Time Warner Cable Deportes today announced its first group of on-air
talent hires. Mark Shuken, Senior Vice President and General Manager,
TWC Sports Regional Networks, made the announcement along with Pablo F.
Urquiza, Vice President, Time Warner Cable Deportes. Veteran sports
personalities Ricardo Celis, Martin El Pulpo Zúñiga, Elmur Souza,
Enrique Gutierrez and Hipolito Gamboa will join the nations first
Spanish-language regional sports network, which launches in Southern
California and surrounding areas on October 1. Together, the group
boasts more than 70 years of on-air sports experience.
The talent weve assembled to help us launch the first-ever
Spanish-language regional sports network will give our viewers exactly
what they want credible and authentic insight paired with more access
to their teams than theyve ever had before, said Shuken. Were
excited to have this distinguished group of veteran announcers join us
at Time Warner Cable Deportes.
Weve worked hard to assemble an on-air team specifically for the
Hispanic Southern California sports fan, said Urquiza. We feel that
Ricardo Celis, Martin Zúñiga, Elmur Souza, Enrique Gutierrez and
Hipolito Gamboa are the right fit to connect with our viewers and convey
the passion that our fans have for Southern California sports.
Celis joins Time Warner Cable Deportes as a sports anchor. With more
than 20 years of experience in the sports television industry, the Emmy
Award-winning reporter has covered every major sporting event in the
world including the Olympics, FIFA World Cup, Super Bowl and numerous
World Boxing Matches. Most recently, he served as the Sports Director
and Anchor for GLR Networks and Radio Grupo Prisa. Celis also spent 12
years at Telefutura calling boxing play-by-play and before that four at
HBO Latinoámerica in the same role. He also was a news and sports anchor
Angeles affiliate KVEA-TV from 1990-1992. Celis is originally from
Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico.
Our team will be great because it is not just about who our audience
will see on-air, but about an entire group of very capable producers,
editors and cameramen that will help make our programming something
historic in Spanish-language television, said Celis. My excitement to
be joining Time Warner Cable Deportes goes beyond what it means for my
individual career because I know the high-caliber team I will be working
Zúñiga joins Time Warner Cable Deportes as the networks main soccer
analyst. Nicknamed El Pulpo or The Octopus for his prowess as a
goalie, he spent 14 years as a professional soccer player in Mexico and
the United States. El Pulpo won a Mexican League Championship with
Chivas de Guadalajara in 1997, was a goalie for the Mexican National
Team and concluded his playing career with Club Deportivo Chivas USA.
Zúñiga has called soccer games around the world for Major League Soccer,
Fox Deportes, KWHY-TVs Mundo Deportivo Polémico and Azteca America
including the UEFA Champions League, Copa Libertadores and Italys Serie
A. He is originally from Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico.
Its an honor to be one of the first faces of this historic new network
as we bring Spanish-speaking sports fans the access theyve never had
before, said Zúñiga. I believe that Time Warner Cable Deportes will
quickly become the go-to sports destination for Latinos in Los Angeles
as it connects with its audience on a deeper level.
Souza will serve as a studio host for Time Warner Cable Deportes
alongside Zúñiga. Souza, who is originally from Guadalajara, Jalisco,
Mexico, has spent the past seven years working for CNN México,
Megacanal, Fox Sports, ESPN Deportes Radio, KWHY-TVs Mundo Deportivo
Polémico, Televisa and other Mexican media outlets.
Gutierrez comes to Time Warner Cable Deportes as the networks Senior
Producer/Special Correspondent after eight years at Univisions flagship
station KMEX-TV as the anchor, producer and writer for the program
Accion Deportiva. He has covered sports for more than a decade,
reporting on events in Los Angeles, Mexico and Europe.
Gamboa is Time Warner Cable Deportes new Executive Editor of Content
and will also have an on-camera role as a sports analyst. He has more
than 20 years of experience producing and reporting on sports in the
United States and Mexico, most recently calling play-by-play for Club
Deportivo Chivas USA games. He has also worked for KWHY-TV in Los
Angeles, Univision Radio KTNQ Los Angeles, Fox Sports en Espanol,
Telemundos KVEA-TV in Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Recognizing the importance of Hispanic consumers in Southern California,
Time Warner Cable Sports is launching Time Warner Cable Deportes, the
nations first Spanish-language regional sports network. Time Warner
Cable Deportes will air all local Lakers and Galaxy games entirely in
Spanish and will feature its own production team, a distinct graphics
package and a different look than its English-language sister station,
Time Warner Cable SportsNet. Non-game programming on Time Warner Cable
Deportes will include daily local sports news, a daily soccer news show
and coverage of other sports including boxing and lucha libre. All Time
Warner Cable Deportes programming will be produced specifically for the
Spanish-speaking fan and with the in-depth access those fans deserve.
Celis, Zúñiga, Souza, Gutierrez and Gamboa join Adrian Garcia Marquez
and Francisco Pinto, the Lakers announcers who will call games on Time
Warner Cable Deportes. This group will be present at Time Warner Cable
Deportes community appearances throughout the summer, including a series
of basketball and soccer clinics in conjunction with Time Warner Cable
Sports team partners.
For more information about Time Warner Cable Deportes, visit www.twcdeportes.com
and for more information about Time Warner Cable SportsNet, visit www.twcsportsnet.com.
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