Bob Koshinski, vice president and general manager of WBBZ-TV, has announced "The Fred Jackson Show" will return to the local program roster beginning Monday, Sept. 9, at 7:30 p.m. Jackson, star running back for the Buffalo Bills, has been a member of the team since 2007. The program will be re-broadcast Monday at 11 p.m., and Tuesday at 9 a.m.
"The Fred Jackson Show" is sponsored by D'Youville College and Gates Circle Wine & Liquor.
On returning for a second year with his show, Jackson commented, "I'm excited to return to the football field and to television for another great season. This year we will have even more fun with the guest players, and have some special surprises. I appreciate the support of all our fans."
Jackson became the first player in NFL history to rush for more than 1,000 yards and total more than 1,000 kickoff return yards in the same season in 2009. He was chosen as the 2010 winner of the Buffalo Bills/NFL Walter Payton "Man of the Year" award, as voted on by selected members of the Western New York community. The award was given to Jackson for a combination of his excellent play on the field, and his contributions to the community.
Koshinski will co-host with Jackson, welcoming guest players with a live studio audience of football fans and area high school teams to the Eastern Hills Mall studio.
Koshinski said, "I am very excited that Fred is back with his show on WBBZ-TV. Fred is a true talent on the field, and on the air. Fred's show not only offers viewers a unique perspective on the game, but also the opportunity to get to know the players up close and personal. We will also introduce our 'Hotshot Football Challenge' for members of our studio audience to challenge Fred and our guest player of the week."
WBBZ-TV owner Phil Arno stated,
"Having Fred Jackson return to our lineup indicates the continued
commitment of WBBZ-TV to present local programming. We are proud to be the
broadcast home of the NFL Network game when the
Buffalo Bills take on the Cleveland Browns Thursday, Oct. 3. Having 'The Fred Jackson Show' compliments the coverage of our hometown team."
Jackson is a native of Fort Worth, Texas, and a graduate of Coe College. He is married with three children, and one on the way.
WBBZ is seen throughout Western New York over-the-air on digital channel 67.1. Channel 5 on Verizon FiOS (HD 505); channel 5 Dish; channel 67 DirecTV, and these Time Warner Cable channels: Buffalo-Niagara Falls Metro area: channel 5 (HD 710); Batavia - Genesee, Wyoming, Orleans counties, channel 71 (HD 1014); parts of Erie and Niagara counties, channel 71 (HD 1014); Dunkirk, channel 99 (HD 710); Olean channel 21 (HD 710); Fredonia/Jamestown, channel 71 (HD 718); Alfred-Angelica-Avoca-Bath-Bolivar Friendship-Hornell, channel 71 (HD 740).