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Sarasota’s ABC 7 to air daily local talk show: “Suncoast View” beginning September 8th

(SARASOTA, FL) Success breeds imitation. Barbara Walters creation, “The View”, like it or not, has been a ratings success for the ABC Television Network for 17 years. Despite undergoing a myriad of host changes, including bringing back Rosie O’Donnell this upcoming season, the show continues to create a buzz in the media world. With that in mind, WWSB Channel 7, Sarasota’s ABC affiliate, is launching its own daily version of the network show titled “Suncoast View” which will premiere on September 8th at 4PM.

ABC 7 Sarasota has announced its team of Co-Hosts for “Suncoast View,” to include Stephanie Roberts, Co-Anchor of ABC 7’s Good Morning Suncoast, who will serve as the show’s moderator. Veteran reporter Linda Carson, ABC 7 Reporter Bobeth Yates and ABC 7 Political Contributor, Regina Hopper round out the panel.

Like the network version of the show, “Suncoast View” will feature the co-hosts discussing local “hot topics” in the news, sharing their opinions and engaging in hopefully lively conversations on every day issues and subjects such as parenting, relationships, cooking, fashion, entertainment, home & garden and politics. The program will also include interviews with newsmakers and stories trending on social media.

WWSB-TV GM Jeff Benninghoff, said, “ABC 7 is fortunate to have a team of strong, versatile on-air talent. Stephanie, Linda, Bobeth and Regina each have unique backgrounds and interesting life experiences that will serve them well in this particular kind of talk show format. I’m confident that this team will prove to be an engaging and entertaining combination.”

Stephanie Roberts, who joined ABC 7 in 2013, is the mother of two and has worked in major market morning television for over 15 years as both a news anchor and a meteorologist. Born and raised in Chicago, she has a Journalism degree from Penn State and a meteorology certification from Mississippi State University. Roberts has made numerous appearances as guest weather anchor on Good Morning America, most recently in June. She also serves occasionally as a guest host on the Home Shopping Network. Off the set, Roberts spends her time on sports fields with her daughter, Reagan and son, Ryan. The family shares a love of all sports and enjoys visiting area beaches, biking, fishing and gardening.

ABC 7 Suncoast View Panel
ABC 7 Suncoast View Panel

Linda Carson joined ABC 7 in 1995 and specializes in local entertainment reporting, with popular weekly segments called “Suncoast Scene” and “Event of the Week.” She also does a weekly report called “Amazing Women of the Suncoast.” Carson started her TV career in 1964 as a “TV Weather Girl” in Atlanta and went on to become one of the first female anchors in the country. Carson has covered many major stories over the course of her career, including the civil rights movement in Atlanta during the 1960’s, and was in a Sarasota classroom with President George W. Bush on September 11th when terrorists struck the World Trade Center. Linda Carson was married to football coach Bud Carson, known as the architect of the Pittsburgh Steelers “Steel Curtain” defense in the 1970’s.

Bobeth Yates joined ABC 7 as a general assignment reporter in 2012. Before moving to the Suncoast, she reported at stations in Fort Myers; Savannah, Georgia; Panama City, Florida and Great Falls, Montana. Yates has covered everything from presidential elections to bake sales. She has a Master’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School at Syracuse University, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Florida State University.

Regina Hopper joined ABC 7 as a Political Contributor in 2014 and is a former network news correspondent. She covered the Bush and Clinton White Houses, reporting for the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, CBS Morning News, CBS Weekend News and 48 Hours. Hopper is an accomplished attorney, having worked in securities and bankruptcy law, and has also served as a top executive for several Washington D.C. industry associations, including America’s Natural Gas Alliance, US Telecom and the American Trucking Associations. Hopper has a JD from the University of Arkansas School of Law and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Arkansas. She is also a Board Member of the Miss America Organization.

This is ABC 7’s first venture into an hour-long talk show in the afternoons outside of its regular news programming. The competition will be fierce going up against the ratings powerhouse of “Dr. Phil” in the 4PM time slot. It will be interesting to see how many local advertisers sign-on to sponsor the show.

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CBS Sports Network announces 2014 college football broadcast schedule

(New York, NY) CBS Sports Network returns to the gridiron for the 2014 season with schedule of college football games featuring teams from the Mountain West, The American, Conference USA, Army and Navy football, the Patriot League and NCAA Division II. The Network will air 66 games this season, showcasing some of the nation’s top teams including Ohio State, Nebraska and Arizona State.

