Jan. 30, 2007
DENVER - The Mtn., the television home for Mountain West Conference (MWC) athletics, is debuting several new shows, Kim Carver, Vice President and General Manager of The Mtn., announced today.
She announced three new series - a news and analysis roundtable called Around the Mountain, a show highlighting Olympic sports called Mountain Peak Performances, and a stats show focusing on the numbers behind the plays, called It's a Numbers Game. The mtn. also will have a special basketball feature reviewing the season and covering the 2007 conference awards, a preview of the 2007 football recruiting class, and special coverage of the swimming & diving and track & field championships.
"We're at the start of a new semester and these new shows bring fans deeper, more innovative coverage of the conference," said Carver. "We're filling our schedule with an entertaining mix of live events and original programming, and fans love it."
The lineup of new shows includes:
- Around the Mountain - Hosted by Tim Neverett and featuring a rotating panel of sports reporters, radio personalities, and sports editors from across the MWC, this weekly program features discussion, analysis, and debate about what's happening on the field and behind the scenes. Airs Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. MT and re-airs throughout the week.
- Mountain Peak Performances - Every Wednesday host Anne Marie Anderson puts the spotlight on the athletes, coaches and results for Olympic sports like softball, track, golf, and swimming. The show will include interviews with athletes via The Mtn.'s "campus cams," which are remote cameras being used to knit together each school in the conference as an extended part of The Mtn.'s television studio. Premieres February 14 at 6:15 p.m. MT and re-airs throughout the week.
- It's a Numbers Game - Scott Sarra takes viewers on a tour of the stats columns and the record books to quantify the plays and momentum of conference action each week. He breaks down the data to reveal who's on the move in the MWC and tell the stories behind the numbers. Airs Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. MT, live event schedule permitting, and re-airs throughout the week.
- MWC Football Recruiting Roundup - Hosts James Bates and Tim Neverett will give fans their first look at the 2007 football season and review the incoming talent from "signing day" on February 7, the first day that high school football players can commit to the MWC school of their choice. Included is an interview with renowned recruiting expert Tom Lemming about the incoming recruits, and conversations with coaches about the promise of the coming season. The program will initially air on February 8 at 9:00 p.m. MT.
- 2007 MWC Basketball Awards - The Mtn. will cover the MWC 2007 basketball awards during a one-hour special feature. Highlights include the best plays from regular season play, acceptance speeches from players and coaches, and a MWC tournament bracket analysis by The Mtn.'s basketball experts. The program will initially air on March 5 at 7:00 p.m. MT.
- Championship Preview / Review Specials - The Mtn. puts the spotlight on the swimming & diving championships and the indoor track & field championships with preview and review specials that provide insight into what to expect and round up all the highlights. Previews for the swimming & diving championships and the track & field championships initially air on February 16 at 8:00 p.m. MT and 8:30 p.m. MT, respectively, and the review shows initially air on March 2 at 8:00 p.m. MT and 8:30 p.m. MT, respectively.
The MountainWest Sports Network (The Mtn.) launched on September 1, 2006, and is bringing viewers MWC athletics across multiple sports. The network's preliminary schedule for the 2006-2007 school year covers more than 200 games, including football, men's and women's basketball, baseball, softball, women's volleyball, and women's soccer. Fans also see coaches' shows, pre- and post-game analysis, and news about conference teams, players and more. The Mtn. is jointly owned by Comcast and CSTV, and managed by Comcast SportsNet. For further information visit www.themtn.tv.
The MWC is one of the top collegiate conferences in the college sports arena, comprised of nine Division I institutions: Air Force Academy, Brigham Young University, Colorado State University, San Diego State University, TCU, UNLV, University of New Mexico, University of Utah and University of Wyoming.