A local TV station is doing something unprecedented with its coverage of high school football. TVNewsCheck reports that Capitol Broadcasting’s NBC affiliate WRAL-TV in Raleigh, N.C., is going all in on Friday nights during the football season.
“It starts with a live, in-studio show that provides live in-game updates from seven high school football games across the area,” the story reports. “‘HighSchoolOT Live’ streams from 6:55 p.m. until at least 10 every Friday night during the high school football season. In addition, WRAL provides a live stream of up to seven games simultaneously. You decide which game you want to watch or watch ‘HighSchoolOT Live.'”
Said Capitol Broadcasting’s new media GM, John Conway: “Capitol Broadcasting is always pushing the envelope of what’s possible. We are going to offer an unprecedented amount of live video for fans of high school football. I am not aware of any other media company trying to offer as much live video coverage of high school football.”
“HighSchoolOT Live” is hosted by Nick Stevens, who has covered North Carolina high school football for 10 years, and Wayne Braggs, who has coached at a number of local high schools.
The show “has the ability to go live to any of the seven games in progress, can even show multiple games at once and has full instant replay capability, allowing it to show top plays as they happen, score updates and complete analysis,” the story reports. “Fans can watch all this action on their computer, on their tablet or phone from anywhere in the world.”
Conway downplays the logistics. “It’s very lightweight on what it takes to deploy — a camera, tripod, transmission unit and a photographer to operate the camera,” he said.
Nonetheless, the program is believed to be the first of its kind.
Here’s a teaser …