Tuesday, May 31, 2011

PRESS RELEASE: COCOLA BROADCASTING COMPANIES AND VENTURA TV VIDEO APPLIANCE CENTER LAUNCH MeTV, FRESNO WEBSITE AND YOUTUBE CHANNEL

FRESNO, CA Tuesday, May 31, 2011 – MeTV (Memorable Entertainment Television), the new digital classic television network from Weigel Broadcasting Co. and distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM) will launch in Fresno, California, on this Wednesday, June 1, 2011 on Channel 43.6.

The recent May 19 announcement was jointly made by Gary M. Cocola, Chairman and CEO of Cocola Broadcasting Companies and Mark Shirin, President of Ventura TV, both of Fresno. The Network programming will air on Cocola’s full power KGMC-DT Channel 43.6 and will be exclusively sponsored by Ventura TV. Viewers will be able to tune in, free of charge, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by simply using a basic set-top or outdoor TV antenna.

MeTV features a wide range of classic television programming, some of the best programming written for television, that audiences and advertisers find comfortable and engaging. MeTV’s library includes series from Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution and CBS Television Distribution, as well as, independent series owners and producers. MeTV’s programs are some of the best television programs ever produced including: M*A*S*H, Perry Mason, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Bob Newhart Show, the original Star Trek and Hawaii Five-O series, in addition to 60 other programs.

In conjunction with the launch of the new network, MeTV, Fresno recently launched www.metvfresno.com. MeTV, Fresno viewers may visit the website anytime to get the latest lineup of over 60 classic television shows spanning from the 1950's through the 1980's. In addition, viewers may review interesting details, video clips, photos, and more about their favorite programs.

We've seen a dramatic increase in TV viewership via antenna in the past 24 months as result of the economic recession in the Valley.” stated Cocola. “Many people simply can no longer afford monthly cable or satellite services. ME-TV Fresno will offer viewers a free and viable alternative to paid programming.” continued Cocola.

Viewers that are new to over-the-air programming should consult the new website to learn how to rescan their current television sets to receive MeTV for free, as well as, browse through a Frequently Asked Questions page for answers related to the network itself, advertising, and more.

For viewers that may be traveling to other cities throughout the U.S. and don't want to miss their favorite MeTV shows, the site offers a tool to allow you to search cities that are offering the network.

YouTube visitors may also check out www.youtube.com/metvfresno to view the latest television and radio promotional spots for MeTV, Fresno. The online channel will include other unique clips related to local programming that will not be found on the network's local or national site.

Actual programs are not presently aired online via the network website or YouTube channel.

MeTV, Fresno website and YouTube visitors are encouraged to subscribe to the channel's newsletter as future announcements, programming changes, and other related news are updated.

For programming highlights, local listings and more, please visit: www.metvfresno.com

About Weigel Broadcasting Co.
Weigel Broadcasting Co. and affiliate companies own and operate WCIU-TV/26.1 “The U”, “UToo” WCIU-TV 26.2, “Me-TV” WCIU-TV 26.3, “Me-Too” WCIU-TV 26.4, “THIS” WCIU-TV 26.5, WWME-CA 23, The U Too/WMEU-CA 48 in Chicago, IL; CBS/WDJT-TV 58.1, WMLW/WDJT-TV 58.2, THIS/WDJT-TV 58.3, Shorewest TV/WDJT-TV 58.4, WMLW-CA 41, WMLW-LD 41.1, Me-TV/WBME-TV 49.1, Telemundo/WBME-TV 49.4, Telemundo/WYTU-LD 63.1, Me-TV/WYTU-LP 63 in Milwaukee, WI; and ABC/WBND-LD 57.1, Me-TV/WBND-LD 57.2, CW/WCWW-TV 25.1, THIS/WCWW-TV 25.2, My Michiana/WMYS-TV 69.1 in South Bend, IN.

About Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. is actively engaged in the worldwide production and distribution of motion pictures, television programming, home video, interactive media, music, and licensed merchandise. The company owns the world's largest library of modern films, comprising around 4,100 titles. Operating units include Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc., United Artists Films Inc., MGM Television Entertainment Inc., MGM Networks Inc., MGM Distribution Co., MGM International Television Distribution Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Home Entertainment LLC, MGM ON STAGE, MGM Music, MGM Consumer Products and MGM Interactive. In addition, MGM has ownership interests in domestic and international TV channels reaching over 130 countries. For more information, visit www.mgm.com.

About Cocola Broadcasting Companies
Cocola Broadcasting Companies is a locally owned television broadcast company headquartered in Fresno, California. Founded in the early 1980s by Valley broadcasting veteran Gary Cocola, Cocola owns full power digital and low power television stations in California and Idaho. Cocola was one of the first broadcasters in the US to take advantage of the opportunities afforded by low-powered television after the FCC approved such stations in the early 1980s.

About Ventura TV Video Appliance Center
Founded in 1951 by Fresno, California's pioneering businessman, Edward Shirin, Ventura TV Video Appliance Center opened its doors to serve as the 'local choice' for America's favorite brands in electronics and home appliances. Since its inception, Ventura TV has seen 10 U.S. Presidents and at least as many competitors come and go. Today, 60 years later and after having served three generations of loyal customers at their Fresno location at 3619 E. Ventura Ave., Ventura TV is managed by Edward's son, Mark Shirin, carrying on the same tradition of offering expert advise, excellent customer service, and real discounts everyday. As a member of Nationwide Marketing Group, the nation's largest buying group for independent retailers of Electronics, Home Appliances, and Furniture, Ventura TV effectively competes against national Big Box Stores leveraging the group's collective annual buying power of more than $12 Billion Dollars.

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Media Contacts:

Weigel Broadcasting Co.
Molly Kelly, 312-705-2632, mkelly@wciu.com

About Cocola Broadcasting Companies Broadcasting Co.
Gary Cocola, 559-435-7000, garyc@cocolatv.com

Ventura TV Video Appliance Center
Ara Catchatoorian, 559-265-4326 Store, 559-907-7826 Cell, ara@venturatv.com

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