UPDATE: Phil Wrobel, Creative Services Director for KARK/KARZ/Bounce-Little Rock, sent a note to correct me. Turns out Bounce will, at least initially, exists as a sub-channel of KARZ (42.2) only available to those who get their TV signal via a digital antenna. Wrobel said it's become common for local stations to chip away a little of their digital signal to create one of these substations.
Comcast has expressed interest in picking up the channel, Wrobel said.
On Monday, Sept. 26,
KARZ 42 in Little Rock will become Bounce TV, an independently owned national network that targets black audiences.
From a news release:
Bounce TV will feature hundreds of motion pictures with African American leads or story lines, including: Jamie Foxx’s 2004 Academy Award-winning performance as Ray Charles in Ray; Denzel Washington’s Academy Award-nominated role in The Hurricane; The Bone Collector, which pairs Washington with Angelina Jolie; Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing, Jungle Fever, Mo’ Better Blues; The Nutty Professor I and II, starring Eddie Murphy; Bowfinger starring Murphy and Steve Martin; Michael Jackson and Diana Ross headlining The Wiz; the 1995 comedy Major Payne with Damon Wayans; Dave Chappelle’s Block Party (2005), the 1976 classic Car Wash and more.
Live sports and events will also be part of the Bounce TV schedule and the network has a multi-year rights agreement with Urban Sports Entertainment Group (USEG) to televise both football and basketball games from the nation’s largest African American athletic conference, the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA.)