Friday, August 5, 2011

Press Release: MeTV Fresno Airing ‘Lucy’s 100th Birthday Celebration’ Marathon

For Immediate Release
Contact: Ara Catchatoorian 559.265.4326

8/5/11 – It’s a weekend long tribute to America’s favorite redhead on MeTV Fresno!  MeTV Network presents ‘Lucy’s 100th Birthday Celebration,’ featuring 100 of the most popular episodes of ‘I Love Lucy,’ ‘We Love Lucy’ and ‘The Lucy Show.’ The party starts on Friday, August 5 at 12 AM PST, and the festivities end on Monday, August 8 at 8 AM PST.*

Valley viewers can watch MeTV Fresno on broadcast station KGMC Channel 43.6, free of charge, simply using an antenna. MeTV Fresno is not currently available on cable or satellite in the Fresno market.

“Lucille Ball was a pioneer of television entertainment and comedy. We’re thrilled to showcase the talent, originality and creativity of the ‘Lucy’ franchise. Lucy, Desi and the entire ingenious team behind the shows are a perfect match for the memorable programming which makes up MeTV,” said Neal Sabin, President of Content and Networks for Weigel Broadcasting Co.

This tribute carries on the MeTV tradition of paying homage to the lives and careers of classic TV stars.

MeTV Fresno, which stands for “Memorable Entertainment Television” is a local affiliate of Chicago-based and Weigel Broadcasting Co. owned, MeTV Network. The network was launched jointly between Cocola Broadcasting Company and Ventura TV Video Appliance Center in Fresno on June 1, 2011 on Cocola's full power KGMC-DT Channel 43.6. Ventura TV is the exclusive local sponsor.

Currently, MeTV is on-air and under contract in more than 50% of the country. Stations to recently launch MeTV include: WFMZ-TV in Philadelphia, WESH-TV in Orlando, WLWT-TV in Cincinnati, KCCI-TV in Des Moines and WKOW-TV in Madison, WI.

"My father started this company 60 years ago with the goal of providing his customers with top brand names in home appliances and electronics at affordable prices. Today, his vision still lives true. In celebration of our company's 60th Anniversary, it seemed only natural that we partnered with a network that delivers some of America's favorite, family-friendly, television shows, such as, I Love Lucy which premiered in 1951 – the same year my father started his company.” stated Mark Shirin, President of Ventura TV Video Appliance Center.

For schedule highlights, Lucy promo videos and complete episode list, viewers may visit

*The selection of Lucille Ball series and episodes may vary by market.

About Weigel Broadcasting Co.Weigel Broadcasting Co. and affiliate companies own and operate WCIU-TV/26.1 “The U”, “UToo” WCIU-TV 26.2, “MeTV” 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, MeTV/WBMeTV 49.1, Telemundo/WBMeTV 49.4, Telemundo/WYTU-LD 63.1, MeTV/WYTU-LP 63 in Milwaukee, WI; and ABC/WBND-LD 57.1, MeTV/WBND-LD 57.2, CW/WCWW-TV 25.1, THIS/WCWW-TV 25.2, My Michiana/WMYS-TV 69.1 in South Bend, IN.  For more infomration, visit

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,

About Cocola Broadcasting CompaniesCocola 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.  For more infomration, visit

About Ventura TV Video Appliance CenterFounded 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.  For more infomration, visit

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Media Contacts:

Weigel Broadcasting Co.Molly Kelly, 312-705-2632,

Cocola Broadcasting Companies Broadcasting Co.Gary Cocola, 559-435-7000,

Ventura TV Video Appliance CenterAra Catchatoorian, 559-265-4326 Store, 559-907-7826 Cell,


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