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Threads: Sportscaster

Letters written by me, updated September 2004
to include the period 1965-1967

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Background:  As a high school senior, I already was interested in broadcasting.  I found I had a natural talent for announcing, and especially for describing sports events.

On February 12, 1965, WMRN-FM allowed me to call the third quarter of Richwood High School's basketball game against Marion Catholic.  Here's an actual transcript of three minutes of my play-by-play.  (Click here for a photo of some of the personalities involved.)

Richwood has the ball now.  The Tigers trail by only six; they need to win this game to get a share of the Mid-Ohio Conference crown.

Ned Cunningham shoots from outside; his shot was no good, but there was a foul called on Grawemeyer, his fourth.  That was Grawemeyer, wasn't it, Bob?  Fourth team foul.  — We'll get it straight in a moment.  That was the fourth foul on Grawemeyer, the sixth on Marion Catholic.  So it's one and one.

Frank Carter misses the shot.  The rebound goes out of bounds, and Richwood is going to play it in.  42 to 36.

Carter shooting from the lane, no good.  Rebounded by Cunningham, rolls off.  Criss Somerlot almost had it; Grawemeyer took it away from him, and then Criss Somerlot reached around Rick Grawemeyer and was called for the personal foul.  Foul number one on Criss Somerlot, the second on the Richwood team in this half, with 4 minutes and 4 seconds left in the third quarter.

Shooting now is Rick Grawemeyer, the sophomore for Marion Catholic, 6'1".  He's shooting one shot, and he makes it.  He stands there at the foul line; he didn't move for a while, but, uh, it's only one shot, Rick.

43 to 36 now.  3:59 left in the third quarter.  Rick Hoffman with the ball for Richwood, to Cunningham; driving into the lane, called for traveling.  Traveling on Ned Cunningham.  Another turnover for Richwood gives the ball to Marion Catholic.

Grawemeyer dribbles across the time line with it, gives it to Nicolosi.  Nicolosi tried to hook one up; Carter blocked it!  Taken off by Richwood, down to Gene Somerlot; on the fast break, it's good!  As Frank Carter was following in there, he got his hands way above the rim to make sure that went in.  Gene Somerlot scores on the fast break.  It's now 43 to 38.

Here comes Rex Rader off the bench for Richwood.  He hasn't played since January 8th, when he broke a bone in his foot in the Buckeye Valley game.  He's off the bench.

All right, Marion Catholic has the ball, leading by 5.  Scoring from outside is Piacentino!  Piacentino, putting up the 16-footer, makes it 45-38.

Cunningham has it, to Hoffman.  Hoffman's shot is blocked by Nicolosi, taken off by Shoup.  Marion Catholic coming down with it now.  45 to 38, the Irish lead.

[Richwood coach] Frank Zirbel comes off the bench, angry; walks down to the official scorer.  And apparently Rader isn't in the book!  He won't be able to come into the game.

Piacentino misses a shot from outside.  Richwood gets the rebound; then it goes through the hands of Rick Hoffman, out of bounds.  Richwood got the rebound but threw it away; Marion Catholic puts it in play.  45 to 38, Marion leading Richwood.

Morbitt passing it down to Piacentino, in and out with the shot, rebounded by Cunnningham.

Upcourt it comes to Gene Somerlot.  And the Tigers set up their offense; they trail by seven.  Criss Somerlot up, in!

45 to 40, the lead is cut to 5 points again.  Richwood pressing.  Charley Morbitt going down!  Rick Hoffman picking up the ball as Morbitt fell down.  Gene Somerlot scores on the fast break!

And Marion Catholic is going to call a time out, with the score Marion Catholic 45, Richwood 42.

 
It was for reasons other than broadcasting that I decided to attend Oberlin College.  But when I received my freshman handbook, I was pleased to discover that Oberlin had a campus radio station.  WOBC had its own entry right there in the middle of the 15-page list of extracurricular organizations.

Once I arrived on campus, I was pleased to receive a "Dear Freshman" letter from station director Ted Tarkow and program director Frank Drake.

WOBC is more than an extra-curricular activity.  Our programs are an ideal showcase for some of Oberlin's most treasured products:  musicianship, open-minded discussion and creative entertainment.  Close to 110 of us did all of the programming, engineering, announcing, and managing last year.  Part of this group put the finishing touches on our 20-month-old studios.

