Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Musial Coverage Will Be Expansive; Maior Outlets Set to Broadcast Funeral Mass

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Musial Coverage Will Be Expansive; Maior Outlets Set to Broadcast Funeral Mass

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Stan Musial was an icon not only on the baseball field but in the St. Louis community, and his funeral on Saturday will be covered in the St. Louis media in a fitting manner for such an iconic local figure.

The major local television stations that have their own news departments plan to show the service at Cathedral Basilica live, as does Fox Sports Midwest the Cardinals' local television home. And the team's radio network flagship station, KMOX (1120 AM) also plans to air the proceedings.

Fox Sports Midwest is geared up to be on from 10:30 a.m. to approximately 1:30 p.m., and the coverage will be available to all FSM viewers throughout the region not just those in the immediate St. Louis area.

"Our entire telecast is commercial free," FSM director Kevin Landy said. "The Archdiocese asked that there be no commentary during the Mass."

KTVI (Channel 2) and sister station KPLR (Channel 11) plan to begin their coverage at 10 a.m., an hour before the funeral is to start. Those stations intend to stay on the air with Musial material until 2 p.m.

Audrey Prywitch, news director of those outlets, said that once the Mass begins there will be no commentary from the stations' announcers and no commercials will air during the service.

"Something like this, we're not thinking how long it takes," she said. "There's no thought, 'Oh God, we'll have to take a commercial break.' That's not what this is about."

KSDK (Channel 5) and KMOV (Channel 4) begin their coverage at 11 a.m., although Channel 4 will leave at noon to air the Maryland- Duke college basketball game from the CBS network. The rest of its Musial coverage will be broadcast on KMOV's digital channel, 4.2.

Channel 4 news director Sean McLaughlin said his station will not air commercials during the service, but might have some expert analysis.

"We have permission to have a Catholic priest who will explain what is happening at certain points in the Mass," he said.

KDSK spokesman Jeff Winget said Channel 5 plans no commercials or commentary during the Mass although "we may load a couple of ' stand- by' breaks as back-up, just to have a place to go in case of technical issues, etc."

Most of the stations also will cover a brief ceremony scheduled at the Musial statue outside Busch Stadium, where the funeral procession is scheduled to go after Mass ends and before the group heads to the cemetery.

St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson is to conduct the funeral Mass and one of the a co-celebrants will be Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York. He is from Ballwin and is a longtime friend of the Musial family.

There is pool coverage of the events in the Basilica, meaning the same cameras will be shared by all the stations showing the activities inside the church. The stations will have individualized coverage for events outside the church. …

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