Television: October 2010 Archives

At midnight on September 30, Dish Network dropped FOX Sports Detroit and in the immediate future, Dish customers risk missing the final weekend of the Tigers season, the Red Wings remaining two preseason games and next week's start of the regular season, as well as the Pistons preseason contest on Tuesday featuring LeBron James' debut with the Miami Heat.

In October and November alone, there are 41 Red Wings and Pistons games combined potentially at risk to Dish customers.

"FOX has been trying for months to reach a fair agreement, but Dish refuses to play ball," said Tim Bryant, FOX Sports Detroit spokesman. "Our programming is among the most valuable Dish offers, and we're simply looking for a fair deal."

Fortunately, there are alternatives, as Fox Sports Detroit is offered by a number of other local distributors in our area. Dish customers should visit for more information.

Nationwide, Dish has dropped Fox's 19 regional sports networks, FX, and National Geographic Channel. On October 31, the satellite operator's agreement to carry Fox television stations also expires and includes WJBK-TV Channel 2 in Detroit. Other over-the-air Fox stations that may be affected are in Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Gainesville, FL, Houston, Los Angeles, Memphis, Minneapolis, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Tampa, and Washington D.C.


Statewide video coverage of all Michigan High School Athletic Association Finals will take place beginning in the 2010-11 school year for the very first time as the MHSAA Network and When We Were Young Productions will collaborate with FOX Sports Detroit to deliver the games in one of the most comprehensive cable and online high school sports packages in the nation.

FOX Sports Detroit and the MHSAA have signed a multi-year extension of an agreement where live coverage of most Football, Boys Basketball and Girls Basketball Finals will take place; and the new arrangement with the MHSAA Network will also plan for live coverage of Finals in Ice Hockey and Girls Volleyball. In addition, FOX Sports Detroit will continue to be the home of the exclusive announcement of the qualifiers and pairings for the MHSAA Football Playoffs on the annual Selection Sunday Show.

The Website becomes the exclusive home to live video streaming of the events that will be shown live on FOX Sports Detroit. MHSAA Finals in all other team sports this year, plus Finals in Track & Field and Swimming & Diving in both peninsulas, all rounds of the Team and Individual Wrestling Finals, and the Semifinal round of the Basketball, Football, Ice Hockey and Volleyball Tournaments will be streamed live on both the and Websites. All of the action will be archived online at

All other team Finals - Baseball, Competitive Cheer, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball and Team Wrestling - as well as the Lower Peninsula Swimming & Diving Finals and the championship matches of the Individual Wrestling Finals and will be shown on a delayed basis on Fox Sports Detroit or FOX Sports Detroit PLUS. Highlights programs of Finals in Bowling, Cross Country, Golf, Gymnastics, Skiing and Tennis will also air. This entire package will also be shown on Comcast Television, which is carrying MHSAA Network regular-season programming and pre-Finals MHSAA Tournament action in a number of sports for the third straight school year.

Comcast will also be the cable home of all of this content on its popular Video On Demand service, including all the championship running events at the MHSAA Track & Field Finals, where each event will be produced individually for on demand enjoyment. MHSAA Network programming on Comcast reaches over one million homes in the southern half of the Lower Peninsula.

"We're pleased that we can now bring most of our Final events to cable and satellite viewers statewide, and that all of our sports will receive coverage on the web through our continued partnership with FOX Sports Detroit," said John E. "Jack" Roberts, Executive Director of the MHSAA. "The MHSAA Network, through the work of When We Were Young Productions, continues to serve high school fans in large numbers, and has proven that our viewers watch and appreciate this content - during the regular season and our tournaments - regardless of who is playing."

"High school sports are as much a part of the fabric of life here in Michigan as any of our pro teams. The passion and excitement is just as engaging, just as real," said Greg Hammaren, Senior Vice President/General Manager, FOX Sports Detroit. "We're immensely proud to extend our wonderful partnership with MHSAA and expand it with the help of When We Were Young Productions and Comcast. This agreement is a shining example of the excellent value and community service that cable providers and FOX Sports Detroit represent."

Here is a detailed rundown of 2010-11 MHSAA Championships on FOX Sports Detroit and the website:

Fall Championships

  • Oct. 24 - Selection Sunday Show - LIVE on FOX Sports Detroit
  • Nov. 6 - Boys Soccer Finals - LIVE on &; delayed on FOX Sports Detroit
  • Nov. 18-19 - Girls Volleyball Semifinals - LIVE on &
  • Nov. 20 - Girls Volleyball Finals - LIVE on FOX Sports Detroit &
  • Nov. 20 - Football Semifinals - 16 Games - Most LIVE on & (Subject to availability of streaming capabilities at host sites)
  • Nov. 20 - L.P. Girls Swimming & Diving Finals - LIVE on &; delayed on FOX Sports Detroit
  • Nov. 26-27 - Football Finals - LIVE on FOX Sports Detroit* & (* All games live except Division 4 Final on Nov. 26)
  • December - Fall highlights program of MHSAA Finals in Cross Country, Tennis and L.P. Girls Golf on FOX Sports Detroit

