Time Warner Cable Sports Channel (Kansas City)

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Time Warner Cable SportsChannel
TWC SportsChannel logo.png
Launched December 12, 1996
Owned by Time Warner Cable
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Country United States
Language American English
Broadcast area Kansas City Metropolitan Area; Lincoln, Nebraska
Formerly called Metro Sports
Website http://www.twcsportschannel.com/mo/kansascity
Time Warner Cable Kansas City Time Warner Cable SportsChannel:
30 & 323
Time Warner Cable SportsChannel 2: 324
KC On Demand: 1020
WOW! Time Warner Cable SportsChannel: 37

Time Warner Cable SportsChannel in Kansas City, formerly known as Metro Sports, is a regional sports network serving the Kansas City Metropolitan Area, Lawrence, Kansas, and the state of Nebraska. It launched on December 12, 1996, and is currently available on cable systems including Time Warner Cable, Comcast, and WOW!.

TWC SportsChannel has produced live sporting events for college sports conferences such as the Big 12 Conference, Missouri Valley Conference, the Summit League, the NAIA, and their individual members. TWC SportsChannel's other hallmark programming is its coverage of local Kansas City high school athletics, including its "HyVee High School Game of The Week" featuring top local teams in the sports of Football, Basketball, Wrestling, Volleyball, Baseball, Soccer, and other sports.[1] Metro Sports also broadcast five games of the Missouri Mavericks of the Central Hockey League during the 2010-2011 Central Hockey League season.[2]

Kansas City-produced "Fantasy Huddle", a weekly Fantasy Football show, is also distributed to other Time Warner Cable systems nationwide.[3]

In March 2009, Metro Sports produced and televised live all 31 games of the 2009 NAIA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament in Kansas City, Missouri.

Metro Sports used to produce live sporting events for professional sports teams such as Major League Soccer's Kansas City Wizards, including simulcasting those events in Spanish on an SAP channel during its final two seasons of coverage, before the Wizards declined to renew their broadcast agreement, and the Kansas City Brigade of the Arena Football League, before the league was liquidated and reincarnated. Metro Sports also produced and televised Kansas City Royals games from 2003 to 2007, after which it lost the rights to FSN Midwest.

Metro Sports has published a book, More Than The Score: Kansas City Sports Memories.

On March 1, 2010, Metro Sports launched Metro Sports HD, a High Definition feed of its programming, and Metro Sports 2.[4]


TWC SportsChannel is available on Time Warner Cable, Comcast, and WOW! (formerly Knowlogy in Kansas) in metropolitan Kansas City, Lawrence, Kansas and Nebraska. As of March 31, 2011, it was available in approximately 500,000 households.

Regular shows[edit]

Old Metro Sports Logo
Metro Sports Logo, 2010-2013


  • Metro Sports Zone


  • Chiefs Uncut
  • Chiefs Kingdom
  • Red Zone (Chiefs)
  • Fantasy Huddle


  • Blue Zone (Royals)


  • Center Circle


  • College Gametime

High School[edit]

  • High School Roundup
  • Hyvee High School Game of the Week

Jayhawk Network[edit]

  • KU Legends
  • KU Press Pass
  • Rock Chalk Rewind
  • Jayhawk Insider
  • #RockChalkTV
  • Hawk Talk
  • Inside KU
  • Live University of Kansas football, men's basketball, women's basketball, volleyball, baseball, softball, soccer and track and field events.[5]

Special events[edit]

  • Kansas City Sports Commission Banquet
  • Simone Awards
  • Win for KC Banquet

Executive staff[edit]

  • Chris Huwe, General Manager
  • Shawn Beldin, Program/News Manager
  • Joel Fritzinger, Operations Manager
  • David Haden, Finance Manager

On-Air Staff[edit]

  • Dave Stewart, Anchor/Reporter, Host of Metro Sports Zone
  • Leif Lisec, Anchor/Reporter, Host of Redzone and Blue Zone
  • Mick Shaffer, Anchor/Reporter, Host of College Gametime, Varsity KC and High School Roundup
  • Brad Porter, Anchor/Reporter, Host of Chiefs Post Game
  • Chris Gough, Anchor/Reporter, Host of Fantasy Huddle, Braggin' Rights, and Metro Pro Wrestling
  • Erik Ashel, Reporter
  • Kennetra Pulliams, Anchor/Reporter, Host of High School Roundup
  • Dave Neilson, Co-Host of Fantasy Huddle
  • Katie Falco, Anchor/Reporter
  • Jeannie Hodes, Host/Reporter, Inside KU


  • Kevin Wike, play-by-play
  • Stan Weber, Football/Basketball Analyst
  • Brian McRae, Baseball Analyst
  • Richard Baldinger, Football Analyst
  • Jayice Pearson, Football Analyst
  • Danan Hughes, Football Analyst
  • Doug Elstun, Basketball Analyst
  • Patti Phillips, Basketball Analyst
  • Greg Gurley, Basketball Analyst


  • Neil Harwell, Former Metro Sports GM
  • Duke Frye, Anchor (1996–2000)
  • Chad Harberts, Anchor, Reporter, Co-Creator/Producer High School Roundup (1994-2004)
  • Danyelle Sargent, Anchor/Reporter (2002–2004)
  • Erin Bajackson, Anchor/Reporter


  1. ^ "HyVee High School Game of The Week". KCOnDemand.com. Retrieved 2010-10-16. [dead link]
  2. ^ "TWC Metro Sports to Televise Five Mavericks Games". Missouri Mavericks. 2010-09-17. Retrieved 2010-10-16. 
  3. ^ "Fantasy Huddle Available to Expanded Audience". KCOnDemand.com. Retrieved 2010-10-16. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Headline: 2.20.2010". Kansas City Radio & Television. 2010-02-20. Retrieved 2010-10-16. 
  5. ^ KU Athletics, IMG College and Time Warner Cable Sports Announce TV Agreement

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