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MHSAA Network Celebrates 10th TV Anniversary

Contact:  John Johnson
517.332.5046 or media@mhsaa.com
 

MHSAA Network Celebrates 10th TV Anniversary

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Aug. 28 – It was ten years ago Wednesday (Aug. 29) that the MHSAA began its current television network efforts by broadcasting a season-opening football game pitting local rivals in small-town setting.

Sand Creek High School was hosting Blissfield in what had become a traditional season-opening game at the time, the two schools less than 15 miles apart.  The Aggies were celebrating a community effort by debuting new grandstands on the home side of the field salvaged from nearby Michigan International Speedway.  Townsfolk gathering across the street from the field in the high school for a fund-raising taco dinner, and the MHSAA Network was there.

In the ten years since that kickoff game, won by Blissfield by a score of 14-6, the MHSAA’s video production efforts have gone from games on cable television to an exclusively online effort powered by the NFHS Network – which produces over 135 events and over 400 hours of MHSAA Championships – and featuring a growing School Broadcast Program, which will produce upwards of 2,000 hours of regular-season games at over 80 participating schools.

Here’s this week’s MHSAA.tv schedule of video streams available being produced by SBP members and the NFHS Network:

Tuesday – Aug. 28

Freshman Boys Soccer – Ann Arbor Pioneer at Saline  - 4 p.m.
Girls Volleyball – Ontonagon at Dollar Bay – 5 p.m.

Junior Varsity Boys Soccer - Ann Arbor Huron at Saline  - 5:30 p.m.

Girls Volleyball – Rock Mid Peninsula at Norway  - 6 p.m.

Boys Soccer - Ann Arbor Huron at Saline  - 7 p.m.

 

Wednesday, Aug. 29

Freshman Boys Soccer - Dearborn at Saline  - 4 p.m.

Freshman Football - Brighton at Novi  - 4:30 p.m.

Freshman Football - Saginaw Swan Valley at Frankenmuth  - 4:30 p.m.

Freshman Football - Saginaw Heritage at Grand Blanc  - 4:30 p.m.
Freshman Girls Volleyball – West Iron County at Calumet – 4:30 p.m.

Junior Varsity Girls Volleyball – West Iron County at Calumet – 5:30 p.m.

Junior Varsity Football - Saginaw Swan Valley at Frankenmuth  - 6 p.m.

Junior Varsity Football - Brighton at Novi  - 6:30 p.m.

Junior Varsity Football - Saginaw Heritage at Grand Blanc  - 6:30 p.m.

Girls Volleyball – West Iron County at Calumet – 5:30 p.m.

 

Thursday, Aug. 30

Field Hockey - Wixom St. Catherine at Novi  - 4:30 p.m.

Football - Windsor Holy Name at Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook  - 5 p.m.

Junior Varsity Field Hockey - Wixom St. Catherine at Novi  - 6 p.m.

Football - Ovid-Elsie at Montrose  - 7 p.m.

Football - Novi at Brighton  - 7 p.m.

Football - Oxford at Lake Orion  - 7 p.m.

Football - Carrollton at Freeland  - 7 p.m.

Football – Negaunee at Calumet – 7 p.m.
Football - Caledonia at Cedar Springs - 7 p.m.

 

Friday, Aug. 31

Football - Grandville at Warren DeLaSalle  - 7 p.m.

Football - Munising at Norway  - 7 p.m.

Football - Grand Rapids Catholic Central at Saline  - 7 p.m.

Football - Adrian at Jackson - 7 p.m.

 

Tuesday, Sept. 4

Junior Varsity Boys Soccer - Ann Arbor Skyline at Saline  - 5:30 p.m.

Girls Volleyball - Iron Mountain at Norway  - 6 p.m.

Boys Soccer - Ann Arbor Skyline at Saline  - 7 p.m.
 

All sporting events – live or delayed - are available on a subscription basis only for their first 72 hours online.  They become available for free, on-demand viewing approximately 72 hours following their completion.

NFHS Network subscriptions begin at $9.95 a month.  Subscribers will have access to all live video and streaming statistics across the country.  All content becomes available for free, on- demand viewing 72 hours after being shown live.  School Broadcast Program participants will also be selling Season and Annual Passes at a discounted rate.  A portion of every subscription sold by a school goes to benefit its program. 

A complete list of participating schools can be found on the School Broadcast Program page of the MHSAA website.

Highlights of games appearing in the past week by MHSAA School Broadcast Program members and the NFHS Network make their 2018-19 debut this week.  Featured games are in football this week with Trenton’s 27-21 win over Allen Park; Zeeland East topping East Grand Rapids, 36-27; and Flint Beecher defeating Flint, 24-0.

