WMU News

Television schedule for Bronco football announced

Aug. 29, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- Western Michigan University's football team will appear on television three times this season with the possibility of additional coverage. WMU has also finalized kickoff times for home contests with Virginia Tech and Central Florida.

The Virginia Tech contest, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 28, in Waldo Stadium will begin at noon. The start time accommodates cable television as ESPN Regional will beam the game to many east coast markets comprising the Big East Television Network. The game will also reach a national audience as part of ESPN's GamePlan pay-per-view package that is available through local cable providers, DirecTV and DISH networks. Locally, WXMI-TV Fox 17 Grand Rapids will carry the game live as well as WADL-TV Channel 38 in Detroit.

The Central Florida homecoming game, originally slated for 1 p.m. at Waldo Stadium on Oct. 12, will move to a 3:30 p.m. start to accommodate the Sunshine Network based out of Florida. UPN station WXSP-TV Grand Rapids and WADL-TV Detroit will carry the game live. WXSP is broadcast Channel 50 in Kalamazoo, Channel 20 in Battle Creek and Channel 15 in Grand Rapids. Cable TV subscribers should consult local listings for WXSP.

The Saturday, Sept. 7, game against Michigan in Ann Arbor is an ESPN Regional production, kicking off at 12:10 p.m. The game will be part of the national ESPN GamePlan package and carried locally on WXMI-TV Fox 17 Grand Rapids.

Western Michigan could receive extra television coverage in the form of the Mid-American Conference Game-of-the-Week package reaching 16 million households. In addition, the MAC Championship Game (ESPN2), the GMAC Bowl (ESPN2) and the Motor City Bowl (ESPN) have television agreements.

2002 Bronco Football Television Schedule

Sept. 7 at Michigan, 12:10 p.m.
ESPN Regional, ESPN GamePlan, WXMI-TV

Sept. 28 Virginiat Tech, noon.
ESPN Regional, ESPN GamePlan , WXMI-TV, WADL-TV

Oct. 12 Central Florida, 3:30 p.m.
Sunshine Network, WXSP-TV, WADL-TV

Media contact: Daniel Jankowski, 269 387-4138, daniel.jankowski@wmich.edu

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