Friday, August 19, 2016

Friday Night Lights

As the Olympics wind down, high school football takes center stage. (The calendar and schedule intersect in a weird way this year; we will play two games before classes even begin!?!) 

And here we go! WRAL TV5 dispatches a dozen photographers across the viewing area for Football Friday. Jeff Gravley takes the reigns from the retiring Tom Suiter for our 36th season. Due to the Olympics, the first show will be an abbreviated version, folded into the 11 o'clock news tonight. The full half-hour premiers on August 26th.

Here's the breaking news...
We launch a major new program on our HighSchoolOT web platform tonight at 6:55, HighSchoolOT LIVE. This is crazy ambitious. Utilizing video streaming technology, cellular transmission and ultra-compact production gear, we are webcasting seven games simultaneously...and pulling them together in a live studio show. It's hosted by our guru of prep sports Nick Stevens. (My heads about to explode as I type this!) Bookmark this:, and thank you Taco Bell for signing on as the presenting sponsor.
Our Game of the Week (multi-camera production) will be Millbrook @ East Wake at 7:00 PM. We will have the following video streams in addition to that game:

New Bern @ Hillside, 7:00 PM
EE Smith @ Southern Durham, 7:00 PM 
Heritage @ Green Hope, 7:00 PM
Wake Forest @ Panther Creek, 7:00 PM
Clayton @ Cleveland, 7:30 PM
Wakefield @ Middle Creek, 7:00 PM

Connecting with the community is in Capitol's DNA as a local broadcaster, and high school sports is as grass roots as you can get. The HighSchoolOT website and apps clocked 20 million page views last year and 1.5 million unique visitors. It's obvious that prep sports matter in the Triangle!

Friday, August 12, 2016

Our Man in Rio proud of our colleague and Bulls radio announcer Patrick Kinas! Initially, it was an just an honor to be chosen for the Olympic radio network team. Now, it's because he's doing such a great job - a Gold Medal performance!

WRAL TV's Debra Morgan talked with him Thursday:
I knew, being an emotional guy, that coming down here and being involved in a Katie Ledecky moment or Michael Phelps history, that I may need to somehow restrain my emotions so that those don't interfere with what my job is down here. While it's been hard to do, the hair on my arms, the back of my neck have still stood up. But I think I've maintained my focus on what my job is. It's been exhilarating!

Debra's Rio report on Patrick (video)
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