Highlights can be found each week on the MHSAA.tv website, the home page of the MHSAA Website, and the MHSAASports Channel on YouTube.

The MHSAA Network is in its 32nd year of providing audio programming, featuring the weekly radio show This Week In High School Sports, which is in its fourth season on radio stations and audio webcast outlets across the state as part of their weekly prep coverage. 

The five-minute program, powered by Michigan Student Aid, leads off each week with feature stories from around the state from the MHSAA’s Second Half, or from network affiliated stories and interviews.  This Week Game Balls are then presented for team or individual achievements in the past week.  Be The Referee, a 60-second look at the fine art of officiating, comes in the middle of the show; and is followed by a closing MHSAA Perspective.  The opening show will feature Tate Hallock of Forest Hills Central High School in Grand Rapids; present game balls to Trenton football quarterback Jay Solano, who threw for 355 yards and four touchdowns against Allen Park last week and Hart’s Adelyn Ackley, who won the big school division race in leading her girls cross country team to the title at the Benzie Invitational last weekend; talk about a rules experiment in football in the Be The Referee segment;  and conclude with a retro MHSAA commentary about keeping the proper perspective in school sports.

This Week In High School Sports is posted to the home page of the MHSAA Website by Noon on Tuesday each week; and is also available on the MHSAA Network Website.  You can listen to this week’s show by Clicking Here

Here is a list of radio stations and web audio outlets carrying This Week In High School Sports (as of Aug. 27): 

