June 25, 2018
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WVII-TV’s ‘Sunday Sports Page’ canceled

By Larry Mahoney, BDN Staff

The Sunday Sports Page, an hour-long sports talk show on Bangor television station WVII (Channel 7), was canceled on July 24.

The brainchild of former WZON producer and reporter Pat Spekhardt was telecast every Sunday from 11 a.m. to noon and featured Spekhardt and co-host Brian Sullivan, the WVII sports director and anchor, along with local sports celebrities and members of the Bangor Daily News sports staff.

It featured highlights from the week in sports, locally and nationally, and a round-table discussion involving members of the BDN sports staff and the co-hosts.

The original contract called for a 13-week run, but it ran for more than 40 weeks.

“It all came down to expense,” said Spekhardt. “The ad revenues weren’t covering the cost of the show. As a result, I wound up putting my own money into it.”

“We gave it a good shot, but it just didn’t work out,” added Spekhardt.

He said he wanted to keep it going and Channel 7 wanted to keep it going but “sadly, it came down to the expense of TV.”

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