WCVW PBS, along with CBS 6, will live broadcast Minor League Baseball all-star game on July 10 at 7 p.m. Follow the Flying Squirrels on and off the field throughout the season by tuning into “Flying Squirrels Insider.”
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Richmond, Va. - This Wednesday, the Richmond Flying Squirrels host the 2019 AA Eastern League All-Star Game at The Diamond. The event offers a unique opportunity for sports fans and two of the region’s television stations. Area viewers can catch all of the action by tuning into WCVW PBS and CBS 6 on July 10 at 7 p.m.
WCVE PBS and CBS 6 will work together to create a broadcast that will be transmitted to viewers up and down the East Coast. CBS 6 will produce the game, and WCVE PBS, a sister station of WCVW PBS, will provide both technical expertise and the use of its mobile production unit. CBS 6 will then use its own satellite truck to send out the WCVE-captured feed to other CBS affiliates. Through these combined efforts, the game will reach Minor League Baseball fans in multiple markets.
“The mobile production unit, or MPU, is our studio control room on wheels,” explains WCVE Production Coordinator Craig Keeton. “It can take us wherever we need to go to serve the mission of the station and beyond. Outfitted with four onboard cameras, a graphics system, a replay system, audio mixing and internet capability to take the signal anywhere, the MPU allows us to broadcast or webcast remotely from just about any location.”
“The MPU adds an element to the game that the Squirrels don’t normally get to enjoy: exciting video replays, angles from every corner of the ballpark and the excitement of feeling like it’s a bigger than normal game,” continues Keeton. “The fans will be a part of that, and it will raise the event to a higher level.”
For Keeton and his crew, working the All-Star Game is a natural fit, as WCVE PBS partners with the Flying Squirrels throughout the season to produce and broadcast the bi-weekly show “Flying Squirrels Insider,” which is available on WCVE PBS, WCVW PBS, and online.
This season of “Flying Squirrels Insider,” the show’s eighth, saw the addition of two new hosts, Trey Wilson, the Squirrels’ Director of Communications and Marketing, and Jake Eisenberg, the Squirrels’ Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing. The two also serve as the team’s radio personalities.
According to Keeton, the relationship between WCVE PBS, one of the Community Idea Stations, and the Flying Squirrels is based on shared values.
“The Flying Squirrels are more than a baseball team,” explains Keeton. “They are a community asset. Their reach extends deep into the Richmond region - in schools, with charities, baseball camps, and the ‘Strike Out Hunger’ campaign. They are a perfect fit to join with the Community Idea Stations’ mission to educate, entertain, and inspire. Many episodes of ‘Flying Squirrels Insider’ feature the good work they do in the community to educate adults and youngsters alike on the nuances of the game. This All-Star Game is a reward for the Squirrels’ good work and a celebration of their 10 years in Richmond.”
Watch the AA Eastern League All-Star Game presented by Genworth on WCVW PBS and CBS 6 on Wednesday, July 10 at 7 p.m.
Catch bi-weekly episodes of “Flying Squirrels Insider” on Saturdays at 5 p.m. on WCVE PBS with re-airings Mondays at 8 p.m. on WCVW PBS through early September. Full local listings are available at Ideastations.org/TV/Schedules. The show is sponsored in part by the City of Richmond Department of Public Utilities and Secure Testing Services, LLC.
Information about WCVE Video Productions and the station’s mobile production unit is available at WCVEVideoProductions.org.
About the Community Idea Stations:
The Community Idea Stations, the largest locally owned and operated public media company in central Virginia, provides the best of PBS and NPR programming coupled with a strong set of community-based programs and services to make an important impact in the areas of arts, news, history, science, and education. Each week, the stations reach over 300,000 people throughout central Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley.
The stations offer television programming throughout the region on stations including WCVE/WHTJ PBS, WCVW/WVPY PBS, WVPT PBS, PBS Kids 24/7, lifestyle channel Create TV, and international program channel MHz Worldview.
In Richmond, the Community Idea Stations also broadcasts on radio. WCVE News provides Morning Edition, All Things Considered, as well as NPR talk shows and BBC News on 88.9 FM (HD1). WCVE Music provides classical, jazz, blues, world music, and more on 93.1 FM and 107.3 FM (HD2).
More information can be found at IdeaStations.org.