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NBC SPORTS BAY AREA SERVES UP “THE HAPPY HOUR” WITH GREG PAPA, RAY RATTO AND KELLI JOHNSON

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NBC SPORTS BAY AREA SERVES UP “THE HAPPY HOUR” WITH GREG PAPA, RAY RATTO AND KELLI JOHNSON

New One-Hour Weekday Bay Area Sports Discussion & Opinion Show

Premieres Monday, April 10 at 5:30 PM

“The Happy Hour” Available Across NBC Sports Bay Area’s Multiple Platforms

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – March 29, 2017 – NBC Sports Bay Area today announced the launch of The Happy Hour, a new, live hour-long conversational program – hosted by iconic Bay Area sports media personalities Greg Papa and Ray Ratto, along with Emmy Award-winning broadcaster Kelli Johnson – premiering Monday, April 10 at 5:30 PM. following the San Francisco Giants-Arizona Diamondbacks game and Giants Postgame Live.  After the debut, The Happy Hour will regularly air weekdays from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM PT.

The Happy Hour will showcase the distinctive voices and wit of Papa, Ratto and Johnson sharing their unfiltered spirited commentary, hot takes with heavy debate, and lively conversation on the day’s trending sports headlines and other provocative stories.  In addition, the show will welcome sports insiders and newsmakers from coast to coast to present an insightful and entertaining take on topics and issues meaningful to local sports fans.

The Happy Hour will be available across NBC Sports Bay Area’s multiple platforms:

  • Live on NBC Sports Bay Area
  • Streaming live on the NBC Sports App
  • Live audio streaming via NBCSportsBayArea.com
  • Archived podcasts available on NBCSportsBayArea.com 

The Happy Hour is a bold step forward in NBC Sports Bay Area’s evolution to provide Northern California sports fans with entertaining and thought-provoking content on multiple platforms,” said Tom Stathakes, Senior Vice President and General Manager of NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports California.  “We’re excited to showcase the dynamic chemistry between Greg Papa, Ray Ratto and Kelli Johnson and their lively commentary, uniquely different opinions and fresh takes on the day’s trending sports news.”

“We’re thrilled to combine three of the Bay Area’s top talents on one drive-time show,” said David Koppett, Vice President of Content Strategy for NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports California. “Greg, Ray and Kelli will have the last word on the biggest topics in sports."

The show’s hosts will also be heavily engaged in social media with timely posts, interactive questions and behind-the-scenes content. Fans can follow along and interact with the hosts through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Facebook: Facebook.com/NBCSAuthentic

Twitter: @NBCSAuthentic

Instagram: @NBCSAuthentic

(Beginning April 2)

Papa, a three-time winner of the California Sportscaster of the Year Award, is one the most accomplished and versatile announcers in sports broadcasting.  He was the television play-by-play voice for the Oakland A’s, San Francisco Giants, and Golden State Warriors and is currently the radio play-by-play announcer for the Oakland Raiders.  Papa was also on the San Antonio Spurs and Indiana Pacers broadcast teams.  In addition to his duties on The Happy Hour, Papa will continue to anchor NBC Sports Bay Area’s Warriors Pregame Live and Warriors Postgame Live.  He also hosts The Afternoon Delight with Greg Papa, a weekday radio show on 95.7 The Game.

Ratto, regarded as one of the nation’s premier multi-platform sports journalists, joined NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports California (formerly CSN) in 2010 as a Senior Insider contributing to the network’s websites and signature studio shows.  He has been a fixture in the Bay Area sports pages for over three decades, most notably with the San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco Examiner.  Ratto has also written national columns for NBCSports.com, CBSSports.com and ESPN.com and is a frequent guest on national radio and television sports programs.  Ratto was also a host with Tom Tolbert on KNBR 680’s afternoon drive show.

Johnson, a two-time Emmy Award winner, joined the network in 2014 as an anchor and reporter for SportsNet Central, Pregame Live, Postgame Live and other studio shows.  Previously, she was an anchor and reporter for CSN Houston covering the Astros and Rockets.  Additionally, Johnson hosted the inaugural season of 3 & Out, a half-hour football analysis and debate program which airs across NBC Sports Regional Networks.  Before Houston, she was CSN Mid-Atlantic’s Washington Redskins beat reporter, where she provided daily coverage of the team and contributed to the network’s Redskins pregame and postgame shows, Redskins Kickoff and Redskins Postgame Live.  During her tenure at CSN Mid-Atlantic, she won two Emmy Awards in 2009, one for Best Sports Reporter and one for Sports/Regularly Scheduled Weekly Program for Redskins Kickoff.  A graduate of the University of Idaho, Johnson was a four-year starter on the women's basketball team and earned All-Conference academic honors each season.

NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports California, both part of NBC Sports Regional Networks, serve more than four million households in Northern California, Nevada, Southern Oregon and Hawaii.  NBC Sports Bay Area, the television home of MLB’s San Francisco Giants, NBA’s Golden State Warriors, and the official regional sports network of the San Francisco 49ers, also features a robust lineup of Emmy Award-winning news, analysis and original programming. NBC Sports California offers live coverage of MLB’s Oakland Athletics, NBA’s Sacramento Kings, NHL’s San Jose Sharks, MLS’s San Jose Earthquakes and is the official regional sports network of the Oakland Raiders. Collectively, these networks deliver more than 600 live game broadcasts per year. 

NBC Sports Regional Networks is NBC Sports Group’s portfolio of nine regional networks that delivers more than 2,200 live sporting events and original content to more than 43 million homes. Aligned within Eastern and Western Divisions, the NBC Sports Regional Networks are: CSN New England, CSN Philadelphia, TCN, CSN Mid-Atlantic and SNY; and NBC Sports Bay Area, NBC Sports California, CSN Chicago and CSN Northwest. For additional information, visit comcastsportsnet.com. For more information on NBC Sports Group properties, including press releases, photos, talent and executive bios, headshots and logos, please visit NBCSportsGroupPressBox.com.

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NBC SPORTS BAY AREA, PROVIDENT CREDIT UNION ANNOUNCE WINNER OF “2019 ALL-STAR TEACHER AWARD”

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NBC SPORTS BAY AREA, PROVIDENT CREDIT UNION ANNOUNCE WINNER OF “2019 ALL-STAR TEACHER AWARD”

 

Katie Humann of Adams Middle School in Brentwood, Calif. Named 2019 All-Star Teacher,

$20,000 Check Presented in Her Honor

 

Each All-Star Teacher Award Runner-Up to Receive $2,000 for His/Her School

 

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – June 24, 2019 – NBC Sports Bay Area announced today that Katie Humann of Adams Middle School in Brentwood, Calif. is the winner of the 2019 All-Star Teacher Award, presented by Provident Credit Union.  Humann has been awarded $20,000 for her school.  In addition, each All-Star Teacher Award runner-up will receive $2,000 for his/her school.

 

In its 13th year, the All-Star Teacher Award recognizes middle and high school teachers in Northern and Central California for their extraordinary dedication to their students and significant presence within their communities.  An esteemed panel of judges selected this year’s finalists based on four categories: Overall Commitment; Excellence in Teaching; Rapport with Students; and Level of Distinction.  This year’s five finalists are: Marquel Coats, Greenleaf TK-8 (Oakland), Awele Makeba, Skyline High School (Oakland), Bill Schrier, Carmel High School (Carmel), Matt Tate, Sierra High School (Manteca) and 2019 All-Star Teacher Katie Humann.

 

Since its inception in 2007, the All-Star Teacher Award program has donated funds to public schools in Northern and Central California.  For the ninth straight year, NBC Sports Bay Area has teamed up with Provident Credit Union to award the winning teacher’s school $20,000, up from $10,000 in past years. 

 

This year’s elite panel of judges consists of Doug Bartlett, Senior Marketing Director, BART; Benito Delgado-Olson, Executive Director and Founder, SupplyBank.org; John Haggarty, VP Marketing of Provident Credit Union; Lorena Hernandez, Director of Community Investment, Comcast California; Detra Paige, Director of Community Relations, Oakland Athletics; and Sue Petersen, Executive Director of the Giants Community Fund.

 

All-Star Teacher Award recipients:

2007:  Michael Meneses – Presidio Middle School, San Francisco

2008:  Allen Nakamura – Alameda High School, Alameda

2009:  Jessica Schelegle – Sacred Heart School, Saratoga

2010:  Zachary Swan – Jefferson High School, Daly City

2011:  Robert “Corky” Black – Oak Grove High School, San Jose

2012:  Dr. Paul Ricks – Hopkins Junior High School, Fremont

2013:  Ruben Modesto – John H. Pitman High School, Turlock

2014:  Nicole Ellwood – Twin Hills Charter Middle School, Sebastopol

2015:  Carmen Kotto – South Valley Middle School, Gilroy

2016:  Scott Krijnen – Castillero Middle School, San Jose

2017:  Dale Waldo – Folsom Middle School, Folsom

2018:  Cori Starr – Northgate High School, Walnut Creek

2019:  Katie Humann – Adams Middle School, Brentwood

 

