Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Jan. 28, 2009




SportsNight Added to ESPN 100.9-FM Lineup

WLUN Pinconning, ESPN 100.9-FM, announced today the addition of SportsNight to the station's regular programming lineup. The news was delivered today at a Midland Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting ceremony for the station's new studios at Dow Diamond in Midland. SportsNight will focus on teams in the Great Lakes Bay Region - including local college, high school and minor league sports teams - but will also cover topics related to state-wide and national sports.

The show will air weeknights from 6pm-8pm, but will be preempted by select local or state-wide programming. Those programming commitments include Michigan State and Saginaw Valley League broadcasts, Northwood coaches' shows, and MidMichigan Health's The Training Room.

"The addition of SportsNight guarantees us Michigan-themed programming during five key hours per day," said Brad Golder, who will serve as the show's primary host. "The show is the perfect transition between the Huge Show and ESPN's evening lineup."

The show primarily will originate for Studio A of the station's new broadcast facility. Special broadcasts will originate from various community events throughout the Great Lakes Bay Region, such as the Dow Corning Tennis Classic February 9-13.

Today's special ribbon cutting ceremony also coincided with the station's 300th live play-by-play sporting event, with the airing of the Midland versus Dow high school hockey game at 7pm. Of the station's 300 live sporting events, over half (170) have been locally produced and originated broadcasts.



Lansing State Journal:

The city of Lansing is suing telecommunication giant AT&T Inc. over its treatment of public access, education and government channels in its U-verse television service. City officials said they filed a lawsuit Tuesday in Ingham County Circuit Court. The city also said it filed a complaint with the Federal Communication Commission. Officials claim U-verse displays such community access channels in inferior quality elsewhere, even though AT&T launched its U-verse service in mid-Michigan this month without Lansing's seven community channels. AT&T needs the city's permission to add the channels - something the city hasn't agreed to. "Our channels are supposed to be provided the way they've always been provided to our customers - as separate, distinct, readily accessible television channels," said Randy Hannan, spokesman for Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero... Lansing files suit against AT&T (Wed, 1/28)



Battle Creek Enquirer:

When the writers' strike froze production of numerous television shows in late 2007, some chose to put down their pickets and pick up their pens anyway. From the imaginations of several work-thirsty scribes came online sites such as Strike.TV, a place where professional writers could bypass the rigamarole and high expenses of the studio system and produce their creations for less money and hassle. Battle Creek native David O'Malley joined writers and actors from hit shows such as "Friends," "The Office" and "Saturday Night Live," with his latest creation, "Dangerous Women," which debuted on Strike.TV last Thursday... B.C. native brings tale to online TV (Wed, 1/28)







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