BOSTON, MA – June 8, 2000 — FOX Sports Net New England today announced that Eric Frede and Gary Tanguay have been named the lead anchors for 11PM REGIONAL SPORTS REPORT, the new, live and local half-hour sports news show that debuts July 31st. David Woodman, Senior Vice President and General Manager, FOX Sports Net New England, made the announcement.
Frede joined FOX Sports Net in January, 1999. A New England native, Frede covers a wide array of sports for FOX Sports Net. An integral part of the Emmy Award winning Celtics on-air team, Frede hosted Celtics Gamenight and Celtics Central during the 1999-2000 season. Frede also calls play-by-play for the Hockey East Game of the Week and the New England Revolution.
Tanguay has more than twenty years experience in the broadcast radio and television industry. Most recently, he worked as a sports anchor/reporter with WBZ-TV4 in Boston, MA. During his two-and-a-half-year tenure at WBZ-TV4, Tanguay traveled with the Boston Bruins and New England Patriots and served as a host on Sports Final.
“Our network has covered New England sports for nearly 20 years, and with the launch of REGIONAL SPORTS REPORT, we are expanding upon our commitment to be the center of the universe for local New England sports news and information,” said Woodman. “Eric and Gary are two of the best new talents on the New England sports scene. Working with the entire FOX Sports Net reporting team, they will deliver the most comprehensive local sports news to the most knowledgeable fans in the country.”
Before joining FOX Sports Net, Frede worked as a sports anchor at two ABC affiliates, WMUR-TV in New Hampshire and WVII-TV in Maine. Frede has received awards for his play-by-play, anchoring and reporting work, including the Edward R. Murrow National Award for Sports Reporting. Frede received a Bachelor of Science in Television and Radio from Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York.
“I am truly excited about this new opportunity with FOX Sports Net,” said Frede. “The network continues to grow by leaps and bounds, and the launch of REGIONAL SPORTS REPORT is another example of the network’s mission to be the premier source for local sports news, events and entertainment.”
Arriving on the New England television scene in 1995, Tanguay has worked with WGMC television in Worcester, WLVI-TV-56 in Boston and New England Cable News, in addition to his work with WBZ. In 1998, he was recognized with the Associated Press Best Sports Feature Award for his portrayal of the Joey DeGrandis story, a local boxing champion. A native of Rumford, Maine, Tanguay holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Speech Communications from the University of Maine.
“REGIONAL SPORTS REPORT will give fans more in-depth New England sports news than any other locally-produced show,” said Tanguay. “We will be the ultimate destination for news about New England’s pro teams, while providing an inside look at the top collegiate and scholastic stories. For the New England sports fan, it doesn’t get any better than this, and I’m thrilled to be a part of such an ambitious new show.”
REGIONAL SPORTS REPORT will debut in New England on July 31st at 11:00 PM and will be the place New England sports fans turn every night for the most comprehensive look at the world of sports from a local, hometown perspective. The format provides for heavy emphasis on key local stories and will also include important national sports stories that impact New England sports fans.
All the reporting and news gathering for REGIONAL SPORTS REPORT will be done locally, with teams of full-time reporters, correspondents and videographers located throughout the state, dedicated 24-hours a day, 7-days a week to covering New England sports news.
REGIONAL SPORTS REPORT will be produced in FOX Sports Net’s Woburn studios. Steve Reagan will serve as Executive Producer and Terence Rielly will be the Producer of REGIONAL SPORTS REPORT.
The REGIONAL SPORTS REPORT will complement FOX Sports Net’s NATIONAL SPORTS REPORT, which airs nightly at 10:00 PM and 12:00 AM locally. REGIONAL SPORTS REPORT will be immediately followed at 11:30 PM by “The Last Word with Jim Rome.”
FOX Sports Net reaches more than 3.5 million viewers in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.
FOX Sports Net reaches more than 70 million households nationwide. FOX Sports Net is a service of National Sports Partners, equally owned by Cablevision’s Rainbow Media Holdings, Inc., and FOX Entertainment Group.
FOX Sports Net New England is a service of Rainbow Sports, a division of Cablevision’s Rainbow Media Holdings, Inc. Rainbow Sports has been dedicated to “Home Team” fans for nearly 20 years. Rainbow Sports incorporates all of Rainbow’s sports assets, including its 50 percent ownership of FOX Sports Net and FOX Sports National Advertising, the Madison Square Garden Properties, and the ownership and management of seven regional sports networks in six of the nation’s largest markets — Chicago, Florida, New England, New York, Ohio and San Francisco.
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