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'WAL-MART FLW OUTDOORS' TV HIGHLIGHTS 2005 WAL-MART BFL ALL-AMERICAN ON OHIO RIVER

Show concludes with distribution of largest co-angler prize in competitive bass fishing history

by: J Sealock,

(Jun. 28, 2005 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN) Tune in Sunday, July 3 to "Wal-Mart FLW Outdoors" on FSN as co-hosts Charlie Evans and Keith Lebowitz take viewers to the 22nd annual Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League All-American presented by Chevy on the Ohio River. The tournament awarded the winning boater a cash prize of $100,000. The one-hour show is the first of a two-part series covering the sport's most prestigious championship for weekend anglers and concludes with the winning co-angler receiving a check for $50,000. This year's championship marks the 21st anniversary of the first $100,000 award in competitive bass fishing. That historic award was presented to 1984 All-American champion Shaw Grigsby of Gainesville, Fla., for his victory on the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes in Florida. The July 3 show presents multiple mini-features with several of the boaters who were in contention after two days of competition. The features include Robert Beatty of Clermont, Fla.; Brian Hickey of Cadiz, Ky..; Kim Carver of Milledgeville, Ga.; Wade Ramsey of Midwest City, Okla.; Jarrod Hembree of Berea, Ky.; and Arnie Lane of Lakeland, Fla. Lane is the brother of Bobby Lane, who earned three consecutive top-10 finishes in his rookie season on the Wal-Mart FLW Tour. FSN also takes a tour along the Ohio River and the surrounding Paducah, Ky. area with FLW Tour co-angler Sandra Rankin. Rankin, a Paducah native, is an up-and-coming country-music singer who recently completed her second season on the FLW Tour. FSN is the industry leader in providing the most up-to-date technology in TV production. FSN puts viewers in the boats with the pros, shadowing them from sunrise until the final weigh-in using innovative camera work that gives fishing fans the most intimate viewing experience available. FSN broadcasts "Wal-Mart FLW Outdoors" Sundays from 11 a.m. to noon ET. Check local listings for show times and channels in your area. During each tournament show, "Wal-Mart FLW Outdoors" hosts Charlie Evans and Keith Lebowitz go on location to provide on-the-water coverage. While tournament weigh-ins are broadcast live at Wal-Mart stores throughout the country, "Wal-Mart FLW Outdoors" is tape-delayed to bring audiences nationwide the best tournament footage possible throughout the season. FSN reaches more than 78 million homes through its network of 20 regional sports channels. FSN, based in Los Angeles, serves as the cable-TV home to 60 of the 81 MLB, NHL and NBA teams based in the United States and produces over 4,500 live events each year. In addition to home-team games, FSN telecasts a wide variety of national sports events and programming, including the "Best Damn Sports Show Period" and "Beyond the Glory." "Wal-Mart FLW Outdoors" is also televised on the American Forces Network, which reaches over 800,000 service men and women stationed around the world in 177 countries and aboard naval ships. Named after the legendary founder of Ranger Boats, Forrest L. Wood, FLW Outdoors administers eight national tournament circuits offering more than $30 million in awards through 214 events in 2005. The 27-year-old organization is the purveyor of America's largest and most prestigious fishing tournaments, including the Wal-Mart FLW Tour, Wal-Mart EverStart Series, Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League, Wal-Mart Texas Tournament Trail, Wal-Mart FLW Walleye Tour, Wal-Mart FLW Walleye League, Wal-Mart FLW Kingfish Tour and Wal-Mart FLW Redfish Series. Wal-Mart and more than 40 of America's largest and most respected companies support FLW Outdoors and its tournament trails. Wal-Mart signed on as title sponsor of the FLW Tour in 1997 and today is the title sponsor of all FLW Outdoors events.