Steamboat TV18 morning show resumes Wednesday
Watch Steamboat TV18 morning show clips online at http://www.steamboatpilot.com, and check out the show’s latest news on its Steamboat Today page on Facebook.
Steamboat Springs — Skiers and snowboarders looking for early morning snow reports this season simply can turn on their TVs.
Steamboat TV18’s live morning show, “Steamboat Today,” goes back on the air at 7 a.m. Wednesday, after a break since April. The retooled show will air from 7 to 9 a.m. Mondays through Fridays throughout the 2010-11 ski season. It can be found on Channel 18 for Comcast cable subscribers who live in Steamboat Springs.
The show will feature familiar co-hosts Harper Louden and Mike Polucci along with in-studio guests; constantly updated weather reports; “on-mountain” hosts Lee Smith and Peter McMillan reporting from Steamboat Ski Area; hourly contests and prizes; and snow conditions displayed on-screen as soon as ski area officials report them at about 5 a.m.
“We’re very excited to be live again,” said Polucci, who is Steamboat TV18’s general manager in addition to his role as morning show co-host. “Turn on your TV for your early ski report, your weather and your webcams.”
Steamboat TV18 is owned by WorldWest LLC, parent company of the Steamboat Pilot & Today. The live morning show broadcasts out of the newspaper’s building on Steamboat’s west side. The station is an affiliate of Outside Television, the broadcasting arm of the Outside magazine brand.
Polucci said Steamboat TV18 has a new feature that’s on-screen around the clock to display snow conditions, weather reports, rotating views from webcams across Routt County and more. The feature displays information in a vertical box along the viewer’s left side of the screen, meaning the latest ski conditions are just a click of the remote away. In late afternoon and evening hours, Polucci said, the feature will offer information about après ski events and other nighttime happenings.
Wednesday’s broadcast will kick off the fourth season of live shows for “Steamboat Today.” Louden is the show’s producer and has been a co-host since the show’s inception.
The show is designed to give residents and visitors an inside edge on local activities, deals and more.
“It’s really about getting up and getting ready for your day,” Polucci said.
Wednesday’s show, for example, features Seth Mathey, of Surefoot custom boot fitters, in One Steamboat Place at the ski base, and a live music performance. The live show on Thanksgiving Day will include a segment about how to safely deep-fry a turkey.
The on-mountain hosts will be familiar to many local radio listeners.
Lee Smith and Peter McMillan work for NRC Broadcasting in addition to their new roles with Steamboat TV18. Smith is a director of promotions and disc jockey on 95.5 The Mountain. McMillan is an account executive and disc jockey on 105.5 KFMU.
“They’re very social, outgoing, fun, experienced media people,” Polucci said. “We’re very excited to have them on board.”
Each day’s live show will be uploaded to http://www.steamboat
pilot.com on weekday mornings, meaning those who aren’t early risers can catch the program online.
Scott Stanford, general manager of the Steamboat Pilot & Today, said that integration is mutually beneficial.
“The ability to share content with Steamboat TV18 enhances the newspaper, our websites and TV18,” Stanford said. “We’re excited about the continued growth of our television product.”
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