Time Warner Cable Sports Channel (Kansas City)

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Time Warner Cable SportsChannel
TWC SportsChannel logo.png
Launched December 12, 1996 (1996-12-12)
Owned by Time Warner Cable
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
Country United States
Language English
Broadcast area Kansas City metropolitan area
Lincoln, Nebraska
Headquarters Kansas City, Missouri
Formerly called Metro Sports (1996–2013)
Website www.twcsportschannel.com/mo/kansascity.html
Availability
Cable
Time Warner Cable (Kansas City) Time Warner Cable SportsChannel:
30 (SD)
323 (HD)
Time Warner Cable SportsChannel 2:
324 (SD)
KC On Demand: 1020 (VOD)
Comcast (Kansas City) Time Warner Cable SportsChannel:
258 (SD)
WOW! (Lincoln) Time Warner Cable SportsChannel:
37 (SD)

Time Warner Cable SportsChannel is an American regional sports cable and satellite television network that is owned by Time Warner Cable. The channel mainly serves the Kansas City metropolitan area; Lawrence, Kansas; and the state of Nebraska. In addition to being carried on Time Warner Cable, it is currently available on cable providers such as Comcast and WOW! in metropolitan Kansas City, Lawrence, and areas of Nebraska. As of March 31, 2011, it was available in approximately 500,000 households.

Background[edit]

The channel was launched on December 12, 1996 as Metro Sports. It has produced live sporting events for collegiate athletic conferences such as the Big 12 Conference, Missouri Valley Conference, the Summit League, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (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 football, basketball, wrestling, volleyball, baseball, soccer and other sports.[1]

Metro Sports logo used from 1996 to 2010.

Metro Sports also broadcast five games of the Missouri Mavericks of the Central Hockey League during the 2010-2011 Central Hockey League season.[2] In March 2009, Metro Sports produced and televised live all 31 games of the 2009 NAIA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, which was held in Kansas City, Missouri.

Metro Sports logo used from 2010 to 2013.

Metro Sports formerly produced live sporting events for professional sports teams such as Major League Soccer's Kansas City Wizards (including a Spanish language audio simulcast transmitted over a secondary audio program channel during its final two seasons of coverage, before the Wizards declined to renew their broadcasting contract), 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 simulcast feed of Metro Sports, and a secondary channel, Metro Sports 2.[3] In September 2013, the channel was renamed as the Time Warner Cable SportsChannel, with its spin-off channel becoming known as Time Warner Cable SportsChannel 2.

The channel's weekly fantasy football program Fantasy Huddle is also distributed to other Time Warner Cable systems nationwide.[4]

Programming[edit]

List of programs broadcast by Time Warner Cable SportsChannel[edit]

General[edit]

  • Metro Sports Zone

NFL[edit]

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

MLB[edit]

  • Blue Zone (Royals)

MLS[edit]

  • Center Circle

College[edit]

  • 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

On-air staff[edit]

Hosts/reporters[edit]

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

Announcers[edit]

  • Richard Baldinger – football analyst
  • Doug Elstun – basketball analyst
  • Greg Gurley – basketball analyst
  • Danan Hughes – football analyst
  • Brian McRae – baseball analyst
  • Jayice Pearson – football analyst
  • Patti Phillips – basketball analyst
  • Stan Weber – football/basketball analyst
  • Kevin Wike – play-by-play announcer

Notable former on-air staff[edit]

References[edit]

  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. ^ "Headline: 2.20.2010". Kansas City Radio & Television. 2010-02-20. Retrieved 2010-10-16. 
  4. ^ "Fantasy Huddle Available to Expanded Audience". KCOnDemand.com. Retrieved 2010-10-16. [dead link]
  5. ^ KU Athletics, IMG College and Time Warner Cable Sports Announce TV Agreement

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