WFAA announced Tuesday that it will broadcast the Plano Senior High School vs. El Paso Eastwood High School football game live from 7 p.m. to 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 5 on the station.
The game will be played at The Ford Center at The Star in Frisco. It is the first time that WFAA has aired a local high school football game in its entirety during primetime on the station.
“It’s been a sensitive time between these two cities since the massacre in El Paso,” Carolyn Mungo, WFAA vice president/station manager, said.
The accused shooter in the El Paso killing spree graduated from Plano Senior High School.
“This football game will be about healing, and WFAA is proud to take part in that effort,” Mungo added.
Longtime WFAA sports icon Dale Hansen will provide color commentary for the broadcast, and Mike Leslie will handle the play-by-play. WFAA sports anchor Joe Trahan, and news anchor Cynthia Izaguirre, are scheduled to report from the sidelines.
In addition, WFAA will stream the game on its digital platforms. The live stream will appear on all TEGNA Texas station websites across the state. TEGNA owns stations in 11 Texas markets including: KHOU (Houston), KENS (San Antonio), KVUE (Austin), KXVA (Abilene), KBMT/KJAC (Beaumont), KIII (Corpus Christi), KWES (MidlandOdessa), FOX West Texas (San Angelo), KYTX (Tyler-Longview), KCEN (Waco-Temple) and KAGS (Bryan-College Station).
WFAA has been raising money to benefit victims of the violence in El Paso through the sale of a specially-designed “Don’t Hate in My State” t-shirt, designed locally by Bullzerk. T-shirt sales will continue during the game. One-hundred percent of the proceeds will go to the El Paso Victims Relief Fund, established by the Paso del Norte Community Foundation. The station plans to make a check donation during the broadcast.
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KVIA, the ABC affiliate in El Paso, is also planning to carry WFAA’s coverage of the football game live on the station’s main channel.
“This means the entire El Paso market will have an opportunity to cheer on their local team,” Mungo said. “It can be difficult to come together on many things these days,” she added. “But there is something about football in Texas. We hope this will be more than just a game.”
Preempted network programming ("The LEGO Movie") the evening of the football game will be scheduled late night on the station. Check WFAA.com/TV for listings and details