KBTX General Manager, Mike Wright
In the "my how time flies" department, it is again fall sports in the Brazos Valley. While I realize football and volleyball isn't for everyone, 'tis the season, and for Aggie fans, frankly, the wait started when the clock hit zero at the Cotton Bowl.
For KBTX, it means we renew our dedication to high school football coverage, our sons and daughters, nieces and nephews and cousins, almost a religion in Texas this time of year. Returning for another year is Friday Football Fever every Friday night following David Letterman. This year, a new feature, and a rather bold move, a little risky. KBTX Sports will be traveling to schools and communities throughout the area with a production crew to record a football game every Friday night. It's called simple - Big Game Friday Night, feature game.
There is only one first time, and our first game will be recorded tomorrow night and will play back over the weekend three times. The match-up with Hearne at Franklin will be a history maker for KBTX. We'll be at Hedrick Field with three cameras to record the action, play-by play with Bret Dark, color analysis by Eric Quizenberry.
Week two, we travel to Madisonville - other stops include Merrill Green Stadium, Tigerland, College Station High School, Somerville, Caldwell and Navasota.
Not only will you get the actual game, we'll do what no other network or station does. You'll also see the half-time show, the bands and the drill teams. Those groups work to prepare for Friday night - and we'll make sure you see what they do. Smith Dairy Queens appropriately is the half-time show sponsor.
The replay will air three times each weekend on KBTX Media platforms: Saturday on CW-8 following the SEC game of the week, Saturday evening on KBTX following News 3 At 10, and again Sunday evening on CW-8 at 9:30pm following the Aggie Football Show with Kevin Sumlin.
Now, I ask for patience, We don't know what the final product will look like yet, you can't exactly practice for this in a real game environment until - the real game. It won't have re-plays right away or some other elements you've come accustomed to with Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN. It is a local telecast, but in KBTX fashion, we'll do all we can to make sure when we come to YOUR hometown, you'll get the best we have to give. We're excited about this opportunity, and is one more step toward making sure KBTX Media does all we can to support our youth dedicate our platform to showcase their effort and talent.
You can't do something with two or three people and call is complete coverage. Friday nights takes dedication and a small army. We're ready to deploy, and all the fun starts tomorrow night. I hope you'll watch, and certainly - you'll let me know how it goes. Get the complete game schedule for Big Game Friday Night Feature Game on-line under the sports tab at kbtx.com. Thanks to Atkinson Toyota and Smith Dairy Queen for being our first year presenting sponsors.
Speaking of Friday night football, the all-new 2013 magazine version of Friday Football Fever is out and available at Taco Bell locations throughout the region and other locations in every town in the area. They don't last long, so if you want one of these collectors items, get it now. Thanks to KBTX's Cody Coil and Cari Enlow for a job well done on this year's publication.
Finally - another family note from KBTX - not long ago we said so-long to one of our own. Congratulations to Rashi Vats who will join the staff of KRIV-TV, Fox Houston. Rashi was weekend anchor and weekday reporter. You know, we hear from a lot of people about those who leave - why can't KBTX keep them. We wish we could, but deep down - I'll never stand in the way of great young talent moving to major markets. We're known for that, and as a result, we get referrals on up and coming talent from those large television stations - sending them to KBTX, where our reputation of preparing them for the next step is widely known. We wish Rashi well, and look forward to the new face you see on the weekend. More on that another time.
Be in touch anytime, we'll return to viewer e-mails soon, plenty of that for sure. Your opinion always matters to the family of KBTX News 3.