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).
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.