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by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning
TAMPA (October 2, 2007) – Bright House Networks and the Tampa Bay Lightning are partnering to produce a new 30-minute weekly television show to air on Catch 47, Group Vice President of Local Programming Elliott Wiser announced today. The show, to be called “Lightning Strikes,” will premier on Thursday, October 4 at 6:30 p.m. and run through the hockey season in that regular Thursday timeslot. It will also re-air at 8:30 p.m. each Thursday night with repeats on Friday afternoons at 12:30 and Saturday evening at 6 p.m.

“We are excited to team-up with the Tampa Bay Lightning to produce this show,” said Wiser in making the announcement. “I anticipate it will quickly become destination viewing for area hockey fans while exposing the Lightning and the game of hockey to other casual sports fans.”

Hosted by Catch 47/Bay News 9 sports anchor Joe Girvan, “Lightning Strikes” will feature in-depth coverage of the Lightning, including interviews and features with players, coaches and management throughout the season. Hockey Hall-of-Famer, Lightning founder, and current radio color commentator Phil Esposito will join Girvan weekly. Esposito will offer his take on the Lightning, the Southeast Division and the rest of the National Hockey League.

“We appreciate our partners from Bright House Networks and Catch 47 stepping forward to produce and air “Lightning Strikes” each week,” said Lightning President Ron Campbell. “We continually hear from hockey fans in the Tampa Bay area that they want to see and hear more about the Lightning as well as the ‘goings-on’ in the National Hockey League on a weekly basis. This great new show helps deliver some of that missing programming.”

Bright House Network’s Catch 47 is completing its second year as a 24-hour local sports channel. The channel is well known for its coverage of high school sports in Tampa Bay. In addition to scholastic coverage, Catch 47 carries USF sports, Arena Football games featuring the Tampa Bay Storm, Canadian Football, minor league baseball, and complete coverage of all professional sports in Tampa Bay.

Catch 47 is only found on Bright House Networks serving over one million cable households in the Tampa Bay area.
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