500 Festival and WISH-TV to Continue Broadcast Partnership

500 Festival and WISH-TV to Continue Broadcast Partnership

Wed, 2015-04-01 08:00

WISH-TV will be the exclusive broadcaster of Breakfast at the Brickyard, Snakepit Ball and Memorial Day Service

INDIANAPOLIS (April 1, 2015)The 500 Festival, a nonprofit organization providing life-enriching events for Indiana and celebrating the legacy of the Indianapolis 500, and WISH-TV today announced a partnership, making WISH-TV the official television broadcaster of: the KeyBank 500 Festival Snakepit Ball, the 500 Festival Memorial Service, presented by Rolls-Royce, and the 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard, presented by Midwestern Engineers, Inc. The agreement continues the more than 25-year partnership between WISH-TV and the 500 Festival. Specific programming details will be announced prior to the events.

“For more than 25 years WISH-TV has been a proud partner of the 500 Festival. We’re proud to continue building upon our longstanding relationship,” said Les Vann, president and general manager, WISH-TV. “Our station is committed to bringing Central Indiana viewers the very best local programming and we’re confident they’ll love our coverage of these events.”

“WISH-TV has been a great partner for many, many years,” said president and CEO of the 500 Festival, Bob Bryant. “Together, we have a rich history of working closely to showcase Indianapolis during the month of May. We look forward to crafting unique promotions and broadcast content that will enhance several of our key events.” 

The partnership provides WISHTV with the official broadcasting rights to three 500 Festival Events:

The 500 Festival Memorial Service, presented by Rolls-Royce, pays tribute to the sacrifices made by Indiana men and women who perished while serving in the armed forces. The service will include the joint service color guard presentation of colors and performances by the Capital City Chorus and Indiana National Guard’s 38th Infantry Division Band. The 2015 Memorial Service will take place on the north steps of the Indiana War Memorial on Friday, May 22 at noon. As the official broadcaster of the 500 Festival Memorial Service, presented by Rolls-Royce, WISH-TV will provide a live broadcast of the event.

The KeyBank 500 Festival Snakepit Ball is race weekend’s most exclusive party, attracting celebrities and VIPs in town for race weekend. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, May 23. The red carpet arrivals at the KeyBank 500 Festival Snakepit Ball will be broadcast live by WISH-TV.

The 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard, presented by Midwestern Engineers, Inc., is a time-honored Indiana tradition that brings together Indiana’s mayors, business leaders, race enthusiasts and the 500 Festival Princesses. Attendees will have the opportunity to drive their car around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s famed oval track, hear from dignitaries and racing legends, enjoy a traditional Hoosier breakfast and witness the crowning of the 500 Festival Queen. After breakfast, ticket holders will have garage access before enjoying the day’s Indianapolis 500 qualifications. The 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard, presented by Midwestern Engineers, Inc., will be held Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 8:30 a.m. 

To learn more about the 500 Festival, or to purchase tickets to our events, please visit: www.500festival.com.

About the 500 Festival

Founded in 1957, the 500 Festival is a not-for-profit organization that produces more than 50 life-enriching events and programs while celebrating the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500® and fostering positive impact on the city of Indianapolis and state of Indiana. One of the largest festivals in the nation, each year more than half a million people attend an event or program produced by the 500 Festival. Since its founding, the 500 Festival has contributed more than $350 million in economic value to Indianapolis. To learn more about the 500 Festival, please visit www.500festival.com, follow us on Twitter @500festival, or on Facebook.

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