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Published: Friday, 8/15/2008

Buckeye CableSystem, WTOL team up


Buckeye CableSystem and WTOL-TV, Channel 11, are teaming up to produce the "The T Sports Report," a revamped nightly sports segment for the CBS affiliate, as well as a new 90-minute weekly sports program that will air Friday nights on the Buckeye CableSystem Sports Network, BCSN.

"The T" launches at 10:30 p.m. Aug. 22, and will feature WTOL sports director Dan Cummins and BCSN anchors Jordan Strack and Jim Heller discussing top sports stories and game results. Recently hired WTOL weekend sports anchor Natalie Grise will handle field reports.

Aug. 22 also marks the beginning of the 90-minute "The T Sports Report" show on BCSN, which will feature scores and game highlights from local football and basketball games. From 11:15 p.m. to 11:35 p.m., both stations will carry WTOL's Big Board Friday-T Sports Report segment.

From 11:35 p.m. to midnight BCSN will continue with local coverage, delivering coaches reports, live guests, roundtable discussions, highlights and interviews.

"This unique collaboration combines two great brands, WTOL and BCSN," said Bob Chirdon, WTOL general manager.

"We will deliver the most expansive, hyper-local sports coverage in the market. Together, we now have more than 30 people dedicated to providing unmatched coverage of the local sports scene."

The sports program will be produced at Channel 11's downtown Toledo studios and will run through the high school and college football and basketball seasons.

Buckeye and WTOL are considering expanding their joint programming venture, too.

"We are excited about teaming up with WTOL sports," said W.H. Carstensen, president and general manager of Buckeye, "and look forward to even more innovative in-depth coverage on the Web and on video."

Buckeye CableSystem is owned by Block Communications, Inc., parent company of The Blade.

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