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FS North, KSTC & Charter to go out-of-market

by Staff Writer / Minnesota Wild
Fox Sports North, KSTC, (Channel 45) Charter Communications and the Minnesota Wild today announced they have partnered to broadcast the Minnesota Wild games aired in the Twin Cities on Channel 45, to “outer-market” areas in southern Minnesota, including Rochester, Mankato, Austin and Albert Lea.

The first over-the-air Wild game to be carried by Charter Communications will be Thursday, October 30 as the Wild play the Montreal Canadiens at 7 p.m.  The game will be seen on Charter Communications, digital channel 980. 

KSTC and Fox Sports North worked together to obtain broader distribution for the Wild telecasts. This marks the first time that local market, over-the-air, regular season Minnesota Wild games will be made available outside the Minneapolis/St. Paul television market.

“Fan interest in Minnesota Wild hockey reaches across the entire state of Minnesota,” said FSN North Senior Vice President, Mike Dimond.  “This is a great example of how our partnerships work in the best interest of the fans”.

"We all live in the State of Hockey and there is tremendous statewide interest in the Minnesota Wild," said Susan Wenz, Station Manager for KSTC-TV, Channel 45. "We're pleased that more fans will catch all the action with the Wild this season."

“We’re pleased to provide broader distribution of these games to our many Wild fans,” stated John Crowley, Charter Communications Vice President and General Manager for Minnesota and Nebraska.  “This is programming our customers’ in the Mankato and Rochester TV markets have wanted and we are extremely excited to provide these additional games.”

Fox Sports North reaches more than 2 million homes throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and North and South Dakota and telecasts nearly 2,600 hours of locally produced programming per year. The Emmy Award-winning regional sports network provides comprehensive coverage of the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves, MLB’s Minnesota Twins, the NHL’s Minnesota Wild, the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx as well as the University of Minnesota athletic events.

KSTC.TV, Channel 45, Minneapolis/ St. Paul, is locally owned and operated by Hubbard Broadcasting, Inc.  It is the only fully independent television station in the Twin Cities market.  KSTC.TV can also be found on local satellite channels and cable channel 12 in most of the Twins Cities metro and surrounding areas.

Charter Communications is the nation’s third largest broadband communications company. Charter provides a full range of advanced broadband services to the home, including cable television, high speed Internet and telephone on an advanced digital video-programming platform via Charter Digital. Commercial high-speed data, video and Internet solutions are provided under the Charter Business Networks brand and advertising, sales and production services are sold under the Charter Media brand.
 (2008-09 Wild Over-the-Air Broadcast Schedule Follows)

2008-09 Minnesota Wild Over-the-Air Broadcast Schedule

Date           Month      Day       Opponent          Time
Thurs.    October         30        Montreal          7:00 PM
Thurs.     November    6         Colorado         8:00 PM
Thurs.     November   20       Vancouver        7:00 PM
Sat.          November   22        St. Louis          7:00 PM
Wed.        November   26          Dallas           7:00 PM
Fri.            December  19       NY Islanders   7:00 PM
Tues.       December   23        Carolina         7:00 PM
Mon.         December   29        Calgary           8:00 PM
Sat.           January       1          Columbus        6:00 PM
Tues.        January       13        Phoenix            7:00 PM
Tues.        January       20     Los Angeles       7:00 PM
Tues.        January       27        Toronto             7:00 PM
Tues.        February     24      Los Angeles       7:00 PM
Tues.        March           3        Vancouver          9:00 PM
Tues.        March          10        San Jose          7:00 PM
Tues.        March          31       Vancouver         7:00 PM
Fri.             April              3           Calgary           7:00PM
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