|Launched||January 7, 2004|
|Owned by||Block Communications|
|Slogan||Every Day is Gameday|
|Broadcast area||Toledo, Ohio|
|Buckeye Broadband||8 (SD)|
The station airs Toledo Mud Hens games, BGSU ice hockey and other BGSU sports, University of Toledo sports, high school sports including the Northwest Hockey Conference, college basketball, and other sports games. The network also had broadcast rights to carry the Cleveland Indians. Previously BCSN carried Toledo Storm hockey games from 2004 to 2007 and starting in 2009, the network began carrying every home game of the Toledo Walleye ECHL hockey team.
On April 14, 2011, BCSN began broadcasting some of its sports games in 1080i high definition. All Toledo Mud Hens and Toledo Walleye games are broadcast live in high definition. On August 23, 2012, BCSN began broadcasting its standard-definition channel in 16:9 letterbox.
Several Toledo Rockets football games broadcast on BCSN since 2009 have also been broadcast on WXYZ-TV, Channel 7, in Detroit as lead-in to ABC's college football coverage. Starting in 2014, additional Rockets football games broadcast on BCSN will also be broadcast on WMYD due to that station becoming sister to WXYZ-TV.
On January 7, 2013, BCSN launched BCSN 2.
Beginning in fall 2013, BCSN began a media partnership with ABC-affiliate WTVG, resulting in the largest television sports team in the Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan viewing area. The partnership also includes BCSN using the WTVG studios for some of its on-air sports shows.
In 2016, BCSN 2 got regional rights for Columbus Crew SC soccer games because of the limited distribution of Spectrum Sports Ohio in the Toledo market. That agreement ended after the 2018 season, and all regionally televised Crew games now can be seen in Toledo via Fox Sports Ohio and SportsTime Ohio.
The 2008–09 Eastern Michigan Eagles men's basketball team represented Eastern Michigan University during the 2008–09 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Eagles, led by 4th year head coach Charles E. Ramsey, played their home games at the Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center and were members of the West Division of the Mid-American Conference. They finished the season 8–24, 6–10 in MAC play. They team finished 4th in the MAC West. They were knocked out in the 1st round of the MAC Tournament by Central Michigan.BCSN
BCSN is a four-letter acronym for two Cable television networks in the United States:
Black College Sports Network
Buckeye Cable Sports NetworkBlock Communications
Block Communications (also known as Blade Communications) is an American privately held holding company of various assets, mainly in the print and broadcast media, based in Toledo, Ohio. The company was founded in 1900 in New York City when Paul Block, a German-Jewish immigrant who came to the United States fifteen years prior, formed an ad representation firm for newspaper the Block empire grew to encompass many newspapers on the east coast of the US, however with the Great Depression in the 1930s came the loss of all but three properties: the ad representation firm, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and the Toledo Blade (where Block eventually settled the company upon its purchase in 1927). After Block's death in 1941, over the company and later his grandchildren (one of whom, Allan Block, is company chairman).Buckeye Broadband
Buckeye Broadband (formerly known as the Buckeye CableSystem from August 1996 until May 2016, and as The CableSystem prior to August 1996) is a cable and telecommunications provider located in Toledo, Ohio, United States, that is owned by Block Communications (which also owns The Blade and The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette newspapers). Buckeye Broadband provides cable television, broadband internet and home telephone services to customers in northwest Ohio and parts of southeast Michigan; in addition to its system in Toledo, Buckeye also provides services to Sandusky and Erie County in north central Ohio, which were formerly served by predecessor Erie County Cablevision.Buckeye Broadband also operates the Buckeye Cable Sports Network (BCSN), a regional sports network focusing on minor league, high school, and college sports events, which launched on January 7, 2004.Buddy Powers
Francis "Buddy" Powers is the current assistant coach for the Boston University men's ice hockey team. He is the former Head Coach for Bowling Green State University as well as Ice Arena Director for the BGSU Ice Arena and color commentator for Bowling Green on The Buckeye Cable Sports Network.Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, also known simply as the PG, is the largest newspaper serving metropolitan Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States.Regional sports network
In the United States and Canada, a regional sports network (RSN) is a cable television channel (many of which are also distributed on direct broadcast satellite services) that presents sports programming to a local market or geographical region.
