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IronPigs Television Network


TVNetworkLogo.gifThe Lehigh Valley IronPigs became the first minor league baseball team to have its entire 72-game home schedule televised live in 2008. All IronPigs home games air on a four-station network created with Service Electric Cable TV, Inc. In addition to the games airing on SECTV (TV2), the telecasts will also be carried live on Service Electric Cablevision, Blue Ridge Cable and WYLN35. The network airs each home game to more than 900,000 households in Eastern PA and Western NJ.

WFMZ Channel 69 will join the IronPigs TV Network and televise all IronPigs home Saturday games in addition to other select games. The partnership will allow for the entire Lehigh Valley to receive IronPigs telecasts, as WFMZ is carried on all local cable stations and satellite providers and can be picked up by antenna. WFMZ enters approximately three million households.

All games on the IronPigs TV Network powered by Service Electric feature a 30-minute pre-game show and a post-game show.

About the Broadcasters:

Degler.gifSteve Degler rejoins the IronPigs TV Network as a color commentator for a fifth straight year following a 17-year stint as a radio broadcaster for the Reading Phillies. Formerly the most tenured broadcaster in the Eastern League, Degler also hosted Phillies pre-game and post-game duties on various occasions in 1999 and handled select play-by-play responsibilities in 2000. Familiar to many Lehigh Valleyans for his television play-by-play duties for Lehigh University athletics, Degler is a graduate of Kutztown University -- where he also played baseball for the Golden Bears.

Heater.gifDoug Heater enters his fourth season as a reporter and pre-game show host on the IronPigs TV Network. He has been a part of Sports Scene from its inception in October of 2004. The Clinton, N.J., native has also done both play-by-play and color analysis for wrestling, football and softball among other sports for SECTV.

Hein.gifTroy Hein handles play-by-play duties on all Saturday broadcasts and select other games which also air on WFMZ 69. The Portola, Calif., native has a diverse television and play-by-play background and has won two associated press awards for his work at WFMZ. He joined the station as Sports Director in 2000 after working as an anchor and reporter at KLTV in Tyler, Texas. Hein also hosts and produces "The Big Ticket", WFMZ's award-winning high school football show that airs every Friday night during the season.

Provence.jpgMatt Provence embarks on his 17th season in minor league baseball following stints with the Norwich Navigators (1997), Lynchburg Hillcats (1998-2004) and Daytona Cubs (2005-2006). The New Jersey native will continue to serve as the "Voice of the IronPigs" on the IronPigs Radio Network while maintaining an on-air presence on all TV broadcasts. In addition to calling more than 1,200 minor league baseball games, the 37-year-old currently handles play-by-play for NJIT Division I men's and women's basketball games in Newark, New Jersey. In 2001, Provence represented the Carolina League as a broadcaster for the California/Carolina League All-Star game in Stockton, Calif., in 2001. The James Madison (Va.) University graduate began his broadcasting career interning for the New York Yankees Radio team in 1995.

Zambelli.gifMike Zambelli, a highly regarded and well-known sportscaster in the Lehigh Valley, will handle the majority of the play-by-play duties on the IronPigs Television Network for a sixth consecutive season in 2013. A veteran of more than 20 years at 2 Sports, he has also served as the station's Sports Director since 1994. As part of Service Electric's award-winning local sports coverage, Zambelli has done play-by-play for the Reading Phillies, Allentown Ambassadors, Lehigh University football and basketball and hundreds of other sporting events on the high school level. In that role, Zambelli and the 2 Sports team were nominated for a regional sports Emmy recognizing excellence in play-by-play broadcasting. Zambelli also serves as the host of Sports Scene on 2 Sports - the premier source for daily sports coverage in the Lehigh Valley.