Red Hawk Sports Network continues to soar with biggest homecoming production yet

The Red Hawk Sports Network (RHSN) continues to move forward.

For the second year in a row, RHSN hosted a live broadcast during the return football game at Sprague Field, and this year the team made it even better.

This time around, the team partnered with Broadcast Media Operations (BMO) and in doing so gave RHSN more confidence and all the help it needed. Junior RHSN intern and live show co-host Matt Bruchez thought BMO had helped make things more comfortable for them.

“Twinning with BMO virtually eliminated any possible scenario where we felt there would be a problem,” Bruchez said. “Having that much manpower and having access to that control room made all of us feel really comfortable with how things were going to play out.”

For the live production, a lot of new equipment was used, like game monitors and a cough button added to the booth, wireless cameras used for side reports and on-field action, a jib used for more creative shots and using the place control to change live shots and play pre-recorded packages.

Wireless cameras were used for the first time to track journalists on the sidelines and their stories.
Photo courtesy of Wyatt Lardieri

Getting to host a show is something Bruchez has wanted to do for as long as he can remember and he will never forget his first chance.

“It was so surreal,” Bruchez said. “We had live shows, but as this was the first live show, the adrenaline and adrenaline rush you get on live TV is unlike any other. Last year I got to do some live reporting and so that was a little taster because it was a lot shorter than obviously this show so I really enjoyed it and that’s a show that I will never forget.

Matt Bruchez and Gianna Daginis hosted the live production and it was their first time doing something like this.  Photo courtesy of Stefania Bastinck

Matt Bruchez and Gianna Daginis hosted the live production and it was their first time doing something like this.
Photo courtesy of Stefania Bastinck

RHSN second-year intern Gianna Daginis also got her start as a live show host. The duo were responsible for the pre-match show, which started an hour before kick-off, half-time and post-match.

The idea of ​​hosting such a massive show scared Daginis at first, but the preparation is what helped her pull through.

“It was very scary at first,” Daginis said. “The idea of ​​hosting scared me a lot because I knew how important this show was and I thought, ‘What am I doing here?’ But, working so closely with [Bruchez] to write our screenplay and the three of us, Jason [Naccarella], [Bruchez] and me sitting at the table writing, the rehearsals we did. We nail timestamps almost exactly when [Bruchez] and I was racing like two days before, the day before. And then being on that stage, it wasn’t scary anymore.

The show also featured two secondary reporters, junior broadcast intern Brandon Marrazzo and senior broadcast intern Cathryn Pace. They were tasked with finding stories on the fly and conducting live interviews on camera with whomever they could.

Sideline reporter Cathryn Pace had the chance to ask President Jonathan Koppell a few questions about the day.  Photo courtesy of Thomas Gaffney

Sideline reporter Cathryn Pace had the chance to ask President Jonathan Koppell a few questions about the day.
Photo courtesy of Thomas Gaffney

RHSN aims to make their environment professional and Inside the Nest’s senior production intern and producer Nacarella thinks it gave them real experience.

“It was produced and put together so professionally,” Naccarella said. “It gave us all such a great insight into what the professional environment of something of this caliber is really like. And I was so grateful to have that experience.

Jason Naccarella ran the show in the control room with help from professors Vernard Gantt and Stuart MacLelland.  Photo courtesy of Thomas Gaffney

Jason Naccarella ran the show in the control room with help from professors Vernard Gantt and Stuart MacLelland.
Photo courtesy of Thomas Gaffney

Naccarella was the main director of the live show and he was in charge of monitoring everything that was going on and making sure everyone was doing their job efficiently.

Communication between everyone and every group involved was key according to Professor Stacy Gitlin.

“The great thing about what we did was everyone was talking to each other,” Gitlin said. “Everyone was working together towards the same goal and everyone understood that we were all in this together. And that’s overall the best thing about it.

Commentators Campbell Donovan (left), Anthony Cafone (middle) and Charlie Baduini (right) prepare for the football game.  Photo courtesy of Wyatt Lardieri

Commentators Campbell Donovan (left), Anthony Cafone (middle) and Charlie Baduini (right) prepare for the football game.
Photo courtesy of Wyatt Lardieri

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