Light It Up Like Vegas

FOX Sports Ohio is thrilled to offer a unique Cavs preseason special featuring Mike Polk called Light it up Like Vegas. Light it up Like Vegas, presented by Yes on Issue 3 and Labatt, is the story of a Cleveland sports fan who's tired of being disappointed. While he struggles with the decision of whether or not to leave his hometown for a bigger market, he is given hope in a futuristic glimpse of Cleveland after the Cavaliers win an NBA Championship.

Created by EMMY Award winning Producer and Director Leo Simone, this 60-minute program features local comedians Mike Polk and Chad Zumock, community activist and artist Rashad Jabri as well as a cameo appearance by Wayne Newton.

We hosted an exclusive screening event at Cleveland's PlayhouseSquare Allen Theater in which over 700 fans were treated to a private premiere of the show. It hits the air Oct. 26 at 9pm.

Carry the Flag with IGS Energy

Columbus Blue Jackets fans will have the chance to Carry the Flag to Chicago, presented by IGS Energy!

Starting October 30 thru November 19, viewers of the Jackets games will have the opportunity to watch and enter online at carrytheflagtochicago.com to win a trip for two to Chicago, including airfare, hotel stay, Blue Jackets - Chicago Blackhawks game tickets and spending cash.

FOX SupPORTS OHIO

FOX Sports Ohio recently reaffirmed its presence in the community by creating the FOX SupPORTS OHIO program. The program’s mission is: To make a positive impact in the communities we serve by engaging our audiences, raising awareness and creating charitable partnerships. This program provides one cohesive brand name for all of FSO’s volunteer activities and charitable contributions.


In addition to its already established charitable activities, FOX Sports Ohio is launching a new fundraising campaign that will run from October 27 thru December 31 called the Season of Support. This campaign will raise funds for the Cleveland Foundation’s MyCom program through a series of PSAs, vignettes and features.

MyCom, which stands for My Commitment, My Community, coordinates the work of many local community partners to deliver programs and services to young people in Greater Cleveland. These community partners are committed to providing kids with positive experiences and caring adults they need to reach their full potential.

Viewers who watch Cavaliers Live on 10/31, 11/3, 11/17, 12/4 and 12/11 will learn more information about this amazing initiative.

Smart Fans get on Cam

FOX Sports Ohio and Bud Light are hosting Blue Jackets pre-game events downtown Columbus. Blue Jackets fans will have the chance to answer Jackets trivia questions that will air during Blue Jackets Live post-game shows throughout the week. T-shirts, posters, hats, key-chains and more will also be given away!

Click here for a list of event dates and locations! http://www.facebook.com/editevent.php?new&gid=52340722471&step=2&eid=150810794931#/event.php?eid=150810794931

Tip-Tober Returns

As the Cleveland Cavaliers gear up for an XL season, FOX Sports Ohio helps get fans ready too by featuring special Cavs programming throughout the month of October, or “Tip-tober.”

During Tip-tober, the network prepares for the Cavs season with three Cavaliers Showcase replays, two Cavs’ preseason games, Cavaliers Roundtable: Shaq Edition, Cavaliers Roundtable: LeBron Edition, Cavaliers Live: Season Preview, and more!

The Akron Beacon Journal printed an article about Tip-tober entitled "FSOhio shines spotlight on Cavaliers this month." Check it out here: http://www.ohio.com/news/break_news/63351767.html#

For more details and a complete schedule, click here! http://msn.foxsports.com/id/6089332

Honda Presents...

FOX Sports Ohio is excited to announce it signed on the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Honda Dealers as the 2009-10 presenting sponsor of the network’s college sports programming, including Xavier University Musketeer basketball and University of Cincinnati Bearcat football and basketball programming.

Through this one-year deal as presenting sponsor, Honda will receive a tremendous amount of media value that includes traditional commercial inventory and unique on air elements. The Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Honda Dealers will also be featured on local bus wraps and US Bank Arena LED signage as well as other promotional elements.
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“The area Honda Dealers are proud to support college athletics in the Greater Cincinnati area. We find this to be a viable way to reach present and future Honda customers,” said Neil Bambrick, president of the local dealer group.

Drive by the Rules. Keep the Privilege.

