We were among the sponsors of a very special event Thursday – The Triangle Tip-off Luncheon. Duke’s Coach K, UNC’s Roy Williams, NC State’s Sidney Lowe and Lavelle Moton (the new hoops coach at NCCU) shared the dais. This gathering of basketball luminaries was worthy of an ESPN special, and TV5’s Jeff Gravley asked some very thoughtful questions. It was not an X’s & O’s discussion; it was more about hoops philosophy, values and "what's on your iPod?"
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Here's a pictorial history of our neighborhood on Blackwell Street in downtown Durham.
Next, the hood - the tobacco biz and downtown were thriving - circa 1950:
And finally, the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, 2009:
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
It's raining today. Temperature in the 40's.
Join us in the clubhouse (and on the field) October 21st for a celebration of the Bulls' National Championship. Read more about it/click here.
Friday, October 9, 2009
The Durham Bulls Athletic Park hosted Project Homeless Connect on October 8th. It might strike you as odd that we hold an event for homeless people in the ballpark, but the organizers attempt to create a festive atmosphere to draw folks in…to eliminate the stigma that goes with homelessness.
We were glad to host the event and feed everyone...went through 260 pounds on chicken in a couple of hours! Thanks to our CenterPlate food service manager Tammy Scott, the Interfaith Food Shuttle, Dillard's Barbecue and Durham Rescue Mission for helping to pull the gigantic buffet together.
Saturday, October 3, 2009
On the same day the Bulls won their National Championship, Capitol Broadcasting scored with its plans for sports radio in the Triangle.
Capitol, Curtis Media and McClatchey Broadcasting have agreed to a transaction that will change the sports radio landscape later this fall.
The Triangle’s long-time sports station 850am The Buzz is being sold. It will become an oldies station, but Capitol will retain much of its programming, sales staff and the well-known Buzz brand.
Also, Capitol is purchasing 620am and 1550am. 620 will be reincarnated as The Buzz and 1550 is the newest affiliate of ESPN Deportes, the Hispanic sports network. ESPN Deportes premiered September 30th. (More on that below.)
Buzz vet David Glenn will host 1-4pm on 99.9 The Fan, and Adam Gold and Joe Ovies will move to 620 for the 6-10am time slot.
We are awaiting approvals from the Federal Communications Commission, but here’s the end game: By year’s end, we will be operating 99.9 fm The Fan, 620 am The Buzz and 1550 am ESPN Deportes.
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More on 1550am and ESPN Deportes:
ESPN Deportes has been serving Hispanic sports fans in the U.S. since 2000 and offers a variety of sports talk programming and events, highlighted by exclusive national Spanish-language broadcasts of Major League Baseball, Mexican League Soccer, UEFA Champions League and NASCAR. ESPN Deportes Radio 1550 AM in the Triangle will be the only affiliate in the Southeast region outside of Florida and Knoxville, TN.
Launching ESPN Deportes Radio 1550 AM allows Capitol to serve the area’s growing Hispanic population. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Hispanic population, the largest minority group in the U.S., reached 45.5 million on July 1, 2007. In North Carolina alone, there are more than 640,000 Hispanic residents, an 8% increase over the previous year.
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Check out this post from a year ago on the Triangle sports market.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
The Durham County Board of Commissioners extended official congratulations to the Bulls on Monday night...approving a resolution that recognizes our National Championship.
Read the entire resolution for a Bulls' history lesson and brief season recap. I believe the commissioners' clerk is a wannabe sports writer.