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'Sports Highlights' receives proclamation from City Council
Sports Highlights receives proclamation from City Council
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Greg Bicouvaris, Ray Price, and Paul Cummings are presented the Resolution by Mayor McKinley Price.
Photo: Michelle Price

The "Sports Highlights" team of Telecom Supervisor Ray Price (Executive Producer and Director) and Greg Bicouvaris (Show Host), along with show creator Paul Cummings, was recognized by the City of Newport News for 25 years of service producing the TV show featuring interviews with local and national sports figures. The city council issued a "Resolution of Recognition" congratulating them and wishing them continued success in the future.

"Sports Highlights" began in February 1992 and will celebrate 25 years with the February 2017 episode. The current episode - June 2016 - is number 259. The show is produced 11 times a year.

The City Council of Newport News issued a "Resolution of Recognition" saying, "that it hereby recognizes Sports Highlights, and that as of February, 2017, its cast and crew will have provided 25 years of quality programming to the citizens of the City of Newport News, and extends its best wishes for continued success into the future."

The resolution:

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Paul Cummings, Greg Bicouvaris, and Ray Price with the Resolution.
Photo: Michelle Price

RESOLUTION OF RECOGNITION

WHEREAS, since its debut on NNPS-TV in February 1992, Sports Highlights has featured more than 500 guests including many athletic legends and public figures; and

WHEREAS, the show was created by Paul Cummings who served as the first executive producer who oversaw the program from 1992 to 2004; and

WHEREAS, host Greg Bicouvaris and Executive Producer and Director Ray Price combine personal interviews and sports trivia with video elements resulting in an engaging and fact-filled program; and

WHEREAS, through his interviews, Sports Highlights’s host Greg Bicouvaris encourages guests to share insight and perspective on their backgrounds, sports, family lives and success. Executive Producer and Director Ray Price leads a team of student-videographers from Newport News Public Schools to help capture images to illustrate the guest’s stories. This combined with Ray Price’s editing, production and directing skills help create an entertaining and educational show; and

200th episode
Ray Price and Greg Bicouvaris posed for this photo in 2011, when the 200th episode of "Sports Highlights" aired.
Photo: Tom Stormer/NNPS

WHEREAS, the team of Greg Bicouvaris and Ray Price have taped shows in studio and on location throughout Virginia, Washington D.C. and North Carolina interviewing and connecting their audience with such notable sports figures such as Aaron Brooks, Michael Vick, David Macklin, Ronald Curry, Allen Iverson, Terry Holland, Boo Williams, Lefty Drisell, Bruce Smith, Mike London, George Welsh, Frank Beamer, and Serena Williams; and

WHEREAS, Sports Highlights has earned a Communicator Award in 1999 and again in 2005 and has also been recognized by the Peninsula Sports Club and;

WHEREAS, the longest-running show on NNPS-TV, Sports Highlights is produced 11 times a year, and over 230 episodes have been made; and

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Ray Price and Greg Bicouvaris at a shoot on location at George Mason University in 2005.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of the City of Newport News, Virginia:

  1. That it hereby recognizes Sports Highlights, and that as of February, 2017, its cast and crew will have provided 25 years of quality programming to the citizens of the City of Newport News, and extends its best wishes for continued success into the future.

  2. That a copy of this resolution be spread upon the records of this body and that a copy be delivered to the cast and crew of Sports Highlights.

  3. That this resolution shall be in effect on and after the date of its adoption, May 24, 2016.