We are very interested in having freshmen see our studios and talk with our staff.  Our classical music director, sports director, news directors, chief engineer, and popular music director are all eager to answer questions and hear ideas about working in their departments.  Don't be afraid if you've "never done anything like this before" — neither had we!

And not long afterwards, I was pleased to read in the WOBC Program Guide that the station actually broadcast football games live from distant and exotic locations.  I hoped to become a part of this.  Maybe not right away, but soon.

Ten days before the Thanksgiving recess, I mustered up the courage to write to WOBC's sports director.  I didn't even know his name, and I didn't know enough about job-seeking to discover his name before I wrote the letter.  But the letter succeeded anyway.

 
Sunday, November 14, 1965

When I arrived here as a freshman two months ago, I had in the back of my mind that I wanted to work on WOBC, since I do have an interest in broadcasting.  Frank Drake even gave my roommate and me the tour of the studios, but I didn't sign up for anything then because I was still wary of getting involved in too many extracurriculars and wanted to go slowly at first.  But now, having discovered that I can handle college work reasonably well, I've decided to become a little bolder and add another activity that maybe will help carry me through the depressions that the upperclassmen warn us about.

I'm addressing this to the sports department because sports is the area in which I'm most interested.  My limited experience in broadcasting has been in basketball, both as a play-by-play announcer and as a statistician; if there is an opening for such a person, I would be eager to talk to you about it.  Undoubtedly the basketball broadcast crew for the coming season is already set up, but here is another willing hand.  There really are enough different ways of charting basketball to keep three statisticians scrambling.

So, depending on your staff situation, I guess you can consider this letter either as a request for a job or as an offer to help.  I'd be glad to talk to you personally sometime, if you like; I'm free every evening during the week, and late afternoons except Wednesday.

 

On the day that we returned to classes after the Thanksgiving break, the sports director phoned me.  Here's how I described it in a letter.  (This and the remaining letters in this thread, unless otherwise noted, were written to my mother.)

Saturday, December 4, 1965

It's been sort of a hectic week.  Monday afternoon Ed Kaplan called me — he's the sports director of WOBC, I discover — and wanted to know just how much broadcasting experience I'd had.  An away game was coming up on Wednesday, but the upperclassmen who usually do the games were going to be too busy to go, so he was going over the list of seven or eight lowerclassmen who had expressed interest in this sort of thing to see if any of them would be able to broadcast.  Most of them didn't have any experience yet, but my one quarter on WMRN spoke well enough for me, I guess.  Anyhow "Kap" chose me, along with sophomore Paul Lawn, to do the game.

Paul Lawn was better known as "CR."  I don't remember why.

I had never seen Oberlin play basketball.  I was a freshman, and our  December 1 broadcast would be the opening game of the season.

These are my notes for our ten-minute pregame show:

Paul ... background of Oberlin vs Adrian College (the Bulldogs).  Adrian leads the series 4-3.  Last year Oberlin won 76-73.

Tom ... set up for this particular game.  Opening night.  Last year, Oberlin's record was 7-12, Adrian's was 10-10.

Just before cut, describe teams on floor.  "The opening tipoff is just ___ away, and we'll have the starting lineups for you in just a moment.  We'll be right back after this important message."

Paul was a manager last year and had broadcasted twice; this year he's the sports editor of the Oberlin Review.  Our team also included an engineer, who happened to be a freshman.

My spare time Tuesday and Wednesday was spent getting to know the Oberlin team:  I watched a practice with Paul and began memorizing numbers, and later Kap had a meeting with us.

We left Oberlin about a quarter till four Wednesday afternoon on a school-owned Greyhound-type bus to travel to Adrian, Michigan, 35 miles northwest of Toledo.


Our bus may have been this 36-passenger 1953 model, photographed near Talcott in 1958 by Rosalee Figge Beasley of the Class of ’59 and shown in the Spring 2009 edition of the Oberlin Alumni Magazine.

We didn't find out anything about the Adrian College team until we got there, but some fast memorizing of names and numbers had us ready to broadcast by game time, 8:00.

Paul being a sportswriter, he handled most of the commentary and called the first and fourth "quarters"; I did the play-by-play for the middle of the game and also some of the talking.  Both of us had our problems and didn't do as good a job as we could have, but we got through the broadcast fairly well.  Unfortunately, our team lost, 79-56.

