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Altitude Announces Nuggets 2004-05 TV Schedule

Marlowe, Hanzlik and Hastings named to broadcast team

Denver, August 30 -- Altitude Sports & Entertainment (Altitude), today announced its television schedule for the Denver Nuggets 2004-2005 season – highlighted by 75 regular-season contests. The remaining seven games will be televised by TNT (six) and ABC (one), meaning all 82 regular season games will be televised.

Additionally, Altitude also named Chris Marlowe as lead play-by-play announcer for its Nuggets telecasts, and Bill Hanzlik and Scott Hastings as game analysts. The network also announced a full slate of Nuggets-related programming, including pre- and post-game shows and a variety of specials. The announcements were made by Matt Hutchings, COO for Altitude, and Shelly Harper, Senior Vice President of Programming for Altitude.

Altitude’s 2004-2005 Nuggets season will begin on Thursday, October 14 (7 PM MT) with a pre-season telecast against the Milwaukee Bucks from Colorado Springs. Two other pre-season telecasts will follow: Sunday, Oct. 24 (7 PM MT), Indiana Pacers at Nuggets, and Tuesday, Oct. 26 (7 PM MT), Toronto Raptors at Nuggets.

Altitude’s slate of 75 regular-season Nuggets telecasts will begin on Saturday, November 6 (7 PM MT), when the Nuggets play host to division rival, the Utah Jazz. The regular-season schedule will conclude on Tuesday, April 19, 2005 (7 PM MT), with the Nuggets vs. the Portland Trail Blazers at the Pepsi Center.

Handling the on-air duties for Altitude’s inaugural Nuggets season will be play-by-play announcer Chris Marlowe, and analysts Bill Hanzlik and Scott Hastings. Marlowe joins Altitude following successful stints as the play-by-play announcer for University of Southern California Trojans basketball, as well as Pac-10 college football and basketball for FOX Sports Net and NCAA basketball for ESPN. He has also done play-by-play for San Diego State University basketball. Most recently, Marlowe was the play-by-play announcer for NBC’s broadcasts of Beach Volleyball from the 2004 Athens Olympics. An Olympic Gold-Medal winner in Volleyball at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, the 2004-2005 Nuggets on Altitude season will mark Marlowe’s first full-time foray in NBA play-by-play.

Hanzlik and Hastings join Altitude from FOX Sports Net where they each handled analysis duties for Nuggets telecasts on that network. For Hanzlik, his first season with Altitude will mark his third season as an analyst for Nuggets games. Considered one of the most beloved players in Nuggets franchise history, Hanzlik was with Denver from 1982-91 and helped the Nuggets reach the NBA playoffs eight times. He also was the head coach of the Nuggets for the 1997-98 season. Hastings joins Altitude as one of the most well-known sports media personalities in Denver, where he hosts a daily sports talk radio show on 850 KOA. His first season on Altitude will mark his sixth season providing insight on Nuggets game telecasts. An 11-year NBA veteran, Hastings was a member of the 1989 World Champion Detroit Pistons and played for the Nuggets for two seasons (1991-93).

“We think we’ve assembled a great mix of fresh, new-to-the-market talent combined with talent familiar to Nuggets fans,” said Hutchings. “We believe fans will enjoy Chris, Bill and Scott, as they take us through what is sure to be an exciting Nuggets season.”

A key to Nuggets on Altitude telecasts will be in-depth pre- and post-game shows as well as other Nuggets-oriented programming -- prior to, during, and at the conclusion the season. Serving as hosts and reporters for a number of the shows are Jerome Jurenovich, Brandon Cruz and Christy Calvin. Jurenovich was a signature anchor for CNN Headline Sports for 14 years and most recently served as a show host and sports news update anchor for FOX Sports Radio; Cruz joins Altitude from KOAA-TV in Colorado Springs where, for the past three years, he was the weekend sports anchor and sports reporter for the station; and Calvin joins Altitude from Fox Sports Net West 2 where she worked as a feature reporter. Follows are descriptors of each program:

Nuggets Fastbreak -- Altitude’s 30-minute pre-game show airing immediately prior to Nuggets telecasts. Hosted by Jurenovich, the show will preview the upcoming match-up and feature commentary, analysis and interviews with coaches, players and fans.

Nuggets “Rap-Up” – Altitude’s 30-minute post-games show airing immediately at the conclusion of each Nuggets game telecast. Hosted by Jurenovich and Cruz, the show will provide in-depth analysis of the game, as well as interviews with players and coaches discussing the game’s outcome.

Nuggets Courtside -- Airing Wednesdays (Debuts Oct. 13) at 6 PM MT, this 30-minute weekly program takes viewers behind the scenes of the Nuggets and provides access to players on and off the court. Feature segments may include: “Ask the Coach,” “Ask the GM,” Health & Fitness tips, Players’ movie reviews, “Offensive and Defensive Plays of the Week,” Community Involvement, and “’Fan’-atics,” among others. The show will also review the Nuggets performance the past week. The show will be hosted by Cruz and Calvin.

Nuggets Classics -- Re-broadcasts of some of the most memorable and exciting games in Nuggets franchise history.

Striking Gold: Denver Nuggets 2003-04 Season Review – Airing in September 2004, the one-hour show looks back at the remarkable 2003-04 Nuggets season with player, coaches and GM interviews, highlights and more, chronicling the Nuggets’ remarkable run to the playoffs. (Replayed throughout September.)

Mining for Gold: Denver Nuggets 2004-05 Season Preview – Debuting Monday, October 25 (7 PM MT), this show looks at the upcoming season as the Nuggets begin their quest for an NBA Championship. The one-hour special will provide a complete breakdown of the team position-by-position, as well as a preview of the Nuggets competition in the NBA Western Conference. (Replayed.)

Making the Team – A fun, behind-the-scenes look at the tryouts for the Nuggets Dance Team. The one-hour special, airing in September, will feature dance routines, interviews with Dance Team hopefuls and members, as well as decision makers. (Replayed in September.)

Post-Season Special – The to-be-titled, one-hour special to be televised in June 2005, will look back on the 2004-05 season with highlights, player, coach and GM interviews, as well as analysis and what fans should watch out for during the off-season.

Said Harper: “When we announced the creation of Altitude, we said we would look to do more in-depth programming surrounding our home teams. Our total Nuggets programming reflects our commitment to that promise.”

Altitude is scheduled for debut on September 4, 2004, with programming from the Colorado Avalanche, Denver Nuggets, Colorado Mammoth, Colorado Rapids, Colorado Springs Sky Sox, Colorado Eagles, Big Sky Conference, Air Force Academy, Metro State, ESPN Syndication (including Big XII Conference, Mountain West Conference and Western Athletic Conference events), RMAC, CHSAA and University of Northern Colorado, as well as other local and regional sports and entertainment programming. A full list of Altitude programming and other information can be found at www.altitude.tv.

In July, Altitude announced a multi-year agreement with EchoStar’s DISH Network, where Altitude will be available to all DISH Network subscribers in the 10-state area of Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Montana, Idaho, Nebraska, Kansas, western South Dakota, northeastern Nevada and northern New Mexico. Altitude will be Channel 410. Recently, Altitude announced multi-year agreements with select cable systems throughout Colorado, including Adelphia Communications serving the Colorado Springs area.