SHOW CELEBRATING SPORTSMANSHIP IN AMERICA WILL AIR ON CBS ON DEC. 21
ST. LOUIS – Oct. 7, 2019 – Al Roker Entertainment, the production arm of iconic NBC TODAY Show anchor and weatherman Al Roker, has signed on to produce the nationally-televised Musial Awards as the event’s 2019 broadcast production partner. The National Sportsmanship Foundation and the St. Louis Sports Commission, which oversee the Musial Awards, made the announcement today.
Al Roker Entertainment (ARE) will package the Musial Awards into a one-hour television special that will air on CBS on Saturday, Dec. 21 at 2 p.m. EST. The telecast will also run at least twice on cable’s CBS Sports Network. The Musial Awards live show takes place on Nov. 23 at Stifel Theatre in St. Louis.
“I’m a big baseball fan, and I actually remember Stan The Man from my childhood and the integrity for which he was known,” commented Al Roker. “I’m honored to work with the National Sportsmanship Foundation and my friends in St. Louis to broadcast the legendary Musial Awards, and their vital message of good sportsmanship to a national audience.”
“We are grateful for the interest and enthusiasm Al Roker and his team have shown the Musial Awards,” said Marc Schreiber, executive producer of the Musial Awards and vice president of the St. Louis Sports Commission. “To have our St. Louis-grown event capture the attention of a national production company of Al Roker Entertainment’s caliber is gratifying. We are thrilled to be working with ARE, sharing remarkable stories of sportsmanship with the nation and elevating the impact of the most important awards in sports.”
The Musial Awards – presented by Maryville University – celebrate the year’s greatest moments of sportsmanship and those in sports who embody class and character. The event is named for Baseball Hall of Famer and St. Louis Cardinals legend Stan Musial, a beloved superstar and civic icon who personified sportsmanship. Shining a spotlight on kindness, selflessness, integrity and civility, the Musial Awards aim to inspire people across the nation to be good sports.
The production of the Musial Awards telecast is overseen by ARE Executive Vice President Tracie Brennan, in partnership with EMME Solutions. Al Roker will serve as Executive Producer along with Shana Scott of mOdat Productions. Content for the show will also be provided by St. Louis-based Onyour6 Productions, which previously produced the Musial Awards broadcast. The show will be hosted by veteran St. Louis TV news and sports anchor Mike Bush, who has served as master of ceremonies for the Musial Awards since its launch in 2005.
Tickets for the 2019 Musial Awards are on sale through Ticketmaster. More information can be found at MusialAwards.com/tickets. Showtime for the live show on Nov. 23 is 6:15 p.m. CST. The Musial Awards will announce its 2019 honorees later this month.
The Musial Awards takes place annually on the Saturday before Thanksgiving at the historic 3,100-seat Stifel Theatre in Downtown St. Louis. Over time, the event has honored the most remarkable acts of sportsmanship and some of the most respected people in sports. Honorees have included the late golf legend Arnold Palmer; Baseball Hall of Famers Joe Torre, Cal Ripken Jr., and Jim Thome; Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee; women’s basketball star Tamika Catchings; NASCAR driver Carl Edwards; Little League World Series sensation Mo’ne Davis; sportscaster Ernie Johnson; and Loyola University Basketball Chaplain Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt.
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Launched in 1994 and led by thirteen-time Emmy award-winning TV personality and trusted multi-media authority Al Roker, Al Roker Entertainment produces content for distribution across a variety of platforms around the world, including broadcast, cable, digital, OTT, podcast, and streaming technologies. As a forward-thinking production services provider, ARE partners with a varied creative consortium of producers, directors, writers, creative directors, agencies, and talent to ideate, produce, activate and amplify content. ARE’s slate encompasses unscripted, scripted, branded, and digital programming for top television and digital channels including The Weather Channel, Science Channel, Nat Geo, Food Network, Discovery, TLC, Hallmark, NBC, CBS, Lifetime, Pluto TV, Twitch, YouTube, Facebook and many others.