Did you know that 16-year-olds have the highest crash rate per mile driven of any age group and motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among teens aged 16 to 18? In partnering with the Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS), FOX Sports Ohio hopes to raise awareness for National Teen Driver Safety Week (Oct. 18-24) and promote smart and safe driving practices among Ohio’s teens.

FOX Sports Ohio and ODPS asked teens to create and submit a video telling their friends why it’s important to follow safe driving practices and incorporating the slogan “Drive by the Rules. Keep the Privilege”.

Here's just one of the 50 videos we recieved from Ohio teenagers. This one was created by students of Orange High School:
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All videos that followed the guidelines will be posted on FOX Sports Ohio’s social websites: www.facebook.com/foxsportsohio and www.youtube.com/foxsportsohio and will run on the air during high school football games. ODPS will select one winning video to run during a Cavs game!

Exits in Grande Style

During the final Reds game of 2009, FOX Sports Ohio broadcaster George Grande, the television play-by-play voice of the Cincinnati Reds for the past 17 years, announced he is opting out of the final year of his contract. After a 45-year career in the broadcasting business, Grande has decided to conclude his current role as a full-time Reds announcer to spend more time at home.

“The last 17 years have been a wonderful ride with FOX Sports Ohio and the Reds, but I have decided to opt out of the final year of my contract to spend more time closer to home,” said Grande. “I've enjoyed every minute with my friends at FOX, the Reds and so many fans who have made our time in Cincinnati fantastic. Both FOX and the Reds have great leadership and direction. I fully expect to see the Reds and FOX celebrating a trip to the World Series in 2010, and I will be rooting them on!”

Here's our release as posted on Lance McAlister's website, Redleg Nation: http://redlegnation.com/2009/10/05/george-grande-opts-out/

Thursday Night Lights

High School Football Game of the Week returned on FOX Sports Ohio in both Northeast Ohio and Southern Ohio this fall. Once again, the network has been bringing live coverage of state-wide high school football action between celebrated rival match-ups into local living rooms.



In Northeast Ohio, we partnered with http://www.ohiohssports.com/ where the games are streamed LIVE. High school football fans from all over can now watch the games and interact with our broadcast through online chats. We have seen online participation from fans all over the nation, include California and Alaska.


We also partnered with This Week in Football, Ohio's only weekly football preview publication. Each week, the features the week's high school match-ups, highlighting FOX Sports Ohio's state-wide games and providing a preview from members of our broadcast teams.

Speaking of broadcast teams, new additions to this seasons teams include past Cleveland Brown Hanford Dixon as game analyst and WKNR's Kenny Roda as host of FOX Sports Ohio Live pre-game show in Northeast Ohio.Ray Crawford joined the Southern Ohio team as host of FOX Sports Ohio Live, presented by Grange Insurance.

Intern Insider

MEET THE FSOHIO FALL 2009 INTERNS!



Brent Beck Graduate Intern
Education: Kent State University
Major: M.A. in Sport and Recreation Management
Expected Graduation January 2010
Undergrad: Miami University
Hometown: Dayton, Ohio
My FSO Experience: Working for FOX Sports Ohio has been an amazing experience. My favorite moment so far was the production tour at The Q before the pre-season Cavs game against Greece Olympiacos!


Stacey Boyer Production Intern
Education: The Ohio State University - Bachelor's degree June 2008
Major: Communication
Ohio Center for Broadcasting Expected Graduation December 2009
Hometown: Akron, Ohio
My FSO Experience: I have had the opportunity to assist at High School Football games of the week, Columbus Blue Jackets, and Cleveland Cavaliers at the Quicken Loans Arena. My favorite tasks as an FSO intern so far has been coming up with feature ideas for the Cavs. I am most looking forward to working with my fellow interns on the promotional commercial for the FSO internship program in the near future.

Anna McGuire Marketing / PR / Ad Sales Intern
Education: John Carroll University Major: Communications / Marketing Expected Graduation May 2010
Hometown: Columbus, Ohio
My FSO Experience: There is never a dull moment at FOX Sports Ohio. I have really enjoyed my experience at FSO working with the marketing, public relations, and ad sales departments. My favorite experiences have been the promotions at the Northeast Ohio High School Football “Game of the Week” and the production tour at The Q!
John McLendon Marketing / PR / Ad Sales Intern
Education: Baldwin-Wallace College
Expected Graduation May 2011
Major: Marketing/International BusinessHometown: Canton, Ohio
My FSO Experience: My FSO experience has been amazing, being able to learn from such a great group of people and I would recommend any student to apply for this opportunity. The methods I am learning in the classroom have gone hand in hand with things I am learning on the job, which has helped me apply my knowledge in both areas. The work experience has also help build an excellent resume for when I am out of the classroom and searching for a job.

