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Page 10 Tuesday, December 8, 1981
The Michigan Daily
WGPR lands Blue bowl
By DREW SHARP
It is probably the biggest coup of the
1981 Detroit television season.
Motown's little WGPR-TV (Channel
62) will gravitate the local focus of at-
tention to itself on the evening of New
years Eve, as it will exclusively broad-
cast the Bluebonnet Bowl in Houston,
featuring Michigan as one of its co-
stars, against UCLA.
WHO WOULD think that such a small
station could land such an attractive
deal, but then again, who thought the
Wolverines would wind up playing in
Houston to begin with?
"Certainly not us," said Felica
Gregor, the station's program
manager. "We were not totally ruling
Michigan out, but we honestly didn't feel
that they would participate in a minor
bowl. We were rooting for them to go-to
Pasadena and the Rose Bowl. As it tur-
ned out, it was a lucky break for us."
WGPR contraced with the
MI Z-LOU Network, an independent
sports broadcasting system, to televise
seven small gowl games in the Detroit
area: the Bluebonnet, the Garden State
Bowl in New Jersey, the Tangerine
Bowl in Orlando, Fla., the Holiday Bowl
in San Diego, the California Bowl in
Fresno, and the Hall of Fame Bowl in
THE DEAL with MIZ-LOU was made
in mid-October around the same time
Michigan succumbed to Iowa, 9-7, to vir-
tually kill the Wolverines' Rose Bowl
hopes. But Gregor maintains that the
bleak Michigan football picture at the
time did not lead the WGPR brass to
think that the Wolverines would wind
up in a minor bowl.
"No way!" said Gregor, a maize and
blue alum. "I've known in the past
how Michigan would play poorly
sometimes in the middle of the season
only to come back strong in the second
half and wind up in the Rose Bowl."
That soon changed onthe week of the
Michigan-Ohio State game, as rumors
circulated that the loser of the
showdown would wind up in the
"Again, we thought that Michigan
would beat Ohio State because it had
been playing good football at the time,"
added Gregor. "The possibility
however, did open our eyes some."
IT ALSO opened the eyes of WGPR's
major competitors in Detroit, who were
determined to wrestle the broadcast
rights awayfrom the small amount of
station if the Wolverines wounrdup in the
"I don't think I should say
specifically who the stations were,"
Gregor noted. "You can be assured,
at Western Michigan, Dec. 12
at Miami, Dec. 11, 7:30p.m.
at Miami, Dec. 12, 7:30 p.m'
Cleveland State, Dec. 8
DePaul, Dec. 13
Penn State, Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m.
MEN'S AND WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS
Wolverine Invitational, Dec. 12,
noon and 7:30 p.m.
NCAA finals at Tallahassee, Fla.,
Pittsburgh, Dec. 13, 1:00 p.m.
however, that they were the major
stations in the Detroit area. Some wan-
ted to share the rights with a simulcast
of the game. Others wanted to purchase
them outright. There were various kin-
ds of package offers involved - each
one dealing with a lot of money. But we
felt that it would be in our best interests
to keep the rights to the game. It is i4
deed a feather in our cap because
nobody expected it to happen."
And now that it has happened, WGPR
is ready to become a visible factor in
the Detroit television market.
SINCE ITS inception in 1975, WGPR
has remained in the shadows of the
other local television stations. It did
gain some notoriety in being the first
black-owned television station in the
country, but it is forever looked on as a
weak sister by its competitor stations.
"This is a great opportunity forur to
gain a much larger audience," said
Gregor. "We plan to heavily promote
our own programming during the
game, hopefully to lure a greater
The game will begin at 8:00 p.m. on
December 31 with a locally produced
pre-game show leading in at 7:30.
The old IM Building will be a busy
place this week, as it plays host to, a
number of playoff matches. In the pool,
the co-rec innertube water polo playoffs
take place today and Thursday. On the
racquetball courts, the residence hall
and fraternity team championships will
be held today and tomorrow. On Thur-
sday, the graduate team racquetball
playoffs are played, and on Sunday the
independent team racquetball playoffs
take control of the courts.
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Eastern Michigan99,Grand valley 63
Western Michigan 77, Lewis 65
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