Shout It Out Loud; Legendary Rock Group KISS and ACC Network Will Rock 2012 ACC Football

Aug. 31, 2012

Charlotte, N.C. ( - Legendary multi-platinum group KISS will rock ACC Network telecasts of Atlantic Coast Conference football, it was announced today by Raycom Sports. Through this partnership of rock royalty and premier college football, KISS' new hit single "Hell or Hallelujah" will set the tone for the kickoff of each week's syndicated game.

Rock legends KISS is the juggernaut of them all having already broken box office records set by The Beatles and Elvis. Their 40-plus year history includes -- 28 U.S. gold albums, the most gold records for any American rock band, 40 million sales in the U.S., and a total exceeding 100 million worldwide. Their 20th studio album MONSTER will be released October 16, The band's first single from MONSTER, the full-throttle, autobiographical rocker "Hell or Hallelujah," immediately went #1 on the iTunes rock charts in the U.S., and numerous countries around the world including Australia, Finland, Norway, Sweden and more.

Rock legends KISS return with Monster, a 12-track, straight-ahead rock `n' roll album features collaborations among all four members - including co-founders Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons and longtime members guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer - in an album that shows the band at the top of its game.

"We are honored to have KISS open our ACC football telecasts," said David Barringer, producer for Raycom Sports. "KISS' music and college football go hand in hand. They are part of the fabric of America and American culture. Their pure, high energy music is going to be a great addition to our games."

KISS leads a star-studded list of performers featured in Raycom football and basketball telecasts over the years, including Rascal Flatts, Brooks & Dunn, Jason Aldean, Daughtry, Sugarland, Alison Krauss, Chris Brown, Lil' Mama, T-Pain, David Cook and Ricky Skaggs.

Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, The ACC Network is the official multi-media platform of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Dedicated to delivering live, historical and original content through innovative platforms, the ACC Network is a partnership between the ACC and Raycom Sports.

Built over 30 years of broadcast production and multi-media rights, the ACC Network maximizes the distribution of ACC content through live television broadcasting, original programming via digital technologies, historical archives, mobile applications, social media, ACC Championship events and the official ACC website. For more, visit

Charlotte-based Raycom Sports is a leading independent sports sales & marketing, syndication, event management and production firm. Raycom is the current television rightsholder of syndicated ACC men's basketball and football telecasts. Raycom Sports' parent company Raycom Media, located in Montgomery, Alabama, owns and operates 48 television stations covering over 12 percent of the United States across 18 states.