February 12, 2004
WHAS11 "Thunder 2004" coverage you can count on!
Louisville, KY -- WHAS11 announced plans today to air over 13.5 hours of live "Thunder 2004"coverage. This marks the 12th consecutive year that WHAS11 will broadcast the official opening ceremonies of the Kentucky Derby Festival. "Thunder 2004" will take place on Saturday, April 17 and WHAS11 promises to make this year's Thunder coverage the best ever. In making the announcement WHAS11's VP and General Manager Robert Klingle said, "WHAS11's legacy in local television coverage continues with this very special look at Thunder 2004 and the Derby Festival US Bank Great Balloon Glow one week later. We sincerely thank the Kentucky Derby Festival and the event sponsors for their continued support of these premiere community attractions."
"Thunder 2004" will originate from a new and incredibly exciting venue - the new Waterfront Park Place designed by Bravura. This luxury 22-story high-rise condominium complex overlooks the downtown riverfront and will give viewers never before seen views of both the air show and fireworks display. The new location combined with 12 live camera positions will give viewers Coverage They Can Count On from every angle. Klingle went on to say, "Special thanks goes to Jim Walters and the fine folks at Waterfront Park Place. This marvelous downtown residential venue will give our viewers an extraordinary new and amazing look at Thunder, as well as the city's sights and sounds, like never before." WHAS11's multi-Emmy Award winning on-air production team, numbering more than 50, will be stationed on both sides of the river as well as at Slugger Field.
WHAS11's 17.5 hour broadcast of special Thunder coverage will begin at 6am with WHAS11 News "Good Morning Kentuckiana". Beginning at 10am WHAS11 will broadcast "The Best of Thunder" with highlights of Thunder Over Louisville 2000 and 2001. WHAS11's "Thunder 2004" takes flight at 2pm featuring the high-flying action of our country's best military aircraft and demo teams. At 9:30pm viewers will have the best seat ever as Zambelli Internationale presents one of the greatest fireworks shows in the world. Then at 10:00pm WHAS11 News brings continuing coverage and a full wrap-up of the day's events home to Kentuckiana.
WHAS11 is part of Belo Corp., one of the nation's largest media companies with a diversified group of market-leading television, newspaper, cable and interactive media assets. A Fortune 1000 company with approximately 7,800 employees and $1.4 billion in annual revenues, Belo operates news and information franchises in some of America's most dynamic markets and regions, including Texas, the Northwest, the Southwest, Rhode Island and the Mid-Atlantic region. Belo owns 19 television stations (six in the top 15 markets) reaching 13.8 percent of U.S. television households; owns or operates 10 cable news channels; and manages one television station through a local marketing agreement. Belo's daily newspapers include The Dallas Morning News, The Providence Journal, The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) and the Denton Record-Chronicle (Denton, TX). Belo Interactive's new media businesses include more than 30 Web sites, several interactive alliances and a broad range of Internet-based products. Additional information, including earnings releases, is available online at www.belo.com. For more information contact Kirk Szesny, Director of Marketing and Creative Services, at 502-582-7870.