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Horizons for Homeless Children Partners with CSN New England and the Boston Celtics for Fifth Annual Horizons Week

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Horizons for Homeless Children Partners with CSN New England and the Boston Celtics for Fifth Annual Horizons Week

ROXBURY, MA (March 20, 2017) – Horizons for Homeless Children, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of young homeless children by ensuring they have access to early education and opportunities to play, today announced that it is partnering with CSN New England and the Boston Celtics for the fifth annual Horizons Week, a weeklong fundraising and homelessness awareness campaign.

As part of the campaign the week of March 20th, multiple public service announcements will air in heavy rotation on CSN New England as well as in-program integration and additional robust television coverage. Walmart will be the matching sponsor for home games held during the week.

“We are pleased to once again partner with Horizons for Homeless Children to garner awareness for this important cause,” said Princell Hair, SVP and General Manager of CSN New England. “Beginning today, we will use our network assets to highlight to our viewers the importance of early education for young, homeless children.”

“Youth homelessness is a troubling topic, and one that we are proud to take steps towards fighting,” Celtics Team President Rich Gotham said. “Teaming up and utilizing resources such as Horizons for Homeless Children and CSN New England allows us to not only address, but also raise awareness towards this ongoing issue.”

“When thinking about homelessness, many people don’t picture families with children – but over the past nine years, the number of homeless families has doubled in Massachusetts. In the city of Boston, 65% of the children in shelter are under the age of five,” said Kate Barrand, President and CEO of Horizons for Homeless Children. “That’s why it’s so critical to partner with such outstanding organizations like CSN New England and the Boston Celtics to help us spread the word about this issue. We’re incredibly grateful for the opportunity to reach out to the local community to drive change.”

Each week, Horizons for Homeless Children improves the lives of 2,000 young homeless children in Massachusetts while working with their families to increase their economic and social well-being. Gifts can be made online by visiting www.horizonschildren.org/donate

About Horizons for Homeless Children

Horizons for Homeless Children is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of young homeless children and their families. Horizons provides high quality early education, comprehensive family support services, opportunities for play, and statewide advocacy work. Today, Horizons serves more than 2,000 young homeless children each week in Massachusetts through three early education centers and more than 120 shelter-based Playspaces. For more information about Horizons for Homeless Children, please visit: www.horizonschildren.org.

About The Boston Celtics
A charter member of the Basketball Association of America (which evolved into the National Basketball Association) since 1946, the Boston Celtics have won a record 17 NBA Championships, including eight (8) in a row from 1959-1966, winning their first title in 1957 and their most recent in 2008. The Celtics have long stood for equality, and respect, including hiring the first African American Coach and starting the first all black starting five. In addition, 33 former Celtics players, management or staff have been inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. In December 2002 the team returned to local ownership for the first time since 1963. For more information on the Celtics, log on to www.celtics.com.  

About CSN New England

CSN New England reaches more than 4 million households in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. CSN New England’s programming includes the Boston Celtics, New England Revolution, Chevrolet SportsNet Central, Arbella Early Edition, Town Fair Tire Sports Tonight, Sports Sunday, Celtics Post Up, The Baseball Show, Monday Night Patriots, Quick Slants, New England Tailgate, New England Football Night, Football Day in New England including pre and post-game programs surrounding all Patriots games, CAA football, basketball and more. CSNNE.com, the online home of CSN New England, provides continuous news, video and in-depth, up-to-the-minute coverage of New England sports. CSN New England is part of the NBC Sports Group. Visit www.csnne.com for more information. Check local listings for the specific channel location for your area.

Chris Wayland named Senior Vice President, General Manager of NBC Sports Boston

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NBC Sports Boston

Chris Wayland named Senior Vice President, General Manager of NBC Sports Boston

NBC Sports Boston has named Chris Wayland Senior Vice President and General Manager of NBC Sports Boston, the official sports network of the Boston Celtics. Wayland, who was named Senior Vice President and Station Manager of NBC10 / WBTS, Telemundo Boston / WNEU, and NECN, in February, will continue to oversee the sales, finance, marketing, and digital departments for the stations and NECN. The announcement was made by Ted Griggs, President, Group Leader and Strategic Production & Programming, NBC Sports Regional Networks.  

In this expanded role, Wayland will oversee the day-to-day operations of the network and its relationship with the Celtics. NBC Sports Boston also presents New England Revolution Major League Soccer games, several exclusive programs surrounding the New England Patriots, and comprehensive coverage of New England sports. 