Winter Championships

  • Feb. 19 - U.P. Swimming & Diving Finals - LIVE on &
  • Feb. 25-26 - Team Dual Wrestling Quarterfinals & Semifinals - LIVE on &
  • Feb. 26 - Team Dual Wrestling Finals - LIVE on &; delayed on FOX Sports Detroit
  • March 4-5 - Competitive Cheer Finals - LIVE on &; delayed on FOX Sports Detroit
  • March 3-5 - Individual Wrestling Finals - Rounds 1-8 - LIVE on &
  • March 5 - Individual Wrestling Finals - Championship Matches - LIVE on &; delayed on FOX Sports Detroit
  • March 10-11 - Ice Hockey Semifinals - LIVE on &
  • March 12 - Ice Hockey Finals - LIVE on FOX Sports Detroit &
  • March 12 - L.P. Boys Swimming & Diving Finals - LIVE on &; delayed on FOX Sports Detroit
  • March 17-18 - Girls Basketball Semifinals - LIVE on &
  • March 19 - Girls Basketball Finals - LIVE on FOX Sports Detroit &
  • March 24-25 - Boys Basketball Semifinals - LIVE on &
  • March 26 - Boys Basketball Finals - LIVE on FOX Sports Detroit* & (* All games live except Class B Final)
  • April - Winter highlights program of MHSAA Finals in Bowling, Gymnastics and Skiing on FOX Sports Detroit

Spring Championships

  • June 4 - Track & Field Finals - LIVE on &
  • June 11 - Girls & Boys Lacrosse Finals - LIVE on &; delayed on FOX Sports Detroit
  • June 18 - Baseball-Softball Finals - LIVE on &; delayed on FOX Sports Detroit
  • June 18 - Girls Soccer Finals - LIVE on &; delayed on FOX Sports Detroit
  • August - Spring highlights program of MHSAA Finals in Golf and Tennis on FOX Sports Detroit

For a complete rundown of MHSAA Championships coverage on FOX Sports Detroit,,, and Comcast Television, visit the MHSAA Website at


Impasse between FOX and DISH continues



Sports fans that subscribe to DISH Network across Michigan continue to miss the programming of Fox Sports Detroit as the impasse between Dish and Fox carries on. The situation has already caused subscribers locally to miss Detroit Red Wings regular season hockey games, and if situation isn't resolved soon, Detroit Pistons basketball broadcasts on Dish will be in jeopardy. As of November 1st, the disagreement over the cost of programming might escalate to include Fox-owned and operated broadcast station WJBK-TV Channel 2.

The lack of an agreement between the two parties began to affect viewers across the country on October 1st when 19 regional sports networks, FX, and National Geographic Channel were no longer available to Dish subscribers.

"The two sides are not actively negotiating and remain at an impasse," said FOX Sports Detroit spokesman Tim Bryant.


WKAR-TV Channel 23 East Lansing is preparing to begin construction of a new broadcast tower that will replace the original that was built in 1953 at WKAR's transmitter and tower site on Dobie Road in Okemos. Tower construction and installation of a new broadcast antenna on the tower is expected to continue through June 2011.

Construction was approved by the Michigan State University Board of Trustees at their June 18, 2010 meeting.

The project will replace WKAR's aging tower on the same site as the current tower. Completion of the tower and installation of a new antenna, will allow WKAR to increase broadcast power. The end result will be improved reception for both the WKAR Radio and Television signals.

"The tower replacement project allows us to accomplish three necessary and important things effectively, simultaneously and in a cost efficient manner with the least disruption to viewers and listeners. This includes replacing a 57-year-old tower, replacing irreparable and obsolete radio broadcasting equipment and allows WKAR-TV to increase power to improve the station's signal" says WKAR station manager Kent Wieland. "This will be done without increasing WKAR's vertical footprint."

Construction at the tower site is expected to continue through May with the new antenna mounted an operation by June 2011. On occasion, to facilitate construction and beginning in April 2001, WKAR will periodically operate at reduced power. This schedule is pending any delays not accounted for by icy or bad weather during the winter. Notifications will be posted on, the stations' Facebook pages, and in WKAR's e-News. Viewers and listeners are encouraged to subscribe to the free weekly e-News at

Wieland adds that the construction or brief periods when WKAR operates on reduced power will not affect most cable viewers.

"Okemos residents living near our broadcast tower should not notice any discernable increase in noise during the construction of the tower," says Wieland. "There will be some periodic additional traffic of construction trucks on Dobie Road."

The tower and antenna project was made possible by grants from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Public Telecommunications Facilities Program, supporters of WKAR, and matching funds from Michigan State University.

WKAR is part of Michigan State University Broadcasting Services and includes WKAR-TV's four digital television channels, WKAR Radio's AM and FM stations, online service and public services, WKAR Ready To Learn and the WKAR Radio Reading Service.

edit: updated construction schedule with new dates


Detroit News:

A plan by WADL-TV to broadcast Sunday's concert by striking musicians of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra is not meant to express favoritism toward the musicians, the station manager said Friday. Responding to a letter from DSO lawyers apparently intended to discourage the broadcast of the 3 p.m. Sunday concert at Christ Church Cranbrook, station manager Steve Antoniotti said: "We're merely trying to expose the quality of these musicians to people who haven't had the opportunity to hear them, and to show what a community asset might be lost in this labor dispute." But Michael Schwartz, an attorney for the station, replied more sharply. In a statement issued Thursday, Schwartz said DSO management had "hired a New York law firm which sent a letter to WADL, ominously suggesting that the station might end up with liability in connection with the broadcast." "We are disappointed that the management of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra should seek to instruct us on how we are to fulfill our responsibilities to our viewing public and that they should be expending scarce resources to hire an expensive New York law firm in a misguided attempt to create obstacles to the public's being able to view and hear a performance by an illustrious group of musicians."... Concert broadcast of striking DSO musicians contested (Sat, 10/23)







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