Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Listen to Us Live at the Game!

That device you see above is the Ramsey Electronics FM100B.  It allows audio to be run through it and rebroadcast to a small radius.

Like a football field.

Starting this year, Greenwich Cardinals football games on WGCH can be heard in whatever stadium we are broadcasting from.  Upon arriving at each game site, we will determine the best open FM frequency to send our signal over.  You see, this is legal up to a point (like the transmitters you can use in a car for an iPad or whatever).  The FCC (nice folks, them) aren't all that fond of another broadcaster jamming the frequency of an existing broadcaster.  That will get one in trouble.

The idea for this is so that Chris Kaelin (and anyone else on our staff) can have two-way communication with us in the booth.  In the past, I would have to use walkie talkies or, worse, hand signals to communicate with Nick Angotto, Matt Hamilton, and others on the sideline.  With this, Kato can be hear what we're saying and things will flow more smoothly.  It will allow him to bring out his inner "Goose" and instantaneously be better than the Fox TV sideline stooge.

For you, the intrepid listener, we need to figure out a system to let you know what signal we will be on, say, this Friday at Ridgefield.  If you're interested in this, please let us know and we'll pass that information along.

UPDATE: We will put the frequency up on Twitter (mine and Press Box) and Facebook (me and Press Box).  We could also go with word of mouth, text, and a sign.  Carrier pigeon will not be available.

In other news, Jason Intrieri will be joining us hopefully on each broadcast for the new "FCIAC Insider" segment.  Too many times over the years, Jason has proven to me that he's got that knack for news that Jay Glazer and Adam Schefter have.  I came up with the idea of having him aboard, and he's open to it.  Additionally, Jason and Pat Pickens have offered to serve as reporters from game sites to send along scores of other games.  If you're interested in doing that, and joining the fun, let me know!

Lastly, if it all comes together, WGCH's morning news reporter Matt Byrne will be on board as well.

It's an exciting time, as we're now just over 48 hours away from kickoff.

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