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SBVC Football and KVCR-TV Team Up For First Live Community College Football Broadcasts In High Definition In Southern California

All five home games in the 2012 season will be broadcast on KVCR television with assistance from students in SBVC's Radio-TV-Film program.

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This season will mark a first for San Bernardino Valley College (SBVC) as the Inland Empire’s PBS affiliate, KVCR-TV, will broadcast all home SBVC Football games live and in high definition starting with this Saturday’s contest against Antelope Valley at 6 p.m.

"We're excited to provide SBVC football game coverage. This is a new ‘field’ for us and we hope everything goes off without any technical problems. It's great to provide coverage of our local community college student athletes,” said Interim KVCR General Manager Kenn Couch. “The TV production aspect is a win-win as it also provides our student interns in the Radio, TV and Film Department the chance to work live sports. Some students will be operating cameras and carrying cable. It’s a great opportunity for learning.” 

KVCR’s broadcast area stretches from east of Palm Springs to just west of Santa Monica and from Temecula to the High Desert. KVCR-TV is also carried on DirectTV and Dish satellite networks. 

“It validates what student athletes are doing on the field and in the classroom, the hard work they are putting in and allows the community to share in the successes of the team. It’s great for the parents, friends and fans, with all of our players from local communities,” said SBVC Football Head Coach Kevin Emerson. “KVCR’s coverage allows football fans in the area to follow these same student athletes to community college football and beyond.” 

This opportunity for SBVC Football could be a significant benefit to the station as well as to the community at large, bringing in potential revenue and providing the only live Community College sports in Southern California. Interest is very high with almost all of the student athletes on the SBVC Football team living within the broadcast area, in addition to those who will be traveling to SBVC. 

KVCR-TV broadcasts will include all of the following games, with kickoff set for 6 p.m. for each contest. Those visiting teams are: the Lancaster Antelope Valley Marauders on September 1st, the Santa Monica Corsairs on September 15th, the Rancho Cucamonga Chaffey Panthers on October 13th, the Monterey Park East L.A. Huskies on October 20th for Homecoming and Sophomore Night, and the Compton Tartars wrapping up the regular season on November 10th. 

“I think many administrators, faculty, staff, and students would agree that SBVC is the best secret in the area, and there are many great things that go on here. Our athletics program is one of them, and if KVCR can expose the community to SBVC through the prism athletics it will be a great use of their resources to do so. To promote the college to the community in a positive manner will yield a great deal of good will,” commented Director of Athletics, David Rubio. 

KVCR is the cultural, educational, and informational center of the Inland Empire. As the region’s only locally-owned and operated public television and radio station, KVCR serves audiences throughout the Inland Empire and Southern California while bringing communities together through programming and outreach. Through community initiatives, KVCR strives to serve our region beyond the capacities of traditional broadcasting. 

KVCR is licensed to the San Bernardino Community College District and broadcasts from its studios on the campus of San Bernardino Valley College. Its PBS member stations include Channel 24 KVCR, Channel 18 KJHP, and Channel 9 K09XW. KVCR’s NPR member stations operate on 91.9 FM and 88.1 FM. Through a partnership with the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, KVCR has launched FNX® - a 24/7 multi-platform digital media experience dedicated as an outlet for Native American and indigenous people to express and share their experiences with authenticity and accuracy. More information on KVCR can be found at KVCR.ORG. 

Co-Founder of Innov8 Creative Group, Robert Montalvo, “(Kenn Couch) and I saw this production as an opportunity to shed more light on our community and education. It is important for KVCR to not only support local programming but also produce local programming about and within our community. This fall, KVCR is taking the initiative to train and give hands on experience to college student interns. A large number of our crew will be SBVC student interns and they will gain valuable experience many work years to attain,” said Robert Montalvo, Head of Production and Co-Founder of Innov8 Creative Group. “We are very excited to be able to start broadcasting SBVC's home football games this fall along with a new show, Hotshots, highlighting local high school sports and education.” 

An opportunity to expand this coverage beyond just football has been discussed, only if viewership numbers and fundraising numbers are up, will that become a reality. We encourage you to watch out for Saturday night football on KVCR, and when there is a chance to financially support public television, take it this fall.

(Photo by Alfred Goer)