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Channel 56 Rolls With It

Folks of a certain age, me included, may remember "Candlepins for Cash" --  a pretty entertaining bowling game show first hosted by sportscaster and former New York Yankee announcer Bob Gamere and then former Red Sox star Rico Petrocelli -- that ran on Channel 7 from 1975-1982 and then on Channel 25 from 1982-1983.

 There was also a candlepin bowling show hosted by Don Gilllis on Channel 5 from 1967-1996, "Candlepin Superbowl" hosted by Bill O'Connell and Brian Leary on Channel 5 in the 70's and early 80's, and "Candlepin Doubles" hosted by Leary from 1983-1996. (Caveat emptor: Those dates are courtesy of Wikipedia, which has had its share of credibility issues lately.)

Now, Channel 56 WLVI-TV is introducing a modern-day successor, "Candlepins for Dollars," starting early March. Here are the vital details:

BOSTON, Wed., Feb. 22, 2006 - WLVI-TV (Boston's WB) is proud to announce the revival of candlepin bowling on local television: "Candlepins for Dollars" will premiere on Boston's WB Saturday, March 4 at 6 p.m. Anchor Frank Mallicoat will host the show with color commentary by Mike Morin, host of WZID-FM's "NH in the Morning" and the late "Candlepin Stars and Strikes" on WNDS-TV, Ch. 50 (My TV). The show will feature professional bowlers and be taped at Pilgrim Lanes in Haverhill, Mass.

"Candlepins for Dollars" will air Saturdays from 6 p.m. - 7 p.m., with a rebroadcast on Sundays from 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Boston's WB is collaborating on the show with pro-bowler Bart Maderios of Plaistow, New Hampshire, who is also the director of the International Candlepin Youth Bowling Association. To see the "Candlepins for Dollars" animated open, log onto: http://bostonswbdesign.com/candlepins.

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