Granite Broadcasting’s independent KOFY-TV San Francisco has launched two new local shows. “Dance Party” and “Carpool Showdown” are both airing on Sunday nights.
Back by popular demand, “Dance Party,” a dance show which aired on KOFY in the 1980’s, is re-launching with a new set, new host and new fun which lets participants dance away to old-school 80s themes. The show, emceed by Morris Knight, KOFY’s evening weekday host and 98.1 KISS-FM radio DJ, will feature locals and celebrity guests as they go back in time to show off their best moves and grooves. Paying tribute to the old “Dance Party,” the first episode will feature original host Jim Gabbert and former announcer, Sean King, to pass the torch as the new show premieres January 9th. “Dance Party” airs on Sunday nights at 8:00 pm PT.
KOFY puts San Francisco commuters to the test in their new game show, “Carpool Showdown,” which takes place within the Casual Carpool, the Bay Area carpool system where riders are usually limited to the “no talk, no music, no food or drink” rule. “Carpool Showdown,” gives commuters a break in their often mundane travels as they are challenged with games and outrageous tasks to compete for cash and other prizes. The program will be hosted by Creepy KOFY Movie Time host, No Name, who is also known as the host of HGTV’s “House Detective” and as a radio DJ on Live 105 KITS-FM. “Carpool Showdown” airs on Sunday nights at 9:00 pm PT.
“When KOFY TV20 re-launched in 2008, we had the goal of re-establishing our commitment to local programming,” said President and General Manager Craig Coane. “With our successful lineup of shows, such as ‘Retro Night,’ ‘Creepy KOFY Movie Time’ and weekday local hosted segments, we are delivering relevant content that is actively engaging Bay Area television viewers. Adding ‘Dance Party’ and ‘Carpool Showdown’ builds upon our robust lineup of ‘locals only’ shows.”
RBR-TVBR observation: “All politics is local,” said the late US House Speaker Tip O’Neill. Likewise, all broadcasting is local. People watch what connects with them personally. That’s often a national network or syndicated show. But truly local programming is what gives a station a direct connection to the local viewer that can’t be duplicated by a national show. After all, viewers might even see a friend, neighbor or relative on “Carpool Showdown.”