April 29, 2009

WFAA-TV set for Five Days of "Dale Versus Delkus: "Rumble in the Plaza" Set to begin May 4, at Victory Park in Dallas

April 28, 2009 - Dallas, Texas - Americans love a good contest, particularly when it comes to sports. Thus, in the spirit of Ali-Fraser, Magic and Bird, Tiger versus Mickelson, Texas-Oklahoma and the Dallas Cowboys versus the Washington Redskins, WFAA is gearing up for the next classic. An ultimate test of force, focus, and endurance will be decided by the best shot, the better moves and the ability to "Rumble on the Plaza."

Beginning Monday, May 4, WFAA sports director Dale Hansen squares off against the station's chief meteorologist Pete Delkus in a series of events that will determine the winner and the "runner up."

"The nightly, good natured jabs between Pete and Dale are something many viewers tell us they look forward to, particularly at 10 p.m.," said Michael Valentine, the station's vice president/news. "They've decided to 'take the gloves' off, and face off at a higher level, all in the name of charity. We thought it sounded like fun."

Hansen and Delkus will go one-on-one in the following events:

Monday: Putting Contest
Tuesday: BB Gun Shooting Gallery
Wednesday: Game of H.O.R.S.E.
Thursday: Ping Pong
Friday: To be Determined by a Fan Vote at wfaa.com/rumble

The winner of each event will be decided on the field of play, however to drive the competition a bit higher, Hansen will be competing in the name of the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas, and Delkus will be competing for Children's Medical Center.
"Each event will take place on the plaza at Victory Park, live at 7 p.m.," said Valentine. He added that "highlights" of each competition will be included inside the station's late newscast on the same night. Viewers can log onto wfaa.com/rumble to read more about the activities, and to make a pledge to show support for Dale (YMCA) or Pete (Children's Medical Center).

"Fans will decide what the last event will be," added Valentine "which makes it all even more fun."
Everyone that makes a donation of $20 or more to one of the charities will be eligible for a one-of-a-kind, collector's item Dale vs. Delkus t-shirt. Details are available on the Web site at wfaa.com/rumble.

WFAA-TV is a subsidiary 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 Dave Muscari, vice president/product development, at 214.977.6490.