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WIU freshman Devin Christmon, a broadcasting major from Springfield (IL), works the camera at a recent basketball game.
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Freshman broadcasting major Patrick Morris, of Lombard (IL), left, and freshman broadcasting major William Turkington, of Aurora, IL, work as announcers during a recent game.
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WIU and MHS Partner to Stream High School Sports

December 10, 2015


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MACOMB, IL – The Western Illinois University Department of Broadcasting and Journalism is partnering with the Macomb High School athletic program to stream the school's home games online.

WIU Director of Sports Broadcasting Sean Ingrassia met with Macomb High School Athletic Director Dave Bartlett over the summer about the possibility of streaming games through the High School Sports Network.

MHS purchased new computers and software before finding high school students to run the score graphics. The video and audio feeds are then provided by WIU freshmen, who announce the games and work the camera.

WIU freshmen were already broadcasting MHS football, volleyball, baseball and boy's and girl's soccer and basketball. Those games were then run on a tape-delay on cable channel 3 in Macomb, and will continue to be broadcast.

"When Dave contacted me about streaming the games, I thought it was a no-brainer for us," said Ingrassia. "This is just a great opportunity for our students to broadcast to a larger audience. It's also great that fans of MHS sports will now be able to watch games online wherever they may be."

The plan is to stream eight boy's and girl's basketball games this winter and then continue with football and volleyball in the fall.

The first boy's basketball game against Illini West was streamed live Dec. 4.

For more information about WIU's broadcasting program, visit wiu.edu/broadcasting. To access the streamed games, visit nfhsnetwork.com.

Posted By: WIU News (U-Relations@wiu.edu)
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