Wayland will be based in Needham, Mass., home of the new NBCUniversal Boston Media Center, where NBC Sports Boston will relocate, along with NBC10 Boston, Telemundo Boston, and NECN, by early January. He will report to both Mike St. Peter, President and General Manager of NBC10, Telemundo Boston and NECN, and Griggs. 

“Chris has a deep expertise of the media landscape in Boston, proven leadership qualities, and a demonstrated track record of innovation and growth,” said Griggs. “We look forward to seeing how Chris will help the NBC Sports Boston team continue to grow and best serve our passionate fans.” 

“Since he joined our stations team earlier this year, Chris has demonstrated bold and thoughtful leadership. He has inspired and challenged our team with his creativity and drive,” added St. Peter. “Chris is well positioned to move NBCUniversal’s Boston area businesses and platforms into the future.”

“As a lifelong Celtics fan and passionate Boston sports fan, it is my honor to work with Boston’s hometown favorite, NBC Sports Boston,” said Wayland. “Delivering news and telling the stories that matter to our community has always been, and will continue to be, my goal. To be able to now work with the NBC Sports Boston team is sincerely a dream come true.”

Wayland is a seasoned broadcast executive with more than two decades of experience in television. Before joining NBCUniversal earlier this year, he worked as Senior Vice President, General Manager at WPIX-TV in New York from 2016-19, as well as Tribune Media as Vice President of Group Operations. He also worked at Sunbeam Television from 2007-16, where he held numerous roles, including Executive Vice President and General Manager of WHDH/WLVI in Boston, and WSVN in Miami, and General Station Manager and General Sales Manager of WHDH in Boston. He began his career at WLVI-TV in Boston. Wayland has a bachelor’s degree from Elmira College in New York, and resides in Boston with his family.

 

NBC Sports Boston announces comprehensive Patriots coverage for 2019 NFL season

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NBC Sports Boston announces comprehensive Patriots coverage for 2019 NFL season

BURLINGTON, MA, September 5, 2019 - The NFL is back for its 100th season and NBC Sports Boston will once again be the go-to source for coverage of the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots with dedicated Patriots shows every weeknight at 6PM; Pregame Live, Halftime Live, and Postgame Live every gameday; and comprehensive digital coverage on NBCSportsBoston.com and the MyTeams App. Former Patriots Matt Cassel and Ted Johnson will join NBC Sports Boston’s football coverage this season along with the network’s expert on-air talent team.

 

NBC Sports Boston will bring viewers the most robust offering of coverage of their New England Patriots with fresh Patriots programming every weeknight including: Monday Night Patriots, Quick Slants, New England Tailgate, Patriots Wednesday, Patriots Unfiltered, Football Fix, Pregame Live, Halftime Live, and Postgame Live. Headlining these shows will be some of the best voices in football and television, including Michael Holley, Matt Cassel, Ted Johnson, Tom Curran, Kyle Van Noy, Phil Perry, and Bert Breer, among others.

 

“We couldn’t be more excited to get the NFL season going with our comprehensive line-up of Patriots programming featuring more current and former NFL players than any other local outlet,” said Princell Hair, Senior Vice President and General Manager of NBC Sports Boston. “We are especially thrilled to welcome NBC Sports Boston’s on-air talent ‘rookies’ Matt Cassel and Ted Johnson who will join our expert gameday talent roster this season -- they will both undoubtedly bring a unique and new perspective to our Patriots and NFL coverage.”

 

WEEKLY FOOTBALL SHOWS “AT A GLANCE”:

Following is a snapshot of NBC Sports Boston’s weekly Patriots programming line-up:

 

  • *Sunday (or Gameday) – Pregame Live/Halftime Live/Postgame Live
  • Monday @6PM - Monday Night Patriots
  • Tuesday @6PM – Quick Slants
  • Tuesday @8PM – New England Tailgate
  • Wednesday @ 6PM – Patriots Wednesday 
  • Thursday @6PM – Patriots Unfiltered
  • Friday @6PM – Football Fix

 

* Patriots Shows and Gameday coverage shifts when the Pats play on Thursdays/Mondays.

 

PATRIOTS GAMEDAY COVERAGE – “FOOTBALL DAY IN NEW ENGLAND”:

Football Day in New England presented by your New England Acura Dealers surrounds every Patriots gameday and begins on Sunday, September 8th as the Patriots kick off the season at home against the Steelers. NBC Sports Boston’s gameday coverage will originate from Six String Grill & Stage at Patriot Place for every game.