We hadn't eaten before the game, so we were pretty hungry by 11:00 when we sat down to a cube-steak dinner in a restaurant with the team.  Actually, I hadn't been hungry during the game because I was too busy.  On the trip home I did get sleepy, though; we got back at 1:45 a.m.  I've used most of my spare time since then for resting up again.

I enjoyed the whole experience, but I don't know whether I'd want to do such a thing regularly.

We used the notebook above during my first WOBC broadcast on December 1, 1965.  From the handwriting, I deduce that I kept the score for the first half, Paul for the second.  At halftime he totaled up the individual points (Adrian led 46-28), and I wrote him a note asking "Did you give these [scoring totals]?"  At some point he wrote me a note reminding me to mention how much time was left.

 

Friday, January 7, 1966, 3:30 PM

I broadcast another game Wednesday night, this one from Western Reserve with Ed Kaplan.  (I thought of looking Terry [Rockhold] up — I think his dorm is just a couple of blocks from the Western Reserve gym — but I was a little bit too busy.)

Some pre-scripted comments for the January 5 broadcast:

In case you haven't heard since you got back from Christmas vacation, the Yeomen lost a game after most of us had left for home.  Saturday night, December 18, they traveled down to Springfield, Ohio, to play Wittenberg University.  Wittenberg was victorious, 65-48.  The game wasn't too well played.  Oberlin didn't seem to have their hearts in it; they were "flat," especially on offense.  Mark Jaffee scored 14 points in that game to lead the Crimson scorers, while Ted Koch had 11.  But maybe we needed a vacation.

We're going to return you to our Oberlin studios now for ___ minutes of music, news, or whatever they have for us; we'll be back with the scoring and statistics of the first half, shortly.  This is a sports presentation of WOBC radio.

And now to describe the game for you, here again is WOBC's sports director, Ed Kaplan.

We won this one, 71-68.  It was close all the way, but not a good game; our shooting was especially bad, even from ten feet out.

I got through my part all right, but I'm glad I had Kaplan there to do the talking during timeouts.  I'm afraid I'm going to have to get a lot more poise before I'm able to think that fast and express my thoughts that easily.

But, as Nancy Huysman said, one time isn't going to make or break me, since I still have plenty of chances to learn — that is, if I like the play-by-play end of it well enough to want to work on bringing the rest up to standard.

One thing:  this game wasn't so tiring, since I didn't have to prepare much beforehand and since the bus trip wasn't so long.

 

When Kaplan graduated in the spring of 1966, I was appointed to succeed him as sports director.

I have copies of a couple of letters I wrote that summer, preparing for the fall semester.  Click here for one to my football broadcast partner, and here for one to a correspondent for our new weekly Oberlin Digest feature.  Both letters also include scripts.

 

Sunday, October 2, 1966

We broadcast our second game of the season yesterday from Pittsburgh.  We lost to Carnegie Tech 14-7.

The broadcast went about like the one of the week before, generally okay but with a few problems.  This week it was the mud on the field.  It wasn't raining during the game but had rained earlier, and the mud on the players' uniforms made them very hard to recognize.  However, we had a good pressbox position and managed to keep the fans entertained by talking about Tech's mascot and about the baseball game between Pittsburgh and San Francisco which was going on three blocks to the west at Forbes Field (we were getting reports on a transistor radio).  We needed something to talk about — the game was quite boring.

Unlike basketball games, there isn't room enough in football for us to go on the team bus, so we have to rent a Plymouth station wagon from the college and drive it to the game ourselves.

Our engineer, Bill Hart, drove to the Hiram game since he'd been there several times before; this week our analyst, Jeff Hanna, was the driver since he comes from near Pittsburgh (Bethany, West Virginia) and knows the roads.

On our way back we stopped in Bethany for supper since Jeff had some things at home he wanted to pick up.  Mrs. Hanna fixed us chili, tossed salad, and cake and ice cream (it was Mr. Hanna's birthday), and we ate in the living room and watched the UCLA-Missouri game in color.  This made the trip take a little longer, but it was quite enjoyable.  I even ate the chili.

