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Starkville company airs documentary nationally

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Contact: Robbie Coblentz
Broadcast Media Group
662-324-2489

STARKVILLE — American Public Television is releasing the heroic story of a Southern basketball team that made race relations history when they played an integrated Northern team in the 1963 collegiate tournament.

“One Night in March” is the story of Mississippi State University’s basketball team who made history when they defied the state’s segregation politics to play the integrated team from Loyola University of Chicago. The game took place in East Lansing, Mich. on March 15, 1963.

Loyola won the basketball game, but race relations scored a big victory in this peaceful meeting of two teams in a culture and time when the races were having violent clashes elsewhere.

“This game is one of the most significant events not only in Mississippi State history, but in the history of the state,” said Robbie Coblentz, executive producer of One Night in March. “We’re honored to share it with the rest of the nation.”

“One Night in March” has garnered several awards — including a Telly — and been selected to film festivals in the U.S. and Canada.  It took home the “People’s Choice” award at the Magnolia Independent Film Festival in February 2013.

More than 100 American Public Television affiliates have scheduled the half hour documentary to air beginning in February, covering over 75% of US TV households.

American Public Television, APT, has been a leading distributor of high-quality, top-rated programming to America’s public television stations since 1961. Since 2004, APT has distributed approximately half of the top 100 highest-rated public television titles.  For more information about APT’s programs and services, visit APTonline.org.

Broadcast Media Group is an award-winning media production company serving clients across the state of Mississippi and the Southeast. Broadcast Media provides video production, Web and duplication services.

For more information on Broadcast Media, contact Robbie Coblentz at (662) 324-2489.

Public television Stations airing “One Night in March” (check local listings)

