SportsTime Ohio

SportsTime Ohio (STO) (also sometimes referred to on-air as Fox SportsTime Ohio) is an American regional sports network that is owned by The Walt Disney Company, and operates as an affiliate of Fox Sports Networks, with a sale to Sinclair Broadcast Group pending. The channel, which is a sister network to Fox Sports Ohio, broadcasts statewide coverage of professional, collegiate and high school sports events throughout northern Ohio, including the Cleveland area.

SportsTime Ohio is available from most cable providers in Northeast Ohio and select providers in other portions of Ohio (including Columbus), Northwest Pennsylvania, and extreme Western New York. It is also available nationwide on satellite via DirecTV, as well as outside Ohio on AT&T U-verse.

Fox SportsTime Ohio
Fox Sports SportsTime Ohio 2012 logo
LaunchedMarch 12, 2006
NetworkFox Sports Networks
Owned byThe Walt Disney Company
(sale to Sinclair Broadcast Group pending)[1]
Picture format720p (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Broadcast areaCleveland/Northern Ohio
Central Ohio
Northwestern Pennsylvania
Southwest New York
National (via satellite)
HeadquartersCleveland, Ohio
Sister channel(s)Fox Sports Ohio
WebsiteSportsTimeOhio.com
Availability
Satellite
DirecTV662 (SD/HD)
Dish Network421-21 (SD)
412-21 (HD)
Cable
Charter Communications (Cleveland)36 / 308 (SD)
1308 (HD)
Charter Communications (Columbus)34 / 308 (SD)
1308 (HD)
WOW! (Cleveland)72 (SD)
221 (HD)
WOW! (Columbus)57 (SD)
221 (HD)
Available on most other Ohio cable systemsConsult your local cable provider or program listings source for channel availability
IPTV
AT&T U-verse735 (SD)
1735 (HD)
Streaming media
Fox Sports Gowww.foxsportsgo.com/
(U.S. cable internet subscribers only; requires login from participating providers to stream content; some events may not be available due to league rights restrictions)

History

SportsTime Ohio was launched on March 12, 2006; it was founded by the family of Cleveland Indians owner Larry Dolan, becoming the second regional sports network in the Cleveland area, after Fox Sports Ohio (which launched in February 1989 as SportsChannel Ohio). SportsTime Ohio assumed the regional cable television rights to Major League Baseball games involving the Indians from Fox Sports Ohio, which had served as the exclusive local broadcaster of the Indians from 2002 to 2005, when it was majority-owned by Cablevision Systems Corporation (a New York-based company owned by Dolan's brother, Charles) until an asset trade with then-Fox Sports Net parent News Corporation. Jim Liberatore, former President of Fox Sports owned Speed Channel helped start the network and served as its first President. His knowledge of the cable industry served a vital role in the success the network enjoyed while so many other team facilitated network launches failed across the country.

Starting off as rivals with Gannett-owned WKYC providing studio operations for the cable channel, the two networks would soon become corporate sisters, when on December 3, 2012, the Indians announced that it would sell SportsTime Ohio to Fox Sports Ohio parent Fox Entertainment Group. The deal was finalized four weeks later on December 28.[2] Fox retained SportsTime Ohio's existing staff despite coming under common ownership with Fox Sports Ohio, with Katie Witham becoming a traveling reporter with the team.

In April 2013, at the beginning of the 2013 Major League Baseball season, SportsTime Ohio transitioned to the Fox Sports branding and imagery, but maintained the SportsTime Ohio branding (following the model of FSN's similar secondary channels Sun Sports, SportSouth, and Prime Ticket).[3]

On December 14, 2017, as part of a merger between both companies, The Walt Disney Company announced plans to acquire all 22 regional Fox Sports networks from 21st Century Fox, including SportsTime Ohio, sister network Fox Sports Ohio, and Fox's 50% stake in the network's Cincinnati sub-feed. However, on June 27, 2018, the Justice Department ordered their divestment under antitrust grounds, citing Disney's ownership of ESPN.[4] On May 3, 2019, Sinclair Broadcast Group and Entertainment Studios (through their joint venture, Diamond Holdings) bought Fox Sports Networks from The Walt Disney Company for $10.6 billion. The deal is subject to regulatory approval.[5] The deal would also bring Fox Sports Ohio and SportsTime Ohio under common ownership with Sinclair stations WSYX/WTTE/WWHO in Columbus and WKRC-TV/WSTR-TV in Cincinnati, bringing possible synergies with those stations; Sinclair also owns or operates WNWO-TV in Toledo, WKEF/WRGT-TV in Dayton, and WTOV-TV in Steubenville, Ohio within Fox Sports Ohio/SportsTime Ohio's coverage area.[6][7] The deal will also mark Sinclair's entry into Northeast Ohio, where its nearest existing broadcasting properties are WSYX/WTTE/WWHO, WNWO-TV, WTOV-TV, and WPGH-TV/WPNT in Pittsburgh.

