The Auto Channel Adds Six New Shows
16 June 1999
Automotive Webnet Continues to Demonstrate the Promise of the Internet, Today AUTO CENTRAL; June 16, 1999 -- Continuing to expand its presence as the first interactive television network on the Internet, The Auto Channel has announced the addition of four television shows and two live radio shows to its regular Internet broadcast schedule. The new shows include The Auto Channel's first non-English language program, STATION SERVICE, a weekly French language radio show that is produced in Quebec, Canada, and hosted by automotive journalist Benoit Charette. The second new radio show is THE CAR SHOW, hosted by Tom Torbjornsen and produced at WBEN-930AM in Buffalo, NY. Both radio shows will debut on TACH in June, and feature interviews with leading automotive personalities, repair & maintenance tips, consumer information, and live phone calls from listeners. THE CAR SHOW can be heard live on Saturdays from Noon until 2PM, eastern time. STATION SERVICE will also run live on Saturdays from 5 to 7PM, eastern time. As with all shows on The Auto Channel, once the live episodes are concluded they will then be archived for continuous on-demand access to all Internet users. With the addition of these two shows, The Auto Channel will now present a total of four automotive radio shows every Saturday, offering the best and most diverse auto related information in the world. The four new television shows on The Auto Channel are AUTOLINE DETROIT, NIGHTLY AUTOMOTIVE REPORT, TEAM CHICAGO CHALLENGE, and PIT TALK LIVE. AUTOLINE DETROIT and NIGHTLY AUTOMOTIVE REPORT are both hosted by auto industry expert John McElroy. AUTOLINE DETROIT is a weekly half hour "Face the Nation" style discussion show. McElroy moderates a panel of reporters as they discuss the week's top auto news and interview a top industry insider. New episodes of AUTOLINE DETROIT run at 10AM ET on Sundays. NIGHTLY AUTOMOTIVE REPORT runs Monday through Friday at 7PM ET, presenting late breaking daily stories. The Friday night shows also feature weekly vehicle reviews. The shows are produced by Blue Sky Productions in Detroit. The Monday show is 30 minutes in length; Tuesday through Friday the shows are 5 minutes. TEAM CHICAGO CHALLENGE is a 30 minute weekly motorcycle racing show, hosted by Dan Schmitt, who is also a regular on OPEN ROAD RADIO (a weekly motorcycle show that can also be heard on TACH). This program features racing highlights, interviews, and general information. TCC appears on Fridays at 8PM ET. PIT TALK LIVE is a bi-weekly 60 minute interview and talk show produced in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. The show is hosted by Steve Turley and features the latest information in Sprint and Midget car racing. PIT TALK LIVE can be seen on Wednesdays at 7PM ET, beginning in July. New episodes of all six shows will debut each week at specific, regular times, similar to traditional broadcast and/or cablecast programs. However, thanks to the non-linear and nonrestrictive qualities afforded by the internets bottomless pit, the shows will also be archived and continuously available to users immediately after their initial play-dates and times. The six new shows join The Auto Channels existing twelve regularly scheduled television and radio shows. TACH also regularly presents special live coverage of the most important automotive and motor sports events, such as Daytona Speedweeks, Indianapolis 500, Los Angeles and Detroit Auto Shows, and the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week exposition in Las Vegas. A complete schedule of all shows can be found at: "http://www.theautochannel.com/cybercast/index.html?EVENTS". The main web address for The Auto Channel is "http://www.theautochannel.com". All shows broadcast on The Auto Channel Internetwork are available through streaming media technology. This allows internet users to watch and/or listen to video and audio materials almost instantaneously, and in real time. To present these shows The Auto Channel uses Microsoft's Windows Media Player. The software is free to all internet users and can be downloaded from The Auto Channel.