Article, Fall 2009 - Ohlone College Renegades Athletics

Ohlone Sports ready to go live

By Jeff Weisinger, Editor-in-Chief .

Thursday, October 22, 2009—Reprinted from Ohlone College Monitor.

It won’t be SportsCenter, let alone be even on, or close to any of the ESPN channels, however the Ohlone TV Network will launch something on Friday that very few junior colleges, if any, have.

Ohlone Network Sports, produced by the Sports Broadcasting class (BRDC-213) will go live for the first time on channel 28 in Fremont on Friday at 3 p.m., highlighting and discussing just about everything related to the Ohlone Renegades.

The Sports Broadcasting class was introduced to Ohlone College last Spring by former Columbia and Fordham professor Paul Hammons. Hammons also worked for both NBC and ABC for nearly 30 years.

“The idea came from a buddy of mine from Major League Baseball who said that they are having trouble getting qualified entry-level interns to do sports production,” Hammons mentioned.

The Sports Broadcasting class was in its experimental stages last Spring with the class producing and releasing an End-of-Year review for all the Ohlone sports. The class also covered and shot live games, including the Men’s Basketball one-point playoff loss to Reedley College and Ian Hoff’s one-hitter for the Ohlone Baseball team against Sacramento City College.

Friday’s show will differ from the long-standing Ohlone Network News broadcast that goes on air every Wednesday because the Ohlone Network Sports will focus more on sports.

“I’m excited,” said producer Neil Liwanag. “I can’t wait for basketball season.”

The class itself teaches the students the basics behind sports broadcasting. From producing live games, to putting highlight packages together for a weekly sports highlight show.

“It gives people an opportunity to get your foot in the door,” said Nico Aguilar, another student in the class.

Ohlone Network Sports will debut on channel 28 at 3 p.m. on Friday, and will air every Friday at 3 p.m.

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