The Blue Marlin Grand Championship is proud to announce the formation of the 2016 Blue Marlin Grand
Championship Television Network. For the past two years, the final weigh-ins have been broadcast on WPMI,
Local 15, the Sinclair Broadcast Group NBC affiliate in Mobile and Pensacola. In 2015 WTTO in Birmingham,
Alabama became the second television market to air the broadcast. This year, the broadcast will be televised
in three additional markets, reaching a total of 3.5 million homes.
WTTO in Birmingham, Alabama returns for a television partner for a second year in 2016. WLOX in Biloxi,
Mississippi, WJHG in Panama City, Florida and WNAB in Nashville, Tennessee all join tournament flagship
station WPMI, Local 15 in Mobile, Alabama for the two hour tournament broadcast on Saturday, July 16 from
"As a tournament we have always placed tremendous value in the power of television," said Tournament
Director Scott Burt. "Our tournament teams, sponsors and The Wharf are all excited to showcase the great
family atmosphere of our tournament to these new markets."
Burt also said without the long standing partnership with WPMI NBC Local 15, expanding the television
footprint would not have been possible. "When we decided we wanted to create a television event within our
tournament, they were there with us from the very start. General Manager and Mobile/Pensacola Market
Manager Bobby Totsch was instrumental in assisting us and guiding us in securing these new markets. You
hear the term media partner thrown around a lot, but that is exactly what Local 15 is, a true partner of The Blue
Marlin Grand Championship."
The network broadcast will be from 7:00-9:00PM on Saturday night, but on Local 15 in the Mobile/ Pensacola
market the broadcast also includes, three live previews between 6:30-7:00PM plus a live wrap-up show from
10:15-10:30PM featuring a live interview with the tournament champions on Saturday night.
"We will be live all during the tournament," said Totsch of Local 15. "Our news team will be on site throughout
the tournament. We will be giving our viewers access to this event that no one else can provide. It's one of the
marquee events of the summer at the beach, and our team will deliver."
The broadcast will be anchored by tournament host and emcee Jim Cox alongside Kelly Jones and Terra
Reeves of Local 15. There will also be a live stream of the Friday, July 15 weigh-ins from 7:00-10:00PM and
the entire weigh-ins on Saturday from 5:00-10:00PM at bluemarlingrandchampionship.com