Paige Watson Production Intern
Education: Baldwin-Wallace College
Expected Graduation May 2010
Major: Broadcasting/Mass Communications and Public Relations
Hometown: Carey, Ohio
My FSO Experience: I have enjoyed my time so far at FOX Sports Ohio. I have learned a lot of new things behind the scenes, and enjoy working with all the professionals. I am involved in the productions of High School Football "Game of the Week", pre-game and post-game shows for Columbus Blue Jackets, and The Cleveland Cavaliers games at Quicken Loans Arena.

Our New Team for Your Blue Jackets

After a record-breaking season with the Columbus Blue Jackets, FOX Sports Ohio is excited for the 2009-2010 Blue Jackets season.

Joining the Blue Jackets broadcast is John Michael, former play-by-play voice and host for the AHL’s Lake Erie Monsters. He serves as the broadcast’s in-game reporter, providing player and coaches’ interviews. Bill Davidge is the color analyst for the games, joined by Jeff Rimer, returning as the play-by-play voice.

A new aspect for this season’s coverage on FOX Sports Ohio is the addition of the Jackets’ first ever road pre-game and post-game shows anchored from the FOX Sports Ohio studio. The road pre-game show is hosted by Ray Crawford joined from site by Michael and the game talent.

For home games, pre- and post-game shows are airing live from Nationwide Arena. Jeff Hogan returns as host of Blue Jackets Live pre-game edition, working with Davidge as co-host, and Michael hosts the post-game show.

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You Better Recognize


Facebook and Twitter continue to be all the craze, and we're doing some fun stuff to get our fans involved on the FOX Sports Ohio Facebook and Twitter pages.

The network recently launched SUPER FAN on Facebook. We're recognizing fans who contribute above and beyond to make our page the great growing sports forum it is. Each week, we're selecting one fan who has stood out; one fan who has contributed to the page with insightful and respectful opinions; one fan who is a loyal and true fan of our teams.

FAN FEEDBACK has also been a great addition to our Facebook and Twitter presence. We've been posting questions surrounding a hot topic and watching our fans sound off. What makes Fan Feedback especially fun is involving our broadcasters and Bubble Tweet, a neat Twitter application where a video pops up on the twitter post. Here's a sample of one of our bubble tweets!

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Back to School? Text for CASH!

FOX Sports Ohio, FUEL TV and Time Warner Cable teamed up to help support families with children as they headed back to school.

FOX Sports Ohio’s “Back 2 School Aid” presented by FUEL TV and Time Warner Cable gave fans the chance to win $150 cash and a prize package. During select September Cincinnati Reds games, we provided a Back 2 School Aid “keyword.” Fans entered to win by sending the “keyword” via text message.

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Celebrating a Safe Summer

FOX Sports Ohio and the Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS) want Ohioans to have a fun and safe summer.
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That’s why they teamed up to bring Cincinnati Reds viewers the Red, White & Blue Backyard BBQ Sweepstakes.

During each of the 16 games between June 9 and 28, FOX Sports Ohio asked viewers a true/false public safety question. Viewers could text in their answer and enter to win a barbeque grill, patio furniture, a 40” LCD/HD television and other essentials for the ultimate backyard barbeque.
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The winner was announced LIVE during the Reds - St. Louis game on Saturday, July 4. Congratulations to Kelly Kattine, the winner of the ultimate backyard BBQ!

Think BIG and Act FAST

The network and our partners think BIG when it comes to getting viewers to act FAST. That's why FOX Sports Ohio, SPEED and Time Warner Cable teamed up to present The Kentucky Speedway “Think Big” Watch & Win Sweepstakes.

Early this month, Cincinnati Reds games, fans watching the Reds on FOX Sports Ohio could text message 37664 for the chance to win a pair of tickets to the Built Ford Tough 225 Race at the Kentucky Speedway, along with a SPEED prize pack. Daily winners were entered to win a Grand Prize of Two (2) Pit Passes to the Built Ford Tough 225 Race.

