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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE-Nov. 28, 2002
Contact: John Johnson or Randy Allen
517.332.5046 or www.mhsaa.com
TV-Radio Coverage of
MHSAA Fall Championships
Set For Football & Girls Basketball Finals
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Nov. 26 - The schedule for coverage
of Michigan High School Athletic Association championships in
football and girls basketball has been set.
The package is highlighted by two weekends of live coverage of
the MHSAA Football Playoff Finals and Girls Basketball Finals
on Fox Sports Net. Fox Sports Net is covering both events for
the fifth straight year in 2002, with the games reaching over
2.6 million homes. However, due to a conflict with professional
games, three telecasts will receive same-day delayed airings
as well as an additional Sunday afternoon airing.
The Division 4 and 6 football finals on Nov. 29 and the Class
A girls basketball championship on Dec. 7 will be tape delayed.
The football contests will receive their first airings on a same-day
delay telecast basis that same evening at 11 p.m. for Division
6 and 1:30 a.m. for Division 4. Both football games will also
be shown on Sunday, Dec. 1, with Division 6 at Noon and Division
4 at 2:30 p.m. The Class A girls basketball championship will
receive a same-day delay telecast at 12:30 a.m. the evening of
the event, and will air again on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 1 p.m.
Here is the complete schedule for the live games to be broadcast:
Division 8 - Nov. 29 - 10 a.m.;
Division 2 - Nov. 29 - 1 p.m.;
Division 7 - Nov. 30 - 10 a.m.;
Division 1 - Nov. 30 - 1 p.m.;
Division 5 - Nov. 30 - 5 p.m.;
Division 3 - Nov. 30 - 8 p.m.;
Class D - Dec. 7 - 11 a.m.;
Class C - Dec. 7 - 5 p.m.;
Class B - Dec. 7 - 7:30 p.m.
The additional replay schedule for the football and girls basketball
telecasts is as follows:
Division 8 - Dec. 6 - Noon;
Division 2 - Dec. 13 - Noon;
Division 8 - Dec. 14 - 2 p.m.;
Division 2 - Dec. 14 - 4:30 p.m.;
Division 6 - Dec. 15 - 1:30 p.m.;
Division 6 - Dec. 20 - Noon;
Division 4 - Dec. 21 - 4 p.m.;
Division 7 - Dec. 22 - 12:30 p.m.;
Division 1 - Dec. 27 - Noon;
Division 5 - Dec. 29 - 1:30 p.m.;
Division 3 - Jan. 1 - Noon.
Class D - Dec. 10 - 2 p.m.;
Class A - Dec. 11 - Noon;
Class C - Dec. 12 - 1 p.m.;
Class B - Dec. 19 - 1 p.m.
Additional replays will be scheduled in January.
On the radio side, the Michigan Talk Radio Network, the MHSAA's
radio partner, will provide unprecedented, day-long coverage
from the Finals of the MHSAA Girls Basketball Tournament. In
addition to its play-by-play coverage of each contest to be broadcast
on a statewide network of stations, MTRN will also provide originate
its programming on Dec. 7 from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. from Rose
Arena in Mt. Pleasant for its regular affiliates, featuring interviews
from people involved in the tournament, and cutting to live play-by-play
as events warrant it. In addition, MTRN will see that the semifinal
games of the Girls Basketball Tournament will again be aired
locally in the community in which the event is played; and the
MHSAA Football Playoff Finals will again have an audio cybercast
on the Internet and on selected radio stations. (Consult the
MHSAA Web site for more information)
Stations already committed to airing the Girls Basketball Semifinals
and Finals on December 6-7 are: Flagship stations WMMI-AM and
WCZY-FM, Mt. Pleasant; and WDOW, Dowagiac. Stations airing the
Girls Basketball Finals include WSDS-AM, Ypsilanti; WMIQ-AM,
Iron Mountain; WCHT-AM, Escanaba; WCSR-AM, Hillsdale; WIDG-AM,
St. Ignace; WCBY-AM, Cheboygan. Additional stations will be
announced on the MHSAA Web site as they are added to the network.
Local listings should be consulted for individual game availability.
WMMI (830 AM) will air the Class C and Class A semifinals the
afternoons of Dec. 5 and 6; and the daytime final games in Classes
D and A on Dec. 7. Its sister station, WCZY-FM (103.9 FM) will
air the evening semifinal games in Classes D and B on Dec. 5
and 6; and the evening final games in Classes C and B on Dec.
The Girls Basketball Finals radio network broadcasts will be
produced and distributed by the Michigan Talk Radio Network of
Charlevoix. Mike Carey and Mark DeNoyelles will team to call
the Class C and A games; while Don Chiodo and Dan Simons will
call the Class D and B action. Mike Stump will serve as the sideline
All of the girls basketball radio broadcasts, as well as audio
cybercasts of the football finals through Michigan Talk Radio
Network, can be accessed through the MHSAA Web Site.
Sponsors of the MHSAA Championship Network are Farm Bureau Insurance
and the Michigan Association of Broadcasters.
The MHSAA is a private, not-for-profit corporation of voluntary
membership by over 1,300 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.
Farm Bureau Insurance and MEEMIC Insurance
are year-round MHSAA Corporate Partners