Raven Athletics upgrades viewing experience, adds weekly show

By Johnny Kane and Sean Begler, Special to the Circuit

The Benedictine sports information office beefed up its live streaming capabilities on game days and added a weekly show to keep fans in the loop in between games.

The college has offered video and radio broadcasts of its sporting events since 2007. But this year, the Benedictine Sports Information Office has upgraded its systems to offer more video broadcasts in higher quality.

The new system has allowed for high definition, better replay capabilities and opportunities to highlight student broadcasters with highlights to post via social media.

“The upgrade to a new TriCaster and higher end HD cameras and cables has done a lot to improve the broadcasts,” said Josh Pound, Benedictine Sports Information Director.

Sophomore Casey Splane has worked for Benedictine Raven Sports Network as a play-by-play and color analyst.

“The machines that ran the games were so old it would just die during broadcasts,” said Splane, a journalism major.

Pound ran the first baseball video production at Saturday’s sweep of Culver-Stockton at Olsen Stadium. The old ballpark only allowed for a radio production.

“It appears that with the new Asher Sports Complex, the new connection rate will allow us to video stream more consistently,” Pound said.

Pound created BRSN Insider to give students more info into Raven athletics, which also gives his sports broadcasting students a different view into video journalism.

“This is the first time that I have had enough students to try something like this,” Pound said. “We decided to do this so the kids in Sports Broadcasting II can learn a different side of broadcasting.”

Pound added that it’s a learning process for the students, but it has been successful.

“So far everything has gone well,” he said. “The studio is something a little bit different than what most of us have seen, but so far so good.”

The BRSN Insider is still in its early stages of development, with the first episode airing just three weeks ago, but the men’s basketball coach Ryan Moody has expressed his enthusiasm toward the videos to Pound.

“Coach Moody is excited about it,” Pound said. ”It’s just another PR opportunity for the college so,  of course the coaches are in favor of it.”

The broadcasting students, along with the coaches, are enjoying the chance they have to be creative and really give BRSN Insider a professional feel.

“With the broadcast side of things, we always strive to have the look like the television shows and ESPN as well,” said senior BRSN director Logan Elias. “This is taking another step with the students being able to interview the coaches of each sports team.”

The BRSN Insider videos are released during the week on the Raven Athletics YouTube channel “BCRavenAthletics.”

Even with many new devices in use by the broadcasting team, Pound has plans to upgrade the streaming potential even further.

“I want to get a multi-camera feed and I’d like to purchase additional software,” Pound said. “That would allow us to incorporate the clocks from the games that use clocks on the graphics package so that it’s more like a video or TV broadcast that you might see from a higher-level production.”