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Fan Fests, Playoff Parties & Tweets...Oh My!

April and May were exciting months for Ohio sports fans as the Cleveland Cavaliers and Columbus Blue Jackets participated in the 2009 NBA and NHL playoffs. FOX Sports Ohio joined as a co-sponsor of the Cavaliers Fan Fests and Blue Jackets Playoff Parties – events that gave fans an opportunity to have fun and show support for their teams.

For each and every home playoff game, Cavs fans of all ages flocked to the Gateway Plaza located between Quicken Loans Arena and Progressive Field to participate in various games and activities. Family-friendly and free to the public, Fan Fest included everything from dance competitions to shooting contests. At the FOX Sports Ohio tent, fans played cornhole and made signs to cheer on the team and root for their favorite players.

Crowds gathered on the plaza just outside Nationwide Arena prior to home playoff games to participate in the Blue Jackets Playoff Parties. Free and open to the public, the event included many activities including face painting and ticket raffles. At the FOX Sports Ohio tent, fans had a free chance to spin the “Prize Wheel” to win various prizes – no one walked away empty handed.
Both events were extremely successful in involving fans in the post-season action. Congratulations to the Cavaliers and Blue Jackets!
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Cavs Playoff Twitter

When TNT picked up the NBA playoffs, FOX Sports Ohio continued to cover Cavs Playoffs with pre- and post-game Cavaliers Live shows, presented by KIA Motors, and in-game Twitter commentary. When the Cavs played at home, the Cavaliers Live shows were anchored from the FOX Sports Ohio Aaron’s Studio in Broadview Heights.

When the Cavs played at Orlando in round three, the network broadcasted the live pre- and post-game shows from Quicken Loans Arena at the Cavs Watch Parties. Fans attending the events were able to watch our announcers on “Q-Tube,” the arena’s center-hung HD quality video scoreboard.

At the conclusion of the pre-game show, Cavaliers announcers Austin Carr, Campy Russell and Jeff Phelps went from TV to Twitter, where they posted their in-game reactions. Fans who wanted to know what their hometown announcers were saying throughout the game could follow their “tweets” beginning at tip off.

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Two Sports Networks, Two Ohio Teams, One Challenge.


FOX Sports Ohio and the Reds win in reality AND fantasy!
As the TV home of the Cincinnati Reds, FOX Sports Ohio recently faced off against SportsTime Ohio (STO), the cable network that carries the Cleveland Indians, in the first ever I-71 Challenge, a fun fantasy baseball competition.

The Reds visited the Indians at Progressive Field for a three-game series beginning Friday, June 26. During both networks' pre-game shows of the Saturday game, viewers texted in their votes to select the players who would represent their network's fantasy team. FSO fans selected Reds Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips and Ryan Hanigan to battle Indians Grady Sizemore, Victor Martinez and Shin-Soo Choo, selected by STO viewers.The teams were scored based on each selected player's at-bat statistics and overall game score.

While viewers at home played along in the I-71 Challenge, scoring updates were given throughout the game. Votto lead the way with a single, a double, and an RBI. While the Reds defeated the Indians 7-3, FOX Sports Ohio beat STO in the I-71 Challenge 11-5. video
The broadcaster teams additionally swapped during the 3rd inning. Indians color analyst Rick Manning visited Reds play-by-play announcer George Grande in the FOX Sports Ohio booth while Reds color analyst Chris Welsh paired up with STO’s play-by-play man Al Pawlowski.

Special Tribute to Civil Rights and Independence

Major League Baseball’s third annual Gillette Civil Rights Game was Saturday, June 20 when the Cincinnati Reds hosted the Chicago White Sox in the first ever regular season match-up in this annual event. FOX Sports Ohio partnered with MLB and the Reds to provide a special telecast, presented by Farmers Insurance, with limited commercial breaks paying tribute to racial equality and diversity in baseball.

Throughout the game, the network provided live interviews with various dignitaries who made special booth visits as well as showed a series of recorded vignettes highlighting the history of the Civil Rights Movement, the Negro Leagues, and various heroes that took steps to achieve equality and diversity in baseball.

