First broadcast is Saturday, Dec. 23 vs. Norfolk Admirals
ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orlando Solar Bears have announced that the team has reached an agreement with Fox Television Stations to air three Solar Bears games on WRBW My65 Orlando during the 2017-18 season. Broadcast coverage will begin Saturday, Dec. 23, when the Solar Bears host the Norfolk Admirals at the ARS.com Rink at Amway Center at 7 p.m.
WOFL Fox-35 and WRBW My65 Orlando Vice President and General Manager Allyson Meyers said, “Over the past few years, we have enjoyed our partnership with the Orlando Magic, and now we are excited to form a relationship with their newest acquisition, the Orlando Solar Bears. We look forward to expanding our dedication to sports coverage with this foray into hockey.”
Viewers may visit the station’s website (fox35orlando.com) for more information and to purchase tickets.
The broadcasts will be produced by GemStone Media Inc. (gemstonemediainc.com); GemStone Media Inc. Vice President/Co-Owner George Birnbaum stated, “Gemstone Media is pleased to partner with the Orlando Solar Bears. We are excited to lend our decades of live sports production expertise to the organization.”
Play-by-play duties will be handled by Solar Bears Director of Communications & Broadcasting Jesse Liebman, now in his third season with the organization; former Solar Bears defenseman and captain Eric Baier will join Liebman in the booth providing color commentary.
“As our profile continues to grow in Central Florida, we are excited to partner with My65 Orlando and Fox-35 to bring Solar Bears hockey into the homes of thousands of new fans,” Solar Bears President Chris Heller said. “We look forward to working with My65 Orlando and Fox-35 along with the production crew at GemStone Media to deliver a first-class broadcast that brings our fans closer to the team than ever before.”
The following Solar Bears games will be broadcast on WRBW My65 Orlando during the 2017-18 season (broadcast schedule, game dates and times subject to change):
Saturday, Dec. 23 vs. Norfolk Admirals – 7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 20 vs. Florida Everblades – 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 17 vs. Worcester Railers – 7 p.m.
About WOFL Fox-35 & WRBW My65 Orlando:
WOFL Fox-35 and WRBW My65 Orlando are part of the FOX Television Stations, one of the nation’s largest owned-and-operated network broadcast groups, comprising 28 stations in 17 markets and covering over 37% of U.S. television homes. This includes seven duopolies in the top 10 markets: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco, Washington, D.C. and Houston; as well as duopolies in Minneapolis, Phoenix, Orlando and Charlotte.
About GemStone Media Inc.:
After more than 50 years of combined broadcast experience, Kent Kirby and George Birnbaum joined forces in 2005 to lead GemStone Media Inc. into the next phase of business success.
Since then, GemStone has grown to utilize more than 80 of the best broadcast professionals in the area. But, the goal is still to provide clients with accessible, personal service. GemStone’s office staff is always available to clients from the early stage of a project until the final deliverable is completed.
GemStone Media services include: long form television production, remote and/or studio shooting, post production editing, graphic creation, live sports and entertainment television, commercial and industrial production, closed captioning, transcoding, and duplication.
About the Orlando Solar Bears:
The Orlando Solar Bears are in their sixth season of operation in the ECHL, the premier “AA” hockey league in North America, and are the proud affiliate of the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs and the AHL’s Toronto Marlies. The Solar Bears are owned and operated by the Orlando Magic and the DeVos Family, and play at the ARS.com Rink at Amway Center, the 2012 Street and Smith’s Sports Business Journal Sports Facility of the Year.
The Solar Bears continue their season-high 10-game road trip on Friday, Dec. 15 when the take on the Norfolk Admirals at the Norfolk Scope at 7 p.m. The Solar Bears return home to face the Norfolk Admirals on Wednesday, Dec. 20 at the ARS.com Rink at Amway Center at 7 p.m. Single-game tickets for the 2017-18 season are on sale at the Amway Center box office and ticketmaster.com.
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Officially licensed Orlando Solar Bears replica team jerseys, apparel, and headwear can be purchased online at orlandosolarbearshockey.com/shop.