Communications Media Students Produce Live Crimson Hawks Sports

Posted on 10/10/2016 10:12:20 AM

Fans of IUP Crimsons Hawks athletics can watch live webcasts of home football games this fall and several men’s and women’s basketball games in the spring. Students taking COMM 360 Digital Sports Production in the Department of Communications Media manage all aspects of the productions.  For most of these students, it is their first time working a live sports production.

Communications Media faculty member Stephanie Keppich teaches COMM 360 and explains that, for the football productions, students have a 10- to 12-hour day. “It takes five 5 hours before game time to run cables, set and balance cameras, troubleshoot, and connect our mobile control room so the equipment can live stream,” Keppich said. “That all happens before the coin toss.”

During the live event, the students control every facet of live production.

With only Keppich’s supervision and technical support from Broadcast Technician Chris Barber, the students serve as producer, director, audio operator, camera operators, graphics operator, score bug operator, slow motion replay specialist, and the play-by-play announcer and color analyst, pictured here—Vincent Lowerre (L) and Michael Grivna (R). 

Play-by-play announcer Vincent Lowerre and color analyst Michael Grivna

Lowerre recognizes the importance of teamwork. “This was my first time doing play-by-play of an IUP football game as part of the team of Communications Media students. The experience was inspiring, seeing everyone’s dedication and how we came together as a team. Only one person on the student crew had any experience producing these games, and, being that we were all novices, I’m really proud of what we accomplished.”

These students will provide the live webcasts of IUP home football games throughout the season via an open YouTube channel, IUP Webcast

Subscribers to the channel can also watch recorded replays of previous games. These games also air on IUP-TV, channel 6 for local Comcast subscribers, and channel 20.1 for IUP campus cable. The IUP-TV replays air on Monday and Tuesday nights after each home game.