Station

City State

Market Rank

WNYE

New York NY

1

KLCS

Los Angeles CA

2

KVCR

San Bernardino CA

2

KCET

Burbank CA

2

WTTW

Chicago IL

3

WYBE

Philadelphia PA

4

KERA

Dallas TX

5

KCSM

San Mateo CA

6

KQEH

San Jose CA

6

KRCB

Rohnert Park CA

6

KQED

San Francisco CA

6

NEWH

Durham NH

7

WHUT

Washington DC

8

WPBA

Atlanta GA

9

WTVS

Wixom MI

11

WEDU

Tampa FL

14

WUSF

Tampa FL

14

KAWE

Bemidji MN

15

KTCA

St. Paul MN

15

WPBT

North Miami FL

16

KBDI

Denver CO

17

KRMA

Denver CO

17

WUCF

Orlando FL

18

WEFS

Cocoa FL

18

WVIZ

Cleveland OH

19

WNEO

Kent OH

19

KVIE

Sacramento CA

20

KETC

St. Louis MO

21

WQED

Pittsburgh PA

23

WTVI

Charlotte NC

25

WIPB

Muncie IN

26

WFYI

Indianapolis IN

26

KPBS

San Diego CA

28

WNPT

Nashville TN

29

KCPT

Kansas City MO

31

WOUB

Athens OH

32

WOSU

Columbus OH

32

KUED

Salt Lake City UT

33

WMVS

Milwaukee WI

34

WCET

Cincinnati OH

35

WPTO

Dayton OH

35

KENT

Lexington KY

35

SCAR

Columbia SC

37

WXEL

West Palm Beach FL

38

WGVU 

Grand Rapids, MI

39

KLRU

Austin, TX

40

OKLA

Oklahoma City, OK

41

KLVX

Las Vegas NV

42

ALAB

Birmingham AL

44

WHRO

Norfolk VA 

45

KNME

Albuquerque NM 

47

KENW

Portales NM

47

WKNO

Cordova TN

50

MISS

Jackson MS

50

WLAE

Metairie LA

51

WNED

Buffalo NY

52

WVIA

Pittston PA

54

ARKA

Conway AR

56

WCVE

Richmond VA

57

WMHT

Troy NY

58

WSRE

Pensacola FL

59

KRSU

Claremore OK 

60

WETP

Knoxville TN 

61

WPTD

Dayton OH

64

WVIR

Beaver WV 

65

KOOD

Bunker Hill KS 

67

KPTS

Wichita KS

67

WDCQ

University Center MI

68

WCMU

Mt. Pleasant , MI

68

WISC

Madison, WI

70

KSPS

Spokane, WA

73

KWSU

Pullman, WA 

73

IDAH

Boise, ID

73

WXXI

1 Rochester

78

LOUI

Baton Rouge, LA

82

WILL

Urbana, IL

84

WEIU

Charleston, IL

84

WCNY

Syracuse, NY

85

KCOS

El Paso, TX

91

WCFE

Plattsburgh, NY

98

WPSU

University Park, PA

103

WNIN

Evansville, IN

104

WFSU

Tallahassee, FL

106

KNPB

Reno, NV

107

SDAK

Vermillion, SD

111

WGBY

Springfield, MA

114

WKAR

East Lansing, MI

115

NDAK

Fargo, ND

116

KEDT

Corpus Christi, TX

129

KTWU

Topeka, KS

134

KTTZ

Lubbock, TX

143

WQLN

Erie, PA

149

WUFT

Gainesville, FL 

163

WPBS

Watertown, NY 

176

WLJT

Martin, TN 

177

WVPT

Harrisonburg, VA 

178

WNMU

Marquette, MI

180

WKYU

Bowling Green, KY

182

WYOM

Riverton, WY

197

KUAC

Fairbanks, AK

202

The Reflector: “One Night In March film showing honors historic MSU team”

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By HILLARY LAPLATNEY

Published: Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Updated: Friday, February 22, 2013 02:02

A revised and updated version of “One Night in March,” a documentary film about Mississippi State University’s fight against racial discrimination in the early 1960s, will premiere at Hollywood Premier Cinemas tonight at 8:30 as part of the Magnolia Independent Film Festival.
“One Night in March” tells the story of a historical semi-final basketball game in the 1963 NCAA tournament during which racial barriers were shattered by MSU and its opponent, Loyola.

Robbie Coblentz, executive producer of “One Night in March,” opened up about the nature of college sports 50 years ago.

Finish reading at the Reflector.

 

Column: “In the end, we all won” (2002, Clarion Ledger)

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In 2002, Orley Hood wrote this column about the original version of “One Night in March.”

That night wasn’t Rosa Parks and the bus boycott. It wasn’t the March on Washington or the bridge in Selma.

But nearly 40 years later, the echoes of that night still resound.

On the Ides of March in 1963, as the country rumbled with the thunder of the civil rights movement, five white boys in Mississippi State uniforms stepped out on the floor in East Lansing, Mich., for a game of basketball. Integrated basketball.

Loyola of Chicago started four black players that night in that game in an NCAA Tournament regional against State.

Robbie Coblentz, who owns a video production company in Starkville, has recently released an eloquent 35-minute documentary called One Night in March.

“We didn’t know anything about this until we went to the Final Four in 1996,” says Coblentz, 32, a State graduate. That was the year Mississippi State made its historic run in the NCAA Tournament.

The New York newspapers were filled with long articles on the night in 1963 when Babe McCarthy’s team sneaked out of the state in the dark to play a game of ball against black folks.

Missing out

The film begins with a wistful monologue by hall of famer Bailey Howell, the greatest player in MSU history. In Howell’s last year, 1959, State went 24-1, won the Southeastern Conference championship, ranked in the top five in the country and … went nowhere.

The unwritten law of our land back then forbade the mixing of the races, even on the hardwood.

By 1963, State had won three straight SEC titles and four in five years. The great trio of Leland Mitchell, Red Stroud and Joe Dan Gold — who went 24-1 their sophomore year, then won two more titles on top of that — had just run off a 21-5 regular season.

This time, McCarthy, the legendary coach, was determined to go. Maybe he figured with his magical threesome graduating, this might be his last chance.

Go … stop … go

The state College Board said yes. Go. Then two state senators got a court injunction. No go.

Before they could be served, McCarthy and athletic director Wade Walker went to Nashville.

On the night of the getaway, the substitutes went to the airport. Seeing no deputies, they called the campus and the starting five plus the top sub joined them.

The next day, the state Supreme Court threw out the injunction.

Coblentz’s film offers wonderful interviews with Mitchell and Stroud, with Aubrey Nichols, now a lawyer in Columbus; the great two-sport star Doug Hutton, legendary announcer Jack Cristil, Richard Williams, Van Chancellor and our own Rick Cleveland.

What he found stunned Coblentz. “These kids were discriminated against, too.”

You can hear it in Howell’s voice. Even with all the college and professional glory, he feels cheated. Then there are the what-ifs:

What if State had gone in 1959, ‘61 and ‘62, as well as 1963?

What would that have done for the program and Mississippi? Would the riots at Ole Miss have even happened? Would James Meredith have been a happy afterthought instead of a martyr?

Oh, yeah. State lost that night to Loyola, the eventual national champion. But you know what? In the end, we all won.

Call (662) 324-2489 to order a copy.

Orley Hood was a columnist with the Jackson, MS Clarion-Ledger from 1976-2008

Originally published June 21, 2002 about 1963 Mississippi State Basketball One Night in March.

Trailer: “One Night in March” 50th Anniversary Edition

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APTLogoThis is the trailer for the national version of “One Night in March” which will be seen on public televisions nationwide in the spring of 2014.  “One Night in March” is disturbed by American Public Television.

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