20% compared to previous membership drives. The station was responding to listener requests to reduce the amount of on-air fundraising, and eliminated fundraising breaks entirely during many weekday and weekend programs.

"Because we were able to achieve our goals in fewer hours, our hope is that we can continue this trend the next time around," said Director of Broadcasting Steve Schram. "We're very gratified that particularly in these challenging economic times, our audience continues to value our service enough to support it with their dollars."



Fox Sports Detroit 'Plus' channel ready to kick off its 2008-09 broadcast schedule

Starting with Wednesday's Detroit Red Wings - Anaheim Ducks hockey game, Fox Sports Plus will be airing a number of Wings and Detroit Pistons contests through the spring of 2009. Tomorrow's Red Wings game will be televised on Fox Sports PLUS with coverage beginning at 9:30 PM.

Fox Sports Detroit offers select Red Wings, Pistons, Tigers, CCHA and MHSAA telecasts on Fox Sports PLUS when the network has dual events scheduled for an overlapping time period. Most cable and satellite providers have allocated an alternate channel to accommodate the Fox Sports PLUS telecasts.

Below is the list of Fox Sports PLUS channel numbers for Wednesday's Red Wings game, as designated by the cable/satellite operators:

9:30 pm - RED WINGS LIVE
10:00 pm - Red Wings at Anaheim

BROADSTRIPE 18, 19 or 97
CARR 212
CEBRIDGE Channel varies by location
CTS 46
WOW! 14







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