So start planning supper for three boys for the evening of November 5, when we come back from our game at Ohio Wesleyan [18 miles from my hometown of Richwood].

Now that we've got the season started, I won't be spending so much time at the radio station; probably just two or three hours every couple of weeks, plus of course the time needed to boradcast the games.  Or maybe to broadcast the games.

 

This Saturday's football game was not broadcast live, because it was a home game.

Monday, October 10, 1966

We had a special radio program Saturday afternoon at 5:00, right after the game.  We spent half an hour talking about the football game (Jeff and Larry Gellman, a freshman, did that) and also about other football scores around the country, the World Series, our cross-country meet that morning, and our soccer game that afternoon in Akron.  Paul Lawn made a telephone report to me on that one just before we went on the air, and I related the story to our listeners in Oberlin.

This was all Jeff's idea, and a good one, I think; the show was fun to do.  But since it involved attending the football game and carrying around a little portable tape recorder for interviews, it took all afternoon.  I went to bed right after dinner and spent Sunday listening to the fourth game of the World Series and doing physics problems, so I'm just now getting around to you.

That check to Powers and Dawley was for a $5.77 pair of swim trunks plus $5.00 cash, but I was down to about four dollars — and practically out of dimes — when I went to the bank this morning and wrote them a check for $25.00 (four $5 bills and a roll of 50 dimes).  So now I've got some cash in my pocket again.  Where did I spend what I had before?  Well, the biggest single expense was $6.00 for a locker at Warner Gym which I'll never use but which I had to rent if I was going to be in phys-ed.  Then there were things like refreshments at games, postage, newspapers, church collections, a few books, etc.  Small things, but they add up.

We broadcasters don't have to rent the car to go to the games, though; I'm glad we don't, because at 10¢ a mile the Pittsburgh trip must have cost about $35.00.  WOBC pays for this and for our meals on the road.

 

New Concord, Ohio, is the home of Muskingum College.  It also was where astronaut John Glenn grew up.  My father, working in nearby Cambridge, once sold Glenn's father a car for John.

My parents gave me a used accordion for Christmas 1966.  I tried for a couple of months to play it, but eventually gave up.

Thursday, January 5, 1967

I won't be making the trip to New Concord the 17th.  I've arranged for Larry Gellman to go.

 

Saturday, January 21, 1967

I've played the accordion exactly three times since I've been here:  January 7, last night, and this afternoon, each time for about half an hour.  I keep having the feeling that the other people in the section must not appreciate my fumbling around, since almost everyone around here knows music well and doesn't care for amateurish performances.  I notice especially in this small room how loud that accordion sounds, even when I'm trying to play softly.  My two-week layoff didn't seem to hurt my technique any, though; I didn't forget how to play it or get "out of practice," because I never was really in practice.  Over semester break I'll have to just work on a couple of pieces over and over again until I get them sounding reasonably good, and then maybe I won't mind playing up here.

We're having quite a shake-up in the Executive Board of WOBC.  Several people feel they don't have time to continue working at their present jobs second semester, so they're resigning and other people are having to be switched around to take their places.  Let's see if I can get straight just who's replacing whom.

POSITION

FIRST SEMESTER

SECOND SEMESTER

resigned but
took new position:

Station Director

Ted Gest

Dick Lasko

Program-Guide Ed.

Tom Clark

Bruce Robinson

moved to
fill vacancy:

Program Director

Dick Lasko

Tom Clark

Popular-Music Dir.

Bruce Robinson

Dave Webster

Chief Engineer

Dave Webster

Rick Stump

Pop Librarian

Peg Duncan

? ? ?

resigned and
won't return:

News Director

Gideon Schein

Ted Gest

Classical Librarian

JoAnn Frech

? ? ?

Fine-Arts Director

Roger Kropf

Rick Brown

Pub-Rel. Director

Patsy Moeller

? ? ?

no
change:

Classical-Music Dir.

Mike Barone

Mike Barone

Sports Director

Tom Thomas

Tom Thomas

Business Manager

Paul Sturm

Paul Sturm

Head Engineer

Walt Jones

Walt Jones

Head Technician

Tom Ammons

Tom Ammons

Newscast Trainer

Roland Higgins

Roland Higgins

I think it's something like that, anyway.  All the changes won't make much difference in the operation of the station, except that the first week after semester break we'll only be on for five hours a night rather than from 1:30 pm to 2 a.m.  Everyone has to find out who's supposed to be doing whose job.

