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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, NBC SPORTS CALIFORNIA, OAKLAND A’S AND SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS PRESENT INAUGURAL “BATTLE OF THE BAY ART SHOW”

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

 

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

July 13-15 at AT&T Park and July 20-22 at the Oakland Coliseum

 

“Battle of the Bay Art Show” to Showcase Artwork of 40 Northern California Artists

 

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

on Public Display for First Time at Show

 

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – July  9, 2018 – NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports California (@NBCSAuthentic) – “Home of Authentic Bay Area Sports” – and Major League Baseball’s Oakland Athletics (@Athletics) and San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) today announced the inaugural Battle of the Bay Art Show.  The A’s and Giants-themed art exhibit takes place during the Giants and A’s annual Bay Bridge Series.

 

The Battle of the Bay Art Show features the artwork of 40 Northern California artists and will be on display on July 13-15 adjacent to AT&T Park’s Giants Vault (located inside the Lefty O’Doul Gate) and July 20-22 at the Oakland Coliseum’s Championship Plaza

 

The exhibit is accessible to all fans inside the ballpark.  To purchase game tickets for July 13-15 at AT&T Park click HERE, for July 20-22 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 A’s Community Fund and the Giants Community Fund.

 

The art show coincides with the first public display of The Bridge – the new, official trophy to be presented to the winner of the regular-season A’s and Giants Bay Bridge Series. The Bridge is made with steel salvaged from the original East Span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

 

The design and construction of The Bridge is a collaborative effort by Scientific Art Studio – whose work includes two popular features inside AT&T Park’s Fan Lot, the Giant Glove and Coca-Cola Bottle Slide – and The Crucible, an Oakland-based industrial arts school.  For more information, click HERE and HERE.

 

About NBC Sports Bay Area, 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.  NBCSportsBayArea.com and NBCSportsCalifornia.com provide fans with comprehensive 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; Snapchat: NBCSAuthentic; and Facebook: facebook.com/NBCSAuthentic.

 

About the Oakland A’s: 

We have always been innovators. Since our founding in 1901, the Athletics franchise has pushed the boundaries of our club and our sport in a relentless pursuit of victory. Our nine World Series titles and 15 American League Pennants make us one of the most storied clubs in Major League Baseball. We take great pride in the achievements of our past, and we view them as a challenge to push ourselves further. As our club moves into a new chapter in Oakland, we are committed to creating winning experiences that encompass the many aspects of our game and our community. For more information, visit athletics.com.

 

Off the field, the A’s are committed to the community. The Oakland A’ Community Fund takes an innovative and dynamic approach to support education, promote youth sports, and provide economic opportunity in order to help make Oakland and the East Bay a more equitable and inclusive community. The club annually contributes nearly $2 million to the community.

 

About the San Francisco Giants:

One of the oldest teams in Major League Baseball, the 136-year old franchise moved to San Francisco from New York in 1958.  2018 marks the Giants 60th year in San Francisco and will be celebrated with events throughout the season to commemorate this diamond anniversary.  After playing a total of 42 years in Seals Stadium and Candlestick Park, the team moved to the privately constructed AT&T Park in 2000.  The organization is widely recognized for its innovative business practices and baseball excellence.  In 2010, the franchise was named the Sports Organization of the Year by Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal and in 2010 was named Organization of the Year by Baseball America. 

 

Since opening its gates, AT&T Park has become internationally-renowned as a premier venue in the world of both sports and entertainment.  On the diamond, more than 56 million spectators have witnessed a number of magical moments, including three World Series Championships (2010, 2012 & 2014), the raising of four National League Pennants and seven playoff appearances.  On June 13, 2012, the organization’s first-ever Perfect Game was thrown by Giants ace Matt Cain.  On July 10, 2007 AT&T Park was the center of the baseball universe when it hosted the 78th Major League Baseball All-Star Game.  AT&T Park has also played host to some of music’s biggest acts, including Lady Gaga, Beyoncé & Jay Z, the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band, Green Day and Billy Joel. 

 

Off the field, the Giants have one of the premier community outreach programs in professional sports.  Through its community outreach programs, the Giants and the Giants Community Fund work with corporate and non-profit partners to raise awareness, educate and generate interest in a variety of issues important to both their fans and community.  These issues include education/literacy, violence prevention, health and youth recreation and fitness. The Giants Community Fund’s Junior Giants Baseball Program received the 2015 Commissioner’s Award for Philanthropic Excellence, and the San Francisco Giants were named ESPN Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year in July of 2016.

 

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NBC SPORTS BAY AREA, PROVIDENT CREDIT UNION ANNOUNCE WINNER OF “2018 ALL-STAR TEACHER AWARD”

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NBC SPORTS BAY AREA, PROVIDENT CREDIT UNION ANNOUNCE WINNER OF “2018 ALL-STAR TEACHER AWARD”

 

Cori Starr of Northgate High School in Walnut Creek Named 2018 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

 

Program Has Donated $200,000 to Local Public Schools Since Inception in 2007

                                                                                                                                  

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – June 21, 2018 – NBC Sports Bay Area (@NBCSAuthentic) announced today that Cori Starr of Northgate High School in Walnut Creek, Calif. is the winner of the 2018 All-Star Teacher Award, presented by Provident Credit Union (@ProvidentCU).  Starr 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 12th 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: Craig Bryant of Albany High School (Albany), Jennifer Click of Edison High School (Fresno), Sergio Hernandez of Katherine R. Smith Elementary (San Jose), Michael Ruibal of Black Diamond Continuation High School (Pittsburg) and 2018 All-Star Teacher Cori Starr of Northgate High School (Walnut Creek)

Since its inception in 2007, the All-Star Teacher Award program has donated $20,000 to public schools in Northern and Central California.  For the eighth 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, K to College; 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

 

About Provident Credit Union:

Provident Credit Union is a $2.4 billion financial institution with over 114,000 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.  NBCSportsBayArea.com and NBCSportsCalifornia.com provide fans with comprehensive 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; Snapchat: NBCSAuthentic; and Facebook: facebook.com//NBCSAuthentic.

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