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Television/Radio Coverage Set For March Magic

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- March 17 - Fans of high school sports can catch a variety of Michigan High School Athletic Association tournament finals in upcoming weeks as March Magic takes to the audio and video airwaves.

The package begins on Sunday (March 22), when the MHSAA Championship Television Network begins its winter coverage with tape-delayed television coverage of the Association's Ice Hockey Finals from the IMA Sports Arena in Flint. The Class B-C-D Final between Calumet and Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood will air at 1 p.m.; followed at 3 p.m. by the Class A title tilt between Trenton and Grosse Pointe South.

The MHSAA Championship Television Network is a cooperative venture between the Association and the Michigan Cable Television Association. Broadcasts on the network will air on the following participating cable systems - Comcast Cablevision, TCI Cablevision, Media One and Bresnan Communications. Consult your local cable system for the channel and additional playback times.

In addition, the MHSAA Championship Television Network will provide coverage of the Lower Peninsula Girls Volleyball Finals, with those games airings on March 29, with the Class D match at 6 p.m.; followed by Class C at 7:30; Class A at 9; and Class B at 10:30 p.m. One April 11, highlights of the Individual Wrestling Finals will be shown, with the Lower Peninsula Division I and II program airing at 6 p.m.; followed by Lower Peninsula Division III and IV highlights at 7 p.m.; and Upper Peninsula highlights at 8 p.m.

The MHSAA Boys Basketball Finals will enjoy three days of television coverage with the debut of the March Magic Recap, which will originate live at 10:30 p.m. on March 26, 27 and 28 from the Breslin Student Events Center in East Lansing. The flagship outlet for the program will be WSYM-TV, Channel 47, in Lansing; with participating MHSAA Championship Television Network cable affiliates picking up the program statewide. The daily, 30-minute programs will provide highlights, interviews and analysis of the four games played each day, and will be hosted by WSYM sports director Mark Wolf.

The four championship games of the Boys Basketball Finals will be televised exclusively on FOX Sports Detroit, which reaches over 2.3 million homes in Michigan and Northwest Ohio. FOX Sports Detroit will air the Class D, A and B games live; and carry the Class C finale on a same day delay basis at 12:30 a.m. following the

Class B game, FOX Sports News and The Final Word. Additional first replays are on March 30 for Classes D and C, with the D game at 1 p.m., followed by Class C at 3 p.m.; while the Class A game will be shown on March 31 at 1 p.m.; and the Class B game will be shown on April 2 at 1 p.m.

Announcers for the telecasts are the Fred McLeod and Matt Shepard on the play-by-play; Gregory Kelser and Tim McCormick doing the color; John Keating will serve as the sideline reporter, and Saginaw High School boys basketball coach Marshall Thomas will serve as a guest analyst. Kelser has been a part of the announce team since 1990, and this is the sixth year on the crew for Thomas.
Features to air during the finals telecast include: A tribute to Chassell High School, which won the 1956, 1957 and 1958 Class D titles, setting a Michigan high school boys basketball record which still stands today of 65 consecutive wins; a tribute to the recipients of the 1998 MHSAA Scholar-Athlete Award and Sports Nutrition Award; and a feature on the 1998 Charles E. Forsythe Award recipients, Lofton Green of River Rouge and Joe Todey of Essesville Garber.

The radio coverage of the finals also hits a new high in 1998, with all semifinal games airing in addition to the network coverage of the championship games.
The flagship station for the semifinals and finals will be WVFN in East Lansing. WVFN will also be airing special editions of Staudt on Sports with WILX-TV sports director Tim Staudt at noon on March 26 and 27; as well as special editions of The Sports Guys, Jeff Hager and Dave DeMarco, at 5 p.m. each day during the semis. MHSAA Championship Network affiliates may also pick up selected semifinal games. Consult your local listings.

The final games will also be broadcast on radio on 36 stations on the MHSAA Championship Network. Consult your local listings for the games to be aired in your area.

Here is a complete list of the stations on the MHSAA Championship Network: Adrian -- WABJ;
Alpena - WHAK-FM; Battle Creek - WBCK/WRCC/WBXX/WWKN; Bay City -- WIXC-FM; Boyne City -- WBCM-FM; Cadillac -- WATT; Caro -- WKYO; Cheboygan -- WCBY; Coldwater -- WTVB; Escanaba -- WDBC/WYKX-FM; Escanaba -- WCHT; Flint -- WFDF; Gaylord -- WSNQ; Grand Rapids -- WBBL; Grayling - WGRYWQON-FM; Hancock -- WMPL; Hillsdale -- WCSR; Hillsdale - WMXE-FM; Holland -- WWJQ; Houghton -- WCCY; Ironwood -- WJMS; Iron River -- WIKB; Ludington -- WKLA; Manistique -- WTIQ; Marquette --WJPD/WDMJ-FM; Mt. Pleasant -- WMMI/WCZY-FM; Muskegon -- WKBZ; Newberry -- WNBY; Ontonagon -- WUPY; Petoskey -- WMBN; St. Ignace -- WIDG; Sturgis -- WMSH; Tawas City -- WKJC-FM; and Traverse City -- WTCM.

Broadcasters for the semifinal and final games are Mike Grisdale and Steve Chimner of WCBY in Cheboygan for the Class D and A games; Tom Duke and Mike Stiles of WMSH in Sturgis for the Class D and A contests. For the finals, Andy MacDonald and Mike Stump of WATT in Cadillac will host the broadcasts, and Ken Delaney of WTVB in Coldwater will serve as the sideline announcer.

Fans unable to attend or access the radio or television broadcasts of the event will have the opportunity to listen to the broadcasts of the semifinal and championship games via telephone on Teamline through an arrangement with TRZ Communications of Akron, Ohio.

TRZ provides pay to listen services for numerous collegiate and professional teams. The service allows an individual who is unable to attend a contest, or who is unable to pick up the radio or television broadcast of a game to listen to the event while it is taking place.

To access the games, call Teamline at 1-800-846-4775. A caller will be requested to provide a VISA or MasterCard number. The cost to listen to an entire game is $19.95.

Video tapes of all semifinal and final games will be available for on-site purchase through Advanced Video Service of Columbiaville. A limited number of tapes will be available for pickup immediately after each contest at a cost of $20.
There is a $4 charge for all orders requiring mailing. Orders will be taken at the sale location on the concourse at the Breslin Center. Mail orders may be directed to: Advanced Video Service, 5547 Columbiaville Road, Columbiaville, MI 48421. Make checks payable to advanced Video Service. Allow 4 to 8 weeks for delivery.

Sponsors of the MHSAA Championship Television and Radio Networks are Farm Bureau Insurance and the United Dairy Industry of Michigan.