February 10, 2009

Reality TV Hits Houston

KHOU-TV Channel 11 to Air "The Great Raise Houston"

HOUSTON - KHOU-TV/DT Channel 11 viewers will get the opportunity to race around Houston with a tiara-wearing standout from "The Bachelor," a Playmate turned Playboy Scout, a newlywed Neuropsychologist and a host of others as they compete in "The Great Raise Houston." The four-hour program, produced in Houston in HD, airs February 21 and 28 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Follow ten teams as they run, jump, dive, fly and speed throughout the Bayou-city on a three-day, 350-mile trek. From kayaking on the bayou to kicking up their heels with the Houston Metropolitan Dance Company skydiving to ax throwing the contestants rely on creativity and commonsense to keep them in the race.

"The Great Raise Houston" was created by Houston couple Uchenna and Joyce Agu, who took home the $1 million prize on the seventh season of CBS's reality hit "The Amazing Race." The 14th installment of "The Amazing Race" premieres on Channel 11 on February 15.

"This race is a virtual post card for Houston, much like "The Amazing Race" was a post card for the world," says Uchenna Agu.

On top of the physical and mental challenges, each team is raising funds for two charities Houston Food Bank Kid's Cafe and Casa de Esperanza.

"We are committed to raising awareness and funds to provide support for charitable organizations that positively impact the community in favor of child development," says Joyce Agu. "By utilizing our celebrity gained from our "Amazing Race" experience, we are on a mission to help children in order to cultivate and develop a stronger future for our communities, our country and ultimately the world."

So, is the ultimate victor in "The Great Raise Houston" the team that crosses the finish line first or the team that raises the most money for the non-profit beneficiaries? Tune in and see Houston as you have never seen it before.

For more information about the "The Great Raise Houston" or to donate to the benefiting charities, visit www.thegreatraise.com.

For additional information, please contact Rebecca Cantu by phone at 713.284.8761, or email rcantu@khou.com.

KHOU-TV/DT is a part of Belo Corp. (BLC), one of the nation's largest pure-play, publicly-traded television companies, with 2008 annual revenue of $733 million. The Company owns and operates 20 television stations (nine in the top 25 markets) and their associated Web sites. Belo stations, which include affiliations with ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CW and MyNetwork TV, reach more than 14 percent of U.S. television households in 15 highly-attractive markets. Nearly all Belo stations rank first or second in their local market. Additional information is available at www.belo.com or by contacting Paul Fry, vice president/Investor Relations & Corporate Communications, at 214-977-6835.