Freshman Will Harper loves sports and hopes to make it a career in some form, although he doubts he will be playing. Instead, he wants to work in broadcasting as a way to share his interest in sports statistics and results. He already has a good start by being an intern for GLICOD Communications, which broadcasts local high school sporting events.
Will volunteered for the opportunity when he heard about it in the school announcements earlier this fall and has traveled with GLICOD to help with its live stream of football and basketball games. He generally operates the scoreboard but sometimes has operated the camera.
He said the job is fun but isn’t necessarily easy.
“It can be challenging trying to correlate what’s on the iPad (used in the broadcast) and the digital scoreboard with the actual scoreboard (on the field),” Will said. “I like it though.”
During football season, he was in the pressbox at Providence, New Albany, and Floyd Central, and several Louisville high schools. Even if he didn’t like what he was doing, he said it’s worth it for the view.
“It’s probably the best viewpoint in the whole stadium,” he said, adding that some pressboxes are less comfortable than others, with some not even having windows.
He recently operated the virtual scoreboard for the Providence-Meade County Boys Basketball game. Keeping up with the rapidly ever-changing score in a basketball game is more challenging than football, and the broadcast team’s iPad had a few glitches, but overall, he said, the experience was still fun. He especially liked helping broadcast a Providence game.
“I like watching Providence,” he said. “It’s cool to watch them and help out GLICOD at the same time.”
Will said he sees the internship as good practice for his future and he plans to continue as long as he can.
“This (broadcasting) is something I want to do,” Will said. “I want to get an early start to see if it’s actually what I want to do in my career.”
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