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Frontier Communications and the School of Communication & Media Studies Celebrate Successful Launch of Vantage Sports Network

Live broadcasts from campus provide all-local sports access for Connecticut’s Frontier customers

Student producers speak at the launch of the Vantage Sports Network.

Frontier Communications and Sacred Heart University’s School of Communication & Media Arts (SCMA) recently celebrated the successful launch of Vantage Sports Network (VSN-CT), a new, all-local channel dedicated to bringing viewers year-round coverage of Connecticut’s high school, collegiate and youth sports.

The channel, exclusive to Frontier’s Vantage TV™ customers, broadcasts live games from across the state and features a nightly live highlights show called CT Sports NOW. Content and programming is being developed by Noah Finz, former WTNH Sports Director and owner of Finz Creative Programming.

“Vantage Sports Network is a great example of Frontier Communications’ commitment to providing our customers with a superior entertainment experience,” said Paul Quick, senior vice president and general manager for Frontier’s Connecticut operations. “This channel not only allows people to catch their favorite local games, but it allows us to continue our community, athletic and academic partnerships—something that is very important to us and the customers we serve.”

Sacred Heart University serves as the official home of the VSN-CT studio, which is inside SHU’s TV studios at the Frank and Marisa Martire Business & Communications Center. This partnership between SHU and Frontier also involves two full-time SHU graduate students and approximately a dozen undergraduates who work and volunteer with VSN-CT, gaining experience in field producing, editing, directing and control room management.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for students interested in working in the sports broadcasting industry to gain valuable, hands-on involvement that will allow them to enter the job market with solid, relevant experience on their résumés,” said Finz. “I’ve been working with these students day-in and day-out for the past few weeks, and I am extraordinarily impressed with their hard work, dedication and enthusiasm for making VSN-CT a top-notch production.”

Andrew Miller, associate professor of communication and media studies, also noted the hands-on opportunities resulting from the partnership. “With its state-of the-art facilities, professionally trained faculty and dynamic internship possibilities, Sacred Heart University provides its sports media students with an excellent academic foundation,” Miller said. “Building on this tradition, we are very excited about our partnership with Frontier Communications and the Vantage Sports Network. It is a tremendous opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students in the SCMA to get hands-on experience producing a professional sports show. If you want to go into the sports media field, there isn’t a school that’s better located than Sacred Heart University.”

Students, faculty and staff from SHU, including Executive Director of Athletics Bobby Valentine, attended the launch with Frontier President & CEO Dan McCarthy and other company leaders. Among the special guests were Congressman Jim Himes, State Sen. Tony Hwang, State Rep. Cristin McCarthy-Vahey, State Rep. Laura Devlin, State Rep. Dave Rutigliano, Fairfield First Selectman Michael Tetreau and George Norfleet from the state Department of Economic Development.

The pep rally-style event was supported by SHU’s cheerleading squad and the students who work at VSN-CT, who were recognized during the event and provided tours of the studio to interested guests. The crowd also included dozens of athletic directors and coaches from colleges and school systems across the state, as well as representatives from Frontier’s many sport-related partnerships.

Current Vantage TV customers can watch VSN-CT on channels 600 or 1600 (HD). Prospective customers looking for information on Vantage TV should visit http://frontier.com/VantageTV.