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For more video clips, visit our facebook page at www.facebook.com/FoxSportsOhio

The network also provided viewers a special game telecast on July 4th, presented by Marathon, when the Reds hosted the St. Louis Cardinals. From live in-game interviews with military leaders to recorded vignettes featuring patriotic Reds players and veteran baseball players, FOX Sports Ohio honored the men and women that fought to achieve and continue to fight for our freedom. The game also aired on AFN (American Forces Network) which is broadcast overseas to troops stationed abroad. Fans were able text message the troops by texting FSO and the messages were displayed throughout the game.

"Thank You, Fans! Love, FOX Sports Ohio"

Fans have always been the heart of FOX Sports Ohio and throughout the 2008–2009 Cavaliers and Blue Jackets’ seasons they showed their love for our teams by giving us some of the best ratings in our 20-year history. So in April, FOX Sports Ohio decided to give back, hosting our first ever “Viewer Appreciation Nights.” Viewers had the opportunity to watch and win fabulous prizes during the Blue Jackets game on Saturday, April 11, presented by Your Central Ohio Toyota Dealers, and during the Cavaliers game on Wednesday, April 15, sponsored by KIA.

How did it work? Each period/quarter, the FOX Sports Ohio broadcasters gave an on-air cue to enter to win. And on cue, viewers flooded the contest via text message or through our MySpace page. The results were amazing—over 16,000 text messages received during the Jackets game and 71,000 during the Cavs. The best part? Three lucky hockey and four stellar basketball fans walked away with some awesome prizes that included autographed jerseys and equipment, playoff tickets, and FOX Sports Ohio gear.

“As a network, we were thrilled with the response to our Viewer Appreciation Nights for the Cavaliers and Blue Jackets,” said FOX Sports Ohio Marketing and Communications Director, Alex Slemc. “We received over 100,000 entries combined for both nights—this shows the immense popularity of the Cavs and Jackets, our network, and the ‘text-to-win’ marketing platform. Those promotions established a high level of success which will allow us to do more creative and fun text-to-win promotions in the future.”

Ultimate Rec Room Designed On Our Dime

The ultimate Cleveland sports fan deserves what FOX Sports Ohio deems the ultimate recreation room decked out with the most essential equipment and tools to fully enjoy Cleveland sports. That’s why FOX Sports Ohio teamed up with Danny Vegh’s Billiard & Home and Acme to offer “Design On Our Dime.”

Throughout this past March, viewers could visit any participating Acme or Danny Vegh’s location to obtain an official entry form and mail in to win a grand prize including a new television, Cleveland sports related artwork, a Bud Light Neon and refrigerator as well as a $5,000 certificate to Danny’s Vegh’s.

We’re thrilled to award Bob and Kelly Mintz, this year’s “Design On Our Dime” winners! Bob obtained an entry form from Acme but never anticipated winning. The happy couple from Hudson is thrilled with the prize and has big plans for their new rec room.

They are especially excited to share their prizes with their children, Samantha, 11, and Adam, 9. The family recently finished their basement and now anticipates opening it up even more to fit their new TV, refrigerator, and pool table! “My honey-do list just got a bit longer,” Bob chuckled when picking up the prize. Kelly was quick to chime in, “but it’s a fun one!”

In The News

The CAVS on FOX Sports Ohio
FOX Sports Ohio and the Cavs share a record-breaking season with historic ratings.

The Sports Business Journal reported:
"The Cavaliers’ run to the NBA’s best record brought Cleveland the highest local regular-season TV ratings for any NBA team in more than a decade. Paced by the Cavs’ 116 percent increase from last year, leaguewide viewership across all regional sports networks increased by 8 percent this season. Half the 26 RSNs monitored saw their ratings rise during the regular season.

But the biggest success story came from LeBron James and his Cleveland teammates, who set a regular-season ratings record for Fox Sports Ohio with an 8.76 rating/134,000 homes. The Cavs posted the highest rating number since the Chicago Bulls averaged an 8.9 rating in Chicago for the 1997-98 season, Michael Jordan’s final season with that club.

Even more stunning is the fact that an average of 134,000 Cleveland-area homes tuned in for each Cavs game, second only to the Lakers’ 250,000 average on Fox Sports West. Cleveland is the country’s 17th-largest TV market."


Click on Mo to see what Inside Business Magazine had to say about the Cavs ratings on FOX Sports Ohio.

