Detroit Pistons Raise Banner and Receive Championship Rings; Host Live Radio and TV Broadcasts for Opener This Tuesday at The Palace

As the Detroit Pistons celebrate the opening of their 2004-2005 season this Tuesday, November 2 with a day of special activities, 17 metro-Detroit radio and television stations will on hand with live broadcasts featuring interviews with Pistons personnel and Palace staff. Beginning at 5 a.m., the broadcasts will continue throughout the day as the Pistons take on the Houston Rockets at 8 p.m.

Fans are encouraged to arrive early as pre-game activities begin at 7:30 p.m., when the team raises its third NBA World Championship banner and commissioner David Stern presents championship rings to the team and staff. Captains Ben Wallace and Chauncey Billups will then present a championship ring to the winning entrant of the Pistons Ultimate Fan Giveaway.

To commemorate the event, all fans in attendance will receive a mock-up of the championship ring courtesy of Fox Sports Net. Detroit’s own Anita Baker will sing the National Anthem.

From the time doors open to the public at 6 p.m. through halftime, all three Pistons championship trophies, the Shock’s WNBA title trophy and the Stanley Cup – currently owned by the Palace Sports and Entertainment’s Tampa Bay Lightning – will be displayed on the main concourse near section 105 for photo opportunities.

Pistons player introductions will be similar to those which drew national attention during last season’s NBA playoffs, including the giant flamethrowers at each basket.

Throughout the game, The Palace’s game presentation staff will unveil a host of new features utilizing the arena’s new ribbon display boards encircling the arena and on its scoreboard.

The Pistons are celebrating its third NBA title when it upset the heavily favored L.A. Lakers in five games, after upsetting former Eastern Conference champions New Jersey Nets in the Eastern Conference semi-finals and defeating the Central Division champion Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Tickets for the Detroit Pistons home schedule are on sale now at Palacenet.com, The Palace Box Office and all Ticketmaster outlets. Tickets may also be charged by phone to American Express, Visa, Discover and MasterCard by calling 248/645-6666.

Detroit Pistons basketball is presented by Rock Financial.

OPENING DAY RADIO AND TELEVISION BROADCAST SCHEDULE: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2003

WJBK FOX 2 - “News Morning” - 5 - 9 AM
  • Fox News Morning personalities Fanchon Stinger and Lee Thomas will host the show from the Pistons court, chatting with Pistons and Palace personnel as they prepare for opening night.

    WWJ – 950 AM - “Newsradio 950” - 5:15AM - NOON
  • Sports director Larry Henry will conduct his sports updates live courtside at The Palace as he talks about the Pistons prospects with team personnel.

    WDVD – 96.3 FM – “Detroit’s Best Variety” - 5:30 - 9 AM
  • A.M. hosts Blaine Fowler and Lisa Jesswein will spin Detroit’s best variety and chat with Pistons and Palace staff from one of the building’s prime suite locations.

    WJLB – 98.7 FM - “Tight Hip Hop n’ R&B” - 6 –10 AM
  • Morning hosts MC Serch, Coco and Foolish make the Pistons’ locker room their home for a broadcast full of tunes and interviews.

    WDMK - 102.7 FM – “KISS 102.7 – Detroit’s Adult R&B Station” - 6 - 10 AM
  • Morning show host Mason and company will be broadcasting from and hosting a breakfast in the Captain’s Quarters above the East Entrance for 60 lucky listeners as they preview the season with Pistons personnel.

    WDFN – 1130 AM – “Sportsradio 1130 AM The Fan” and Flagship Radio Station for Pistons Basketball - 6 - 10 AM and 3-6 PM
  • Jamie Samuelsen and Greg Brady will discuss the Pistons’ fortunes courtside from 6-10 AM with live on-site interviews.
  • Hosts Stoney (Mike Stone) and Wojo (Bob Wojnowski) will take over the broadcast duties courtside from 3-6 PM.

