A coach's show featuring St. John's University head coach Gary Fasching and tape-delayed broadcasts of the Johnnies' home games will air Thursday nights on Alexandria-based KOOL-TV this fall, the school announced Friday.
The 30-minute "Gary Fasching Show" will air at 6:30 p.m. each Thursday night during the football season. It will be followed by a tape-delayed broadcast of the previous week's game, if that game was played at home.
KOOL-TV, which began broadcasting in December, is available over-the-air within a 40-mile radius around Alexandria, and online where its entire programming schedule is streamed live.
But station co-owner and director of programming Mark Anthony said it is working to secure agreements to be carried by cable companies. That includes a request to be carried by Charter, which would make the station available in the St. Cloud area.
"We think this will be great for our fans," St. John's athletic director Tom Stock said. "It will add exposure for St. John's football. It can't hurt recruiting to add a coach's show. And it just give our fans another dose."
Stock said he is not worried about the broadcasts of home games affecting attendance because they will not air until five days later.
"That's why it's tape-delay on Thursday nights," Stock said. "We have our own webcasts during the game. And we want to protect our competitive advantage, which is our crowd sizes. I think if it's a great game, like the Bethel game last season, this will just be a chance for fans who were there to watch it again and for fans who may have missed it to catch up."
Stock said the school hopes the station is successful in obtaining an agreement with Charter to be carried in the St. Cloud area, but that those negotiations will be between Kool-TV officials and Charter.
"We'll partner with them like any other partner we have," Stock said. "But when it comes to the specific details of an agreement like that, that's something they'll have to work out."
St. John's opens the 2015 season with a home game against the University of Dubuque (Iowa) at 1 p.m. on Sept. 5 at Clemens Stadium.