 

  • Pregame Live, Halftime Live & Postgame Live - Pregame Live will take place two hours prior to every game, once again the only regional television program to do so.  Pregame Live will include a detailed preview of the day’s match-up and will be highly interactive with live Facebook, Twitter and NBCSportsBoston.com fan questions answered throughout the show. Halftime Live will be part of every Patriots gameday for the third consecutive season and will once again be the only local live halftime show on television and online.  Postgame Live presented by Twin River Casino will also be an interactive platform in which fans can weigh in on that day’s matchup and will run approximately 90-minutes immediately following the game.

 

  • Gameday Talent Team -The talent team will be headlined by Michael Holley, Matt Cassel, Ted Johnson and Bert Breer. NBC Sports Boston’s Tom Curran and Phil Perry will report from inside the stadium along with insight from DJ Bean.

 

WEEKLY PATRIOTS/NFL PROGRAMMING:

Following are more details on NBC Sports Boston’s football shows:

 

  • Monday Night Patriots (Mondays at 6PM) - Monday Night Patriots presented by John’s Sewer will enter its sixth season on NBC Sports Boston with the season debut on Monday, September 9th. The 30-minute show, hosted by Phil Perry and Ted Johnson, will break down the previous Pats game, plus viewers can watch a rotating roster of Patriots players as guests. 

 

  • Quick Slants (Tuesdays at 6PM) - Quick Slants is hosted by Tom Curran who will be joined each week by Patriots’ linebacker Kyle Van Noy. The show is an original production which entails interactive, high-energy and blunt discussion with fans, athletes and NBC Sports Boston talent.  

 

  • New England Tailgate (Tuesdays at 8PM) - New England Tailgate presented by Town Fair Tire is in its 21st year and will be hosted by Gary Tanguay, Fred Smerlas and Steve DeOssie. The show provides viewers with highlights and a review of the Patriots’ prior game; preview of their upcoming opponent; play breakdowns on NBC Sports Boston’s touchscreen; predictions and bold commentary.

 

  • Patriots Wednesday (Wednesdays at 6PM) - Patriots Wednesday will air weekly throughout the season.  The show provides coverage of the team’s mid-week press conference with Patriots Coach Bill Belichick and Tom Brady and gives fans a preview of the upcoming game. Patriots Wednesday is hosted by Tom Giles with Tom Curran and Phil Perry joining weekly from Foxborough with Patriots player interviews.

 

  • Patriots Unfiltered (Thursdays at 6PM) - Patriots Unfiltered originates from on-location at Gillette Stadium and is hosted by Megan O’Brien along with Paul Perillo and the rest of the Patriots Unfiltered writers and contributors.

 

  • Football Fix (Fridays at 6PM) - Football Fix Presented by Heritage Plumbing -- coming back for its fifth season -- will be hosted by NBC Sports Boston’s BST co-host Danielle Trotta, along with Phil Perry and Marc Bertrand. The show is a fun, light-hearted review of the full week in social media surrounding the Patriots and other NFL storylines, along with analysis and a final breakdown before a weekend of football.

 

AND MORE….

In addition to the above dedicated football programs, NBC Sports Boston will continue to offer fans the most daily and nightly coverage of the Patriots with its full slate of regular programming, digital coverage, and podcasts.

 

  • Daily Studio Shows & Radio Simulcasts - Simulcasts of 98.5 the Sports Hub’s Zolak & Bertrand presented by Awaken 180 and Felger & Mazz, will include significant Patriots coverage. Additionally, Patriots news, debate and opinion will be a primary topic throughout the season on NBC Sports Boston’s Arbella Early Edition and Boston Sports Tonight presented by Town Fair Tire.

 

  • Digital/NBCSportsBoston.com/MyTeams - For robust digital coverage of the Patriots, fans can go to NBCSportsBoston.com where Tom Curran leads the football coverage along with Patriots beat reporter Phil Perry. NBCSportsBoston.com will once again offer daily video updates from practice, full video-on-demand features, and more. Fans can also consume 24/7 Patriots content on the MyTeams app; and additionally can subscribe and download NBC Sports Boston’s football podcasts including the “Tom Curran Patriots Talk Podcast” (formerly The Quick Slants Podcast) to keep up with all the weekly action. NBC Sports Boston will also feature comprehensive Patriots coverage on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @NBCSBoston.