Aug. 28, 2007
BERKELEY - Through an enhanced Cal Sports Report, an expanded football radio network and increased exposure with Comcast SportsNet's Video on Demand, Cal fans will have more opportunities than ever to follow the Golden Bears this season.
Cal Sports Report
The Cal Sports Report, the weekly TV highlight show on Comcast SportsNet, will increase from 30 minutes to one full hour this fall, starting with Thursday's football season preview.
The longer format will provide more time to devote to team highlights and game analysis, as well as in-depth interviews with coaches and players. New to the show this year will be weekly features on Olympic sport student-athletes and coaches, in addition to special segments on such events as National Championship Week and Hall of Fame Induction Weekend.
For the third straight year, the program will be hosted by Todd McKim, who was recently promoted to director of broadcast services for ISP/Cal Sports Properties.
Comcast SportsNet will also air several live Cal games during the course of the year, including the Sept. 15 Cal-Louisiana Tech football game and volleyball matches against Minnesota Sept. 8, Stanford Sept. 21 and USC Sept. 28. Men's and women's basketball broadcasts will be announced at a later date.
The Cal Sports Report airs on Comcast SportsNet each Thursday night at 6 p.m. with repeats on Fridays and Saturdays. To find the Comcast SportsNet channel in your area, visit west.comcastsportsnet.com or call (866) 804-3504.
ISP Sports/Golden Bear Radio Network
The ISP Sports/Golden Bear Radio Network, headed by flagship station KGO Newstalk 810 AM, has expanded to include eight stations throughout the state of California for the 2007 football season.
Now entering its 34th season broadcasting the Bears, KGO is a 50,000-watt station based in San Francisco that has been carrying Cal football since 1974.
In addition, other stations on the network are: KKGO (1260 AM, Los Angeles), XESURF (540 AM, San Diego), KESP (970 AM, Modesto), KNRO (1670 AM, Redding), KNTK (102.3 FM, Weed), KCBL (1340 AM, Fresno) and KVBL (1400 AM, Visalia).
Joe Starkey returns for his 33rd year behind the mic calling play-by-play, and he is joined in the booth once again by former Cal quarterback Troy Taylor. McKim will continue to provide analysis and interviews from the sidelines.
Each football broadcast begins 30 minutes before kickoff, while the postgame show includes interviews with Cal players from the locker room, as well as analysis during the Postgame at the Paragon program hosted by Lee Grosscup and new addition Eddy Kleinhans at the Claremont Resort and Hotel in Berkeley.
Video on Demand
Cal Athletics and Comcast SportsNet are teaming up to provide Cal fans with a new television viewing experience. "Cal Bears on Demand," a new Comcast SportsNet Video on Demand (VOD) feature available free to Digital Cable subscribers in Northern California, is now providing exclusive VOD programming dedicated to Cal Athletics.
This new Comcast SportsNet programming feature offers viewers with an extensive library of Cal sports video content on demand, including football coach Jeff Tedford's weekly press conference, archived episodes of the Cal Sports Report, select game and event coverage, exclusive interviews and features on Bear student-athletes and coaches, and historical nuggets spotlighting Cal's rich athletic heritage.
"We're thrilled to extend our partnership with Cal by introducing this innovative programming platform that provides Cal fans with an exciting new opportunity to get deeper inside Cal Athletics than ever before," said Comcast SportsNet General manager Larry Eldridge. "Viewers can now access a diverse menu of current and historical Cal programming content on their own schedule and on their own terms, and they'll be able to pause, fast forward, and rewind their way through the seasons."
The following are the four easy steps for digital cable viewers to access "Cal Bears on Demand:"
1. Choose Channel 1 from the Digital Cable Menu
2. Select "Sports and Fitness"
3. Select "Comcast SportsNet"
4. Select "Cal Bears"