FOX 50 To Multicast 32 Durham Bulls Games On Its Digital Channel WRAZ-DT


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

June 8, 2001
For more information, contact
Joanne Stanley, FOX 50 Program Director, (919) 595-5050
Mark Bradley, Promotion and Marketing Manager (919) 595-5103



FOX 50 To Multicast 32 Durham Bulls Games On Its Digital Channel WRAL-DT

RALEIGH/DURHAM – FOX 50 “WRAZ-DT” will broadcast 32 Durham Bulls’ baseball games live from the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, N.C., from June 14, 2001, through August 17, 2001.

The new digital television standards allow broadcasters to originate more than one channel of programming (multicasting) within their assigned digital channel. To watch the broadcast, viewers will need either a digital receiver tuned to channel 49 or be a subscriber to the Time-Warner digital cable service (currently available to approximately 123,000 households) where the game will be carried on channel 251.

“We are fortunate to have the ability to offer this service to our viewers,” said Tommy Schenck, FOX 50 General Manager. “Multicasting allows us to provide our regularly scheduled programming, while at the same time Triple-A Baseball to loyal, Triangle area Bulls’ fans.”

Each member of the camera and production crew is a member of Explorer Post 50. The crew of twenty 14 – 19 year-olds come from Durham area high schools and work production positions during Durham Bulls home games. The Explorer Post, an extension of the Boy Scouts of America, offers teens an opportunity to gain valuable experience operating television production equipment and working on a complicated live show. Explorer Post 50 is sponsored by the Durham Bulls and FOX 50.

Play-by-play for the broadcast will be supplied by WDNC-AM 620, the flagship station of the Durham Bulls. Steve Barnes, the voice of the Durham Bulls, will call the action. Ken Tanner will provide color commentary.

“Minor league baseball games are rarely seen on television, and we have a tremendous opportunity to share the experience with people here in the triangle, “ said George Habel, Vice-President and General Manager of the Durham Bulls. “It’s cool to take advantage of this advanced technology considering this year we’re celebrating the 100th anniversary of minor league baseball.”

The Durham Bulls are the Triple-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Capitol Broadcasting Company, Inc. owns the Durham Bulls as well as FOX 50 WRAZ-DT.

Games to be carried on WRAZ-DT
June 1 Fri 7:00-10:00pm v. Pawtucket Red Sox
June 2 Sat 7:00-10:00pm v. Pawtucket Red Sox
June 3 Sun 5:00-8:00pm v. Pawtucket Red Sox
June 4 Mon 7:00-10:00pm v. Pawtucket Red Sox
June 14 Thu 7:00-10:00pm v. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red
June 15 Fri 7:00-10:00pm v. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red
June 16 Sat 7:00-10:00pm v. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red
June 17 Sun 5:00-8:00pm v. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red
June 18 Mon 7:00-10:00pm v. Ottawa Lynx
June 19 Tue 7:00-10:00pm v. Ottawa Lynx
June 20 Wed 7:00-10:00pm v. Ottawa Lynx
June 21 Thu 7:00-10:00pm v. Ottawa Lynx
July 2 Mon 7:00-10:00pm v. Richmond Braves
July 3 Tue 7:00-10:00pm v. Richmond Braves
July 8 Sun 5:00-8:00pm v. Charlotte Knights
July 12 Thu 7:00-10:00pm v. Louisville River Bats
July 13 Fri 7:00-10:00pm v. Louisville River Bats
July 14 Sat 7:00-10:00pm v. Indianapolis Indians
July 15 Sun 5:00-8:00pm v. Indianapolis Indians
July 16 Mon 7:00-10:00pm v. Toledo Mud Hens
July 17 Tue 7:00-10:00pm v. Toledo Mud Hens
July 24 Tue 7:00-10:00pm v. Rochester Red Wings
July 25 Wed 7:00-10:00pm v. Rochester Red Wings
July 26 Thu 7:00-10:00pm v. Rochester Red Wings
July 27 Fri 7:00-10:00pm v. Rochester Red Wings
July 28 Sat 7:00-10:00pm v. Buffalo Bisons
July 29 Sun 5:00-8:00pm v. Buffalo Bisons
July 30 Mon 7:00-10:00pm v. Buffalo Bisons
July 31 Tue 7:00-10:00pm v. Buffalo Bisons
Aug 2 Thu 7:00-10:00pm v. Charlotte Knights
Aug 3 Fri 7:00-10:00pm v. Charlotte Knights
Aug 13 Mon 7:00-10:00pm v. Columbus Clippers
Aug 14 Tue 7:00-10:00pm v. Columbus Clippers
Aug 15 Wed 7:00-10:00pm v. Columbus Clippers
Aug 16 Thu 7:00-10:00pm v. Norfolk Tides
Aug 17 Fri 7:00-10:00pm v. Norfolk Tides
**Note: This schedule is subject to change.




Capitol Broadcasting Company, Inc. is a diversified communications company which owns and/or operates WRAL-TV, WRAL-Digital, WRAL-FM, Microspace, the North Carolina News Network, DTV Plus, Wolfpack Sports Marketing, and Capitol Sports Management in Raleigh, NC; WJZY-TV and WFVT-TV in Charlotte, NC; WILM-TV in Wilmington, NC; WRAZ-TV and the Durham Bulls Baseball Club in Durham, NC; and the Myrtle Beach Pelicans Baseball Club in Myrtle Beach, SC; Capitol Broadcasting Company also founded Local TV on Satellite in Raleigh, NC.

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