VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: WCTV Looking For Help Covering Wilmington Sports

WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Community Television Executive Director Shaun Neville published his weekly blog post on Friday, encouraging residents — young and old — to film Wilmington High School and Wilmington youth sports games for WCTV.  Read Neville’s blog post HERE or below:

The kids are back to school, the 90 degree days appear to be behind us and fall sports season is here.

Volunteers at WCTV have long covered Wildcat sports and I’m here to make a pitch to all students, parents and fans about why you should get involved this year.

1. Instant Promotion
You can go to a game on Monday and we can get it on air and online by the end of the week. Was there an exciting play? Perhaps a big come-from-behind-win? Your video might have the big highlight that people in town want to see. If you record it only on your phone, your reach is limited to who you show it to. We can reach thousands of people!

2. Resume Building
This is a two-part pitch. Any student who’s interested in getting into radio, television or broadcasting can leap ahead of their peers in terms of experience by recording games in high school. As someone who recorded soccer, softball, basketball and baseball games through my high school tenure, I can tell you this sort of experience jumps off the page for colleges looking for the right fit.

But there’s also a benefit for the student-athletes. I was just contacted this past week from a father out-of-town, looking for game footage of his daughter. He’s trying to put together a highlight reel for college recruiters. By recording games, you may be getting the footage that eventually leads to a sports scholarship.

3. Documenting History
The games will be fun to watch a week after they happen. They’ll be even better 10-20 years from now. We’ll soon be digging through our archives to digitize old VHS tapes from the 90s. They are worth preserving as a way to document Wilmington’s history. I’m betting that the student-athletes (now in their 30s or 40s) or their parents (many now in retirement) would love to give them a second look. Well… the first step in this process is to get the games recorded while they’re happening.

So that’s the “why”. What about the “how”?

You don’t need to be a professional to put together a good product. Anyone interested in volunteering for even a game or two can take a quick crash-course in camera and learn some basic play-by-play tricks. We’ll take care of the editing and getting the games ready to broadcast. In fact, even if you only want to record game footage, with no broadcaster, we can use that video to make up a highlight reel for a specific team.

Sound like something you might be interested in? Contact WCTV at wctv@wctv.org or 978-657-4066. We’ll walk you through the process and give you all the help you need along the way. I hope to see a couple new faces in the coming weeks.

Shaun Neville
Executive Director
Wilmington Community Television

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