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Published: Thursday, 10/13/2011

All Walleye home games on BCSN

WCWA remains radio station

BY MARK MONROE
BLADE SPORTS WRITER
Workers finish putting down the logo at center ice to get the Huntington Center ready for its third season of Walleye Hockey. The arena's capacity is 7,431. Workers finish putting down the logo at center ice to get the Huntington Center ready for its third season of Walleye Hockey. The arena's capacity is 7,431.
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All 36 of the Walleye's home games will be televised live on BCSN again this year, and the local sports channel has added a post-game wrap up show this season.

Matt Melzak, who will return as the play-by-play announcer, said he is looking forward to doing the post-game show.

"It will be filled with player interviews from the locker room, and we will go over highlights," Melzak said. "We also will have player features. We will have a good amount of stuff."

Bruce Johnson will return to provide color commentary, analysis, and conduct player interviews. Toledo assistant coach Dan Watson will be a regular guest.

"He will join us in the booth, and we will get some insight from him," Melzak said.

Interviews are planned with other Walleye personal, such as trainer Brad Fredrick.

The telecast will vary in length. "Some nights we will go a half-hour and some nights maybe longer," Melzak said.

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All of the team's 72 regular-season games and all potential postseason games also will be carried on radio station WCWA-AM, 1230.

Melzak, a St. Francis de Sales graduate, will be the TV announcer for home games and will serve as the radio announcer for road games.

Melzak, who filled the same capacity for the Toledo Storm, was selected as a member of the ECHL all-star broadcast team in 2006.

Ryan Schuiling will be the lead radio play-by-play broadcaster for home games. Schuiling, a native of Ann Arbor, has been in radio since 1997. He most recently served as radio play-by-play voice for Central Michigan University athletics.

The Lansing, Mich., resident worked for the Grand Rapids Griffins, the Walleye's American Hockey League affiliate, as an intermission reporter during the team's 2005-06 season.

Johnson, a Waterville resident, has worked for BCSN since 2007 on baseball and hockey telecasts. He also is the owner of Adrenaline Athletic Fundraising, and works with 80 high schools throughout Ohio.

BCSN is on Buckeye CableSystem, a sister company of The Blade.

INTERNET OPTIONS: Fans can view video highlights and player interviews on the team's Web site, toledowalleye.com.

Ticket purchasing options and information can also be found at the Web site, along with a team roster and season schedule.

Every ECHL game also can be viewed live on the Internet through the America One network.

The site offers a pass system (nightly, monthly, and yearly) which allows fans to watch multiple games during their subscription period. For more info go to b2tv.com.

The league also has tweaked its own Web site, ECHL.com.

The new features include one-click access to "Like" the ECHL on Facebook and a link to the ECHL Twitter feed.

The site also will have increased videos, which will include updated highlights.

Another added feature is the "ECHL Fan Photo" where photos can be submitted to be featured on the site. Each day, the ECHL will upload a chosen submission to its home page.



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