Frequently Asked Questions
Last updated: 3/28/06
How many games will be on RSTN this year?
RSTN will show 116 Royals games in 2006. There will be 100 cable and satellite games, two exhibition games and 14 over-the-air games. For the next few years, RSTN will continue to televise the same amount of games based on agreements reached with cable and satellite partners.
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Will I be able to see all of the games RSTN produces?
Some cable and satellite customers in the Joplin, Columbia and Springfield areas will get 40 games of the 100 total games on the cable and satellite package due to conflicts with the St. Louis Cardinal's games on Fox Sports Midwest.
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Who are the RSTN cable affiliates so far?
RSTN now reaches over two million cable and satellite subscribers across the region. Direct affiliates in the Kansas City area include Time Warner, Everest Connections and Sunflower Broadband. RSTN also has an agreement with Fox Sports Midwest to re-distribute Royals games to Fox Sports Midwest affiliated cable and satellite systems in Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. RSTN also has affiliation agreements with Unite, which serves homes in and around Kearney, Missouri; H&B Cable which serves the Holyrood, Kan., area; Wilson Communications serving the Wilson, Kan., region and Mid-State Community Television which serves the communities surrounding Aurora, Neb.
We are still looking to add affiliates in Arkansas, Iowa and Oklahoma. We suggest that any Royals fans that want to see RSTN in these states call their local cable or satellite provider to let them know of their interest in RSTN.
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What should Royals fans do if their cable or satellite provider is not currently carrying the 100 cable and satellite games on RSTN?
Sometimes it's difficult for cable operators to measure the level of interest in new programming that is made available to them. They may not realize how many great Royals fans are in their subscriber base. Fans and subscribers may want to let their cable and satellite providers know that they are interested in receiving more televised Royals games than ever before--100 games on cable and satellite. Such feedback may help cable operators with their decision to carry the RSTN in their market area. We feel it is best to direct fans to the cable or satellite company servicing their home, but we welcome comments via RSTN.TV as well.
Which Kansas City station will be televising the 14 over-the-air games?
In addition to the 100 cable and satellite regular season games, the Royals Sports Television Network also has a 14-game over-the-air package this season. The 14 games will be carried on KMCI Channel 38 in Kansas City. In 2004 and 2005, KMCI stepped up to the plate and reached an agreement with RSTN to carry the over the air games. We are pleased to again be working with KMCI in 2006.
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Who are the announcers and how does the production quality compare with other Major League telecasts?
Bob Davis returns for his tenth season as the play-by-play voice for the Royals on television. Joining Davis in the television booth will be Royals Hall of Famer and all-time winningest pitcher Paul Splittorff, who begins his 19th season as an analyst and 38th year in the organization.
Ryan Lefebvre and Paul Splittorff will team together to do 35 television games in 2006. When Ryan moves to the television booth, Bob Davis will move to the radio side.
Rotating announcers between television and radio is a concept that many Major League Baseball teams have used through the years. We think this is a good way to give our radio announcers some exposure on RSTN and our television announcers some exposure on our radio partner, Sports Radio 810 WHB. We think Ryan has done an excellent job on RSTN in the past and want to give him an opportunity for further development.
We were extremely pleased with the production quality last year and received an overwhelming amount of positive feedback. In the past years, RSTN is adding new elements to the telecasts including:
Super Slo Mo camera that will give fans an incredible look at game action replays
New graphics and music
With many games starting at ten minutes past the hour, RSTN will have extended pre-game activities and analysis
New camera positions and angles
Who produces the telecasts for RSTN?
Metro Sports, a division of Time Warner, produces all of the telecasts for RSTN. Metro Sports is Kansas City's 24 hour all sports network. In addition to RSTN telecasts, Metro Sports televises college football and basketball games from around the Midwest. The production facilities at Metro Sports are utilized by the Big 12, Big 10, Missouri Valley Conference, Mid-Continent Conference, NAIA and many others for their regular season and championship sporting events.
Metro Sports provides RSTN with master control staff as well as on-site staffing of the production truck. Stadium camera operators and television technicians are also provided by Metro Sports.
Who provides the up-link facilities for RSTN?
Roberts Communications Network provides RSTN with satellite distribution to our cable and satellite partners as well as our over the air affiliates. RCN, based in Las Vegas, NV, provides satellite distribution to entities across North America.
How do I advertise on RSTN?
Contact David Lazzo, ABC Advertising: 816-504-4044 | firstname.lastname@example.org
How can I find out more about RSTN?
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