Students show RC sports live online
Fans all over the world are watching many RC sports games live on the Web. Set up by the College's information technology department, this new Web broadcast is run largely by students, who follow with live commentary. Viewers even share their comments live online.
Broadcasters Bryant Mortimer '10, of Charlottesville, Va., and Nick DeSanctis '12, from Shamong, N.J., announce games with high energy, providing firsthand accounts of all the action. They announce most every home game, every season, no matter the sport. Fans, whether rooting for RC or an opponent, post comments during the games, including A.J. Dowell '08, a post-graduate intern at the NCAA who was a student broadcaster while at RC. Parents of opponents even praise the live coverage.
The athletics department also will launch in August a newly redesigned Web site on maroons.roanoke.edu. That site will feature streaming video to view games online and live stats for home events, says Brad Moore, director of athletic communications.
"It was created just to get a new feel for athletics and give people more options," says Moore, who recently was named Sports Information Director of the Year by the Old Dominion Athletic Conference's sports information professionals.
Mortimer got involved with broadcasting after working in the athletic department's office. DeSanctis joined the first week of fall 2008 for CCLS credit, but found that broadcasting was something he enjoyed. He now announces the play-by-play action during the games, while Mortimer provides color commentary.
"This is something I have always wanted to do," DeSanctis says. "A lot of schools don't have this, and I really got this out of pure luck. I started announcing volleyball games, and it kind of took off."
Dowell, who currently promotes NCAA Division I men's and women's basketball, also credits RC for what he calls "top-notch" equipment and the chance to do what many college students never experience.
"It was a nice opportunity for me," Dowell says. "I wish more people listened, but I think it is on the right road, and there is a bright future for the program."