One of the great promises we made when the conversion to digital was happening was More and Better. We were convinced that the new technology would finally give us the opportunity to certainly provide more programming to you, and that has happened as we are now broadcasting three different streams of programming, twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. That's 26,208 hours of programming annually. But it's not only about quantity. Quality reigns, and programming on all three channels continues to get better and better.
We have a commitment to producing meaningful local programming in addition to what we are able to acquire nationally, and we understand that "meaningful" means different things to different people. We have always done, and always will do programs about the people, places and events that make Central Illinois unique, but we also have a commitment to providing programs that are exciting, entertaining, and out of the traditional public television mold: programs like Bradley basketball. The aforementioned digital technology now makes it possible for you to continue seeing the outstanding arts, cultural and citizenship programming in primetime and basketball.
I am so very pleased and proud to announce that WTVP will be broadcasting ten Bradley men's basketball games (home and away) and three Bradley women's games including one with the University of Illinois and two with Illinois State University this season. In addition we will be broadcasting the Jim Les Show on Saturday mornings during the season. The games will not interrupt our regular primetime schedule but will be broadcast on our World channel, 47.2. For those of you who receive us off air, you know where that is. For Comcast digital cable subscribers, that's channel 218 and channel 121 for Mediacom subscribers. Satellite subscribers will not see the games from satellite as those companies have chosen not to deal with the secondary channels of local broadcasters. Our announcers for the men's games will be veteran Frank Bussone doing play by play, and former Bradley stand-out Chad Kleine doing color. Chad will join Kurt Pegler who will continue doing play by play of the women's games for his 16th season.
We are extremely pleased to be able to provide this service to Central Illinois, and I can only hope that this is the start of something much bigger as more people find out about and tune into 47.2 and 47.3.
Finally, November is the month of Thanksgiving, and I would like to extend my personal thanks to you our viewers and members, to the hard working staff, and to our dedicated, supportive Board of Trustees. May all good things be yours.
President & CEO, WTVP (Retired)