This year also marks the Network’s first season of American Athletic Conference football, with 15 games airing throughout the season, including Maryland at USF on Saturday, Sept. 6 (3:30 PM, ET) and NC State at USF on Saturday, Sept. 13 (3:30 PM, ET). The remainder of CBS Sports Network’s American Athletic Conference games will be selected on a six- and 12-day basis.

Carter Blackburn returns to CBS Sports Network this year as lead college football play-by-play announcer and will team with Aaron Taylor, forming the Network’s lead announce team. Other new voices are former Nebraska quarterback and Heisman Trophy Winner Eric Crouch, San Diego State quarterback Kevin O’Connell, play-by-play announcer Ron Pitts and studio analyst Fred Smoot. Reporters include newcomers Cassie Gallo, Melanie Collins and Courtney Fallon, along with Lauren Gardner, Sheehan Stanwick Burch, Susannah Collins and Rashan Ali.

CBS Sports Network Broadcast Teams

Carter Blackburn/Aaron Taylor Mountain West
Rich Waltz/Adam Archuleta Mountain West
Dave Ryan/Corey Chavous The American
Ben Holden/Kevin O’Connell Army
John Sadak/Randy Cross Navy

CBS Sports Network also airs two games from Yankee Stadium in The Bronx, N.Y. this year: UConn vs. Army on Saturday, Nov. 8 (3:30 PM, ET) and the 150th meeting between rivals Lehigh and Lafayette on Saturday, Nov. 22 (3:30 PM, ET).

In addition, CBS Sports Network returns its lineup of college football studio programming for the 2014 season, including “Inside College Football”, which airs throughout the week and features hosts Adam Zucker and Brent Stover, as well as analysts Brian Jones, Christian Fauria, Houston Nutt, Cross, Taylor and Smoot.

CBS Sports Network again serves as the home for Service Academy football, airing 17 games featuring Army, Navy and Air Force. This season marks the Network’s 10th year airing Navy home games and fifth year as Army’s television partner. CBS Sports Network enters its ninth year in partnership with the Mountain West and 10th year with Conference USA.

