Television: April 2010 Archives

FSDetroitAs the Detroit Tigers prepare for the 2010, television partner FOX Sports Detroit has announced its plans for the upcoming year of broadcasts on the regional outlet. Some items of note:

  • The Wednesday, April 7 Tigers game at Kansas City (8:10 pm first pitch) will be joined in progress on FOX Sports Detroit / FOX Sports Detroit HD at approximately 10 pm, immediately after the Red Wings-Columbus hockey game. The Tigers game will re-air in its entirety starting at midnight. During the non-televised portion of the game (8:10 to approximately 10:00 pm), FOX Sports Detroit's John Keating will participate in a live chat session from Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City at Foxsportsdetroit.com.
  • For the fourth consecutive season, the Tigers home opener (Friday, April 9 vs. Cleveland) will be simulcast on FOX Sports Detroit / HD and WJBK FOX 2 in Detroit.
  • FOX Sports Detroit plans to deliver nearly all of its 158 Tigers telecasts this season in high-definition. The only exceptions will be any games shifted to FOX Sports Detroit Plus (currently only April 11) or if HD production or transmission facilities are unavailable on a given date.

 

Flint Journal:

OK ... by now, I've heard the outcries from those vocal commenters who love to rant about the April in the D songs. But your hate just keeps me going. April in the D is unstoppable, and as long as Fox Sports Detroit keeps the promo going, I'm going to keep reporting on it. With opening day for the Tigers going on today and the Red Wings clinching a playoff berth, this April is sure to be exciting even without the Pistons advancing to the playoffs. Below, FSD senior VP and general manager Greg Hammaren was kind enough to answer a few questions (his responses are italicized below) about April in the D, hate mail, viewer feedback and his thoughts on the state of Detroit sports... Interview: Fox Sports Detroit Senior VP/General Manager Greg Hammaren discusses the origins of 'April in the D' (Mon, 4/5)

 

For 2nd year, Comcast, FOX Sports Detroit and Detroit Tigers to deliver Tigers games On Demand

Back by popular demand, Comcast, FOX Sports Detroit, and the Detroit Tigers today announced that they will continue to offer FOX Sports Detroit: Tigers On Demand during the 2010 baseball season, bringing Tigers fans throughout Michigan unprecedented access to their hometown team for the second year in a row.

Tigers On Demand, available at no additional cost to Comcast digital cable customers, provides fans with around-the-clock access to the most recent game telecasts from FOX Sports Detroit in their entirety right in the comfort of their own homes and on their own televisions. The game broadcasts will be available On Demand beginning two hours after the end of each contest and can be paused, rewound or fast-forwarded.

"With the re-launch of Tigers On Demand, we are once again bringing our customers across Michigan access to Tigers baseball whenever they want it," said Tom Coughlin, Senior Vice President of Comcast's Michigan Region. "Whether it's offering Tigers games in High Definition or using Comcast's two-way advanced fiber-optic network to deliver On Demand content, we are committed to keeping our customers at the forefront of innovative TV technology, while delivering the best in local sports programming."

Included on Tigers On Demand are episodes of the FOX Sports Detroit Tigers pre-game show Tigers Live, Detroit Tigers Weekly and Your Tiger Ticket, a Comcast-exclusive 30-minute program focused on behind-the-scenes stories about the Tigers organization. The Tigers 2010 season preview and two classic Tigers games, including the inaugural game at Comerica Park and Justin Verlander's no-hitter versus the Milwaukee Brewers, are also available. Comcast, FOX Sports Detroit and the Detroit Tigers will collaborate to bring customers additional On Demand content throughout the 2010 season.

"We are excited for the return of Tigers On Demand and the opportunity to give our fans more access to games, weekly shows and programming, thanks to our partners Comcast and FOX Sports Detroit," said Steve Harms, Tigers Vice President of Corporate Partnerships. "We are committed to adding value for our fans and this new feature brings them Tigers baseball 24-7."

