The coverage of high school athletics has returned to televisions in the Las Vegas Valley thanks to a partnership that includes Findlay Toyota and Vegas Sports of Las Vegas. Other partners in the program include the Las Vegas Review-Journal, 8 News Now and Fremont East Studios.
Interestingly, longtime Southern Nevada television sportscaster Ron Futrell, host of the show, owns a 1996 Toyota 4Runner, which he purchased from automobile executive Cliff Findlay.
"I still have the 4Runner and have 337,000 miles on it. And many of those miles were recorded while covering thousands of high school athletic events all over Southern Nevada. I have never had one bit of problem with the 4Runner. If it ever decides to quit running, the first thing I will do is buy another Toyota 4Runner from Findlay."
The involvement of Findlay Automotive Group as the sponsor is very significant.
"There was a huge void of the coverage of high school athletics, especially considering there are now 33 schools," said Jorge Gonzales, the show's producer and a native of Las Vegas. "Findlay Toyota is most definitely the most dedicated independent sponsor of athletics in the valley and Findlay Toyota Marketing Director Rick Glenn jumped at the idea without one bit of hesitation."
The Findlay Toyota Prep Report airs at 6:30 p.m. each Tuesday on Cox Cable 128.
Through the first showings of the program, there has been tremendous response.
"There has been great response," Gonzalez said, "not just from the community, but the students, as well. This is about the students by the students since we utilize broadcast department students filming student athletes."
Findlay Toyota, at 7733 Eastgate Road in Henderson, is part of Findlay Automotive Group, which was formed more than 50 years ago by the late Pete Findlay, whose son, Cliff Findlay, now spearheads 26 new and preowned vehicle dealerships in Nevada, Utah, Idaho and Arizona.
For more information about Findlay Toyota, call 566-2000 or visit www.findlaytoyota.com. The dealership is headed by General Manager Rich Abajian.
For more information about the Findlay Toyota Prep Report, visit www.vegaswisesports.com.
The show also can be seen anytime on the website.