More on Cavs ratings...
http://www.news-herald.com/articles/2009/04/28/sports/nh816449.txt

The Akron Beacon Journal recognized our efforts to connect with Cavs fans.
http://www.ohio.com/sports/44090407.html


The BLUE JACKETS on FOX Sports Ohio

In making their playoff debut, the Columbus Blue Jackets scored big ratings!
http://columbus.bizjournals.com/columbus/stories/2009/04/27/daily18.html

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Chapter 1: Reds Baseball Begins

We've endured the harsh winter, and spring has arrived to welcome another season of Reds baseball, where every game tells a story.

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FOX Sports Ohio is excited to be telecasting 145 games this season, 100 of which are scheduled to be in high definition. Click here for the complete game schedule: http://msn.foxsports.com/id/5585048



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eds Fan Cam is back! We're partnering up with Budweiser to once again give fans the chance to be on FOX Sports Ohio. All season long, fans can attend these pre-game events and have the opportunity to ask Reds Live co-hosts baseball questions to be answered during an upcoming postgame show.



The first Fan Cam of the season will take place the morning of the Reds home opener.



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You can find the complete Reds Fan Cam schedule here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=71902071094



Check out the Reds season preview on FoxSports.com. http://tiny.cc/w9b5a



GO REDS!

Beyond "Spots and Dots"

"Advertisers want more now,” says FOX Sports Ohio Senior Account Executive, Michelle Kennedy. When advertising their product, clients have so many media options: print, radio, internet, as well as television. In order to entice them to advertise on a regional sports network, the FOX Sports Ohio sales team has to find creative ways to move beyond simple commercial advertising and add value for the client. This can include new forms of nontraditional advertising; elements that make the client feel they are an organic part of the broadcast rather than separated in a commercial break.








In partnership with Rick Koehler and Anna Latkovic of Rosenberg Advertising in Lakewood, Kennedy created two such feature elements for their clients, Alson Jewelers and Central Cadillac-Hummer, respectively. These features appear in the lower half of the screen during Cleveland Cavaliers games to increase brand recognition and enhance their traditional commercial advertising. Check them out below!

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“Sports are still a very viable commodity,” says Kennedy. “Televised games are DVR proof and the fans are passionate about their teams.” The FOX Sports Ohio sales group is committed to finding ways to make their advertisers stand out.

Tis the Seasons to Give Thanks

It's an exciting time for FOX Sports Ohio as the cable home of the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Columbus Blue Jackets! The Cavs are once again headed into playoffs after a season of setting new records, both on the court and on the television. Ratings are at historic highs for Cavs telecasts in Cleveland (Check out ratings in the right-hand column).





The Blue Jackets have started hockey fever in Columbus that is melting across the state of Ohio. In the race to the playoffs, they too are experiencing a season of success, with new team records and the highest television ratings in franchise history.





FOX Sports Ohio wants to thank the viewers who have supported the teams and the network all season long with Viewer Appreciation Nights, events where fans watching at home can enter to win prize packs including player and team autographed merchandise, playoff tickets and more.





The Columbus Blue Jackets Viewer Appreciation Night, presented by Central Ohio Toyota Dealers, will be Saturday, April 11 when the Jackets play the Minnesota Wild at 7 pm.

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Click here for more information: http://msn.foxsports.com/id/5839492



The Cleveland Cavaliers Viewer Appreciation Night, presented by KIA,
will take place Wednesday, April 15 when the Cavs take on the 76ers at 8 pm. Click here for more information: http://msn.foxsports.com/id/8450624

Austin Carr Can't Get Enough...even on YouTube

YouTube, the ever popular video sharing website, is full of searchable clips including music videos, homemade movies and sporting event replays.



You can even find videos of Cavaliers broadcasting duo Austin Carr and Fred McLeod. Austin's catch phrases like “Get that weak stuff outta here” and “Throw the hammer down” have become all the rage among Cavs fans.



Click on the photos below to check out these YouTube videos where AC can’t get enough of his basketball lingo.






To Tweet or Not to Tweet

In today’s face-paced, ever-changing world dominated by the Internet, e-mails and text messages, people have the ability to exchange information with a simple click of a mouse or press of a button. But this ability to communicate instantaneously is no longer a benefit of being technologically savvy; it’s an expectation. And in business, if you can’t come to the table able to “tweet” from your cell phone, don’t expect to be invited to sit down.