We really had an easy time of it against Allegheny in basketball tonight.  They only scored 13 points in the first half and ended up losing to us 99 to 47.  We out-rebounded them 81-46, outshot them 40%-25%, committed only ten turnovers to their 29 . . . .

 

Sunday, February 12, 1967

A very busy week, and it'll probably stay this way for three or four more:  one basketball game next week, and then our tournament is March 2 through 4 in Akron.  And we may be broadcasting a hockey tournament on March 11 and 12 in addition.

Paul Keller of Delaware, Ohio, near my hometown, was promoting the basketball statistic he'd invented, the Offensive Efficiency Rating.  OER was merely points divided by possessions, usually working out to something like 1.00 or 1.50 or so.

I worked the OER into some of my basketball broadcasts, asking studio host Lee Beckett to give the numbers during his halftime report.

That article about Keller says the same things as everything else I've read about him,  except it tells where he teaches (Willis Junior High in Delaware) and mentions the rather surprising fact that the OER's for smaller schools in the state [high school basketball] tournament are higher than for schools the size of Marion Harding or Columbus.  That doesn't necessarily mean the little schools have better offenses, though; it could mean they have a few shooting standouts but not a very good defense, while the bigger schools are better organized defensively and can keep each other from scoring.

 

Sunday, February 26, 1967

The drawing for the tournament in Akron was held this afternoon.  We'll be playing the winner of Thursday's Kenyon-Hiram game (both teams have beaten us within the past week) on Friday night, March 3, at 7:00 p.m.  Should we win, we'd play again at 8:00 Saturday; should we win that one by some miracle, we'd go down to Granville to play for the conference championship on Tuesday, March 7.  Larry Gellman and I will be broadcasting.

 

Monday, March 13, 1967

I spent nearly five hours Friday night on the Oberlin Digest show and over six hours Saturday on the hockey broadcast.  [We had sent announcers Dan Brent and Gideon Schein to the tournament in Bowling Green, Ohio].

I had to watch the engineer taping the hockey game, of course — keep him company — and when we broadcast it 3½ hours later, I kept track of the timing and filled in between periods with sports news and weather.  So that was an effective release from the big week of tests just completed.  We lost the game Saturday, so I didn't have to spend another six hours Sunday [for a broadcast of the championship game]. 

And what else is new?  Not much; things are still busy, but with the tests and the hockey broadcast out of the way, the pressure's off.  I played the organ for a while this foggy evening, then wrote a letter to a man at Hiram about the possibility of our broadcasting a baseball game this May, and now am getting around to you.

 

Monday, March 20, 1967, 7:30 p.m.

It's currently 38º outside and blowing a cold, wet snow-rain as it has been all day.  And tomorrow's the first day of spring, they say.  Oh, well, I guess we've had our quota of nice weather for this March already.

Maybe you can start checking the family treasury:  one thing I'd like to get over spring vacation, maybe we can say as an extra but belated birthday present, is a good portable battery-operated tape recorder.  WOBC had one a few years old that broke down this fall and they don't seem willing to replace it, but such a recorder makes sports reporting a lot more convenient:  you can interview the coaches on the practice field or in the locker room, rather than having to make an appointment with them to come up to the studios some evening and also having to make an appointment with an engineer to make sure he'll be there to run the studio equipment.  It would also make possible at least one program, a baseball report for April 14 Oberlin Digest, that would be all but technically impossible otherwise.  And I could probably find other uses for it, including loaning it out to the WOBC news department occasionally.  I've even got a particular model in mind, but we might have to go to Columbus to find it.

On Tuesday, March 28, I looked at a Uher professional reel-to-reel tape machine at Jimmy Rea Electronics at 479 W. Rich St. in Columbus.  But the model I chose was a Norelco cassette recorder from the North American Philips Company.  Philips had only recently invented the "Compact Cassette."  I paid $22.50 for a box of ten blank cassettes, plus $75.00 for the recorder itself.

There was a patch cord that allowed us to play our recordings on the air.  The cassette format eliminated the fumbling with reels of tape.  And the leather carrying case was a nice touch.

This machine featured a microphone with a detachable pause button.  To the side of the mic, I attached the vertical letters WOBC from the cover of a Program Guide.

