April 12, 2006
EWU Football & Men's Basketball ‑ Eastern Reaches Television Agreement
EAGLE FOOTBALL AND MEN'S BASKETBALL GAMES AND COACHES SHOWS WILL BE TELEVISED BY BELO MEDIA GROUP SPOKANE, WITH KSKN TV CHANNEL 22 SERVING AS PRIMARY CARRIER
Spokane -- The Eastern Washington University Athletic Department reached an agreement in principle with Belo Media Group Spokane (BMGS) to produce and televise Eagle football and men's basketball games in the 2006‑07 and 2007‑08 athletic seasons.
The agreement includes a minimum of four football games and six men's basketball games to be televised per year, with KSKN-TV Channel 22 serving as the primary carrier. The agreement also includes coaches' shows that will be carried weekly from September through March.
The agreement was reached between BMGS President and General Manager D.J. Wilson and Eastern Associate Athletic Director Mike Allen. Besides KSKN, Belo Media Group Spokane includes KREM-TV Channel 2 and KREM.COM, and is affiliated with Northwest Cable News and NWCN.COM.
"We're thrilled to be the home of Eastern Washington University football and basketball," said Wilson. "With over 30,000 EWU alums in our coverage area and many more EWU fans in the area, we're very pleased to broadcast the games over the air to our local viewers."
"This partnership is an important step for Eastern Athletics," said Allen. "It provides alumni and supporters greater exposure to our programs, and will introduce our coaches, student‑athletes and the Big
Sky Conference to new fans in our region."
"We really appreciate the work that D.J. Wilson and the staff at Belo Media Group has put into making this partnership a reality," Allen added.
Tom Hudson, the sports director at KREM-TV, is expected to handle play‑by‑play duties for the football broadcasts. A radio/television simulcast is possible for the men's basketball games and would feature play‑by‑play by the radio "Voice of the Eagles," Larry Weir.
Games will be produced by Dan Lamphere and directed by Kevin Tompkins. The coaches' shows will be produced by Noah Cooper.
About KREM-TV and KSKN-TV
KREM-TV (CBS) and KSKN-TV (WB) are 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 7,700 employees and more than $1.5 billion in annual revenues, Belo operates in some of America's most dynamic markets in Texas, the Northwest, the Southwest, Rhode Island, and the Mid-Atlantic. Belo owns 19 television stations, six of which are in the 15 largest U.S. broadcast markets. The Company also owns or operates seven cable news channels and manages one television station through a local marketing agreement. Belo's daily newspapers are The Dallas Morning News, The Providence Journal, The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) and the Denton Record-Chronicle (Denton, TX). The Company also publishes specialty publications targeting young adults and the fast-growing Hispanic market, including Quick and Al Dia in Dallas/Fort Worth, and El D and La Prensa in Riverside. Belo operates more than 30 Web sites associated with its operating companies. Additional information concerning Belo is available at www.belo.com or by contacting Carey Hendrickson, vice president/Investor Relations & Corporate Communications, at 214-977-6626.