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Valley native serves up ‘Bar Fly’ on Fox Sports



Published: Thu, May 3, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

Austintown native John Chechitelli is the producer/ director of Fox Sports’ “Bar Fly,” and he has enlisted Ed O’Neill on the latest episode.

In “Bar Fly,” New York Times columnist Mark Kriegel discusses sports with his guests over dinner and drinks at a restaurant. On the episode that premiered at 10 p.m. Sunday, Kriegel and O’Neill talk Ultimate Fighting Championship with Dana White, who is the president of UFC.

Each episode of “Bar Fly” airs multiple times over a two-week period on all Fox Sports affiliates, including Fox Sports Ohio and Root in Pittsburgh. It will air again at 11:30 p.m. tonight and at 10 p.m. Sunday on Root.

Many people know that O’Neill — who is a Youngstown native — is a fight fan. Fewer people know that he is also a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt.

Chechitelli is part of the Youngstown crew in the television/film biz. He is best known locally as the director of Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini’s 2010 documentary “Youngstown: Still Standing.”

Chechitelli started as an associate producer, camera operator and editor on “Bar Fly” but took over as producer/director for season 2.

Guests on the bi-weekly show this season already have included NBA star Steve Nash and quarterback Donovan McNabb. The next episode will feature Dodgers manager Don Mattingly.

Chechitelli also co-produces the weekly “UFC Tonight” show for Fox-owned Fuel TV, and works every major UFC broadcast for the network.

GO BACK IN TIME WITH FILM ABOUT COLUMBIANA VILLAGE

Were you in Columbiana in the early 1950s? If so, you might want to catch a film that will be screened for free at 7 p.m. Friday at Main Street Theater on the town’s central traffic circle. You’ll again see what Columbiana looked like way back when, and if you are old enough, you might catch a glimpse of someone you know.

The matter-of-factly named “Columbiana in the 1950s” is two hours and 20 minutes of footage. Made for reasons that have been lost to time, it goes inside 86 places, including schools, stores, factories and club meetings.

Nora Salmen of the historical society says the film was last shown about three years ago, and it fascinates those who see it. The film has been transferred to DVD and will be available for purchase for $20 at Friday’s showing.

A COOL MUSIC FESTIVAL RETURNS TO SOUTHERN OHIO

The scenic town of Nelsonville, Ohio, which is about 10 miles away from Athens, will again host the Nelsonville Music Festival from May 18-20 on the Hocking College campus. Acts will include Iron and Wine, Andrew Bird, M. Ward, Guided By Voices, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Those Darlins, Jorma Kaukonen and dozens more. To see the full lineup and get ticket information, go to nelsonvillefest.org, or call Stuart’s Opera House box office at 740-753-1924.

RED WANTING BLUE will play ON NATIONAL TELEVISION SHOW

Attention Red Wanting Blue fans: The Columbus-based rock band with a big Youngstown following will make its network television debut July 18 when it will perform on “The Late Show with David Letterman.”


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