The complete 2014 college football schedule follows:
Thurs, Aug. 28 Tulane at Tulsa Skelly Field at H.A. Chapman Stadium, Tulsa, OK 8:00 PM
Fri, Aug. 29 Bowling Green at WKU Houchens-Smith Stadium, Bowling Green, KY 7:30 PM
Sat, Aug. 30 Ohio State vs. Navy M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MD 12:00 PM
Sat, Aug. 30 Northern Arizona at San Diego State Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA 7:00 PM
Sat, Aug. 30 Washington at Hawaii Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI 10:30 PM
Thurs, Sept. 4 Grand Valley at Azusa Pacific Citrus Stadium, Glendora, CA 9:00 PM
Sat, Sept. 6 Buffalo at Army Michie Stadium, West Point, NY 12:00 PM
Sat, Sept. 6 Maryland vs. USF Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL 3:30 PM
Sat, Sept. 6 Arizona State at New Mexico University Stadium, Albuquerque, NM 7:00 PM
Sat, Sept. 6 Oregon State at Hawaii Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI 10:30 PM
Thurs, Sept. 11 LA Tech at North Texas Apogee Stadium, Denton, TX 8:00 PM
Sat, Sept. 13 Ohio at Marshall Joan C. Edwards Stadium, Huntington, WV 12:00 PM
Sat, Sept. 13 NC State at USF Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL 3:30 PM
Sat, Sept. 13 Wake Forest at Utah State Romney Stadium, Logan, UT 7:00 PM
Sat, Sept. 13 Nebraska at Fresno State Bulldog Stadium, Fresno, CA 10:30 PM
Thurs, Sept. 18 Southeastern Oklahoma at Henderson State Carpenter-Haygood Stadium, Arkadelphia, AR 8:00 PM
Sat, Sept. 20 Rutgers at Navy Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, MD 3:30 PM
Sat, Sept. 20 American Athletic Conference TBD Site TBD 7:00 PM
Sat, Sept. 20 Louisiana at Boise State Bronco Stadium, Boise ID 10:30 PM
Thurs, Sept. 25 Missouri Western at Lindenwood Harlen C. Hunter Stadium, St. Charles, MO 8:00 PM
Sat, Sept. 27 American Athletic Conference TBD Site TBD 12:00 PM
Sat, Sept. 27 WKU at Navy Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, MD 3:30 PM
Sat, Sept. 27 Boise State at Air Force Falcon Stadium, Colorado Springs, CO 7:00 PM
Sat, Sept. 27 Nevada at San Jose State Spartan Stadium, San Jose, CA 10:30 PM
Thurs, Oct. 2 Benedict at Miles Albert J. Sloan Alumni Stadium, Fairfield, AL 8:00 PM
Fri, Oct. 3 Lafayette at Fordham Jack Coffey Field, Bronx, NY 6:30 PM
Fri, Oct. 3 San Diego State at Fresno State Bulldog Stadium, Fresno, CA 10:00 PM
Sat, Oct. 4 Ball State at Army Michie Stadium, West Point, NY 12:00 PM
Sat, Oct. 4 Navy at Air Force Falcon Stadium, Colorado Springs, CO 3:30 PM
Sat, Oct. 4 American Athletic Conference TBD Site TBD 7:00 PM
Sat, Oct. 4 Boise State at NevadaMackay Stadium, Reno, NV 10:30 PM
Thurs, Oct. 9 Minnesota State at Winona State Maxwell Field, Winona, MN 8:00 PM
Fri, Oct. 10 Fresno State at UNLV Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, NV 10:00 PM
Sat, Oct. 11 Rice at Army Michie Stadium, West Point, NY 12:00 PM
Sat, Oct. 11 VMI at Navy Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, MD 3:30 PM
Sat, Oct. 11 American Athletic Conference TBD Site TBD 7:00 PM
Sat, Oct. 11 Colorado State at Nevada Mackay Stadium, Reno, NV 10:30 PM
Thurs, Oct. 16 Colorado School of Mines at Fort Lewis Dennison Memorial Field, Durango, CO 8:00 PM
Sat, Oct. 18 American Athletic Conference TBD Site TBD 3:30 PM
Sat, Oct. 18 Utah State at Colorado State Hughes Stadium, Fort Collins, CO 7:00 PM
Sat, Oct. 18 Hawaii at San Diego State Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA 10:30 PM
Sat, Oct. 25 San Jose State at Navy Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, MD 1:00 PM
Sat, Oct. 25 American Athletic Conference TBD Site TBD 5:00 PM
Thurs, Oct. 30 St. Joseph’s (IN) at University of Indianapolis Key Stadium, Indianapolis, IN 8:00 PM
Sat, Nov. 1 American Athletic Conference TBD Site TBD 12:00 PM
Sat, Nov. 1 BYU at Middle Tennessee Johnny “Red” Floyd Stadium, Murfreesboro, TN 3:30 PM
Sat, Nov. 1 Colorado State at San Jose State Spartan Stadium, San Jose, CA 7:00 PM
Sat, Nov. 1 San Diego State at Nevada Mackay Stadium, Reno, NV 10:30 PM
Fri, Nov. 7 Fordham at Bucknell Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium, Lewisburg, PA 6:30 PM
Sat, Nov. 8 American Athletic Conference TBD Site TBD 12:00 PM
Sat, Nov. 8 UConn vs. Army Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY 3:30 PM
Sat, Nov. 8 Boise State at New Mexico University Stadium, Albuquerque, NM 7:00 PM
Sat, Nov. 8 San Jose State at Fresno State Bulldog Stadium, Fresno, CA 10:30 PM
Thurs, Nov. 13 Southern Miss at UTSA Alamodome, San Antonio, TX 8:00 PM
Sat, Nov. 15 Army at WKU Houchens-Smith Stadium, Bowling Green, KY 12:00 PM
Sat, Nov. 15 Georgia Southern at NavyNavy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, MD 3:30 PM
Sat, Nov. 15 American Athletic Conference TBD Site TBD 8:00 PM
Fri, Nov. 21 Air Force at San Diego State Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA 9:30 PM
Sat, Nov. 22 Fordham at Army Michie Stadium, West Point, NY 12:00 PM
Sat, Nov. 22 Lehigh vs. Lafayette Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY 3:30 PM
Sat, Nov. 22 American Athletic Conference Site TBD 8:00 PM
Fri, Nov. 28 American Athletic Conference TBD Site TBD 12:00 PM
Fri., Nov. 28 Colorado State at Air Force Falcon Stadium, Colorado Springs, CO 3:30 PM
Sat, Nov. 29 Rice at LA Tech Joe Aillet Stadium, Ruston, LA 12:00 PM
Sat, Nov. 29 San Jose State at San Diego State Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA 3:30 PM
Sat, Dec. 6 American Athletic Conference TBD Site TBD 12:00 PM

PGA Final Round Coverage is highest rated in 5 years for CBS Sports

(New York, NY) CBS Sports’ final-round coverage of the 2014 PGA Championship on Sunday, Aug. 10 (3:00-9:00 PM, ET), which saw Rory McIlroy win the Wanamaker Trophy, earned an average household rating/share of 6.0/13, up 36% from last year’s 4.4/10 in the Nielsen metered markets.

