June 12, 2009

New Media Partner KOFY TV 20/Cable 13 Joins with San Francisco Pride and Returning Partners Comcast and Clear Channel to Broadcast Parade Hosted by Jai Rodriguez

Four Ways to Watch the Parade: live at 10:00 a.m. on Comcast Digital Channel 99 and via Clear Channel Radio webcast at sfpridelive.com, at 8:00 p.m. on KOFY TV20/Cable 13, and starting 6/29 at 7:00 p.m. on Comcast’s Channel 1 On Demand

San Francisco, CA – 12 June 2009 – The San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee announced today that they have teamed with new media partner KOFY TV 20/Cable 13  to broadcast the 2009 San Francisco Pride Parade on June 28.

Jai Rodriguez of Sí TV’s popular series Styleyes will host the broadcast along with local hosts Michelle Meow and Sabastian Kunz. 

The KOFY TV 20/Cable 13 broadcast will air during prime time at 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 28.

“We are thrilled to welcome KOFY TV 20/Cable 13 to our dedicated group of broadcast partners Clear Channel and Comcast,” commented Lindsey Jones, Executive Director of San Francisco Pride. “We thank KRON4 for their many years of service to our communities and we look forward to continuing to work with them on the filming of our speaker series.

“Clear Channel did an amazing job of filming the Parade last year,” continued Jones. “They will film the Parade again this year and feed it to Comcast and KOFY TV 20/Cable 13. For the third year, Clear Channel will provide a live, uncensored and full length Parade webcast on SFPridelive.com.

“We are happy to be able to provide four ways to see the Parade so that as many people as possible have access to viewing this important annual event for our community.”

There are four ways to watch the 39th annual San Francisco Pride Parade:

-  LIVE Broadcast: On Comcast  Digital Channel 99 Live & Uncensored from 10:00 a.m until the end  in all Comcast serviceable areas throughout California.
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LIVE Webcast: Clear Channel Radio on SFPrideLive.com Live & Uncensored from 10:00 a.m. until the end.
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  Prime Time: KOFY TV 20/Cable 13, starting at 8:00 p.m.
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  On Demand: Comcast Channel 1 On Demand/Local Events starting June 29th at 7:00 p.m until July 31st

Craig Coane, the President & General Manager of KOFY TV 20/Cable 13, commented, “We are thrilled at KOFY-TV to be a part of San Francisco Pride once again. With our increased commitment to the local community, it seems only natural to join forces with one of the most important local events in the Bay Area.”

Community members can also catch the parade live and uncensored on Comcast Digital Channel 99 starting at 10:00 a.m. on the morning of the Parade or live and uncensored on Clear Channel Webcast at www.sfpridelive.com also starting at 10:00 a.m. 

“We are very proud of our long partnership with SF Pride and taking the lead on the video coverage of this year's Parade is an enormous honor,” Val Klein, the Director of Integrated Media with Clear Channel San Francisco, stated.  “Since starting the webcast three years ago, our goal has been to produce a high quality production that is for, by and about the LGBT community and the spirit of SF Pride.  Based on viewer feedback, every year we've improved the quality and execution and overall appeal for our audience.  Based on the growing audience for the webcast and our local cable/broadcast partners, this year's parade coverage will be the widest and most comprehensive distribution to date."

The Parade in its entirety will also be available for free through Comcast Channel 1 On Demand starting at 7:00 p.m. Monday, June 29 until July 31 in all Comcast serviceable areas throughout California.

“Comcast is proud to be a part of the San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade which celebrates the rich history and diversity of the LGBT community,” stated Doug Schulz, Area Vice President of Comcast West Bay.  “Comcast’s commitment to diversity has been woven into the fabric of our business—it’s reflected in our workforce, our programming, and our community giving. “For this reason, we are once again delighted to provide real time coverage of the San Francisco Pride Parade on our own Comcast’s rich fiber network.  And for the first time ever, we will broadcast the event statewide and provide highlights through our On Demand service to all of our California digital subscribers.”

Pat Patton, Vice President and Station Manager of KRON-TV, stated, “KRON-TV has enjoyed its long association with the Pride Parade.  It’s unfortunate that circumstances prevent us from continuing to broadcast the parade.  We wish Pride all the best and pledge KRON’s continued support of your organization.”
 

 
Hosted by Jai Rodriguez with local hosts Michelle Meow and Sabastian Kunz  
   

More Information about JAI RODRIGUEZ
Emmy Award ® winning Actor / Singer Jai Rodriguez began his career at age 18 when he was cast in the role of Angel – in the culturally prolific Broadway Musical RENT.  A graduate of the Long Island Center for Performing Arts in New York  - Jai continued his Broadway career in shows like The Producers, Spinning Into Butter and creating the title role of Zanna in the Off Broadway sensation – Zanna Don’t! 

Most recognized for his role in BRAVO’S culturally groundbreaking series: Queer Eye For The Straight Guy, Jai created a niche role on the Emmy Award ® Winning Series as the ‘Culture Vulture’ a youthfully savvy addition to the show’s already dynamic cast. 

With Jai’s knack for culture and style he works regularly as a host for successful shows like Styleyes Miami (Sí TV), America’s Prom Queen (ABC Family), Ultimate Style (Style Network), Groomer Has It (Animal Planet), and hit reality series, Model Latina (Sí TV). 

As an actor, Jai continues to work regularly in guest starring roles on LOGO’S series Rick and Steve, FX’s Nip/Tuck and several forthcoming roles currently under production. On the big screen Jai has garnered one of the lead roles in the upcoming feature film, Oy Vey My Son Is Gay.

Exploring his knack for popular music – Jai is continuing to work on his recording career – having released the singles ‘Broken’ and ‘Move’ now available on iTunes.  A dynamic vocalist, Jai has had the honor of sharing the stage with musical legends like, Gladys Knight, Patti Labelle, Brian McKnight, Taylor Dayne and Michelle Williams.  Jai currently resides in Los Angeles.  

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About San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee (SFLGBTPCC):
The San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee (SFPride.org) is a non-profit membership organization founded to produce the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration & Parade. With its office located at the San Francisco LGBT Community Center, SFLGBTPCC is dedicated to education, commemoration of LGBT heritage and celebration of LGBT culture and liberation. A world leader in the Pride movement, SFLGBTPCC is also a grant-giving organization through its Community Partners Program. Since 1997, SFLGBTPCC has granted over $1.4 million dollars from proceeds of the Pride Celebration and Parade to local non-profit LGBT organizations and those organizations serving the HIV/AIDS and breast cancer communities.

About the 2009 San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration & Parade:
This year marks the 39th anniversary of the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade. This year's theme is "In Order to Form a More Perfect Union…," and the event will be held over the weekend of June 27 and 28, 2009. With over 200 parade contingents, 300 exhibitors, and more than twenty community-run stages and venues, San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade is the largest LGBT gathering in the nation. The two-day celebration is free and open to all. For more information please visit our website at
SFPride.org.

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For Further Information Please Contact:

Brendan Behan
Deputy Executive Director
1800 Market Street, PMB #5
San Francisco, CA  94102
Phone (415) 864-0831 ext.102   Fax (415) 864-5889
media [at] sfpride.org

sfpride.org