Kennesaw State, Peachtree TV unveil football broadcast agreement
TV deal in top-10 market is unique among FCS programs
KENNESAW, Ga. (Sep 2, 2016) — The Kennesaw State University Athletics Association (KSUAA) and Peachtree TV (WPCH) in Atlanta have signed an agreement to air a selection of KSU football games this season.
This TV deal, together with last week’s announcement of Kennesaw State’s flagship radio partnership on ESPN Radio 1230 The Fan 2, is the final piece of KSU’s newly-created Owl Network. The Owl Network will serve as the umbrella for live-event video and audio produced by the KSUAA, along with on-demand programming, highlights and feature videos.
The Owls’ unique local TV partnership with Peachtree TV allows the Kennesaw State brand to reach more than 6.2 million people and 2.38 million households in the greater Atlanta area – the nation’s ninth-largest media market. Based on available data, KSU will be the only FCS program with a local television agreement in a top-10 market.
“This is another great step in the evolution of our football program and for Kennesaw State Athletics,” Director of Athletics Vaughn Williams said. “We’re privileged to have a local TV partnership with Peachtree TV in a top-10 media market that is one-of-a-kind at the FCS level. Now on any given Saturday, the Owl Network allows us to reach millions both locally and worldwide on a variety of mediums including television, radio, mobile and the internet.”
The dates of the Peachtree TV games will be announced later this month once the Big South Conference unveils its complete television schedule. Kennesaw State’s games on Peachtree TV also will be streamed online by the Big South Network, but blacked out in Atlanta.
“We are excited about adding the Kennesaw State Owls and their successful football program to the offerings of Peachtree TV,” said Mark Pimentel, general manager of WPCH and WGCL TV.
Brian Katrek, a local TV and radio veteran who has called KSU games on ESPN3, will handle play-by-play duties for the Owl Network on Peachtree TV. Former Georgia Bulldog and Atlanta Falcon quarterback D.J. Shockley will serve as the analyst, while Nathan McCreary, who also has called a number of KSU events on ESPN3, will report from the sidelines.
About Kennesaw State University
With 33,000 students, Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia and one of the 50 largest public universities in the country. KSU offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees and boasts more than 100,000 alumni. The Owls offer 18 Division-I intercollegiate sports, including a football program that debuted in 2015. KSU competes in the Atlantic Sun Conference and is a member of the Big South Conference for football. Under the leadership of Director of Athletics Vaughn Williams, Kennesaw State teams have won 14 conference titles and made 20 NCAA appearances over the last six seasons.
About Peachtree TV (WPCH) and CBS 46 (WGCL)
Peachtree TV (WPCH) broadcasts hit movies every night in prime time and a variety of comedies including The Big Bang Theory, King of Queens, Modern Family, Last Man Standing and Seinfeld. WPCH is owned by Turner, but operated by Meredith.
CBS 46 (WGCL) is the CBS affiliate in Atlanta and owned by Meredith. The station delivers 32 hours of weekly news product as well as hit CBS programs such as Survivor, The Amazing Race, Big Brother, NCIS and 60 Minutes. The station also airs NFL Thursday Night Football, The NFL Today, SEC college football, PGA golf and NCAA basketball.
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.