KANSAS CITY (December 9, 2011) – Monday will be a memorable day in Kansas City television history, as Time Warner Cable Metro Sports, Kansas City’s local sports leader, is set to celebrate their 15 year anniversary.
“Kansas City truly is one of the best sports cities in the country, and we are excited to celebrate 15 years of providing area fans with high-quality local sports programming,” said Chris Huwe, the TWC Metro Sports general manager and Metro Sports original. ”Metro Sports has done so much over our first 15 years, and we’re looking forward to doing even bigger and better things here in the local sports community for many years to come.”
Metro Sports’ launch in 1996 was several years in the making. After Time Warner Cable executives saw the popularity of their televised high school sporting events and the Kansas City Chiefs live on-location player-interview show, the decision was made to launch a local sports channel in Kansas City.
After launching on December 12, 1996, Metro Sports quickly became known by viewers in Kansas City, Lawrence and Nebraska for their un-matched local sports coverage. Metro Sports original and current Metro Sports anchor Brad Porter hosted much of the station’s local programming during the early years, with veteran local sports casters Dave Stewart and Leif Lisec joining the team in 2002 and 2004 respectively.
In addition to local programming, Metro Sports also became well known for their local game broadcasts, and the station has been the home or partner of virtually every major sports franchise in Kansas City over the past 15 years.
From 2003-2007 Metro Sports produced and was the home for Kansas City Royals baseball in the Kansas City area. Over the years, Metro Sports has also been the television broadcast home for Sporting Kansas City, the Missouri Mavericks, the Kansas City Brigade, the Kansas City T-Bones, the NAIA Tournament, the Missouri Valley Conference, the Summit League and more.
Today Metro Sports continues to be the exclusive home for Missouri Tigers basketball in the Kansas City area, and the station also carries Kansas Jayhawks basketball replays, weekly Big 12 football and basketball coach’s shows including the KU, K-State and Mizzou coach’s shows, Big 12 conference volleyball and women’s basketball, Missouri State and Wichita State basketball, AAU basketball and much more.
Perhaps more than anything, Metro Sports has truly become the home for Kansas City area high school sports during the station’s first 15 years. The Hy-Vee High School Game of the Week has become a fixture on Friday nights, featuring many of the top varsity athletes in the community. While football and basketball are highlighted, the Hy-Vee High School Game of the Week also features many other local high school sports including soccer, volleyball, wrestling, cross country, softball, baseball, swimming and golf.
Metro Sports is the only Kansas City area TV station that broadcasts local sports-related events in their entirety, including the annual Simone Awards, the Kansas City Sports Commission Banquet and the Win for KC Banquet. The station also prides itself on carrying all major local sports press conferences live in their entirety.
In short, if it’s local sports in Kansas City, you can find it on Metro Sports.
Another distinguishing feature of Metro Sports is the station’s local programming. At a time when most TV sportscasts can be measured in seconds as opposed to minutes, Metro Sports continues to deliver a live 30-minute “Metro Sports Zone” nightly at 10 p.m., bringing area sports fans all the local sports news of the day along with in-depth analysis.
Metro Sports also has numerous weekly programs, including “Red Zone” (Chiefs talk), “Blue Zone” (Royals talk), “Varsity KC” (area high school sports news), “College Gametime” (Big 12/area college discussion), Braggin’ Rights (Emmy Award-winning sports trivia show), “Fantasy Huddle” (internationally syndicated fantasy football show), “Metro Pro Wrestling” (KC area professional wrestling) and more.
Metro Sports also does a live one-hour postgame show immediately following all Kansas City Chiefs games, and on Friday nights Mick Shaffer and Kennetra Pulliams host the Emmy Award-winning “Honda High School Roundup” which features scores and highlights from all of the Kansas City area’s top high school games.
In addition to the station’s game broadcasts and local programming, Metro Sports has also become known by local sports fans for its award-winning documentaries. Past programs have garnered critical acclaim, including “Border War,” “CityBall” and “K.C. on the Mat,” and Metro Sports’ newest documentary “Mr. Smith and the Marching Cobras” premiered last month.
In 2010 Metro Sports launched “Metro Sports HD” and “Metro Sports 2,” giving area sports fans even more local sports programming to choose from, as well as high definition broadcasts of Metro Sports programming and games. Earlier this year, Metro Sports unveiled its new HD production truck, which allowed the station to produce local high school and college sports, as well as Kansas City Chiefs preseason games, in crystal-clear HD. The new HD truck allowed Metro Sports to be the first Kansas City area TV station to broadcast high school sports in high definition, again displaying Metro Sports’ commitment to the local sports scene here in KC.
In addition to the appreciation Metro Sports has received from the local sports community, the station has also been highly praised by its peers. Since its launch in 1996, Metro Sports has won more than 40 regional Emmy Awards, including 25 awards in the past five years.
As part of the celebration of the 15 year anniversary, Metro Sports has compiled a video package that takes a look back through the station’s history, and they will also be running video clips of local sports personalities giving their thoughts and memories from Metro Sports’ first 15 years. These videos will debut Tuesday night in conjunction with the unveiling of Metro Sports’ new state-of-the-art studios.
Metro Sports is available throughout the Kansas City area on Time Warner Cable (channel 30, 310 and 1310-HD), Comcast (channel 44 and 258) and Knology in Lawrence (channel 37). Viewers are encouraged to follow Metro Sports on Facebook (facebook.com/kcmetrosports) and @kcmetrosports on Twitter (twitter.com/kcmetrosports).
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