NATCHITOCHES, La. - Cox Sports Television, in association with Louisiana Sports Writers Association productions, debuts its coverage of the 2011 Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremonies this Wednesday night at 6 p.m. CST.
The telecast will feature highlights from the induction ceremony held last month at the Natchitoches Events Center, along with showing the progress of construction of the permanent Hall of Fame building which is being built on historic Front Street in Natchitoches.
Inducted at this year's ceremony, presented by Chesapeake Energy, were three members of the New Orleans Saints - Vaughan Johnson, Morten Anderson and Buford Jordan - high school coaching legend Don Shows of West Monroe, basketball great Slick Watts (Xavier-NO, Seattle, NO Jazz), baseball star Todd Walker (LSU-seven major league teams), Kyla Hall Holas (the first softball player of the Yvette Girouard era at Louisiana-Lafayette to be inducted) and the late LSU athletics director T. P. Heard.
This is the ninth straight year the event has been televised on a tape-delayed basis by Cox Sports Television and its more than two million homes. CST is currently carried on video distributors in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Virginia.
"The Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Foundation is grateful to CST for providing highlights of the 2011 Hall of Fame induction," said Lisa Babin, President and CEO of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Foundation. "It allows those who could not attend to enjoy this inspiring and entertaining event."
CST's Lyn Rollins and Baton Rouge NBC 33 TV news anchor Tammi Arender return to host the ceremonies along with LSWA Past President Kent Lowe, who again produced the broadcast for the LSWA.
"The tie between the Louisiana Sports Writers Association and CST is something that is very important to all of us involved with this broadcast which started in 2003," said Lowe, currently the LSWA treasurer. "CST's commitment to quality programs and their belief in what we are trying to do with the Hall of Fame makes our partnership on these telecasts very valuable indeed."
Following the debut telecast, the show will also air in July on the following dates: Thursday at 4 p.m.; Saturday at 10 a.m.; Sunday at 10:30 p.m.; July 20 at 3:30 p.m.; July 23 at 9 p.m.; July 25 at noon; July 28 at 4 p.m. and July 31 at 10:30 p.m. All times listed are Central Standard Time.
Highlighting the telecast will be speeches from all the inductees and presenters like former LSU baseball coach Skip Bertman, former New Orleans high school coach Bernard Griffith and former Saints quarterback Bobby Hebert's hilarious introduction of Anderson which ran "slightly" over the three minute time limit requested by the Hall and didn't include a mention of Anderson until several minutes into his speech.
Along with Chesapeake Energy, the show also continues its relationship as it has for all nine years of the telecast with State Farm Insurance, a Hall of Fame champion partner, with 38 Louisiana agents participating this year to help sponsor the show.