Historically, some RSNs originated as premium channels; since the 1990s, however, they have commonly been distributed through the expanded basic-programming tiers of cable and IPTV services, packaged alongside other national basic cable networks, and local broadcast stations and public, educational, and government access channels. Satellite providers often require subscribers to purchase a higher programming tier or a specialized sports tier to receive local and out-of-market regional sports networks.Terry Cook (racing driver)
Terry Cook (born February 26, 1968 in Sylvania, Ohio) is an American former stock car driver, best known for his time in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (now Camping World Truck Series). He is married to former Craftsman Truck pit reporter Amy East, and brother-in-law to driver Bobby East. He is currently the spotter and driver coach for driver John Wes Townley and Athenian Motorsports, after serving as the competition director for Red Horse Racing.The Blade (Toledo, Ohio)
The Blade, also known as the Toledo Blade, is a daily newspaper in Toledo, Ohio, in the United States, first published on December 19, 1835.Toledo 5
Toledo 5, The CW (formerly ToledoVision 5 and Toledo's WB 5) was a cable channel serving Northwest Ohio, primarily serving the city of Toledo and Northwest Ohio. The channel was operated by Buckeye Cablesystem, and was originally exclusive to its subscribers, but expanded to other northwestern Ohio cable providers such as Time Warner Cable and Comcast. It was carried on channel 5 on Buckeye CableSystem and various other channel positions on Time Warner Cable and Comcast.
It existed in several forms from the launch of Buckeye as "The CableSystem" in 1971, first as a traditional public access station, and then in 1989 becoming a traditional independent station which aired programming traditionally aired in syndication by broadcast stations.
In 1995, the channel became an affiliate of The WB under the name Toledo's WB 5, using a logo with the fictitious call letters WT05. Following its merger with UPN, the channel joined The CW. Despite being a cable-only affiliate of The CW, the station never was part of The CW Plus and had been independently programmed by Block Communications and Buckeye with syndicated programming and films outside of network hours.
In September 2014, WTVG acquired Toledo 5's program inventory and CW affiliation from Buckeye, and moved it to its second digital subchannel, allowing a local over-the-air affiliate for the network.US Quidditch
US Quidditch is a non-profit organization that governs the sport of Quidditch in the United States of America. Quidditch is a sport which combines elements of lacrosse, dodgeball, and rugby, and is derived from the fictional sport of the same name from the Harry Potter series. Quidditch was founded in 2005 at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont. The sport is currently being played at more than 100 colleges in the United States.WAMS-LP
WAMS-LP, UHF analog channel 38, is a low-powered television station licensed to Lima, Ohio, United States. It simulcasts the second subchannel of digital Class A station WOHL-CD (channel 35), which is affiliated with CBS. WAMS-LP's transmitter is located on Rice Avenue in the city. Owned by Block Communications, it is a sister station to WOHL-CD, full-powered dual NBC/Fox affiliate WLIO (channel 8), and low-powered analog station WPNM-LP (channel 25, which simulcasts WOHL-CD's ABC-affiliated primary subchannel). All of the stations share studios on Rice Avenue northwest of downtown.WAND
WAND is an NBC-affiliated television station licensed to Decatur, Illinois, United States and serving the Central Illinois region. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on virtual and UHF channel 17 from a transmitter, along I-72, between Oreana and Argenta. Owned by Block Communications, the station has studios on South Side Drive in Decatur.WBKI (TV)
WBKI, virtual channel 58 (UHF digital channel 51), is a television station serving Louisville, Kentucky, United States that is licensed to Salem, Indiana (as such, it is the only full-power Louisville-area station licensed to the Indiana side of the market). It serves as an affiliate of The CW Television Network (on its primary digital subchannel) and MyNetworkTV (on its third digital subchannel). The station is owned by Block Communications, as part of a duopoly with Louisville-licensed Fox affiliate WDRB (channel 41). The two stations share studios on West Muhammad Ali Boulevard (near Route 150) in downtown Louisville and transmitting facilities in rural northeastern Floyd County, Indiana (northeast of Floyds Knobs).
