August 26, 1999 - by
Sunshine Network LIVE! Ready For Comeback

Sunshine Network LIVE! Ready For Comeback

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Aug. 26, 1999

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Sunshine Network LIVE!, the state’s only live, nightly sports talk
show focusing specifically on sports in Florida, makes its season premiere
Tues., Aug. 31, at 10 pm (ET).

Hosted by Pat Clarke, the one-hour program airs live Tuesday –
Friday at 10 p.m. on Sunshine during NFL season and Monday-Friday at 10 p.m.
after the conclusion of the pro football season. It will also follow
weeknight Orlando Magic, Miami Heat and Tampa Bay Lightning telecasts in
their respective territories.

During the summer, Sunshine Network producers totally redesigned the
program and will debut a new format, with more special segments and live
cut-ins, new talent, with contributors from across the state, and a new
on-air look.

What sets Sunshine Network LIVE! apart is its ability to go live,
on-site to where the sports stories are happening. For example, following a
pro NBA or NHL game on Sunshine, reporters on site will offer live
interviews with players and coaches.

In addition, Sunshine Network LIVE! offers a stable of some of the
best sportswriters and commentators from the markets they cover. So, for
instance, if there is a big story in Miami, sports media that follow that
market on a daily basis and have the established relationships with the
players and newsmakers, will offer reports.

The “Two Minute Drill,” with scores and highlights from Florida
teams, will be a regular feature on the show. Fans have a chance to
participate with web and phone trivia contests and website poll results.

Some of the experts scheduled to appear on the show include:

Sean Alveshire – Sunshine’s high school host/announcer
Tom Block – Sunshine/FSU reporter/announcer
Greg Cote – Miami Herald
Marc Daniels – 540 “The Team” – Orlando
Jeff DeForrest – WQAM-AM – Miami/Ft. Lauderdale
Bill Fay – SunshineNetwork.Com
Eddie Goines – Sunshine football analyst
Larry Vettel – Sunshine/UF sideline reporter/announcer
Dave Hyde – Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
Sam Kouvaris – WJXT-TV – Jacksonville
David Lamm – WNZS-AM – Jacksonville
Dave LaMont – Sunshine Heat host
Rick Peckham – TBL play-by-play
Frank Viola – former MLB star pitcher

“We’re delighted with the new format and redesign of Sunshine
Network LIVE!,” said Sunshine Corporate Vice President and General Manager
Jim Liberatore. “This one-of-a-kind program is more than just a sports talk
show. It’s an interactive, analytical and entertaining sports series,
combining the many resources of Sunshine Network, its team partners and
on-air talent.

“No one in Florida can match Sunshine Network’s ability to gain this kind
of access to the teams, players, coaches, stories and news of the day from
the teams that Florida fans follow consistently – their home teams,”
continued Liberatore. “Now fans have a place to tune for full nightly news
and analysis of Florida teams, more than local news stations and national
sports news programs can devote.”

Added Clarke, “This show is really something new and exciting for local
sports fans. While local broadcast stations do a good job of covering the
scores and highlights in their markets, a Florida sports magazine show like
this can really go beyond the customary reports and offer more in-depth
coverage on all Florida sports teams, not just those in a fans’ own market.
Say for instance you’re a Buccaneers fan living in Tallahassee – this will
be the show to watch for complete coverage of your team.”

Sunshine Network boasts one of the most impressive lineups of local and
regional teams and events in the country. Sunshine currently has long-term
agreements with the 11 pro teams, the NBA Orlando Magic, NBA Miami Heat, NHL
Tampa Bay Lightning, NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers, IHL Orlando Solar Bears, AFL
Orlando Predators, Tampa Bay Storm and Florida Bobcats, MLS Tampa Bay Mutiny
and Miami Fusion and WNBA Orlando Miracle. Sunshine Network also has
agreements with collegiate powerhouses Florida State University, University
of Florida, University of Central Florida, Stetson, Florida International,
plus the “Dodge Florida High School Champions Series,” ACC, SEC, MEAC, TAAC
conferences and more.

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