That’s why FOX Sports Ohio has built upon its MySpace presence and recently launched Facebook and Twitter pages, two of the hottest networking tools in the social networking craze. If you’re wondering “What is Twitter?” or “How does Facebook work?” you’re not alone. Although we hear about these web-based communication tools daily, as more and more businesses are seeing their value, it’s not uncommon to be unfamiliar with, or intimidated by, them. Below is a basic overview of how we've just begun to use these sites.


Our pages’ functions are not only to connect with viewers, but also to engage them.

Through Facebook, we can create a shared sense of community among our viewers. By posting videos, pictures, event information, programming schedules, and much more, fans can interact with us and each other by adding comments, starting discussions and posting their own photos and videos.

Twitter provides us a platform to communicate with viewers who crave that sense of immediacy. Twitter allows us to post short messages about programming, promotions, our teams, etc. and fans can follow them in real time and respond. We can also share links, photos and video.

These sites, once designed for college kids and techies, have become universal tools that help us connect and stay informed. Whether used socially or professionally, networking is the critical action. So if you haven’t yet started, become a Facebook fan of FOX Sports Ohio and start “tweeting”!

*click on the photo to take you to our page.

FOX Sports Ohio Hungry to Help

What began as a one-time employee volunteer activity has grown into a monthly volunteer event! This past December, FOX Sports Ohio employees and freelancers volunteered at Over-the-Rhine Kitchen in the historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio. They spent the afternoon preparing food, serving meals to approximately 200 guests and cleaning up. The activity was so well received, FOX Sports Ohio employees and freelancers now volunteer at Over-the-Rhine on a monthly basis.




Established in 1976, Over-the-Rhine is the oldest soup kitchen in Cincinnati. Its founder, Father Thomas Bokenkotter, opened the kitchen to provide guests with nutritious hot meals in a clean, kind and welcoming environment. Over 30 years later, Over-the-Rhine remains a very active soup kitchen serving over 4,000 meals per month.




Over-the-Rhine’s mission statement is “To help alleviate hunger in our community by feeding the poor in an environment of respect, care and hospitality. We call the people we serve our ‘Guests,’ because we want them to feel welcomed and to maintain their dignity during what is a trying time in their lives.”




FOX Sports Ohio Marketing Manager, Ronnie Khadaran, has found the experience to be very rewarding: “This has been a fun opportunity for the entire office to help make a difference in our community on a regular basis. The people at Over-the-Rhine are awesome, very friendly and grateful for our help.”

Soak Up the Sun and Cheer on the Jackets!

This year’s Columbus Blue Jackets season has been particularly exciting for FOX Sports Ohio’s hockey fans; watching eagerly as the team skates toward the playoffs. To help one lucky person join in the action, our network —in cooperation with the Blue Jackets— created the Florida Flyaway Promotion, presented by IGS Energy.

From January 19 through February 10, a different Florida Fly Away “password” was announced on FOX Sports Ohio during Blue Jackets games. Viewing fans could then enter the game’s password online for a chance to win a trip package. including two airline tickets from Columbus to Orlando, FL; four nights at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort; Disney theme park tickets; and tickets to the Blue Jackets v. Lightning game on March 24.

Out of 10,657 entries, Thomas Lewis from Hillard, Ohio was the lucky winner. Congratulations, Thomas and Go Jackets!

In the News

FOX Sports Ohio Adds Sizzle Via Phizzle for Reds http://www.sportsvideo.org/portal/artman/publish/15041.shtml



LeBron James is in supreme NBA shape, but did you know that yoga is part of his workout regimen? Learn a few yoga tips with King James in this clip. 24 seconds with LeBron James



FOX Sports Ohio is proud of the Xavier Musketeers for their impressive season. Despite the tough loss against Pittsburgh, it was a thrilling game.
http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20090326/COL03/303260017/-1/TODAY



FOX Sports Ohio provided an extra special treat for Reds fans on March 3rd by telecasting a classic Reds game synced with Reds audio including broadcast icons Marty and Joe. Classic rewind: Lost 1976 NLCS Game 3 found http://www.usatoday.com/sports/baseball/2009-03-01-classic-tv_N.htm



Austin Carr inspires interaction between Cavs basketball and home viewers. http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/sports/123546784999830.xml&coll=2