About Provident Credit Union:

Provident Credit Union is a $2.7 billion financial institution with over 120,000 members and 19 community branches in the Bay Area. The Redwood Shores-based credit union has proudly served the Bay Area since 1950. The full-service credit union offers everything from checking and savings accounts to mortgages, auto loans, credit cards, and home and auto insurance.  Provident began as the California Teachers Association Credit Union and expanded over the years to include those who live and work in the surrounding counties of the Bay Area and beyond. More information is available at www.providentcu.org

 

About NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports California:

NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports California, both part of NBC Sports Regional Networks, serve more than four million households in Northern California, Nevada, Southern Oregon and Hawaii.  NBC Sports Bay Area, the television home of MLB’s San Francisco Giants, NBA’s Golden State Warriors, and the official regional sports network of the San Francisco 49ers, also features a robust lineup of Emmy Award-winning news, analysis and original programming. NBC Sports California offers live coverage of MLB’s Oakland Athletics, NBA’s Sacramento Kings, NHL’s San Jose Sharks, MLS’s San Jose Earthquakes and is the official regional sports network of the Oakland Raiders. Collectively, these networks deliver more than 600 live game broadcasts per year.  The MyTeams by NBC Sports app provides live steams of the games and pre-and postgame shows, digital coverage of the hometown teams with original stories and content from a team of “Insiders,” breaking news, up-to-the-minute game previews/recaps, highlights and multimedia video clips.  Follow both networks on social media –Twitter: @NBCSAuthentic; Instagram: NBCSAuthentic; and Facebook: facebook.com//NBCSAuthentic.

 

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NBC SPORTS BAY AREA, NBC SPORTS CALIFORNIA, OAKLAND A’S AND SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS HOST SECOND ANNUAL “BATTLE OF THE BAY ART SHOW”

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NBC SPORTS BAY AREA, NBC SPORTS CALIFORNIA, OAKLAND A’S AND SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS HOST SECOND ANNUAL “BATTLE OF THE BAY ART SHOW”

Open Call to Northern California Artists – Submissions: Today to July 9th

 

A’s & Giants-Themed Art Exhibit During Bay Bridge Series,

August 13-14 at Oracle Park and August 24-25 at the Oakland Coliseum

 

“The Bridge,” Trophy Awarded to Winner of A’s-Giants Bay Bridge Series,

on Public Display at Show

 

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – June 21, 2019 – NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports California – “Home of Authentic Bay Area Sports” – and the Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants today announced the second annual Battle of the Bay Art Show and an open call to Northern California artists.  The A’s and Giants-themed art exhibit takes place during the Bay Bridge Series – August 13-14 at Oracle Park and August 24-25 at the Oakland Coliseum. For video highlights and photos from last year’s art show, click HERE.

 

Northern California artists are encouraged to submit their artwork for consideration at: NBCSportsBayArea.com/BattleOfTheBayArt.  Submission dates: Today to July 9th

 

The Battle of the Bay Art Show will take place adjacent to Oracle Park’s Giants Vault (located inside the Lefty O’Doul Gate) and at the Oakland Coliseum’s Championship Plaza.  The exhibit is accessible to all fans inside the ballpark.  To purchase game tickets for August 13-14 at Oracle Park click HERE, for August 24-25 game tickets at the Oakland Coliseum, click HERE.  Admission to the art show is free with the purchase of a ticket to the game.

 

The Battle of the Bay Art Show will feature A’s and Giants-themed art, including legends, current players, mascots, stadiums and abstract representations. Art will be in various art forms: oil and acrylic paintings; graphite, ink and spray paint art; photography; and sculpture. The artists will have the opportunity to sell their artwork, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Oakland A’s Community Fund and the Giants Community Fund. 

 

Fans will have the opportunity to take a photo with The Bridge – the official trophy to be presented to the winner of the A’s and Giants Bay Bridge Series – at the Battle of the Bay Art Show.  The Bridge is made with steel salvaged from the original East Span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. 

 

Last season, the A’s were the inaugural winner of The Bridge, winning four of their six regular-season match-ups with the Giants.  The A's clinched the trophy on July 22 when Marcus Semien scored the winning run on Matt Chapman’s walk-off hit, beating the Giants 6-5 in 10 innings in the rivals' final interleague contest.

 

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