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Trio of Hosts Named to Become Faces of 54321

Leeann Tweeden to Team with Extreme Sports Experts
Chad Towersey, Kip Williamson on New Fox Sports Net Show

Leeann Tweeden, a familiar face on Fox Sports Net, Chad Towersey and Kip Williamson have been named co-hosts of 54321, FSN's new daily extreme sports show that debuts Monday, Jan. 27. The 30-minute show airs weekdays at 5:30 PM local time, with convenient replays each evening in prime time and late night.

Tweeden has a highly-visible presence on FSN through her work on the long-running action sports series Bluetorch and as a regular contributor on the nightlyBest Damn Sports Show Period.

Towersey and Williamson join Tweeden as co-hosts for the first topical daily program covering the phenomenon of extreme sports. Both Towersey and Williamson are accomplished extreme sports athletes and will provide insider looks at all aspects of the world that they have help make so popular today. Towersey is a noted surfer, while Williamson is a leading figure in the BMX community.

"We have put together a talented and knowledgeable trio of studio hosts that can deliver in an entertaining format all of the insight, analysis and lifestyle news that 54321 provides five days a week," said Gary Considine, Executive Producer, 54321. "Our audience will immediately recognize Leeann, particularly from the Bluetorch show, and Chad and Kip bring the athlete's up-close perspective. Kip's very experienced viewpoint and Chad's fresh-off-the-waves approach should be an exceptional combination."

In addition to travelling the world covering the action sports scene as the host of Bluetorch, Tweeden has also handled FSN reporting duties for such high profile events as the Super Bowl, Kentucky Derby and the Oscars. She also has co-hosted cable TV shows Fitness Beach on ESPN and episodes of E! Entertainment's Wild On. The 29-year-old Tweeden is also one of the nation's leading models, and was the on-air host of the Venus Swimwear International Model Search for four years.

With 16 years of experience in extreme sports, Williamson brings a wide-ranging background to 54321. Primarily in the BMX category, Williamson has worked as a broadcaster, emcee, director and producer in addition to his successful competitive athletic career as a bicyclist. He has served as an announcer for NBC Sports' Gravity Games the past four years, as well as covering the Van's Triple Crown of BMX on NBC and FSN. Williamson, who is 28 years old and resides in Orlando, also has done work on ESPN's extreme sports events.

Towersey, a 23-year-old Southern California native, is a member of the Volcom surf team. He also has had stints in the skate and snow scenes. Fresh out of Loyola Marymount University with a degree in TV production, Towersey has television and film experience through an appearance in the surf film STONEY BALONEY, a production credit for a new film entitled SNAPT and work with David E. Kelley Productions on the television show THE PRACTICE.

54321 targets the sports, the lifestyle and the culture that Generation Y and Americans of many ages are embracing. The show provides complete coverage of action sports including skateboarding, surfing, snowboarding, BMX and Moto-X.

Fox Sport Net Bay Area reaches more than 3.6 million households in Northern California and Northern Nevada. Fox Sports Net Bay Area's programming includes San Francisco Giants and Oakland A's baseball, Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings basketball, San Jose Sharks hockey, San Jose Earthquakes soccer, "The Best Damn Sports Show Period," NASCAR, and "54321." Fox Sports Net Bay Area is managed by Rainbow Sports Networks.

Rainbow Sports Networks is a division of Rainbow Media Holdings, Inc., a subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE:CVC). Fox Sports Net reaches more than 79 million households nationwide and is a service of National Sports Partners, equally owned by Rainbow Media Holdings, Inc., and Fox Entertainment Group. Rainbow Sports Networks incorporates Rainbow's 50% ownership in Fox Sports Net and Fox Sports National Advertising and the ownership and management of Fox Sports Net regional networks in five of the nation's largest markets: Chicago, San Francisco, New England, Ohio and Florida.

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