SPIRIT comes to SkyAngel filling the gap where Praise TV left off!

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Taken from Skyangel.com:

Naples, Fla. - SPIRIT, a new 24/7 Christian music video channel, is set for a March launch on the Sky Angel nationwide direct-to-home satellite television service. SPIRIT will be the nation's only 24/7 contemporary music video channel programmed specifically for adults with Christian music as its focus. SPIRIT will air on Sky Angel Channel 9706.

Positioned as "Adult . Contemporary . Music", the new SPIRIT television network will incorporate music videos from artists including Third Day, Mercy Me, Newsboys and Rebecca St. James, along with specialty music-centered programming designed to reach adult audiences. SPIRIT is scheduled to debut in early March and will be immediately available to subscribers of the Sky Angel direct-to-home satellite service.

"I'm very excited about giving exposure to artists and music videos that will finally be seen for the first time ever on SPIRIT," said John Owens, operations manager for SPIRIT. "There's currently no channel carrying videos from these artists 24/7. Plus, SPIRIT will have a fresh mix of on-air personalities, music news and programming that will appeal to adults and young families."

SPIRIT is being developed by Spirit Communications of Columbus, Ohio, creator of TVU Music Television and The RadioU Network, which includes a non-commercial FM radio station and national radio network. Both TVU and RadioU currently air 24/7 nationwide on Sky Angel and feature a Christian music format targeting college and high school aged listeners by programming a mix of hip-hop, alternative and rock music.

"TVU meets the needs of the 12-to-24-year-old, but there is a large audience of 'thirty-somethings' that have no video channel playing their music," said Owens. "We are developing a great variety of music programming for this channel," added Owens. "It will be something fresh that won't be too hard or too soft but a great mix of music videos."

Sky Angel previously carried Praise TV, a 24-hour contemporary Christian music video channel that played mainstream Christian artists. In October, Praise TV ceased operation.

"Demand has been high for a new contemporary Christian music channel since Praise TV went off the air," said Kathleen Johnson, vice president of programming for Sky Angel. "Sky Angel is pleased to know that Spirit Communications with its rich history in providing cutting-edge music television has stepped up to the plate to put together the channel. The Lord has blessed Spirit Communications with a wonderful ownership and staff who are dedicated to putting together a quality channel."

About Spirit Communications
Spirit Communications Inc. is a 501(c)(3 ) non-profit organization based in Columbus, Ohio. Spirit Communications launched RadioU in 1996 and TVU Music Television in 2001. The programming on TVU and RadioU targets 12-to-24-year-olds with a message of hope and encouragement through an eclectic mix of popular music by Christian artists. The music and programming promote anti-drug and anti-violence messages, while upholding positive lifestyle messages to the networks' student-age audiences. TVU and RadioU work closely with The HelpLine, a call center organization that provides prayer and referral services to those in need. For more about TVU, RadioU and Spirit Communications, visit www.tvulive.com

About Dominion Sky Angel
A direct broadcast satellite (DBS) pioneer, the Dominion Sky Angel DBS Television & Radio System was founded in 1981 to ensure that there would always be a secure, Christian-owned and -controlled television outlet for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Sky Angel is the last surviving U.S. DBS pioneer and the only Christian organization in the world licensed to own and operate satellites and a multi-channel direct-to-home satellite television service. It is one of only four high-power DBS companies operating in the United States today.

Sky Angel serves to encourage, edify and entertain Christian families with Christ-honoring and wholesome family-oriented programming while unifying and equipping the Body of Christ to fulfill the Great Commission. Sky Angel also serves as a ministry of helps to Christian programmers by providing no-cost airtime to all of the more than 300 ministry programmers that are carried on its flagship channels, Angel One and KTV-Kids and Teens Television, in addition to providing no-cost airtime to each of the 34 other 24-hour Christ-centered TV and radio networks also carried on Sky Angel. In addition, Sky Angel makes available via secular television its Angel One channel as an evangelistic outreach and has provided its service at no charge to facilities such as prisons and substance abuse centers for ministry outreach. The 36-channel Sky Angel package is available to homes, churches, schools and other facilities virtually anywhere in the 48 Continental United States that become equipped with a small, affordable 20-inch satellite dish. A small monthly fee of $11.99 or yearly fee of $119.90 is charged to help support the system. A free video and brochure is available by calling 1-888-SKY-ANGEL (1-888-759-2643) or by visiting www.skyangel.com
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TNGTony

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Thanks for posting the press release Matt.

Just to be clear, Spirit is coming Wenesday (more than likely). It is not yet available to subscribers, though it has been uplinked to the satellite since last Wednesday.

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Tony
 
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So what do people think of Spirit?
 
TNGTony

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I still like it. though they seem to have a relatively short play list. But still more variety than the average top 40 radio station! :)

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