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Local March Madness TV Plans

By admin Published: March 17, 2009

Local CBS affiliate WOIO (Channel 19) will also use its companion station, WUAB (Channel 43), to get in all the Northeast Ohio-related games during the NCAA tournament. Akron-Gonzaga and Ohio State-Siena will be on 19, while Cleveland State-Wake Forest will be on 43. Details from the stations' announcement after the jump.

From the stations:

Here’s the broadcast schedule for the first day of the first round, broadcast in High Definition on Cleveland’s CBS 19:

Thursday, 3/19/09

Butler (9) vs. LSU (8) 12:20PM
N. Iowa (12) vs. Purdue (5) 2:30PM
Akron (13) vs. Gonzaga (4) 7:25PM
Western Ky (12) vs. Illinois (5) 9:45PM

Games will originate from the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, NC; the Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO; the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, PA; and the Rose Garden Arena in Portland, OR.
Two abbreviated telecasts of 19 Action News at Noon will air Thursday and Friday on CBS 19 to accommodate the start of the day’s tournament games. 19 Action News at Eleven will also air at the conclusion of CBS’ live prime time coverage.

First Round action continues on Friday, March 20th.
Friday, 3/20/09
Cleveland State (13) vs. Wake Forest (4) 9:30PM *My43 WUAB
Ohio State (8) vs. Siena (9) 9:30PM *CBS 19

Two of the later Friday games present a unique opportunity to broadcast live coverage of two games of area interest simultaneously. Cleveland State’s matchup with Wake Forest will be broadcast on My 43 WUAB, starting at 9:30pm. SMACKDOWN, the original program slotted for that time period, will be preempted and will be rebroadcast immediately following conclusion of basketball on WUAB. The move to WUAB of the Cleveland State / Wake Forest Game allows Ohio State fans to watch the Buckeyes play Siena on CBS 19. Tipoff is approximate and often determined by games previously played at the site.

Be advised that although stations receive an assigned game, CBS will take stations to different venues throughout the day. For viewers concerned about the soap operas on Thursday & Friday, they will return to the schedule on Monday, 3/23 and will pick up where they left off on Wed, 3/18.

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