Boosting its commitment to teen programming, INSP-The Inspirational Network
will unveil an all-original block in January via youth-oriented music and
action-sports company Steelroots Inc.
Exclusive to INSP, the six new series -- encompassing alternative-sports
events, music videos and artist news and biographies -- will begin debuting this
fall, with the balance bowing early in 2003.
The programming relationship with Steelroots stems from the teen series of
the same name that premiered on the network earlier this year. Steelroots
focuses on action sports -- notably snowboarding, wakeboarding,
skateboarding, surfing, MotoX and BMX -- and some of the biggest names on the
action-sports scene: Tony Alvarez, Matt Hammer and Tommy Czechin. It also
features hardcore, punk and hip-hop tunes.
In October, Inspiration will premiere Replay, showcasing the best
contemporary Christian music videos as voted by viewers online. The network will
also trot out Livewire, which will travel to the biggest Christian rock
and hip-hop concerts, and Revolution Series, a compendium of all-original
action-sports contests, before year's end.
Debuting in the new year: Mixx Master Lounge, a hip-hop music-video
program that helps to define that culture; Mayhem, a video show centering
on hard Christian rock music; and Artists Profiles, examining the hits,
misses, ups and downs of Christian music performers.
The original teen block will air weekdays from 5 p.m. to 6