With Tigers On Demand, fans can watch what they want, when they want it with the click of the remote control, pausing, fast-forwarding or rewinding to catch all their favorite moments or to deepen their knowledge about the team. The new programming can be easily accessed by selecting the "Get Local" category from the On Demand menu and then "FS Tigers."

Like the overwhelming majority of Comcast's more than 17,000 On Demand programs available each month, FOX Sports Detroit: Tigers On Demand comes at no additional cost to Comcast digital cable customers. Since On Demand launched in 2003, Comcast customers have watched more than 14 billion programs.

 

Lansing State Journal:

WKAR-TV's "BackStage Pass" is about to go national. The East Lansing-based television music series will soon be distributed through the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA), a professional association that serves public television licensees and educational entities in all 50 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Executive Producer Tim Zeko says "BackStage Pass" has a good working relationship with the NETA. "We've submitted programming in the past to them, and they know and like our work," he said. What helped set the series apart in the selection process this time around? "Quality musical performances, video production and sound," Zeko said. "BackStage Pass," which airs on HD/23 in Lansing, is the community's prime outlet for getting local bands and singer-songwriters on the small screen... WKAR's 'BackStage Pass' series to be nationally televised (Sat, 4/17)

 

Detroit Free Press:

Chris Hansen's latest project isn't just another look at what's happening in the Motor City. "America Now: City of Heartbreak and Hope," which airs at 7 tonight on "Dateline NBC," is a journey home for Hansen that focuses on the city's economic blight, population flight and political scandals and also on the people who are pouring their hearts into improving the situation. The veteran correspondent -- who's famous for his "To Catch a Predator" investigations -- grew up in Bloomfield Township and covered the city and region for local stations WXYZ-TV and WDIV-TV before joining NBC News in 1993. Hansen talked recently about the "Dateline" episode, which puts Detroit's challenges into perspective for a national audience... NBC looks at the spirit of Detroit (Sun, 4/18)

 

The Tuesday, April 27 Detroit Tigers-Minnesota Twins game will now be televised on FOX Sports Detroit Plus. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. with Tigers Live, followed by the game at 7:00.

Game 7 of the Red Wings-Phoenix playoff series will be on FOX Sports Detroit, starting at 8:30 with Red Wings LIve, followed by the game at 9:00. A list of FOX Sports Detroit PLUS channel numbers is available at www.foxsportsdetroit.com (click "Channel Finder").

 

For the second year in a row, transplanted Tigers fans currently serving the United States Armed Forces can enjoy this season's Opening Day celebration while on duty, home or abroad. "Operation Opening Day," a three-hour DVD containing the entire FOX Sports Detroit telecast of the Tigers 5-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians on April 9, as well as pre-game festivities and postgame interviews and highlights, is available for all active members of the military. The "Operation Opening Day" DVD is a gift from Mario Impemba, play-by-play announcer on FOX Sports Detroit, in cooperation with the Tigers and Major League Baseball Productions.

"Many of the men and women in our military are Michigan natives and Tigers fans. While they are away serving our country, attending Opening Day in Detroit is not possible. To thank them for their service, I am honored to bring Opening Day to them," Impemba said. "It is one of our city's greatest events, and I hope having a small piece of home will let them know how much we appreciate their service and sacrifice."

Troops, as well as family and friends of troops, can request this special gift at tigers.com/operationopeningday. Once at the web site, complete the form with a valid military address - APO, SPO or FPO address, military base or ship address. "Operation Opening Day" will be mailed solely to valid military addresses as the gift is intended for the men and women currently serving our country. Quantities are limited and requests will be fulfilled as received.

"Operation Opening Day" is part of the Detroit Tigers year-round support of troops and veterans. Each year, the Detroit Tigers hold a special game to honor and recognize the sacrifice of the men and women serving in the United States Armed Forces and those that have served before them. The Detroit Tigers also visit veterans at the Department of Veteran's Affairs Detroit Medical Center throughout the season.

