Wednesday, September 15, 2004 — FSN and FUEL, in conjunction with Quiksilver Entertainment, will premiere FUEL’S 54321 WEEKLY UPDATE, the new, fast-paced half-hour weekly spin-off of FSN’s original 54321, this Saturday, September 18th on FSN, with additional viewing opportunities on FUEL throughout the weekend.
The premiere episode of FUEL’S 54321 WEEKLY UPDATE will feature complete coverage of the LG Action Sports Championships taking place at the Los Angeles County Fair in Southern California, plus highlights from the Vans Triple Crown of Freestyle Motocross in Phoenix and the Quiksilver Pro Japan, an ASP WCT surf contest. The premiere will also recap the recent TransWorld SNOWboarding Riders’ Poll Awards, and will have an exclusive one-on-one interview with skateboard legend Christian Hosoi, who was recently released from prison after serving a four-year sentence for drug possession.
Brent Ringenbach, formerly a sports anchor and reporter at KCPQ-TV in Seattle, will be the host of FUEL’s 54321 WEEKLY UPDATE. Born in Auburn, Washington as the youngest of three sons of a high school football, basketball and baseball coach, Brent has been a sports enthusiast his entire life; in addition to participating in traditional sports, Brent started BMX racing at age 10, while on the snow front he started skiing at the age of five and continues to free ski today. In the summer months, Brent wakeboards on Washington’s scenic Lake Sammamish. A Broadcast Journalism graduate of San Diego State University, Brent first worked at KNSD-TV in San Diego before making his way back to the Pacific Northwest. He executive produced and reported for the Seattle Mariners’ magazine show, “On Deck with the Mariners, on Seattle’s CBS affiliate and after five years moved to local FOX affiliate KCPQ as a sports anchor/reporter.
An exciting feature of FUEL’s 54321 WEEKLY UPDATE, Surfline.com – the world’s most popular online destination for surfers – will be providing weekly surf reports and weather forecasts for the East Coast, West Coast and Hawaii. In addition, TransWorld Media, publisher of eight action sports titles including TransWorld SKATEboarding, TransWorld SNOWboarding and new industry trade, TransWorld Business, is partnering with FUEL to produce weekly interstitial segments featuring content from all of TransWorld’s various titles.
FUEL’S 54321 WEEKLY UPDATE will be a highlight-driven action sports news program, reviewing each week’s happenings in action sports and previewing upcoming events and demonstrations. The show will also report on athlete endorsement deals, new action sports product releases and cultural events, including film premieres and art festivals, from around the globe. In the winter months, the show will also provide skiers and snowboarders with guidance on where to find the best powder.
For specific FSN times and local listings, visit www.msn.foxsports.com. FUEL’s 54321 WEEKLY UPDATE will air on FUEL Saturdays at 4:36pmET/PT, Sundays at 10:03amET/PT and 3:07pmET/PT, and Mondays at 5:31pmET/2:31pmPT only.
FSN reaches more than 82 million homes through its network of 20 regional sports channels. FSN, based in Los Angeles, serves as the cable TV home to 65 of the 80 MLB, NHL and NBA teams based in the United States, and produces over 4,700 live events each year. In addition to home team games, FSN telecasts a wide variety of national sports events and programming, including BEST DAMN SPORTS SHOW PERIOD, I,MAX, BEYOND THE GLORY, THE SPORTS LIST and FSN ACROSS AMERICA. For the latest up-to-the-minute sports news and opinions, visit the FOX Sports/FSN website at www.msn.FOXSports.com.
FUEL is the original 24-hour US cable and satellite network dedicated to the world of action sports. As a driving force in youth culture, action sports have captured the imagination, energy and excitement of a generation. FUEL covers both competitive and free-riding action in the arenas of skateboarding, surfingg, BMX, freestyle motocross, snowboarding and wakeboarding. Launched on July 1, 2003, FUEL is a division of Fox Cable Networks. To see if you get FUEL, visit www.fuel.tv.
Quiksilver Entertainment, a division of Quiksilver (www.quiksilver.com), is the leading entertainment and brand marketer in the action sports industry, leveraging Quiksilver’s position as the definitive boardriding lifestyle brand to create entertainment marketing properties that span the arenas of film, television, publishing, product placement, sponsorships and cross-promotion. Quiksilver Entertainment creates original branded content, in addition to forming corporate partnerships with leaders in the fields of consumer electronics, telecommunications, automotive, packaged goods and more. Some of its properties include MTV’s “Surf Girls, Fox Sports Net’s “5-4-3-2-1 and Boost Mobile’s “Roxy Phone. Founded in 2002, Quiksilver Entertainment is located in Huntington Beach, CA.
Surfline is the leading provider of surf report and forecast information to consumers, businesses and government agencies worldwide. Headquartered in Huntington Beach, California, Surfline delivers timely, accurate and comprehensive data on a daily basis via phone, fax, wireless web and the Internet. The company’s world-renowned website, Surfline.com, is visited by more users each month than any other action or water sports website. Surfline has the largest and most loyal daily audience of surf and beach enthusiasts in the world. Since 1985, Surfline has merged premier surf report and forecast talent with industry-leading technology to produce “must-have content of unparalleled quality aimed at active participants in the sports of surfing, windsurfing, bodysurfing and bodyboarding. www.surfline.com
TransWorld Media, based in Oceanside, California, is a division Time4 Media(tm), the world’s leading publisher of leisure-time magazines. Time4 is also the leading publisher of young men’s magazines through its’ TransWorld Teen Group of titles which include: TransWorld SNOWboarding, TransWorld SKATEboarding, Ride BMX, TransWorld SURF, TransWorld BMX, FREEZE, and TransWorld MotoCross. Time4 Media is a subsidiary of Time Inc., which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Time Warner Inc. (NYSE: TWX). www.transworldmatrix.com