Stations Rebroadcast Streamed Football Game
By cmarcucci on Apr, 17 2014
Here’s a way to save money on satellite time and maybe the first time the internet was used as the primary delivery system for an entire football game: Last Saturday, viewers in the Huntsville, AL market witnessed what may be a first for broadcast TV. The defending champions of the Professional Indoor Football League, Alabama Hammers, played the Richmond Raiders at the Richmond Coliseum, Richmond, VA. The game was broadcast live at 6:00PM on Grant Broadcasting System II’s (sale to Nexstar pending) WAMY-TV Huntsville, AL (WZDX-TV/DT2) Channel 54.2. The broadcast was being recorded with a Richmond broadcast team for playback the next night at 7PM on Richmond’s WRLH-TV/DT2 Channel 35.2- While viewers in Huntsville saw the broadcast, they heard the game announced by a radio team in Huntsville- Michael St. John of WAFN-FM “Funradio 97” and Steve Moulton of WZZN 97.7FM “The Zone” watched the game at the North Parkway studios and delivered the play-by-play- Their audio was also being used by the Alabama Hammers Radio Network, consisting of 3 radio stations in 3 different cities; WAFN-FM Arab, AL., WZZN-FM Huntsville, AL and WWIC-AM Scottsboro, AL.
It sounded like they were in Richmond because the station had a special feed of the video and natural sound sent and their audio was broadcast live with that- This technology has been used for news station’s live shots, but not for the delivery of an entire game- Jon Landman, Sr. V.P. Sales of Teradek confirms it was a first for the “Teradek Cube” to be used in this fashion- The device includes a transmitter at one end and receiver at the other- They connect via the internet- Chief Engineer, Dave Spindle and Asst. Chief Engineer, Luke Renken worked through the technical intricacies and delivered a quality broadcast that looked like a satellite feed- The game producer, John Salem of Telemedia Productions of Harrisonburg, VA states, “The satellite time alone for this would have been $3000- $5000”- His production team was crewed by a staff that are all graduates of James Madison University- Their production values are high and the broadcast included multiple replay angles, professional graphics, flawless camera work and spot-on directing.
The broadcast was negotiated and overseen by WZDX/ WAMY/ METV Account Specialist & FOX Station Voice, Frank White- Alabama Hammers, visionary team owner Jeff Knight, wanted to increase the visibility of the team and the league- Several of the games of the PIFL are being shown on a number of broadcast TV stations- The next broadcast TV game for the Hammers is on Sunday, May 11 3PM on WAMY-TV my8.