Sky21 Changes Ownership; Now Covers Rome Braves PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 09 August 2017 19:25
Local television station WKSY (Channel 21) has changed ownership and the new owners have new ideas, like covering the Rome Braves baseball games.
The station's creator, Terry Adams, transferred the FCC licenses in June to Altennga Broadcasting, LLC.
“We are very excited to begin a new venture where we can bring an increased level of original, local sports and entertainment programming to the Northwest Georgia and surrounding viewing audience,” said Altennga managing partner Scott Hicken.
That original content started earlier this month with a live broadcast of the Rome Braves game. Veteran sportscaster Grant McAuley called the game as the Braves faced Asheville.
The other broadcasts will include the final two home games on Aug. 26 against Greensboro and on Sept. 2 during the final regular season home stand against Columbia.
All broadcasts will be carried live. McAuley, the host of “Around the Big Leagues” on Atlanta’s 92.9 The Game (WZGC), has been involved in the Braves organization since 2005. 
"It's such an exciting time down on the farm in the Braves organization, so it's a thrill to be able to connect with one of the premiere affiliates in minor league baseball. The Rome Braves have some of the best talent in the entire system, and that makes it must see TV for Braves fans. I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to get back behind a microphone in a city that has meant so much to me. As a graduate of Shorter University, this partnership between WKSY and the Rome Braves allows me a chance to get back to my roots so to speak. I've been a Braves fan all my life and calling baseball games has been my passion, which makes this a truly unique occasion. I'm excited to get started." 
The television station plans to continue programming that Adams started. 
“Terry Adams founded Sky 21 Television on the belief that he could offer a unique product to his neighbors. And he did just that- offering 'home-grown' religious, sports and political programming that directly impacted area viewers. We want to take that base he built, and expand it to include more- more local sporting events, more local politics, more religious programming, and more involvement from the community in what goes out over their airwaves,” Hicken said.
Adams, a life-long Chattooga County resident, said he has enjoyed working with local merchants and leaders of the community for many years and is looking forward to some time off and then returning later in a sales and technical support role.
Altennga Broadcasting’s Technical Manager Robert Lipop says he is looking forward to the challenge of increasing SKY 21’s local offerings.
"We are very excited to be here carrying on what Terry has built with Sky21. We want to make the channel more and more about the region's talent and interests. We hope to use our sports and entertainment broadcast experience to produce and broadcast shows of interest to this community as well as increase the coverage area," Lipop said.
WKSY is comprised of six digital broadcast channels: 21.1 (The Family Channel), 21.2 (RETRO TV), 21.3 (3ABN), 21.4 (Atlanta’s WATL-TV), 21.5 (local information and advertising), and 21.6 (3ABN Radio). WKSYTV’s broadcast signal reaches more than 300,000 homes in Northwest Georgia and Northeast Alabama, with cable coverage provided by Charter and Envision.

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