Programming

Professional sports

Bruce Drennan pregame at Progressive Field
Bruce Drennan hosting his daily talk show at Progressive Field.

SportsTime Ohio holds the exclusive regional cable television rights to the Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball and is the cable outlet of the Cleveland Browns. The channel produces Indians Live, a pre-game and post-game show bookending the channel's Indians telecasts or any national games airing on another network. The network also is the primary TV outlet for Cleveland Monsters hockey,[8] and secondary broadcaster of Columbus Crew SC.[9]

Original programming

Current[10]
  • Beer Money – Hosted by Jensen Lewis and Gabriella Kruez, a sports trivia game show taped at various Ohio bars, in which patrons are asked trivia questions about local sports teams and figures to win cash prizes.
  • Drennan Live - a Monday–Thursday call-in show hosted by Bruce Drennan and Ashley Collins
  • Training Camp Daily - a daily 30 minute program which airs during Browns training camp
  • Red Zone - A weekly Cleveland Browns oriented program with WKYC sports director/Browns radio announcer Jim Donovan, Former Browns left tackle and current radio analyst Doug Dieken, and WKNR Browns/NFL analyst Tony Grossi
  • The Tribe Report – A weekly show reviewing the previous week's Indians games and headlines, and previewing upcoming team games and events.
  • Buckeye Weekly – produced by sister network BTN exclusively for STO, this seasonal weekly show centers around the Ohio State Buckeyes football team; hosted by longtime BTN personality Rick Pizzo and former OSU linebacker James Laurinitis[11]
  • Swing Clinic – a golf instructional show hosted by local PGA pro Jimmy Hanlin; is a part of the national Fox Sports Networks schedule
  • 18 Holes – a tour of various national golf courses hosted by Jimmy Hanlin and former LPGA golfer Natalie Gulbis; is a part of the national Fox Sports Networks schedule

Current on-air staff

References

  1. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (June 27, 2018). "Justice Department Approves Disney's Acquisition of 21st Century Fox With Divestiture of Regional Sports Networks". Variety. Retrieved March 8, 2019.
  2. ^ "Fox Sports Buys SportsTime Ohio". Broadcasting & Cable. NewBay Media. December 28, 2012. Retrieved December 28, 2012.
  3. ^ Joel Hammond (March 16, 2013). "On new SportsTime Ohio, a lot stays the same". TribeVibe. Retrieved March 16, 2013.
  4. ^ "Disney can buy Fox if it sells 22 regional sports networks, Justice Dept. says". USA Today. June 28, 2018.
  5. ^ Littleton, Cynthia. "Sinclair Clinches Disney-Regional Sports Networks Deal, Byron Allen Joins as Partner". Variety. Retrieved 2019-05-05.
  6. ^ "Fox Regional Sports Network sale nears conclusion as final round bids come due April 15". Fox Business. March 25, 2019.
  7. ^ Palmeri, Christopher; Sakoui, Anousha (May 2, 2019). "Sinclair to Buy Fox Sports Networks From Disney, WSJ Reports". Bloomberg. Retrieved May 2, 2019.
  8. ^ Monsters' broadcast schedule - Lake Erie Monsters.com
  9. ^ "Columbus Crew score Fox Sports local broadcast deal". SportsPro Media. Retrieved 2019-03-14.
  10. ^ "STO schedule". Fox Sports Ohio.
  11. ^ FSO & STO announce OSU football coverage - Fox Sports.com
  12. ^ a b c Training Camp Daily returns to STO - Fox Sports.com

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Beer Money!

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Bruce Drennan

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A former Major League Baseball (MLB) announcer, National Basketball Association (NBA) announcer, and sports radio personality, Drennan currently hosts the daily afternoon sports talk show Drennan Live on the regional sports network SportsTime Ohio.

Buckeye Cable Sports Network

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Fox Sports Ohio

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Fox Sports Ohio is available on cable providers throughout Ohio, as well as parts of Indiana, Kentucky, northwestern Pennsylvania, border communities of West Virginia, and extreme southwestern New York; it is also available nationwide on satellite via DirecTV and Dish Network.

Frank Stams

Francis Michael Stams (born July 17, 1965) is a former American football defensive lineman who played at the University of Notre Dame. He played on the 1988 National Championship team. He would later play in the NFL, where he was converted to linebacker.

