There’s a big change in the playbook for this season’s local sports show “Sports 225.”
Producer and host Lee Feinswog said “Sports Monday,” a fixture on the local television scene for the past 16 years, is ending. That show is blending into Feinswog’s newer show, “Sports 225,” which airs at 7 p.m. Thursdays on Cox4 (cable Channel 4).
“Sports 225” will also replay in the former “Sports Monday” time slot on Cox4, at 6:30 p.m. Mondays.
“This has been a really exciting change,” said Feinswog, a local writer and former sportswriter at The Advocate. “Much of what we did on ‘Sports Monday’ — extended interviews with local sports and media people — will continue on ‘Sports 225,’ but there are new elements, like a weekly feature about BREC, prep and recruiting updates from BayouBengalsInsider.com, and, of course, it’s not live on Mondays anymore.”
“Sports 225” started last February and Feinswog shot 17 episodes. The first show of the new season is Thursday and features an extended interview with LSU football coach Les Miles.
“Just like with ‘Sports Monday,’ when we opened every season with the LSU football coach, first with Gerry DiNardo, then with Nick Saban and the past six years with Les Miles, we continue the tradition,” Feinswog said.
Feinswog has a corresponding website, http://www.sports225.com, that includes video clips from the shows after they air.
“This is quite a big deal for us,” Feinswog said. “I’ve joked that ‘Sports Monday’ was the longest-running independently owned and operated TV show in the free world. And it may have been. But it was time to make this transition and everyone involved, especially me, is really excited.”
‘Spotlight’ on Cox4
It’s local talent that’s literally in the spotlight on a new, locally produced show on Cox4 (cable Channel 4).
Local agency Exposure Entertainment Inc. has shot six installments of “Exposure Spotlight,” a competition/showcase of local and non-local singers, dancers actors and models ages 5 and older.
“We’re getting a really good response,” Theresa Perkins, executive producer of the show, said. “We had a casting call and wanted to promote local talent.”
Perkins said Cox4 is airing each episode five times a week. This week, the show will air at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 10 p.m. Wednesday, and 10:30 p.m. Aug. 21.
Viewers can vote online for their favorite performers, with the contestants eventually being narrowed down to 24. These 24 will be mentored by entertainment professionals and continue on in their quest to be named “Exposure Next Best Superstar.” The winner receives prizes and a possible entertainment contract.
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WBRZ to air ‘Blitz’ special
WBRZ, Channel 2 will air the “Friday Night Blitz Preseason Special,” a one-hour high school football show, at 7 p.m. Aug. 26.
The “Friday Night Blitz Preseason Special” will cover high school football teams across south Louisiana. WBRZ Sports 2 will give their picks for which schools they think will be in contention for state championships. The show will break down the local districts and preview more than 50 area schools fighting their way to the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans.
The “Friday Night Blitz Preseason Special” will be hosted by WBRZ Sports Director Michael Cauble, weekend sports anchor Chad Sabadie and sports reporter Michael Kelly.
The special will replay on sister station WBTR, Channel 41 (cable Channel 19). Viewers should check their local cable companies to see if WBTR is carried in their area. The rebroadcast dates and times are 7 p.m. Aug. 27, 5 p.m. Aug. 30, 3 p.m. Aug. 31, and 9 a.m. Sept. 1.
In addition to this special, WBRZ will once again broadcast “Friday Night Blitz” every Friday night throughout the high school football season.
Each show will feature highlights of the night’s games from around the area and interviews with players and coaches. The first broadcast for the regular season show is 10:35 p.m. Aug. 26. Repeats will air weekly on WBTR at 6:30 p.m. every Saturday starting Aug. 27.
Lockwood on LPB
Local photographer CC Lockwood has dedicated more than 40 years of his life to the Atchafalaya Basin. Louisiana Public Broadcasting will have Lockwood in the studios Wednesday to comment on two programs about the Atchafalaya Basin in which he was involved.
At 7 p.m., WLPB will air “Atchafalaya: America’s Largest River Basin Swamp,” a remastered 16-mm movie that Lockwood produced in the ’70s. This movie caught the attention of National Geographic and helped to turn the tide of future development of the basin.
At 8 p.m., WLPB presents “Atchafalaya Swamp Revisited,” a co-production of The Bill Rodman Production Shoppe and LPB. The program details Lockwood’s return to America’s largest swamp wilderness 30 years after his acclaimed Atchafalaya book and National Geographic article. Surprisingly, Lockwood found that the swamp’s most interesting and threatened species had vanished.
Viewers can hear Lockwood’s account of his longtime love affair with this important Louisiana landmark.
WLPB is on Channel 27.1 (cable Channel 12).
Lee Feinswog, WAFB, WBRZ and WLPB provided information for this column. Television stations with news about programming, on-air reporters or personalities should send the information to: Judy Bergeron, television editor, The Advocate, 7290 Bluebonnet Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70810; fax to (225)388-0351 or email to email@example.com.