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Broadcasts Will Widen Owls' Appeal

June 25, 2001

Boca Raton News
Guest Commentary: Howard Schnellenberger

With 69 days until the inaugural game, radio and television broadcasts of FAU's first season are an integral part of football's development. It's important that every avenue is used to bring the team's accomplishments to dedicated and prospective fans throughout the Florida Atlantic Territory.

The Sunshine Network recently announced that it will simulcast FAU's opening game against Slippery Rock University at Pro Player Stadium on September 1. The renown Jimmy Cefalo will join Sunshine's talented broadcast team. His knowledge will be a great asset in bringing our team's true strengths and weaknesses to the fans.

Sunshine will carry two Coach's Shows. One will feature replays of game highlights, the other will preview the upcoming game. Each 30-minute show will air twice weekly. Additionally, the review program hosted by Cefalo will be broadcast on WPEC ("The 1 to turn 2") early Saturday afternoon preceding the NCAA "Game of the Week."

From a television standpoint, the first game telecast is of vital importance. Strong fan support from the stands and exciting football on the field could be the catalyst that encourages additional television coverage.

On the radio side, we're assembling the talent to give us an all-star lineup. Radio broadcasts will feature Dave Lamont as play-by-play commentator. Lamont, who cut his teeth at the University of Miami, also has television experience.

Jimmy Cefalo and Steve Walsh will team-up as color analysts. Cefalo made his mark as sports anchor at Miami's Channel 10. Walsh will bring NFL playing experience and enthusiasm to his maiden voyage in the box. NFL Hall of Famer Dwight Stephenson-who is enshrined in Pro Player Stadium's Ring of Honor-will roam the sidelines to give important information about strategy, injury, and momentum and to highlight subtle nuances that make a difference in the game.

WAXY will bring the simulcasts to the airwaves. The four-hour productions will start with a preview and end with a wrap-up. FAU's own John McMahon will serve as producer. He'll interview coaches and players during the week for each broadcast.

The traditional weekly Coach's Show will originate at the newly opened Coach Schellenberger's Original Steak House and Sports Theater. Hosted by Dave Lamont, the radio broadcast will enable fans to ask questions of the head coach and his guests. The show will air on Mondays from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at 760 on the AM dial.

I believe that it's highly important to bring the football team along quickly and, at the same time, concentrate on the success of all ancillary operations that surround and support the team's performance. High quality communications outlets coupled with exciting performances will bring FAU Football to you in greater heights. This will ensure that our football program will make the rise to the national prominence as quickly as humanly possible.



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