Maple Heights Student Video Wins Be On TV Contest

FOX Sports Ohio and the Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS) are excited to announce the winner of their Teen “Be On TV” contest that ran in support of National Teen Driver Safety Week October 16 thru 22. Ohio teens were encouraged to submit their own video telling their friends why it’s important to follow safe driving practices.

The video entitled “Texting While Driving” by students of Maple Heights High School has been selected by the network and ODPS to air during the Cleveland Cavaliers game this season.

Maple Heights’ winning video, made by and starring students Brandon Clay and Kadeem Hatten, offers a unique look at the dangers of texting while driving. The video will be posted here on and on Facebook as well.

When reviewing the entries from all over the state of Ohio (approximately 30), ODPS and FOX Sports Ohio narrowed it down to six finalists, all whose videos will be posted on FOX Sports Ohio’s Facebook and YouTube pages.

Raising awareness for teen driver safety is critical because 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 ODPS, FOX Sports Ohio hopes to raise awareness for this issue and promote smart and safe driving practices among Ohio’s teens.
FOX Sports Ohio announced today the 2011-12 Cavaliers telecast schedule including all 66 regular season games in high definition.
The network’s coverage of the Cavs’ regular season begins Monday, Dec. 26th at 7pm when the Cavs host the Toronto Raptors at Quicken Loans Arena. FOX Sports Ohio will also air a special hour-long Cavaliers Live Pregame Show on Dec. 26th at 6pm. The complete schedule can be found HERE on

Austin Carr will continue to spice up the color analysis for the entire 66-game schedule. Joining him on the floor will be veteran play-by-play man Fred McLeod, calling the games for his sixth season. Jeff Phelps returns to the Cavs’ in-game broadcast team for his 9th season, where he will be seen on the sideline for all Cavaliers’ games.

Cavaliers Live returns, providing fans with commentary, features, and in-depth pre-game coverage of the Cavaliers 30 minutes prior to every game telecast. The Halftime Report will break down the first half of the game and offer insights in preparation for the second half. And immediately following the final buzzer of each game, the post-game edition of Cavaliers Live will feature highlights, player interviews and analysis. The shows will once again be hosted by Phelps and Campy Russell for home games. Russell, a nine-year NBA veteran, former Cavalier and member of the Cavalier’s All-Time Team, has been a member of FOX Sports Ohio’s analyst team since 2005. For road games, Russell and Dionne Miller return to host the pre-game show from the FOX Sports Ohio Studio and Phelps will report from the game site.

Miller will also return as host of Cavaliers in the Paint, premiering Tuesday, January 3rd at 6pm. This show provides the most up-to-date news and highlights surrounding the Cavs.

Countdown to Cavs

After much anticipation, FOX Sports Ohio is excited to prepare for Cleveland Cavaliers basketball! The network is helping get fans ready with “Countdown to Cavs,” over a week of special Cavs preseason programming. Featured programs include:

• Two (2) live Cavaliers preseason games in HD

Cavaliers Roundtable

Cavaliers Live: Season Preview

• Re-air of Have a Good Night Everybody, 60-minute tribute special in honor of Joe Tait

• Replays of two (2) Cavaliers Showcase Games

• Re-air of the 2010 Nike Hoop Summit, the high school basketball all-star game featuring Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson

Access Cavaliers

In the “Countdown to Cavs,” fans can also visit for daily reports and breaking news from Cavs insider Sam Amico. FOX Sports Ohio’s Facebook and Twitter pages will also keep fans up-to-date on the days leading up to the season.

A complete schedule and more detials of "Countdown to Cavs" programming is available HERE.

Ready for Redsfest?

FOX Sports Ohio is proud to be the title sponsor of this year’s Redsfest, the Cincinnati Reds’ offseason event featuring fan interaction with current and former Reds players, interactive games for kids of all ages, hard-to-find memorabilia and much more! It will be held at the Duke Energy Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati on this Friday, December 2 from 4pm to 10:30pm and Saturday, December 3 from 11am to 6:30pm. Proceeds from the event benefit the Reds Community Fund.

