Friday, September 10, 1999

SPORTS ON TV-RADIO


ESPN to give RedHawks big exposure

BY JOHN FAY
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Saturday's game is probably the biggest of the year for Miami's Travis Prentice in terms of attention. The Miami-West Virginia game will be broadcast to 33 million homes on the east coast by ESPN Regional.

        ESPN Regional is a unit of ESPN that syndicates events and distributes them to local, over-the-air stations. A lot of major markets, New York City for example, are picking up the game.

        That's a chance to get some national publicity for Prentice, the nation's leading returning rusher. He was barely noticed nationally after his two-touchdown, 153-yard performance against Northwestern last week.

        ESPN showed no highlights. The network didn't even get his yardage right. It said he had 128 yards.

        The Miami game is also available through pay-per-view on cable outlets. In Cincinnati, it will be shown on Time Warner Channel 69. You can buy the game for $11.95, or you can buy a season package for $99.

        “The game is available on the traditional Time Warner properties,” said Jennifer Mooney, Time Warner vice president of public affairs. “It is not available in the TCI communities we acquired.”

        MORE WARNER: A couple of readers called in to point out that you can get ESPN Classic on Time Warner if you have the new digital service. You get a lot more than just Classic.

        “You get a new set-top box,” Mooney said, “with all the digital bells and whistles. You get the interactive guide. And you get 22 more channels.”

        The digital service is $15.95 a month more than the top-of-the-line non-digital.

        SWITCH GLITCH: Fox Sports Net Ohio inadvertently switched away from the Reds-Cubs game just after Greg Vaughn's home run Thursday.

        “It was an operator error in our control room,” FSNO General Manager Steve Liverani said.

        The game, which was produced by Fox Sports Net, came back on a little more than minute after the foulup.

        KUDOS: WLW's Bill “Seg” Dennison and Channel 12's Brad Johansen scooped everyone else in town by getting Carl Pickens interviews at the airport Thursday night.

        PATRICK ON HOMER? WCKY-AM (1360 HOMER) is looking at carrying Dan Patrick's radio show, which debuts Monday, on tape delay, probably from 8-10p.m.

        HOMER'S Tommy Lueggers said the station is committed to carrying Jim Rome live from noon-3p.m. Patrick's show runs from 1-4p.m.

        WWF RULES: USA moved the World Wrestling Federation's Monday night show to make way for the U.S. Open.

        It might be a better idea to move the tennis.

        The WWF block, which normally airs from 9-11p.m., aired from 11p.m.-1a.m. Monday. It did a household rating of 4.4 and an 11 share (3.3 million households).

        The U.S. Open averaged 1.6 and a 2.6 share (1.2 million households) during the 9-11p.m. spot.

        John Fay covers radio/TV sports for The Enquirer. He can be reached at 768-8445.

       



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