    WJR – 760 AM - “Talking About What Matters to You” - 9 – 11:30 AM
  • Sports director Frank Beckmann hosts his fast-paced broadcast from one of The Palace’s prime suites featuring interviews with Pistons and Palace personnel.

    WRIF - 101.1 FM – “Detroit’s Rock Stationl” - 10AM -2PM & 2-7PM
  • Program Director Doug Podell will be broadcasting from the press box from 10AM – 2PM and will interview Pistons/Palace personalities from his perch in the Press Box.
  • Legendary on-air personality Arthur Penhallow will rock The Palace from the concourse near the West Entrance with a broadcast featuring discussions with Pistons and Palace staff and a pre-game overview.

    WCSX - 94.7 FM – “The Classic Rock Station” - 2 - 6 PM
  • Afternoon drive host Ken Calvert will broadcast live from a prime suite location, discussing the Pistons fortunes with team staffers while spinning classic rock hits.

    WMXD – 92.3 FM – “The Best of Classic Soul and Today’s R&B, Mix 92.3” - 3 - 7 PM
  • Afternoon drive personality Frankie Darcell will be broadcasting live from the Palace Grille and will chat with team representatives and early-arriving fans.

    WKQI – 95.5 FM – “Channel 955FM – Detroit’s New #1 Hit Music Channel” - 3 – 7 PM
  • On air personality Beau will be broadcasting, previewing the Pistons season and greeting fans from his post on the concourse near the East Entrance.

    WYCD – 99.5 FM – “Detroit’s Country” - 3 – 7 PM
  • Afternoon drive hosts Chuck Edwards and Linda Lee broadcast live from The Palace concourse near the North Entrance with plenty of country music, Pistons talk and interviews with team personnel.

    CIMX – 88.7 FM – “89X” - 3 – 7 PM
  • On-air personality Vince Canova blends modern rock and hoops talk as he broadcasts live from The Palace concourse near the North Entrance, chatting with team personnel and fans alike.

    WDRQ – 93.1 FM - “Detroit’s #1 Hit Music Station” - 4 – 8 PM
  • Lisa Lisa from DRQ’s p.m. drive show combines with morning hosts Jay Towers and Rachel Hunter for a lively broadcast from The Palace’s concourse near the South Entrance including interviews with Pistons and Palace personnel and Jason 300 interviewing Pistons players.

    WDTJ - 105.9 FM – “105.9 – Where Detroit Jamz” - 6 –10 PM
  • “The Hype Squad” with on-air talents Lt. Dre and Suga Rae will be broadcasting from the main concourse near the East Entrance, complete with visits from Pistons and Palace staff and chats with arriving fans.

    WKRK – 97.1 FM – “Live 97.1, Turbocharged Talk” - 7-11 PM
  • Sports Night with Parker and the Man brings their live broadcast to The Palace’s concourse near the North Entrance where Rob Parker and Mark Wilson will talk to fans, team personnel and callers for insight on the upcoming Pistons season.

    WDTW – 106.7 FM – “The Drive – The Most Rock in the Morning and 10 in a Row All Day” - 7 PM - Midnight
  • On air jock Gen X Mike will broadcast live from the concourse near the East Entrance where he will talk to fans and preview the season with Pistons and Palace staff.

    GAME COVERAGE:

    TV COVERAGE:
  • WB 20 - Pre-game show from 6:30 –7:30 PM with the voice of the Pistons, George Blaha, along with former Pistons great Bill Laimbeer. Includes interview with NBA Commissioner David Stern.
  • TNT Cable Network – Pre-game show from The Palace at 7:30PM. Game coverage at 8PM

    RADIO COVERAGE:WDFN – 1130 AM – “Sportsradio 1130 AM The Fan” - GAME COVERAGE
  • George Blaha begins his 29th consecutive season calling the radio and TV broadcasts. He is joined for the third consecutive season by Rick Mahorn.