This year’s 6.0/13 marks the highest-rated final round in five years (2009; 7.5/17; Y.E. Yang won with Tiger Woods finishing second).

This year’s final-round rating peaked with a 9.2/17 from 8:00-8:30 PM, ET.

CBS Sports’ final-round coverage also was up 54% from 2012’s 3.9/8 when McIlroy won his first PGA Championship.

CBS Sports’ coverage of the 2014 PGA Championship on Saturday, Aug. 9 (2:00-7:15 PM, ET) was the highest-rated third round in five years with an average HH rating/share of 3.2/8, up 7% from last year’s 3.0/8 in the metered markets. This year’s third-round rating peaked with a 3.8/10 from 5:00-5:30 PM, ET.

Join Don Henderson and Doug Miles on “Sports Talk” tonight (Monday 7PM) for more on Rory’s win at the PGA and everything else that went on this weekend in sports.

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“Thursday Night Football” Launches with Primetime Special “Under The Lights” on Wednesday, Sept. 10 on CBS

(New York, NY) Thursday Night Football launches its first-ever Network television coverage with a primetime special, “Under The Lights”, on Wednesday, Sept. 10 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET) on the CBS Television Network and also on NFL Network on Tuesday, Sept. 16 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET).

CBS Sports’ lead NFL play-by-play announcer and the voice of Thursday Night Football Jim Nantz will host the one-hour special that will celebrate some of the greatest and most memorable moments in the history of prime time football and preview the Thursday Night Football schedule.

"Thursday Night Football"
“Thursday Night Football”

The special will revisit classic primetime moments in NFL history and feature conversations between CBS and NFL stars including Mark Harmon, Tom Selleck, LL Cool J, Billy Gardell, Jerry Rice, Andrew Luck, Jadaveon Clowney, Ben Roethlisberger, Earl Campbell and Julio Jones as they recall their fondest and most memorable primetime moments. Campbell and Clowney talk about what it means to be a rookie in Houston, while Harmon and Luck talk Pac 10 (Pac 12) football and what it means to play in prime time.

CBS and NFL Network will begin its Network debut coverage of Thursday Night Football on September 11 with the Pittsburgh Steelers visiting the Baltimore Ravens. Nantz and Phil Simms, along with Tracy Wolfson reporting, will call the action. The full slate of 16 regular-season Thursday Night Football games will be produced by CBS with its broadcasters and production team.

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“Sports Talk” with Don Henderson and Doug Miles 7/21/14



CBS Sports Network adds Doug Gottlieb radio show to simulcast schedule beginning August 25

(New York, N.Y.) CBS Sports Network, the 24-hour home of CBS Sports, will expand its live weekday studio programming with the addition of “The Doug Gottlieb Show.” The afternoon show broadcast nationally on CBS Sports Radio will be simulcast on CBS Sports Network beginning Monday, August 25. The three-hour program is hosted by Doug Gottlieb live Monday-Friday from 3:00-6:00 PM, ET.

“The Doug Gottlieb Show” debuted on January 2, 2013, and features national sports talk, headlines, and interviews with current and former sports icons, as well as newsmakers from the sports world and listener phone calls. The CBS Sports Network show will originate from the CBS Sports Radio studios in New York City.

“Adding The Doug Gottlieb Show greatly strengthens our afternoon line-up adding three hours of live and relevant content each day,” said Dan Weinberg, Senior Vice President, Programming, CBS Sports. “Doug’s show is high-energy, insightful and entertaining and we are excited to extend the reach of his radio show to the CBS Sports Network television audience.”

Eric Spitz, Director of Programming for CBS Sports Radio commented, “Doug is a cornerstone talent of CBS Sports Radio. To be able to expand the exposure of his program through CBS Sports Network is a win for everyone involved. I have no doubt Doug’s boundless energy, strong opinions and great passion will play well to a national television audience.”

Gottlieb currently serves as a studio and game analyst for CBS Sports and CBS Sports Network’s coverage of college basketball, in addition to his hosting duties of “The Doug Gottlieb Show” on CBS Sports Radio. Additionally, he serves as an anchor of “CBS Sports Minute,” a 60-second commentary related to the hot topics in sports.

Doug Gottlieb radio show to be simulcast on CBS Sports Network
Doug Gottlieb radio show to be simulcast on CBS Sports Network

CBS Sports Network is available on most Tampa Bay area cable systems usually as part of a sports tier package. For more information, including a full programming schedule, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.

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