 

NewscastStudio.com

9&10 News, the CBS and Fox duopoly serving Cadillac, Mich., has become the first broadcast television station to launch an application for the Apple iPad. Much like the station's iPhone app, the 9&10 News app for iPad offers access to local news and weather information and now includes higher video quality, expanded content and higher resolution imagery for iPad users. The app is backward-compatible with the iPhone and iPod touch, and can be downloaded through the App Store. The app was created in partnership with News On iPhone. "We believe it is important to keep up with the technology our viewers are using and we hope this will serve their needs," says Eric Spencer, IT Director for 9&10 News, in a statement. "To be the first broadcast television station to offer this shows our commitment to bring our viewers the best"... Michigan station launches first local TV app for iPad (Wed, 4/28)

 

FOX Sports Detroit enjoying April in the D with Wings' ratings; coverage of series against San Jose Sharks set

FOX Sports Detroit attracted its third largest viewing audience all-time for Tuesday's Game 7 of the NHL Western Conference Quarterfinal series between the Detroit Red Wings and Phoenix Coyotes. Based on data received from Nielsen Media Research, the 9:00-11:45 p.m. telecast registered a 16.7 household rating in the Detroit metro area, an average of 315,663 homes tuned in over the course of the telecast (one rating point equals approximately 18,902 households). The telecast peaked at a 20.3 rating (383,710 households) from 10:45-11:15 as the Red Wings were on their way to a 6-1 victory to capture the best-of-seven series four games to three.

Tuesday's viewership ranks No. 3 on the network's all-time ratings list, trailing a pair of Red Wings games from last year's second round playoff series against Anaheim (17.5 for Game 7 on May 14, 2009 and 17.1 for Game 5 on May 1, 2009).

FOX Sports Detroit is averaging an 11.5 household rating for five Red Wings games this postseason, 9% greater than the 10.7 rating for the first five playoff telecasts in 2009.

With the release of the schedule for the Wings/Sharks second round series, FOX Sports Detroit is scheduled to televise games 3 through 7. Versus has national exclusivity for Game 1 and 2 (Versus is subject to blackout in the FOX Sports Detroit coverage area for games 3 - 7).

Western Conference Semifinals: #5 Detroit Red Wings vs. #1 San Jose Sharks

  • Game 1 - Thu. April 29 at San Jose, 9:00 PM ET Versus (national exclusive)
  • Game 2 - Sun. May 2 at San Jose, 8:00 PM ET Versus (national exclusive)
  • Game 3 - Tue. May 4 at Detroit, 7:30 PM ET FOX Sports Detroit / HD
  • Game 4 - Thu. May 6 at Detroit, 7:30 PM ET FOX Sports Detroit / HD
  • Game 5* - Sat. May 8 at San Jose, 10:00 PM ET FOX Sports Detroit / HD
  • Game 6* - Mon. May 10 at Detroit, 7:30 PM ET FOX Sports Detroit / HD
  • Game 7* - Wed. May 12 at San Jose, Time TBD FOX Sports Detroit / HD

 


 

WRCJ reports success in membership drive

The music will continue at Classical/Jazz WRCJ FM 90.9 as the station has successfully reached its spring fundraising goals. Listeners are still encouraged to make contributions by visiting wrcjfm.org or by calling (866) 909-9725. Contributions of $30 or more will get a WRCJ Eco-Tote Bag as a thank-you gift.

WRCJ is owned by the Detroit Public Schools and operated by Detroit Public TV.

 


 

Toledo's AM 1560 returns to air

After being off-air for several days while work was being done on the station's equipment, AM 1560 Toledo is back on the air with a new format and call sign under new owner CSN International. The former talk outlet WTOD is now WWYC and features religious programming based out of Twin Falls, ID as part of the Calvary Satellite Network. WWYC replaces CSN's FM translator which was previously heard on FM 100.7 -- that station is now back on the air as well carrying the modern rock format of Cumulus' WXKR-FM HD2 (The Zone).

 

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