By Doug Halberstadt
Local broadcast coverage of high school sports was dealt a blow last February when 100.5 NTA-FM ceased its commitment to local broadcasting. The void it has left in this community has been felt far and wide. Up until now, that is.
I am proud to announce that the void no longer exists. Thanks to the efforts of 23 WIFR-TV, Football Frenzy Game Night was launched this week. Fans will have the opportunity to watch a live video stream of 11 premier high school football games this upcoming season on the station’s website, WIFR.com.
“We believe this is something the community wanted, and it is a great way to allow the fans to see the talent that is growing up right in their back yard,” said WIFR General Manager Tim Meyers. “Giving people another avenue to watch these games will only benefit the fans of high school football in the area.”
Football Frenzy Game Night will air the top games from the NIC-10, Big Northern, Northwest Upstate Illini and Northern Illinois Big 12 conferences. The debut of Football Frenzy Game Night will feature the Rockford Boylan Titans versus the Rockford Auburn Knights Aug. 29. The Titans bring a 73-game conference winning streak into the match-up.
I will join Stephen Johnson and David Perrone to air each game and exclusive interviews throughout the season. Johnson will provide play-by-play. Perrone will add color commentary. Johnson has previously broadcast Wisconsin Whitewater and Roscoe Rush football games. Perrone has multiple years of broadcasting and coaching experience in the area. The duo will provide coverage from the press box while I roam the sidelines seeking insight from coaches and players before, during and after the games.
Channel 23 Sports Director Scott Grodsky will choose the game each week. He will announce his selection on the Monday preceding each game on 23 News at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.
Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at Dougster61@aol.com.
From the July 16-22, 2014, issue