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WPSX-TV brings athletics to center court|
By Celena E. Kusch
According to Ted Krichels, assistant vice president for outreach and general manager of Penn State Public Broadcasting, the mission of Penn State Public Broadcasting is deeply tied to the academic mission of the University and to the advancement of Penn State sports.|
During the 200001 season, WPSX broadcast 11 Penn State sports events and six episodes of the womens basketball program Center Court with Rene Portland.
WPSX-TV has been especially active in broadcasting our womens sports, including basketball and gymnastics, Krichels said. At live games, the teamwork in the WPSX-TV truck is unbelievable. It really matches the level of teamwork you see on the court, as well.
This year, the Penn State Public Broadcasting production team received the Mid-Atlantic Regions Outstanding Sports Series Emmy for Center Court with Rene Portland. This marks the second Emmy for the womens basketball television program.
Lady Lions coach Rene Portland considers Center Court one of the highlights of her career.
The partnership with WPSX has really brought us from the outhouse to the penthouse, Portland said. Because of the TV show, the exposure for our women athletes has helped not just Penn State basketball, but womens sports all around the world.
Krichels added, Penn State Public Broadcasting has increased the visibility of Penn State womens basketball tremendously, and womens sports will be just the beginning of Penn State sports programming as we increase our broadcast capacity through digital television.
The University has already started to broadcast events over the Internet by using streaming technologies. This past year, Penn Staters around the world were given Web access to 85 athletic events through the GoPSU sports site. Penn State Public Broadcasting made the conversions to digital for audio Web casts of lacrosse, softball, soccer and many other athletic events. In addition, Penn State Public Broadcasting produced video Web casts of pregame and postgame press conferences with Nittany Lion Football Coach Joe Paterno.
Future plans for sports programming include collaborations with other Big Ten institutions to share coverage of away games. WPSX-TV also hopes to increase broadcasts of gymnastics, wrestling, womens basketball, volleyball and other events.