"Football/basketball/baseball standout Frank Stams helped St. Vincent-St. Mary win back-to-back Division III state football championships in 1981 and '82, a Class AA state basketball title in 1984 and was also an All-American on Notre Dame's 1988 NCAA national championship football team. Notre Dame's storied program has not won a national title since Stams' senior year.

Stams earned a bachelor's degree in history at Notre Dame, then played three seasons with the Los Angeles Rams and four seasons with the Browns.

"When I got to Notre Dame, [coach] Gerry Faust had me running the ball a lot, but I was moved to defense when Lou Holtz became the coach," said Stams, a 1984 SVSM graduate. "I really missed not carrying the ball but the move turned out to be a blessing."

Stams resides in Stow with his wife, Mari, son Mason, and daughter Rhiannon. He now works as vice president at Evans Insurance Agency in Akron, participates as a high school/Mid-American Conference football analyst for SportsTime Ohio, and is a volunteer for the Cleveland Browns Alumni Department. The former linebacker, who is 6-3 and weighed 240 pounds during his playing days, can be found on the golf course in his spare time, coaching youth football, basketball and baseball or fishing with his children."

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Frey went on to play professional football for the Ohio Glory in the World League of American Football in 1992, and then in the original Arena Football League for the 1993 Cleveland Thunderbolts.Frey later spent three years as the offensive coordinator for Pickerington High School North, engineering an offense that pushed the team closer to the postseason than any other team in Pickerington history. He currently offers private coaching services for high school quarterbacks. His best known client was Denver Broncos quarterback Brady Quinn.

A color analyst, Frey broadcast Fox Sports coverage of the AFL's Columbus Destroyers and now calls high school football games on the SportsTime Ohio television network.

Jason Stanford (baseball)

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In 2009, Stanford became a baseball analyst for SportsTime Ohio and WKYC Channel 3 (NBC) in Cleveland. Beginning in the 2011 season, Stanford's role increased as he became the full-time pregame show analyst.

Stanford became head coach for the Howland Tigers Baseball team in Warren, Ohio, for the 2010–2011 and 2011–2012 seasons.

In August 2012, Stanford became the new pitching coach for the Youngstown State University baseball team.

In March 2015, Stanford was not renewed by Fox Sports for Indians Live or Tribe Report. He currently is Co-host for ESPN Radio 1540 KNR2 Alicia Scicolone Show. He also started a college prep baseball organization in Niles, Oh to get high school student athletes to play college baseball.

Stanford was named as the pitching coach for the Rookie advanced level Danville Braves in the Atlanta Braves organization for the 2019 season.

Jim Donovan (sportscaster)

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Jim Rosenhaus

Jim Rosenhaus is a radio broadcaster for the Cleveland Indians Major League Baseball team. Rosenhaus also hosts Indians Warm Up and Tribe Talk on WTAM.Rosenhaus joined the Indians in 2007 after spending 11 years as the play-by-play voice of the AAA Buffalo Bisons. Initially serving as the engineer/producer of the radio broadcast, in 2010 he eventually added the role of broadcaster to his responsibilities. In 2012, he became Tom Hamilton's full-time partner following the retirement of Mike Hegan. Rosenhaus serves as the play by play announcer during innings four and five, and is the color commentator for the rest of the game.

With the Bisons, he called 1,628 games (just 44 contests shy of the all-time record for most in team history held by Pete Weber). Rosenhaus is the only broadcaster to call three Bisons championships (1997, 1998, 2004). He also was the play-by-play announcer for the 2002 AAA All-Star Game.Rosenhaus also served as the voice of the University of Buffalo Bulls men's basketball team for 11 seasons and worked with the Toronto Blue Jays Radio Network, the Wilmington Blue Rocks and the Kinston Indians.Rosenhaus graduated from Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania where he was an economics major and computer science minor. Rosenhaus also was a runner on the Cross Country and Track teams at Lafayette and broadcast football, basketball, and baseball games for WJRH at Lafayette College.In 2011, Rosenhaus was inducted into the Buffalo Bisons Hall of Fame along with former Major League Baseball player and American League Manager of the Year (2003) Tony Peña.In the off-season, Rosenhaus calls several televised events broadcast on SportsTime Ohio including the Ohio High School Athletic Association football playoffs and high school basketball.

Larry Dolan

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The Cleveland Indians are currently heard on the radio on flagship stations WTAM 1100 AM and WMMS 100.7. Tom Hamilton and Jim Rosenhaus comprise the announcing team.On the television side, the games air on SportsTime Ohio (STO), with select games simulcast on WKYC channel 3 in Cleveland (NBC). Matt Underwood handles play-by-play duties with former Indian Rick Manning as analyst, and Andre Knott as field reporter.

Years are listed in descending order.

Michael Reghi

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Tony Grossi

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