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SOU Raiders, KDRV reach TV deal

The Southern Oregon Athletic Department has reached a dead with local ABC affiliate KDRV and webcast company Lyon Productions to broadcast Raider home events during the 2012-13 school year.

The deal will allow SOU games to be broadcast on KDRV's digital station 12-plus with a new and improved look for all home games that will be carried online thanks to Lyon Productions.

SOU football will debut on KDRV Saturday with a game against Montana-Western at Spiegelberg Stadium. Kick-off is slated for 1:05 p.m.

"This is a very big and important step for us as an athletic department as we try to reach more and more Raider fans in Southern Oregon and Northern California," SOU athletic director Matt Sayre said. "With the ever-changing world of technology it is important for us to remain at the forefront, and aligning ourselves with KDRV and Lyon Productions accomplishes that."

KDRV will air all five home football games and four away games live, and the station will also replay the games during the week. They will also air various home volleyball, basketball and wrestling events during the year. SOU is the first Cascade Collegiate Conference school to show live events on a network affiliated station and one of the few NAIA schools in the country to have such an arrangement.

"KDRV is proud of its partnership with Southern Oregon University and is excited to bring even more exclusive, live local sporting events to television," KDRV Director of Creative Services Bryan Johnson said. "With the addition of SOU Raider football games to the Newswatch 12-plus lineup, we're able to share a great local schedule of games with our viewers that they just can't see anywhere else."

Newswatch 12-plus is available over the air on channel 12.2, channel 291 on Charter Cable, Ashland TV channel 12.2 and on the Northland Cable system at channel 137.

The relationship with Lyon Productions will improve SOU's online webcasts for football, volleyball, basketball and wresting. The webcasts will now feature multiple cameras, instant replays, commercials and graphics. Games will also be archived for future viewing. Games online can be found at www.souraiders.com, the official online home for SOU Athletics.