KTWH expands coverage to include sports
People at the game might not have noticed the blue banner hanging from the balcony at the Two Harbors High School gym Dec. 19 or the man seemingly talking to himself with a set of headphones, but it was the beginning of something new for KTWH-LP 99.5 FM.
Two Harbors resident and KTWH volunteer Jason Sunday was using a remote broadcasting kit to call the Two Harbors girls' basketball game against McGregor last month signaling KTWH's expansion into coverage of live sports. Sunday, a self-described "super fan" of Agate sports picked a good game to debut. The undefeated Agates thrashed the Mercuries 63-27 and star forward Ayla Lemke scored a season-high 32 points.
Sunday developed a love of basketball growing up and playing in Nebraska and he is excited that people throughout the Two Harbors area will be able to enjoy the games even when they can't make it down to the high school.
"I'm just looking forward to getting basketball out into the local area, especially for the individuals that can't make it to the games because of age, weather or just because of schedule," Sunday said.
Three days later a similar scene unfolded with recent Two Harbors graduate Will Peterson stepping in for Sunday and doing the play-by-play for the North Shore Storm girls hockey game against Northern Lakes at Lake County Arena in Two Harbors. The Storm won 5-3 and Peterson, a freshman at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, got to check something off his bucket list and help promote awareness of Two Harbors athletics.
"It is a childhood dream come true," he said. "I always wanted to announce sports, and thanks to KTWH now I am. I am looking forward to the growth of remote broadcasting by KTWH, including more sports, but also other community events in the Two Harbors area."
The live event broadcasting is made possible by a grant to KTWH from the LaBounty Family Fund of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation. The grant paid for the remote broadcasting kit and other equipment to make live broadcasting possible. KTWH board member and morning show host Leo Babeu said the station plans to use its new remote broadcasting capability to provide live coverage at a variety of local events and the station is still figuring out which local events it can realistically cover. The station is expecting to broadcast live from Heritage Days next summer and cover some of the 2017 Agate football season. Babeu said the station's live coverage is largely defined by the availability of volunteers and funds to support programming.
"The coverage of high school activities like sports reflects a commitment to our goal of providing inter-generational radio programming and participation," Babeu said. "We will use our new remote broadcasting capability to provide live coverage of a variety of local events."
KTWH will next broadcast from the North Shore Storm boys hockey game against Greenway Tuesday. Coverage will begin at 6:50 p.m. at 99.5 FM or streaming at www.ktwh.org.