Internship Blog 9/23-9/29

This week, well, there hasn’t been much difference as opposed to the week before. We did, however figure out how to get all the shows on the website without too much difficulty. What we had decided to do was to split the episodes up into four different parts. The parts featured the entire interviews with each of the coaches. To save a little time here, I decided to keep my questions brief and only ask about three of them. This made each of the segments about 2:30 to four minutes depending on the length of the answers.

I did learn a patience lesson this week though. On Wednesday, the day the episodes are shot, the head coach for volleyball, ended up having some plumbing trouble. He had to stay at his house to get the issue resolved, so, at the last second, we substituted the assistant coach. The lesson learned was to just roll with the punches in the sports world; there are so many other factors that influence people and their decisions that I can’t possibly control. Thus, why worry about it?

Finally, the most interesting phase of hosting these episodes are working with the routine. I not only have to get used to fitting these shows into my weekly schedule but the coaches are learning the same thing. It’s been an interesting transition from week to week between me and the coaches and seeing how they too react to the change in habit. I am no longer talking to them as a stranger but somebody who they know. I have enjoyed building this relationship with each of the coaches.


Internship blog 9/16-9/22

The WT Coaches Show is up and running this week, but due to an unknown error from WordPress, this week’s blog is posted a little late.
The first two episodes of the show featured WT football interim head coach Mike Nesbitt following both of WT football’s preseason scrimmages. The shows took place at Kimbrough Memorial Stadium and I sat in the end zone and recapped the scrimmages and previewed the upcoming season.
The following week, the Coach’s Show moved to the News One studio in the Fine Arts Complex. It was a little rocky from the get-go, trying to coordinate all the coaches (volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer and, later, football and cross country) and get them talking on camera.
It has also been a struggle to learn the different communication styles of the different coaches. Some of the coaches are very good at speaking to media (Nesbitt for football and Darren Flowers for men’s cross country) while others need a little more refining (Jason Skoch from volleyball and Chad Webb from women’s soccer) to be really good.
There have also been some technical problems: the lav mic for Nesbitt didn’t work during the first show and there has been trouble uploading some videos to YouTube. So, needless to say, it’s a work in progress.