Saturday, 21 May 2011 07:35
Sinclair Broadcasting Group, which has purchased 100% ownership of Ring of Honor, has television stations in a number of markets, covering about 22% of the country. Not every Sinclair station will be carrying ROH so a full station lineup is not available.
The plan is to air shows, depending on the market, on Saturday nights from 9-10 p.m. or 10-11 p.m. They will be tapings in a similar fashion to what was done for HDNet, with one taping per month, but with improved production
The plan is for the first taping in August and television debuting in late September. The plan is to increase the number of house shows, targeting the new markets, but keeping the New York, Toronto, Chicago type of markets that the company has been most successful running.
Jim Cornette and Hunter "Delirious" Johnston will be in charge of the product itself, and the idea is to present a similar product to what the company now does.
Joe Koff of Sinclair will be the Chief Operating Officer. Gary Juster, who brokered the deal, a former promoter for Jim Crockett and later WCW, will be the Vice President of Operations and Cornette will be the Vice President in charge of creative and be the executive producer of the television show
Kevin Kelly will be the lead television announcer.
The rest of the business model, including taping every house show for DVD release, and building iPPV events off television, will remain in force.The show is expected to air on the following stations:
WTTA Ch. 38 in Tampa
WUCW Ch. 23 in Minneapolis
WPMY Ch. 22 in Pittsburgh
WNUV Ch. 54 in Baltimore
either WLFL or WRDC in Raleigh
Either WUXP or WNAB in Nashville
WSTR Ch.64 in Cincinnati
Either WCGV or WVTV in Milwaukee
WMYA Ch. 40 in Asheville/Greenville/Spartanburg
KMYS Ch. 35 in San Antonio
Either WTTO, WABM or WDBB in Birmingham
WTVZ Ch. 33 in Norfolk
Either KVMY or KVCW in Las Vegas
KOCB Ch. 34 in Oklahoma City
WMYV Ch. 48 in Greensboro
WNYO Ch. 49 in Buffalo
WFGX Ch. 35 in Mobile
WDKA Ch. 49 in Cape Girardeau
WNYS Ch. 43 in Syracuse, NY
WMMP Ch. 36 in Charleston, SC