In 1988, the First Baptist Church of Paris began a television ministry to produce recordings of their church services. Shortly after the start of the new ministry, the church entered into a partnership with the local cable system to provide programming on a cable channel. In addition to programming from the American Christian Television Service (ACTS Network), the church began producing other local programming like local high school sports events.
Several videotapes of the football, basketball and baseball games the church ministry recorded were recently found in storage. During this time when sporting events are not taking place, due to pandemic precautions, FBC-TV Channel 16 is planning to convert the tapes to digital format and run the classic editions of The Northeast Texas Game of the Week on Suddenlink cable channel 16. The programs will also be made available online through the church website.
The first classic game is a football match-up between the Bonham Warriors and the North Lamar Panthers recorded on September 7, 2012. Jon McFadden, Director of Media for First Baptist Church from 1991 to 2003, said “the conversion of the tapes might be a challenge due to their age”. So far, however, the tapes have proven to be in pretty good condition, and he remains optimistic that most of the tapes, dating back to 1990, will be salvageable.
McFadden’s predecessor, Tom Hergenrader, who went by the on-air name of Tom Allen, may also be involved in the digitizing process. Hergenrader was the featured play-by-play announcer for several years along with Greg Cunningham, Newt Davis, Joe Iglehart, Roger Stripland, Dale Routon, Greg Higgins and several others filling the play-by-play and color commentary positions.
Airtimes of the classic games each week on FBC-TV Channel 16 will be; Sunday at 2:00 pm, Wednesday at 8:30 am, Thursday at 8:00 pm, and Saturday at Midnight and 2:00 pm. New videos for on-demand viewing via fbcparis.com/fbctv will premiere each Sunday at 2:00 pm.