Published February 15, 1996
Jeff Gralnick, Exec Producer of "NBC Nightly News," has been named to head ABC's planned 24-hour news channel. He will be responsible for content and production (N.Y. TIMES, 2/15)....The Phoenix Firebirds, the AAA affiliate of the Giants, announced they have joined up to 30 minor league teams on the Web. Address: http://primenet.com/~firebirds (Firebirds)...In N.Y., WFAN's Mike & the Mad Dog will award use of a KIWI Int'l airplane for one winner and 129 of their closest friends to go to a Cubs- Mets game in Chicago (KIWI)....NBC Sports will celebrate Black History Month with "GMC Presents Stride to Glory," an Olympic special that chronicles the history of African-Americans in the Olympic Games. It will run February 24 (NBC Sports)....A Chinese rocket carrying a TV satellite exploded seconds after its launching yesterday, "dealing a potential blow to Rupert Murdoch's ambitions to offer satellite programming in Latin America." News Corp. and TCI were two of four media companies that leased space on the satellite, which was to service Latin America. A News Corp. spokesperson said the accident "would not hinder the group's plans" to offer news and sports programming to Latin America and the Caribbean (N.Y. TIMES, 2/15)....The A's have hired former Angels broadcaster Ken Wilson to do play-by- play on KRON-TV. Wilson has been the TV voice for the Angels for five years, and will team with Ray Fosse, who returns as color analyst (S.F. CHRONICLE, 2/14)....Winston Cup driver Dave Marcis, who signed a full sponsorship deal with Prodigy, is profiled by Angelique Chengelis of the DETROIT NEWS. With Prodigy's support, Chengelis has "his first car show, his first motor home and ... press kit" (DETROIT NEWS, 2/14).