April 07, 2020

WVII to show America East for second year 1Station will televise two Maine basketball games

For the second straight year, WVII-TV (Channel 7) in Bangor has picked up local television rights to America East conference basketball games.

WVII will broadcast five America East games, including one Maine women’s game and one Maine men’s game.

The first game in the package, Drexel at Boston University men, will air Jan. 18. The two Black Bear games are the New Hampshire at Maine women Feb. 1 and the Maine men at Hofstra. All three games start at 1 p.m.

The other games are New Hampshire at Towson men Feb. 8 (noon) and Vermont at Drexel men on Feb. 15 (1 p.m.).

America East is broadcasting eight games in cooperation with America East is broadcasting eight games in cooperation with ESPN Regional services. ESPN Regional handles production and broadcasting while the conference handles distribution and rights assignments to TV stations and cable networks.

“They contacted us back in late summer and we took all the games we could fit in our schedule. They provide everything. We just take the signal,” said WVII sales manager Mike Paquette.

Paquette wouldn’t divulge terms of the deal, but said not all the ad time was controlled by WVII, which has five local spots per game.

“We sold out all our spots in four to five days,” he said.

Bangor sports radio station WZON (620 AM) has altered its weekday programming lineup a bit for the new year.

Dale Duff’s Morning Sports Zone show still airs from 6 to 9 a.m. daily, but a new segment follows him. One on One Sports with Damon Perry now occupies the 9-10 a.m. slot that precedes the Fabulous Sports Babe show (10 a.m.-1 p.m.).

Another new show hosted by Washington Post columnist Tony Kornheiser debuted this week in the 1-4 p.m. slot. The schedule returns to normal afterward with Dan Hannigan’s HangTime show (4-6 p.m.) and One on One Sports’ Papa Joe Chevalier (6-9 p.m.).

Changes continue in the overnight portion of the schedule with ESPN Game Night, the radio version of SportsCenter, from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. After that, it’s another One on One Sports show, this time hosted by Bobby Kemp from 4-6 a.m.

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