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Bounce Memphis to debut ON WMC-TV 5-2

ON Monday, September 26

Memphis, TN 9/21/11 – Bounce Memphis (http://bouncetv.com), the nation’s first-ever over-the-air broadcast television network designed for African-American audiences, launches on Monday, September 26. It will be seen on WMC-TV 5’s digital channel 5-2. On Comcast, Bounce Memphis will be on channel 906.

Bounce Memphis will air twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. The new network will feature a programming mix of movies, TV series, live sporting events, documentaries, specials, inspirational faith-based programs, and original programming.

The new Bounce network is tailor-made for the Memphis television market according to WMC-TV 5 General Manager Lee Meredith.

“Memphis is the 13th largest market in the nation in terms of African-American television viewers,” Meredith said. “We’re happy to be able to provide high quality programming that will be entertaining for them and for other people as well. “

Bounce Memphis will feature hundreds of movies including: Jamie Foxx’s 2004 Academy Award-winning performance as Ray Charles in Ray; Denzel Washington’s Academy Award-nominated role in The Hurricane; The Bone Collector, which pairs Washington with Angelina JolieSpike Lee’s Do The Right Thing, Jungle Fever, Mo’ Better Blues; The Nutty Professor I and II, starring Eddie Murphy; Bowfinger starring Murphy and Steve Martin; Michael Jackson and Diana Ross headlining The Wiz;  the 1995 comedy Major Payne with Damon Wayans; Dave Chappelle’s Block Party (2005), the 1976 classic Car Wash and more.

Live sports and events will be part of the Bounce Memphis schedule and the network also has a multi-year rights agreement with Urban Sports Entertainment Group (USEG) to televise both football and basketball games from the nation’s largest African American athletic conference, the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA.) 

Martin Luther King III and Ambassador Young are part of Bounce TV’s founding group and Board of Directors.  

“September 26 will be an important milestone as we launch the first-ever independently owned and operated broadcast television network featuring African Americans,” said Mr. King III.

“Beginning September 26, our network will deliver free programming for our vastly under-served community and be accessible free, to all homes.  We look forward to Bounce TV entertaining African American viewers, and frankly all Americans, for many years to come,” commented Ambassador Young.

Bounce Memphis will replace “Weather Plus” on WMC-TV 5’s digital channel 5-2. The Action News 5 Storm Tracking Team will continue to provide hourly weather updates on Bounce TV to keep viewers informed of Mid-South weather.

Raycom, an employee-owned company, is one of the nation’s largest broadcasters and owns and/or operates 46 television stations in 36 markets and 18 states. Raycom stations cover 12.7% of U.S. television households and employ nearly 3,500 individuals in full and part-time positions. In addition to television stations, Raycom owns Raycom Sports (a marketing, production and events management and distribution company in Charlotte) and Broadview Media (a post production/telecommunications company based in Montgomery). Raycom is also responsible for the design and hosting of Alabama's Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail website.

Further information about Raycom can be found at the corporate website, http://www.raycommedia.com.


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