SNU introduces basketball broadcasts, new mascot

On Monday, January 29, 2004, Southern Nazarene University will bring Crimson Storm basketball to the viewers of SNU’s Channel 22 for the first time in school history.

Students enrolled in SNU’s Spring 2004 Broadcasting Practicum are scheduled to record and broadcast a total of six Crimson Storm games from the Sawyer Center this Spring:
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Jan. 22 SNU vs. Wayland Baptist 6pm 8pm
Jan. 24 SNU vs. Lubbock Christian 1pm 3pm
Jan. 29 SNU vs. John Brown 6pm 8pm

The six contests are set to air at 8:00 p.m. on Channel 22, according to the playback schedule listed on the SNU website under www.snu.edu/channel22. Scott Secor, SNU Sports Information Director, will provide play-by-play announcements for the broadcasts. The games will also simulcast live as audio over the Internet at www.snu.edu/athletics.

Broadcasting Practicum is a one-credit course offered through the SNU Mass Communications & Journalism program that provides Communications majors with hands-on broadcast production experience.

“One of the goals of this course is not to simply imitate local network newscasts, but to experiment and explore with various concepts of news preparation and dissemination,” said Les Dart, professor of Speech Communications. “We seek to meet a real community need while expanding our understanding of reporting and what it means to effectively communicate with mass media.”

Each semester, students enrolled in the Practicum tape live campus events such as music concerts presented in Cantrell Hall on the SNU campus, serving as directors and crew for these performances. The student projects are then cablecast each week on SNU’s Channel 22. Until recently, Cantrell Hall was the only campus location capable of housing a live-video recording system.

But thanks to the addition of a new piece of video equipment, the Video Toaster 3.0, the SNU television studio will now be able to extend its taping to the Sawyer Center.

“Live broadcasts are designed to preserve events for posterity,” said Dart. “By replaying SNU basketball games on Channel 22, we are giving both the community and the athletes an opportunity to view an event they might not otherwise be able to see in person.”

School officials look for the new basketball broadcasts to benefit attendance at games and to increase support among fans.

In the future, Dart hopes to expand the broadcasts to include live broadcasts of all music events from Cantrell (rather than taped-delayed recordings) as well as all basketball and volleyball games and commencement ceremonies in Sawyer.

Also new to the SNU athletic scene this 2003/2004 academic year – Thunder Cat, Southern Nazarene University’s official mascot (figure). Thunder Cat made his first appearance before Crimson Storm fans last semester during SNU Homecoming Weekend festivities.

For more information about SNU broadcasting, contact Les Dart at 405.717.6218, email ldart@snu.edu, or log on to www.snu.edu/mcjl.

For more information about SNU’s new mascot, contact Scott Secor, Sports Information Director, at 405.491.6619 or email ssecor@snu.edu.