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App State TV to Broadcast Football Opener Against Howard Across N.C., Also on ESPN3

Appalachian State University football’s season opener versus Howard on Sept. 5 will be televised in nearly four million homes across North Carolina. Photo by Dave Mayo / App State Athletics

Appalachian State University football’s season opener versus Howard on Sept. 5 will be televised in nearly four million homes across North Carolina, Appalachian State associate athletics director for broadcast operations David Jackson announced on Monday.

Thanks to Appalachian State athletics’ significant recent upgrades to its video capabilities and commitment to producing HD-quality live broadcasts, the telecast of the football lid-lifter against Howard will be produced by App State TV. The App State TV production will be carried live on WCCB (Ch. 18) in Charlotte, WMYA (Ch. 40) in Asheville, WXII (MeTV – Ch. 12.2) in the Triad and WRAZ (MeTV – Ch. 50.2) in the Triangle. The four stations all reside in top 50 national markets and reach a total of 3,803,400 households.

Additionally, per the Sun Belt Conference’s television partnership with ESPN, the App State TV telecast will also reach 99 million homes on ESPN3.

Veteran broadcaster Patrick Kinas will serve as the play-by-play announcer for Appalachian State-Howard. Kinas boasts over 20 years of radio and TV broadcast experience, most notably as the radio voice of the Durham Bulls since 2012. On television, Kinas possesses a wealth of experience calling play-by-play on national and regional networks, including broadcasts of Conference USA football and basketball on CBS Sports Network, the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) and Comcast Sports South (CSS).

Joining Kinas in the booth to provide color commentary will be Appalachian State Hall of Famer Avery Hall. Hall was a standout defensive tackle at App State from 1989-92, earning first-team all-Southern Conference honors all four seasons and first-team all-America recognition as a senior. He was elected into the Appalachian Athletics Hall of Fame in 1999. Hall previously served as the analyst for Mountaineer football radio broadcasts from 1998-2004 and is currently a member of the Appalachian State University Board of Trustees.

Former Appalachian State linebacker Karl Anderson will handle sideline reporting for App State TV. Anderson was a second-team all-SoCon selection after leading the Mountaineers with 113 tackles as a senior in 2013. The Pilot Point, Texas native arrived at Appalachian as a walk-on and finished with 186 tackles in 46 games to go along with two degrees from the University (BS – 2012, MBA – 2014). In addition to extensive on-air experience with various App State TV projects, Anderson serves as the academic advisor for Appalachian State’s football program.

In addition to putting its six-game winning streak (fifth-longest in the nation), the 2015 opener versus Howard also serves as Appalachian State’s annual Hall of Fame Day. A star-studded induction class of legendary football coach Jerry Moore (1989-2012), football stars Armanti Edwards (2006-09), Chip Hooks (1991-94) and Daniel Wilcox (1999-2000) and women’s cross country/track and field standout Leigh Cooper Wallace (1988-92) will be honored throughout the game at Kidd Brewer Stadium, which kicks 3:30 p.m.

Tickets for the 2015 season opener are still available but selling briskly. Tickets can be purchased online at appstatesports.com/tickets, by phone at (828) 262-2079 or in person at the Appalachian State athletics ticket office, located at the Holmes Center.