Block formerly operated a CW affiliate with the WBKI-TV call sign on channel 34, licensed to Campbellsville, Kentucky, under a local marketing agreement (LMA) with owner LM Communications, LLC. Following the sale of channel 34's spectrum in the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)'s incentive auction, the Campbellsville station ceased broadcasting on October 25, 2017 (with its license canceled on October 31); its channels are now broadcast solely through channel 58 on that station's license.
On cable, WBKI's primary channel is available on Charter Spectrum channel 7. The MyNetworkTV subchannel is carried on Spectrum channel 10.WDRB
WDRB, virtual channel 41 (UHF digital channel 49), is a Fox-affiliated television station licensed to Louisville, Kentucky, United States. The station is owned by Block Communications, as part of a duopoly with Salem, Indiana-licensed CW/MyNetworkTV affiliate WBKI (channel 58). The two stations share studios on West Muhammad Ali Boulevard (near Route 150) in downtown Louisville and transmitting facilities in rural northeastern Floyd County, Indiana (northeast of Floyds Knobs). On cable, WDRB is available on Charter Spectrum channel 9.WFND-LD
WFND-LD is a low-power television station in Findlay, Ohio, serving the Toledo market as an BCSN affiliate on Channel 19.
In 2004, the station was acquired from low-power broadcasting giant Equity Broadcasting by Metro Video Productions of Lima. Five years later, the station was purchased by Block Communications of Toledo.
On June 11, 2018, the station completed its construction permit to move from Channel 22 to Channel 19. The programming for WFND is now the Buckeye Cable Sports Network, in HD.
The station's licensee is West Central Ohio Broadcasting, Inc., a Block subsidiary. Block also owns several other assets in Northwestern Ohio, including The Blade, Buckeye CableSystem and WLIO.
On January 8, 2013, the station made a flash cut to digital channel 22, and is operating with 15,000 watts of power from a site located at 3800 North County Road 220 in Allen Township, north of the Whirlpool plant.
The station transmitter is a Gates Air model ULXTE-4 with an Alive Telecomm ATC-BCE48C1R-U Elliptical polarized antenna, (transmitter output power of 1,740 watts), electrical beam tilt of 1 degree (R/C AGL: 86 m R/C AMSL: 331.3 m). The pattern is the same as WFND when on Channel 22.
Engineering operations and monitoring are performed from West Central Ohio Broadcasting's operation center at 1424 Rice Avenue, Lima, Ohio. Engineering supervisor is Frederick Vobbe.WLIO
WLIO is a dual NBC/Fox-affiliated television station licensed to Lima, Ohio, United States. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on virtual and VHF channel 8 from a transmitter at its studios on Rice Avenue northwest of downtown. Owned by Block Communications, WLIO shares studios with three low-powered sister stations: Class A dual ABC/CBS affiliate WOHL-CD (channel 35) and analog stations WPNM-LP (channel 25, which broadcasts the same programming as WOHL-CD1) and WAMS-LP (channel 38, which simulcasts WOHL-CD2).WOHL-CD
WOHL-CD is a low-powered, Class A dual ABC/CBS-affiliated television station licensed to Lima, Ohio, United States. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on virtual and UHF channel 35 from a transmitter at its studios on Rice Avenue northwest of downtown. Owned by Block Communications, WOHL shares studios with three sister stations: full-powered dual NBC/Fox affiliate WLIO (channel 8) and low-powered analog stations WPNM-LP (channel 25, which broadcasts the same programming as WOHL-CD1) and WAMS-LP (channel 38, which simulcasts WOHL-CD2).WPNM-LP
WPNM-LP, UHF analog channel 25, is a low-powered television station licensed to Lima, Ohio, United States. It simulcasts the primary subchannel of digital Class A station WOHL-CD (channel 35), which is affiliated with ABC. WPNM-LP's transmitter is located on Rice Avenue in the city. Owned by Block Communications, it is a sister station to WOHL-CD, full-powered dual NBC/Fox affiliate WLIO (channel 8), and low-powered analog station WAMS-LP (channel 38, which simulcasts WOHL-CD's CBS-affiliated second subchannel). All of the stations share studios on Rice Avenue northwest of downtown.
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