Adrian - WABJ-AM (1490) – Halftime of game broadcasts
Alma - WQBX-FM (104.9) - Halftime of game broadcasts, Noon Fridays weeks of no games
Alma – WFYC-AM (1280) – Halftime of game broadcasts
Alpena – WHSB-FM (107.7) – Halftime of game broadcasts
Alpena - WKJZ-FM (94.9) – Halftime of game broadcasts
Alpena - WZTK-FM (105.7) - Football Fridays, 6:30 p.m.; Halftime of basketball game broadcasts
Ashley - WJSZ-FM (92.5) - Halftime of game broadcasts
Bridgman – WYTZ-FM (97.5) – Halftime of game broadcasts
Cadillac - WKAD-FM (93.7) – Immediately following Friday game broadcasts
Caro – WIDL-FM (92.1) – During Game of the Week Pregame – 6:30 p.m.
Coldwater - WTVB-AM (1590) - Pregame of Friday game broadcasts
Coldwater - WTVB-FM (95.5) – Pregame of Friday game broadcasts
Deckerville - ThumbTailgater.com - Halftime of game broadcasts 
Detroit - WDTK-FM (101.5) - Pregame or halftime of game broadcasts
Detroit - WDTK-AM (1400) - Pregame or halftime of game broadcasts
East Lansing - WVFN-AM (730) – Fridays at 6 p.m. during football season; Saturdays at 10 a.m. during basketball season
Escanaba - WCHT (600) - Halftime of game broadcasts 
Escanaba - WDBC (680) – Halftime of game broadcasts
Escanaba – WYKX-FM (104.7) – Halftime of game broadcasts
Escanaba – WUPF-FM (107.3) – Halftime of game broadcasts
Ferrysburg - WMPA-FM (93.1) - Fridays, 6:35 p.m.
Frankenmuth - Frankenmuth Sports Network – Pregame and halftime of game broadcasts
Grand Haven - WAWL-FM (103.5) - Halftime of game broadcasts
Grand Haven – MichiganGameNight.com – Halftime of game broadcasts
Grand Haven - WGHN-AM (1370) - Fridays, 6:35 p.m.
Grand Haven – WGHN-FM (92.1) – Fridays, 6:35 p.m.
Grand Haven – WGHN-FM (94.9) – Fridays, 6:35 p.m.
Grand Rapids – MichiganSportsRadio.com – Pregame or halftime of game broadcasts 
Grand Rapids - WBBL-FM (107.3) – Halftime of game broadcasts
Grayling – WGRY-FM (101.1) - Pregame of game broadcasts
Grayling - WQON-FM (100.3) - Pregame of game broadcasts
Gwinn – WUPZ-FM (94.9) – Halftime of game broadcasts
Hancock – WMPL-AM (920) – Pregame of game broadcasts  
Hancock – WKMJ-FM (93.5) – Pregame of game broadcasts
Hart – WWKR-FM (94.1) - Before games, halftime or between games
Holland - WHTC-AM (1450) – Halftime of game broadcasts
Holland - WHTC-FM (99.7) – Halftime of game broadcasts
Houghton - WHKB-FM (102.3) - Postgame of game broadcasts
Houghton – WCCY-AM (1400) – Postgame of game broadcasts
Houghton – WCCY-FM (99.3) – Postgame of game broadcasts
Ishpeming - WRUP-FM (98.3) – Fridays at 6:20 p.m.
Ishpeming - WKQS-FM (97.5) – Fridays at 6:20 p.m.
Ironwood – WJMS-AM (590) – Pregame of game broadcasts
Jackson – WKHM-AM (970) - Halftime of game broadcasts
Jackson - WKHM-FM (105.3) - Halftime of game broadcasts
Lansing – WJIM-AM (1240) – Fridays at 6 p.m. during football season
Kalamazoo – WQLR (1600) - Halftime of game broadcasts
Kalamazoo – WKZO-AM (590) – Halftime of game broadcasts
Kalamazoo – WKZO-FM (106.9) – Halftime of game broadcasts
Lowell – WRWW-FM (92.3) – Halftime of game broadcasts
Ludington – WKLA-AM (1450) – Halftime of game broadcasts
Ludington – WKLA-FM (96.3) – Before games, halftime or between games
Ludington - WLDN-FM (97.7) – Before games, halftime or between games
Ludington - WLDN-FM (98.7) – Before games, halftime or between games
Manistique - WTIQ-AM (1490) - Halftime of game broadcasts
Marquette - WZAM-AM (970) - Tuesdays at 4 p.m.
Marquette - WZAM-FM (93.3) - Tuesdays at 4 p.m.
Marquette - WKQS-FM (105.1) – Fridays at 6:20 p.m.
Marquette - WKQS-FM (99.9) – Fridays at 6:20 p.m.
Marquette - WFXD-FM (103.3) – Fridays at 6:20 p.m.
Menominee – WHYB-FM (103.7) – Halftime of Menominee game broadcasts
Midland – WMPX-AM (1490) – Halftime of game broadcasts; Fridays, 6:30 a.m.
Monroe - MonroeCountyRadio.com - Halftime of game broadcasts
Mt. Pleasant - WMMI-AM (830) - Halftime of game broadcasts
Mt. Pleasant - WMMI-FM (92.3) - Halftime of game broadcasts
Muskegon - WLCS-FM (98.3) - Pregame of game broadcasts
Muskegon – WVIB-FM (100.1) - Pregame of game broadcasts
Negaunee - WKQS-FM (101.9) – Fridays, 6:20 p.m.
Newberry – M123FM.com – Pregame of game broadcasts
Niles – RCSportscasting.com – Halftime of game broadcasts
Ontonagon – WUPY-FM (101.1) – Pregame of game broadcasts
Oscoda – WWTH-FM (100.7) – Halftime of game broadcasts
Petoskey - WMBN-AM (1340) – Immediately following Friday game broadcasts
Petoskey – WMBN-FM (104.7) – Immediately following Friday game broadcasts
Pinconning - WLUN-FM (100.9) – Halftime of game broadcasts 
Rogers City – WHAK-FM (99.9) – Halftime of game broadcasts
Saginaw – Swan Valley Network – Halftime of game broadcasts
Saugatuck - WVYN-FM (92.7) – Halftime of game broadcasts
Scottville – WLDN-FM (94.9) – Before games, halftime or between games
South Haven – WCSY-FM (103.7) – Halftime of game broadcasts
St. Joseph – WSJM-AM (1400) – Halftime of game broadcasts
St. Joseph – WSJM-FM (94.9) – Halftime of game broadcasts
St. Joseph – WSJM-FM (95.7) – Halftime of game broadcasts
Sturgis – WBET-AM (1230) – Halftime of game broadcasts
Sturgis – WBET-FM (99.3) – Halftime of game broadcasts
Sturgis – JoeInsider.com – Halftime of game broadcasts
Tawas City - WKJC-FM (104.7) – Halftime of game broadcasts
Tawas City – WQLB-FM (103.3) – Halftime of game broadcasts
Traverse City – WZTC-FM (104.5) – Immediately following Friday game broadcasts
West Branch – WBMI-FM (105.5) – Time TBA
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Additional stations will be announced in the coming weeks. Many of these same stations will be carrying games from the MHSAA Basketball Finals in March.  

Be The Referee is also available each week as a separate podcast.  These 60-second messages, featuring MHSAA Assistant Director Brent Rice and veteran MHSAA official Sam Davis, take a look at rules in different sports, challenge your rules knowledge with some You Make The Call questions, and pass on other information about the world of officiating. 

Be The Referee is posted online by Noon Tuesday each week, and can be found on the home pages of the MHSAA Website and the MHSAA Network Website.  You can listen to this week’s message by Clicking Here

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