CBS retraces the road to the Final Four
The producers at "CBS Sports Spectacular" are allowing University of Wisconsin fans relive the men's basketball team's run to the Final Four of the championship tournament.
The "Moments of NCAA March Madness: Final Four" will air Saturday at 1 p.m. on WDJT-TV CBS 58.
"What started as a sprawling, 68-team scramble, advanced to four teams and one city," CBS said about the sports special.
"With embedded crews, the frenetic atmosphere of this year's Final Four in North Texas is captured from the point of view of the players, their families and fans for an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at this unique event."
The tournament made television history on a number of fronts, including a special partnership with CBS and Turner broadcasting. Through the combined networks of CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV, all of the games in the Division 1 tournament were broadcast.
Closer to home, that meant all of the first round games from the BMO Harris Bradley Center found a place on one of the cable outlet stations. Leading up to the semifinals, the Badgers – along with Kentucky, Florida and Connecticut – were profiled on the CBS Sports cable channel each day running up to the final games in North Texas.
Before 2014, the Badgers didn't advance beyond the Sweet 16 since 2005 or made a Final Four since 2000.
Coach Bo Ryan isn't the type of a person to look that far down the road, but he did want to make sure that this season had a different result as those in the past.
As sports writer Jim Owczarski put it, "It's about preparing for what's next, the next 40 minutes, the next possession, same as ever."
"I know it might sound old, but to me it's still about what's coming," coach Ryan said.
STEPPING UP: Journal Broadcast Group has named Pete Marquardt as the new GM of its two TV stations in Green Bay -- the NBC affiliate WGBA-TV Ch. 26 and WACY-TV My New 32.
Marquardt replaces Joe Poss, who recently took the GM post at WTMJ-TV Ch. 4 in Milwaukee.
"With his 25-plus years of experience in television management, sales and operations, we are excited to have Pete join our team and bring his expertise and new perspectives to our excellent Green Bay operations," said Debbie Turner, Journal's executive vice president of television.
Marquardt joins Journal from his previous role as Vice President and General Manager of WJFW-TV in Wausau-Rhinelander.
"I'm very excited to join the Journal Broadcast team and be part of a company with such a long history of positively impacting the communities they serve," Marquardt said.
"Growing up in northeast Wisconsin and having worked in the Green Bay Television market for several years, I recognize the value NBC 26 and My New 32 bring to the community with news, sports, entertainment, and NBC 26's partnership with the Green Bay Packers. I am thankful for the opportunity to work with the highly respected professionals at both stations and look forward to getting started.
Marquardt will start his new role on Monday.
OPEN CASE: FOX News will present a one-hour special, "Greta Investigates: The Mysterious Disappearance of Jennifer Kesse" at 6 p.m. tonight.
During this program, Fox News' Greta Van Susteren will investigate the disappearance of 24-year-old Jennifer Kesse, a Florida woman who vanished in January 2006. Wisconsin native Van Susteren will go deep inside a mystery that has yet to be solved.
INTERVIEW: Fox Business Network's Maria Bartiromo will interview New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio at 8 a.m. on Monday. Bartiromo will talk with de Blasio about his outlook on the economy, universal pre-Kindergarten and his future plans for New York City.
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