Fox Sports 1 hits the air Saturday

The first thing that viewers will see as the channel goes on air is a promise – a promise from FOX Sports to the viewer, affirming the network’s commitment to always put the fan first.

Once FOX Sports 1 is officially on the air, the first program to hit the airwaves is FOX COLLEGE FOOTBALL KICKOFF, beginning at 6:00 AM ET. Taped this week, the one-hour season preview highlights key title contenders and potential superstars and features interviews and expert analysis. Following FOX COLLEGE FOOTBALL KICKOFF are back-to-back episodes of FANTASTIC FINISHES, a 30-minute program that relives legendary last-second finishes in sports.

Live programming begins at 8:00 AM ET with six and a half hours of NASCAR coverage, beginning with NASCAR LIVE and featuring a guest appearance from NASCAR Hall of Famer and NASCAR on FOX analyst Darrell Waltrip. Following NASCAR LIVE is two hours of NASCAR Sprint Cup practice from Michigan sandwiched around 90 minutes of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) qualifying. Trucks action continues at 12:00 PM ET with 30 minutes of prerace coverage with host Danielle Trotta and reporters Ray Dunlapand Hermie Sadler, followed by two hours of live racing from 12:30-2:30 PM ET. Rick Allencalls the action alongside analysts Phil Parsons and Michael Waltrip with Dunlap and Sadler reporting.

FOX SPORTS 1-ON-1, an original program in which FOX Sports icons like Terry Bradshaw, Chris Myers, Gus Johnson and more sit down for in-depth interviews with legends in the world of sports, entertainment and politics, premieres at 2:30 PM ET. Saturday’s episode features FOX Sports’ Michael Strahan with legendary New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

Live events continue at 5:00 PM ET with pre-fight programming leading up to the UFC’s debut appearance on FOX Sports 1, SHOGUN VS. SONNEN at the TD Garden in Boston. Prelims begin at 6:00 PM ET, followed by the main event at 8:00 PM ET with UFC announcers Jon Anik and Joe Rogan on the call. Jay GlazerKenny Florian and Brian Stann provide pre-fight studio coverage with Ariel Helwani interviewing fighters live in Boston.

Day 1 wraps up as FOX SPORTS LIVE, FOX Sports’ nightly news, opinion and highlights show, makes its premiere at 11:00 PM ET. FOX SPORTS LIVE features the highlights team of Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole, host Charissa Thompson and panelists Donovan McNabbEphraim SalaamGary Payton and Andy Roddick and airs nightly from 11:00 PM-2:00 AM ET.

FOX SPORTS 1’s full Day 1 schedule is as follows (all times ET; L denotes Live):

Time                                       Event/Program

6:00-7:00 AM                        FOX COLLEGE FOOTBALL KICKOFF

7:00-7:30 AM                        FANTASTIC FINISHES

7:30-8:00 AM                        FANTASTIC FINISHES

8:00-8:30 AM                        NASCAR LIVE (L)

8:30-9:30 AM                        NASCAR SPRINT CUP PRACTICE (L)

9:30-11:00 AM                     NCWTS QUALIFYING (L)


12:00-12:30 PM                   NCWTS SETUP (L)

12:30-2:30 PM                     NCWTS RACING (L)

2:30-3:00 PM                        FOX SPORTS 1-ON-1: STRAHAN-BRADY

3:00-3:30 PM                        FANTASTIC FINISHES

3:30-4:30 PM                        FOX COLLEGE FOOTBALL KICKOFF

4:30-5:00 PM                        UFC ULTIMATE INSIDER

5:00-6:00 PM                        UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT: SHOGUN VS. SONNEN (L)

6:00-8:00 PM                        UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS: SHOGUN VS. SONNEN (L)

8:00-11:00 PM                     UFC FIGHT NIGHT: SHOGUN VS. SONNEN (L)

11:00 PM-2:00 AM              FOX SPORTS LIVE (L)