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UK launching BBN TV and BBN Radio

These new shows will give fans an inside look at UK Athletics.

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The University of Kentucky is expanding its radio and TV outreach for the 2019-20 athletics year.

On Wednesday, the school announced that the UK Sports Network is revamping its programming with the debut of Big Blue Nation TV (BBN TV) and Big Blue Nation Radio (BBN Radio).

BBN TV is a weekly 30-minute television program built around exclusive access and analysis of UK Athletics. It will be co-hosted by Lee K. Howard and UK Sports Network radio host Christi Thomas. They will be joined each week by UK coaches and athletes, as well as a rotation of UK Sports Network talent, including Tom Leach, Jeff Piecoro, Jeremy Jarmon, Dusty Bonner, Rex Chapman and Mike Pratt.

This show is replacing previous UK Sports Network television programming that included the Mark Stoops Show, This Is Kentucky Basketball, the Matthew Mitchell Show and the Nick Mingione Show.

BBN TV will be available digitally on Friday nights and through UK Sports Network television affiliates on Saturday. An expanded list of UK Sports Network television affiliates, which includes Fox Sports Ohio, Fox Sports South and Fox Sports Atlantic, will be distributed early next week with airtimes for each affiliate.

The program will premiere digitally on, YouTube and the Kentucky Wildcats Facebook page on Aug. 30. UK Sports Network television affiliates will debut the show Aug. 31.

The first episode of BBN TV features athletics director Mitch Barnhart and UK football head coach Mark Stoops, as well as analysis of UK’s season-opener vs. the Toledo Rockets.

The UK Sports Network is also launching BBN Radio, a weekly insider’s look at UK Athletics, hosted by Darren Headrick, the voice of UK baseball and UK women’s basketball, and a rotating cast of various UK coaches and athletes.

BBN Radio will air in the 7-8 p.m. time slot on Monday nights and follow The Mark Stoops Show in the fall and The John Calipari Show in the winter and spring. The show will provide insight from UK coaches and athletes, as well as an opportunity for fans to have their voices heard each week through phone calls and social media.

BBN Radio premieres Aug. 26 following The UK Mark Stoops Show and will feature Barnhart as the first guest. The show is available on all UK Sports Network radio affiliates.