Smizik / On the Air: FSN Pittsburgh to change lineup

Wrap-up show cut to game nights only

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FSN Pittsburgh is doing away with its nightly sports wrap-up show that ran seven days a week and replacing it with two shows.

Gone is "Pittsburgh Sports Tonight," which ran after Pirates or Penguins games or at 10 p.m.

In its place, only on game nights, will be "FSN Live: Pirates Edition" (the first will be Friday after the game against the Braves) or "FSN Live: Penguins Edition," depending on the season.

The concept of the show, a comprehensive look at the day in Pittsburgh sports, will not change, and Rob King and Paul Alexander will continue to be the hosts most of the time. The graphics and music will be different.

When FSN is not carrying a live game, the 10 p.m. slot will be filled by "Savran on Sports Beat Late Night," which debuts tomorrow.

This will be an updated and shortened version of "Savran on Sports Beat," which usually runs for one hour beginning at 6:30 p.m. It will have news and the highlights of the original show. The top interviews and discussions will be repeated.

"It's a continuing evolution," said FSN executive producer Shawn McClintock. "We've had a number of name changes over the years but now we have a name, FSN, that is really sticking. People know us by that and we want to take advantage of it.

"We also want to take advantage of Stan, who is our No. 1 personality. We know everyone can't watch the 6:30 show. This is a good opportunity for another audience to see the show."


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