(TAMPA, Fla.) A premier college football all-star game for decades now has a new home in St. Petersburg, Fla., at Tropicana Field in 2012 and a new radio team.
The 87th Annual East-West Shrine Game® will be played Saturday January 21, 2012 at 4 p.m., EST, benefitting the 22 Shriners Hospitals for Children® in the United States, Canada and Mexico. For the past 86 years, this game has proven to be the launching pad for numerous NFL players. Tom Brady, John Elway, Eddie George, Greg Jennings, Brett Favre and numerous other future stars all showcased their talents in this game. There are 246 former Shrine Game players in the NFL now, and 62 East-West Game alumni are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Forty-five players from the 2011 game were selected in this year’s National Football League draft.
For the first time in some years, the East-West Shrine Game will be carried live on a radio network distributed via satellite by Skyview Networks and made available to radio stations throughout the country. The game can also be heard on a special East-West Shrine Game Radio Channel available on well over a 100 million of smartphones worldwide from the Tunein Radio app. Much of the country can also see the game live on the NFL Network.
Patrick Kinas will be joined by Brian Jordan in the radio booth with Rick Berkey reporting in from the sidelines. Kinas is a veteran broadcaster based in North Carolina and has been frequently featured in the college football TV-Radio booth for East Carolina University, North Carolina State University, MASN, CBS College Sports and ESPN. Jordan was most recently a TV analyst for the Atlanta Braves, following a 15 year all-star Major League Baseball career he chose after breaking into the National Football League with the Atlanta Falcons in 1991. Rick Berkey is a veteran Michigan broadcaster currently working with the Michigan State Spartan Sports Network.
St. Petersburg based Play-by-Play Sports Properties LLC will produce the broadcast for Shriners Hospitals for Children. Joe Bourdow is Executive Producer of the East-West Shrine Game Radio Network which will open with a 45 minute pregame segment at 3:15pm EST, on January 21. Radio stations wishing to join the network should contact Bourdow directly at (800) 677-9807 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Shriners Hospitals for Children
Shriners Hospitals for Children is a health care system of 22 hospitals dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, innovative research, and outstanding teaching programs for medical professionals. Children up to age 18 with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care and receive all services in a family-centered environment, regardless of the patients’ ability to pay. Visit shrinershospitalsforchildren.org for more information.
About Skyview Networks
Skyview Networks currently provides the broadcast service for over 50 professional and collegiate sports organizations and produces and delivers Arizona Radio News and California Headline News. Founded in 1995, Skyview is based in Scottsdale, Arizona and focuses on providing broadcast network solutions to professional and collegiate sports and syndicated radio. Skyview’s service include satellite distribution, full network automation, affiliate relations, inventory management systems and advertising solutions for radio, television, print, signage and web. For more information, visit www.skyviewnetworks.com.
Formed in 2010, TuneIn is a free service that lets people listen to any music station, talk show or sporting event in the world from wherever they are. TuneIn offers over 50,000 AM, FM, HD and Internet radio stations and 1.2 million on-demand streams from every continent. TuneIn is available on all major smartphones, tablets, connected home stereos, smart TVs, and online at tunein.com. The company is based in Palo Alto, California.
About Play-by-Play Sports Properties LLC
St. Petersburg based Play-by-Play Sports Properties LLC was founded in 2009 by retired Valpak President and longtime national franchise executive Joe Bourdow and veteran North Carolina broadcaster Patrick Kinas. The emerging company is active in minor league baseball, college sports, general sports marketing and innovative forms of digital distribution. More information is available at www.playbyplaysportsproperties.com.
For More Information Contact: Joe Bourdow at 800-677-9807