Rarely does a local television show satisfy all the people involved as "USAir Centre Spotlight" manages to do.
First, viewers are treated not only to a good look at what's coming up during a given month at the Capital Centre, Patriot Centre and Baltimore Arena, but they also get some features on just how owner Abe Pollin's operation works and who the people are who make all the parts come together.
The show began this fall and is scheduled to run for a year, airing over Home Team Sports on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m., with a new edition the first Wednesday of each month and repeats thereafter.
The show also is used on community cable stations in Prince George's Montgomery, Calvert, Howard and Anne Arundel counties, as well as Annapolis, Manassas, Alexandria, Dale City-Woodbridge and Fort Belvoir.
Bob Zurfluh, vice president of public relations at the Capital Centre, is the executive producer of "Centre Spotlight" also showcases events at George Mason University's Patriot Center in Fairfax and at the Baltimore Arena, facilities the Capital Centre manages.
The co-producers point with pride to 46 interns from PG Community college who have "been rewarded with a honing of their skills and exposure" to the segments, as well as gaining credits in the feeder "Video Field Productions" course.
Since its inception with a pilot in December 1989, the show was aired on the HTS satellite network, reaching more than 1.8 million households.
USAir, which signed a contract through August, reports it is also satisfied with its role as sponsor of the show and financial supporter of its production. The Capital Centre is happy about getting its bills of fare before the public in time for viewers to make plans to attend events.
"We also enjoy being able to show the viewer and Capital Centre visitors some of the behind-the-scenes and innermost workings at these facilities, and features related to the acts that appear at all three venues," said Zurfluh.
He added that the show "is the first of its kind, using the Capital Centre facilities but being driven by the students of the community college along with those at community television."
Interns produce feature segments that, for example, show how an arena is transformed from a hockey rink to a basketball court in a few hours. They've also explained what a Zamboni is and how it works to keep the ice smooth for hockey matches and ice shows; how administrative people handle special groups attending events; how fans are fed, and how food and snacks are prepared.
Home Team Sports televises many events from these arenas, including Bullets basketball and Capitals hockey games, some Georgetown and George Mason basketball games, the annual Washington International Horse Show, and other events highlighted on "USAir Centre Spotlight."