Bangor TV station seeks to fill small college sports void with Husson games

By Larry Mahoney, BDN Staff
Posted Nov. 29, 2011, at 9:05 p.m.

Brian Sullivan, the sports anchor for WFVX (Fox) Bangor and WVII Channel 7 (ABC), wants to fill a void in small college sports coverage on television.

So WFVX will televise Husson University’s men’s and women’s North Atlantic Conference basketball games against Maine Maritime Academy on Saturday at Newman Gym in Bangor.

The men will play at 1 p.m. with the women’s game to follow at approximately 3:30 p.m.

It will be a collaborative effort involving WVII’s sports personnel and its live video truck along with students from the New England School of Communications on the Husson campus in Bangor.

NESCOM students will produce the telecasts and supply most of the behind-the-scenes personnel.

“It’s still in the early stages. I’d love to do more games in the future,” said Sullivan, who will handle the play-by-play chores and all-purpose reporter Aaron Jackson will provide color commentary. Ryan Kimball will also man the booth and Wes Hart will serve as the sideline reporter.

Sullivan explained that it is the third venture between the network and NESCOM.

“We did the Paul Bunyan basketball tournament last year and a Husson football game this fall,” explained Sullivan.

The football game was SUNY-Maritime’s 34-13 win over Husson on Oct. 29.

Sullivan said the uniqueness of the situation, having a broadcast school with top-notch equipment, made the collaboration a natural fit.

“It’s mutually beneficial,” said Sullivan. “It’s a lot of fun for us. It gives us a chance to provide coverage of local teams. For the NESCOM students, it gives them some hands-on experience.” He added that it also gives the players from the two institutions a chance to “strut their stuff” on television and noted that there are a lot of players from eastern Maine on the two rosters.

Twenty-six of the 57 players on the four rosters played for Eastern Maine schoolboy or schoolgirl basketball teams.

Sullivan said he and network executives had a “great meeting” with NESCOM officials earlier this week to discuss this venture and future opportunities.

“It’s exciting,” said Husson University athletic director Bob Reasso. “It’s great to have local coverage. We appreciate [WFVX] for televising the games and we appreciate the work that Rod Verrill and his NESCOM people do.”

Verrill is NESCOM’s executive director of video productions.

“To be able to get a doubleheader on Fox is unbelievable. It’s tremendous for our program,” said Reasso.

UMaine football coverage clarified

Andrew Russell, the communications manager for Time Warner Cable of New England, said anyone who has Time Warner Cable video and a package that includes ESPN, will be able to watch the University of Maine-Appalachian State Football Championship Subdivision playoff game on Saturday at 2 p.m. on their computers.

It is being broadcast by Internet-only ESPN3.

“It doesn’t matter what Internet service you have as long as you have the Time Warner video package with ESPN,” explained Russell. “It doesn’t have to be our Internet service.”

The next step is to “go on the computer and and sign up to get ESPN3,” explained Russell.

ESPN cable subscribers should then go to timewarnercable.com to register for “my services” in order to set up their account if they haven’t already done so. To set up their account, they will create a username and a password.

Once they’ve done that, they can go to www.watchespn.com and sign in to access ESPN3.

There could be a delay for up to a day before the account takes effect so customers are urged to sign up early, according to Russell.

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