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KEITH BALLARD TO WEAR A MICROPHONE ON THURSDAY

by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes

KEITH BALLARD WEARS A MICROPHONE FOR
THURSDAY'S BLUE JACKETS/COYOTES TELECAST ON FSN ARIZONA


GAME IS ALSO PART OF
HD THURSDAY NIGHTS WITH THE COYOTES" PACKAGE

The last time the Phoenix Coyotes and Columbus Blue Jackets met, second-year defenseman Keith Ballard blocked a shot with his hand that cost him a surgery and 11 games on the shelf. This Thursday when the two teams meet again, he's back in action and will be wearing a microphone while taking a few shots himself.

Coming on the heels of a telecast that allowed viewers to hear what Georges Laraque says to one of his victims before dropping the gloves, FSN Arizona will outfit another member of the Coyotes with a microphone during Thursday's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale. Ballard is the fifth member of the Coyotes to sport a microphone for the network this season and FSN Arizona's coverage gets started live at 6:30 p.m. with Qwest Coyotes Live, hosted by Todd Walsh.

The puck then drops at 7 p.m. and throughout the telecast, viewers will be able to hear from one of the team's hardest workers and a 2002 NCAA hockey national champion to see what is said on the ice and on the bench during an NHL game.

The telecast will also mark another installment of "HD Thursday Nights With the Coyotes." This season, 10 Coyotes games are available in High Definition on Thursday nights across the state of Arizona. The HD telecast can be seen on Cox Communications by its digital cable subscribers who have an HDTV set and HD Digital Converter on channel 722. DIRECTV offers all FSN Arizona HD games in the Phoenix DMA on channel 96. DIRECTV also offers a portion of FSN HD games inside and outside of Phoenix on channel 95. For more information on whether the game will be televised in HD on home satellite or cable systems, viewers should contact their provider.

FSN Arizona, which is celebrating its tenth year on the air, continues to televise the most regional sports action in the state and is the exclusive cable television home of the Phoenix Coyotes, Arizona Diamondbacks, Phoenix Suns, Arizona Cardinals, Arizona State University, University of Arizona, Arizona Rattlers and Phoenix Mercury. The network is currently seen in 2.3 million households in Arizona & New Mexico and can also be seen across the country via home satellite services.

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