As the TV home of the Cincinnati Reds and title sponsor of Redsfest, FOX Sports Ohio will have a tent at the event, offering fans the opportunity to play games, win prizes, and participate in a variety of activities. All fans who visit the FOX Sports Ohio tent will have the chance to register to win an autographed Jay Bruce mini helmet.

On Friday, FOX Sports Ohio will be shooting footage of the event, and fans will have the chance to share their favorite Reds memories on camera for possible on-air inclusion next season. On Saturday, Reds broadcasters Jim Day and Jeff Piecoro will stop by the tent throughout the event to sign autographs.

Announcing New Blue Jackets Sideline Reporter

FOX Sports Ohio is excited to welcome Natalie Taylor to the Columbus Blue Jackets broadcast team as the new sideline reporter.

An Ohio native, Natalie joins the network with over eight years’ experience as a sports reporter and news broadcaster. She is a huge NHL hockey fan and is thrilled to be covering the Columbus Blue Jackets. Local viewers will recognize Taylor from WSYX / WTTE, where she has anchored weekend sports segments, reported for “Good Day Columbus,” hosted “The Football Fever,” and served as on-site reporter for high school football.

“The decision to select the new Blue Jackets sideline reporter was not an easy one,” stated Henry Ford, FOX Sports Ohio Senior Vice President and General Manager. "Natalie Taylor has tremendous broadcast experience and a deep passion for the game of hockey. She is an outstanding addition and will compliment one of the most experienced and talented broadcast teams in the NHL."

Prior to returning home to Ohio, Taylor spent four years with FOX Sports South, working for two years as a sideline reporter for the Atlanta Thrashers (now the Winnipeg Jets) and two years reporting on SEC college athletics. She also previously worked for HDNet, where she was a NASCAR pit reporter as well as a sideline and feature reporter for the network during the inaugural year of the United Football League.

Taylor has a wealth of experience reporting for additional sports networks across the country, including FOX Sports Florida / Sun Sports, FOX Sports Midwest, ESPN 2, Comcast SportsNet, Outdoor Live Network (now Versus), and more. Taylor is also no stranger to FOX Sports Ohio, as she was a reporter for the network’s Bowling Green State University programs in 2003.

Taylor’s first game will be Thursday, December 8th, when the Blue Jackets play host to the Nashville Predators at Nationwide Arena at 7pm. During this game, Taylor will share the sideline with John Michael. Michael will say farewell to Blue Jackets fans before he begins his new role as the Cleveland Cavaliers play-by-play radio announcer.’s Prep Zone Features Live High School Basketball

FOX Sports Ohio continues its commitment to high school sports by adding live high school basketball to its lineup. The network will produce and stream 24 high school basketball games on as part of FOX Sports Prep Zone, which was successfully launched this past fall.

The Scoop

• Each week, will stream live high school basketball match-ups from around the state of Ohio.

FOX Sports Prep Zone includes 24 Ohio high School basketball games this regular season.


• Multi-camera production teams are scheduled to visit schools each week.

• Game coverage includes on-site announcers, replays and graphics.


• FOX Sports Prep Zone basketball begins in December with these match-ups:

Friday 12/2 Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary @ Garfield Hts. 7:30pm

Tuesday 12/6 Elyria @ Berea 7:30pm

Saturday 12/10 Cleveland Hts. @ Maple Hts. 2:00pm

Tuesday 12/13 Canton Timken @ Akron Manchester 7:30pm

Friday 12/16 Shaker Hts. @ Warren Harding 7:30pm

Tuesday 12/20 Shaker Hts. @ Euclid 7:30pm

Wednesday 12/28 Dayton Dunbar @ Canton McKinley 7:00pm

Thursday 12/29 St. Thomas Aquinas @ Canton CC 7:30pm

• A schedule of additional upcoming games can be found on
In addition to streaming live games from around the state of Ohio,’s Prep Zone page also features regular recruiting reports, game previews, and a weekly Top 25 in Ohio high school basketball.