Going behind the scenes: Otters live broadcast


EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – There are familiar sounds at Bosse Field. The crowd cheering, the echo of the play by play announcers, all at one place.

But what most fans may not see is how much work goes into producing a live broadcast. The Otters director of communications, Preston Leinenbach, explains it’s a full day at the ball park.

“It’s an all day process, it starts at 9-10 am, a normal game day for me. It obviously starts with getting everything ready our press box crew. Game day rosters, sheets, that sort of thing.”

So as the Otters smash home runs and try to win. It takes just as much teamwork behind the scenes, to make sure the equipment runs well enough so the Evansville faithful can enjoy the game in the stands or at home. Eyewitness News Production Manager, Brent Zerby, says it’s the entire process that make it enjoyable.

“It’s a lot of work but it’s a lot of fun too, we have a good time doing it. It’s just a matter of making sure everything works when it’s suppose to.
and when you go on the air you can sit back and relax, at least that’s the plan.”

The few executing the live operation hope to make a good product for fans every single contest. Randall Parmley, Eyewitness News Sports Director, comments it’s special to work inside such a fantastic place.

“It’s neat to have the opportunity to out here tonight, because Bosse Field is an unbeliavble historic park to have the opportunity to do baseball. We had been talking about doing the otters for a while. To have the opportunity to do it tonight is pretty cool.”

Reporting from Bosse Field, Michael Gilbert, Eyewitness News.

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