NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University and the Department of New Media, Journalism and Communication Arts completed the first ESPN+ production on campus during the Lady Demon Volleyball home opener versus Texas Southern on Sept. 20.
“Former facilities director Mike Duty was watching and sent me a text message saying that anybody that was watching tonight’s production wouldn’t know that it was the first time we had ever done a production for ESPN or that these students had never worked with the equipment before,” said David Antilley, NSU-TV manager. “He said it was like watching the main ESPN channel. Big thanks go out to James Stanfield, ESPN+ coordinator, for all his hard work and communicating with ESPN and getting everything set up and ready to go. Also, I would like to thank Martin Iddon in facilities for all his hard work and helping us run cables and figure placement and other things out for production as well as Patric DuBois [deputy athletics director] for working with us to make sure we had everything we needed and helping us get the necessary equipment to help our production look just a little bit better than everyone else in the Southland Conference.”
Antilley said the team will continue to learn and improve with each broadcast. Viewers can watch replays of the game on ESPN+.
Teaming up for NSU’s first successful production were Alan Stanfield, James Stanfield, ESPN production coordinator; play by play announcer Patrick Netherton and New Media student John Coffey. On the back row are NSU-TV Manager David Antilley, students Stanley Shaffstall and Jordan Johnson and Travis Mitchell, New Media 2020 graduate.