Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Broadcast Schedule (Sports, Radio)

Some of you have been kind enough to follow me and the WGCH Sports Team on the web and the radio. So with that in mind, here is our broadcast schedule for the craziness of the coming weekend:

Friday - We will start our coverage of the FCIAC Championship between Greenwich and New Canaan at 5:00 with a 15-minute pre-game show. At 5:15, we will hand things over to Fairfield University men's basketball, as the Stags play Mississippi at 5:30 in Hartford. I don't know any other way to say this, but pray for a quick game because WGCH can NOT begin our radio coverage of the FCIAC Championship Game until the Stags game is over. We are contractually obligated to carry the Fairfield game. Unfortunately that is the reality of the sports broadcasting world in 2006, where an out of town college game gets precedence over our home-town team, playing in a championship game. I don't think any of us are happy about it, but it is what it is. And for the love of God, please don't let the Cardinals play in the Class LL Championship game on December 2nd at 7:00. We'd have a conflict there, too. Let them get to that game, but play earlier in the day!

However, we will carry the game, completely, on the internet! So listen live on!!

Saturday - The Brunswick Bruins will play the Belmont Hill School Hillies in the NEPSAC Championship game for the second year in a row. Game time is 11:00 but this is where we come up with Conflict #2! A paid program will run at 11:00, and we will begin our coverage at 11:30. For those looking to rant, see the above paragraph regarding the FCIAC Championship Game.

Sunday - We had a conflict, but thanks to the people at the GYFL, we've gotten around it. The first game, the Bantam division, was scheduled to be played at 10:30, but WGCH has a commitment to a church service, so the GYFL graciously moved their start time up to 11:00. I can't thank them enough. We'll begin our coverage at 10:58!

Lastly, I might as well let you know about next Thursday, which is Thanksgiving morning. The Cardinals will host the Staples Wreckers in a big showdown at Cardinal Stadium. My understanding is that MSG will air the game live but with all due respect to their announcers, turn down the sound and listen to Ricky, Zach, Nick, Matt Hamilton, Sean, and yours truly call the action. Barring anything unforeseen (coverage of a turkey-cutting ceremony on Greenwich Avenue? Ha! I kid...I think), we will begin our pre-game show around 10:20, but I might try to get that one off the ground earlier if I can.

Thanks as always for listening. You can find it all here.


frank said...

too bad WGCH won't get a release from its contract w/ Fairfield. If a hurricane hit Greenwich, would they STILL not pre-empt the Fairfield broadcast? As Tim Parry says, I guess money talks.

Any way, for those of us who can't be at the game or near a computer, will the boradcast be archived or put in a podcast type format?

Rob Adams said...

Frank, that's a good question about the podcast. We do keep as much of the game audio as we can, but we don't normally do it in podcast form. I will probably have the audio if you want me to make a CD of it.

It's just tought to get out of a contractual commitment. I thought it was a pretty good move to put the game on the web, but it was grustrating for me to know that, for the first time since I've been at the station, an entire game wouldn't air.

frank said...

i think you guys are so professional you should make all of your game broadcasts into CD and sell them or use them as promotional materials for the sponsors -- and I tried to tell the station that. If i bring food for you to the Thxg. game can i swap it for a CD of the last game?

Rob Adams said...

Frank - you don't have to bring food to get a CD. I just have to remember to make one and it's yours! The raw audio from the FCIAC Championship against New Canaan is on the computer at the station. Keep in touch with me and I'll get you a copy.

Thanks for the kind words!


frank said...

see you at the game tomorrow.