October 21, 2009

Ferris Sports Update TV Show Returns

Big Rapids, Mich. - The popular Ferris State University television program, Ferris Sports Update, has returned to the airwaves for a fourth straight season with a new format and a new host for the 2009-10 athletics season.

Ferris Sports Update is a half-hour interview show which profiles Ferris State Athletics. The show is produced by Ferris State University's Television and Digital Media Production (TDMP) students in partnership with the Bulldog Athletics Department.

This year, the show will not be produced weekly as in the past, but will instead air periodically throughout both semesters with three to four shows produced both in the fall and the spring.  The new format, which features 30 continuous minutes of coverage and a single segment, will allow for expanded features and in-depth interviews. 

The host will be current FSU Associate Athletics Communications Director Rob Bentley, who also serves as a local radio announcer for the Bulldogs and is in his 10th year working for Ferris State Athletics. He takes the place of former show host and longtime radio personality Scott Roman, who was asked to serve as a co-host for the university-wide weekly "Ferris State Live" show airing on Fox 32 this fall.

"The television and digital media production department has enjoyed a long history of working with the athletics department to create applied experiences for our students through the creation of sports programming," said faculty member Glen Okonoski.  "The continuation of the Ferris Sports Update program is a great example of this collaboration.

"With Rob Bentley as the new host, and a new format that allows for more in-depth features, our work together should result in an engaging show for the audience," he added.

The 30-minute program is taped and produced in a studio within the Interdisciplinary Resource Center (IRC) Building on the FSU campus. The show will be aired locally on Ferris' Cable Television Channel at selected times during the week (see list below) and free live on-demand streaming of the show is available over the internet on a continuous basis at www.ferrisstate.tv.

Ferris Sports Update affords a unique opportunity for Bulldog fans to get information pertaining to Ferris State athletics while also providing insight from the respective FSU varsity athletic programs from its coaches, student-athletes and support staff. The show will include features on Ferris State student-athletes along with selected highlights and photos from Bulldog Athletics events.

The students in the class producing the show are under the direction of Okonoski with assistance from department chair Fred Wyman, engineer Pat Tobin along with streaming media professor Connie Morcom. Ferris Media Production faculty member Steve Cox coordinates the airing of the show on Ferris Cable.

The initial episode of the show, which debuted Oct. 1, featured three current student-athletes discussing what goes on in their daily lives at FSU.  The second episode, which was taped on Oct. 15 and will be available for on-demand streaming soon, offers a complete season preview of the Bulldog Hockey team.

The show can be accessed by clicking on the "Studio Shows" section at www.ferrisstate.tv or by selecting "Ferris Sports Update".

Ferris Sports Update will air locally via Ferris' Cable Television Channel at the following times this fall:

Monday - 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday - 9 p.m.
Wednesday - 8:30 p.m.
Thursday - 8 p.m.
Friday - 7 p.m.

(All times are Eastern)

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