Friday, October 29, 2010

CBC Celebrates 100 Years of Rider Football

In the week leading up to the last Rider home game of the season, CBC Saskatchewan is celebrating the anniversary of the Saskatchewan Roughriders. From November 1 to 5, watch CBC News: Saskatchewan at 5, 5:30 and 6 and tune in to CBC Radio One as we highlight features, stories and contests tied to the province’s fabled football team. There will also be chances to win Rider-autographed prizes.

Rider Week on CBC Television and CBC Radio One will feature stories about the team and the fans you won't see or hear anywhere else. "We hope people will tune in and enjoy our tribute to the Roughriders as much as we enjoyed putting it together!” says Paul Dederick, Executive Producer of News at CBC Saskatchewan.

A one-hour documentary will broadcast on CBC Radio One’s The Morning Edition, Thursday, November 4 at 7:05 a.m. The week culminates with a one-hour special Rider Century: A Saskatchewan Story on CBC Television on Friday, November 5 at 5:00 p.m.

Rider Century: A Saskatchewan Story chronicles the story of a football team and its fans who together have faced more than their share of adversity over the last 100 years. It covers the highs and the lows, the Grey Cup victories and the heartbreaking losses. And off field it covers the tragedy of the 1956 plane crash, and the scandals that rocked the team and its fans. Through it all the team and the people who support it have shown extraordinary resilience. Year after year they keep coming back for more because there's always that hope next year will be better.

Rider fans can tune in all week to CBC News: Saskatchewan and take part in the “Gene the CBC Rider Gnome” contest for a chance to win signed Rider gear and iPod touches. To enter watch CBC News: Saskatchewan at 5, 5:30 and 6. Each night during the weather forecast, Dan Reynish will reveal a photo of “Gene the Gnome” and you’ll be asked to identify his location. The first person to call the prize line at 1-800-563-2221 and correctly identify the Gnome’s location will win one of the following prizes:

• “Saskatchewan Roughriders First 100 Years” book signed by Marcus Adams

• Saskatchewan Roughriders jersey signed by Marcus Adams

• Saskatchewan Roughriders football signed by Kitwana Jones

• Gene the CBC Rider Gnome signed by Chris Getzlaf and Weston Dressler

• One of 3 iPod Touches

On CBC Radio One's The Morning Edition, sportscaster Glenn Reid devotes an hour of the program to the Rider Century. We’ll hear from ten top voices in Rider Nation, including George Reed, Roger Aldag, Darian Durant and others as they talk about the centennial celebration and their time on the team. Listeners will have a chance to win a Rider Game Survival Kit that includes a Saskatchewan Roughrider flag signed by Kitwana Jones and Rider winter weather gear to wear to the last home game. Tune in on Tuesday, November 2 between 6:00 and 8:30 a.m. for contest details.

In addition to special programming on CBC Radio and CBC Television be sure to check out Rider Century, a special on-line feature at featuring 25 vignettes profiling players from over the past 100 years.

CBC Television is now available on Bell TV satellite on channel 247 and continues to be available in Regina via cable on Access channel 4, SaskTel Max channel 3, or off-line on channel 9 and in Saskatoon on Shaw Cable channel 12, SaskTel Max channel 3 and off-line on channel 11. Across the country, Star Direct channel 298 on the "Classic" line-up or channel 28 on the "Advanced” line-up.

CBC Radio One is heard throughout the province on 540 AM, in Regina on 102.5 FM and in Saskatoon on 94.1 FM.

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