Led by Zak Kimball and James Gittens, the new DSU Sports Production Crew orchestrated a successful, but “nerve-racking” first live ESPN+ coverage of the DSU vs Bowie State football game on September 4, 2021.
The DSU Sports Production Crew started their day setting up cameras on tripods, adjusting commentator mics, and unwinding meters-worth of cables. For some, it was learning about their roles a few hours before their skills would be televised on ESPN3 and ESPN+.
Taylor Boyd, a DSU senior, was in charge of replays for the game, where she was cheered on by Dr. Marine, the television Lead and Program Director of the Mass Communications Program, and even the heads of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference or MEAC.
For others, like Kammari Teeter, it was getting over any fear of heights as she was lifted over 30 feet in the air. “Being so high up helped me learn to not be scared”, she says. She was able to get footage from above the field goal, which took camera shots to new heights for viewers at home. “It was fun, I loved it…a great learning experience”, she states.
After a successful first live coverage, the crew is excited for their next live production on September 11, 2021, when the Hornets take on Georgetown.