 

 

Saturday, April 8, 1967

The Norelco is working fine; we used it to put together last night's Digest program, with two on-the-spot interviews of coaches plus the sounds of an infield practice session with the baseball team, and immediately after the show Paul Sturm called up and raved about how good it all sounded.

Nowadays I would probably compare our production to NPR's All Things Considered.

To read the script for the studio portion of this April 7 show, plus some others, click here

It should have; Rick Stump and I spent about two hours Friday afternoon re-recording and editing to fit the interviews together with other commentary as professionally as possible.  We made the style come out sort of like one of those filmed reports from overseas on Walter Cronkite's news.

And the recorder's sound quality, as predicted, is very good.  Handling the microphone is the trickiest part; if you're able to give it good sounds to record, it'll do its part and reproduce them accurately. 

 

Monday, April 17, 1967

The baseball game that we were going to use the Norelco for was rained out, but it's been rescheduled for a week from today and we're going to try again.

 

Tuesday, May 2, 1967,
to station director-elect John Heckenlively

I would like to apply for re-appointment to the position of WOBC sports director for 1967-68.

My main qualifications are the experience I've gained in the past year of working at this job.  Since I joined WOBC 17 months ago, I've done play-by-play for four football and eleven basketball broadcasts.  By the end of this month, I will have produced 24 Oberlin Digest programs and nine hours of additional programming, including two hockey broadcasts and ten half-hour commentaries.

In terms of on-the-air hours, the sports department has turned out approximately 71% more programming in the year just concluding than in 1965-66 (43.2 hours as against 25.5).  Two-thirds of this increase has been in Digest shows, while of the remainder, 4.7 hours has been at the expense of the pop music department and 1.5 hours has been broadcast at times when otherwise we would have been off the air.  None of the increase has been at the expense of the classical music department.  Both in 1965-66 and in 1966-67, 35 hours of classical programming was pre-empted for sports and for the Yeoman Bandwagon shows which follow our game broadcasts with popular music.

A 71% increase is a big jump, and I don't see us increasing sports programming much more in the future.  For one thing, the poll taken last winter was not favorable to such an increase.  There has been some interest expressed in putting baseball and soccer games on the air.  Hockey games were added to our programming schedule last year, and there is a possibility, rather remote at present, that we might be able to add lacrosse next spring.  College lacrosse is usually played on the college football field, which means a pressbox is available, and there is some interest in the sport here at Oberlin.  However, each game would cost $30 or $40 in line rental (as does every game we broadcast).  And, perhaps more importantly, no one around here has ever heard, much less done, a lacrosse play-by-play, so we would have to teach ourselves pretty fast.

As far as the relation of the sports department to the rest of the station is concerned, I think we'd have to admit that we're relatively unimportant.  Pop music turns out more than 30 times as many hours of programming as we do.  Overall, we make up only about 1½ % of WOBC's total on-air time.  But we try harder.

A general comment now, one you've probably heard already from several people and will hear many times again.  As I see it, the one area in which WOBC is least fulfilling its potential is in the department most closely related to the sports department:  news.

Oberlin Digest consists of news and features.  The features are good for the most part.  (But more communication among the various hosts would be helpful.  Last week the Wednesday and Thursday Digests had no feature, and as it turned out, if somebody had mentioned that fact to me we could easily have supplied a 20-minute show.)  But the news on Digest is no different from any other news; it's simply read off the teletype, with maybe a couple of items from the College Calendar thrown in.  No reporters are sent out to cover campus news stories, except for Senate meetings.

Now at various times this year Ted Gest has had access to some news story, such as the results of a General Faculty meeting or of a dining-hall poll, and has typed up a story to be read as part of "campus news" on that night's Digest.  I've done this a couple of times myself.  [Click here for an example.]

But in general it's only when we feel like it and happen to think of it.  This is not our job — and apparently it's not anyone's job. 

The student newspaper, the Oberlin Review, was published only on Tuesdays and Fridays.

The only reliable way to find out what's happening on campus is to read the Review, because despite the claims that are made for it, Oberlin Digest does not keep one up-to-date on all the late-breaking news stories.

It should.  The potential of radio journalism is too great to be thrown away this way.  We can inform the campus of many important events within a couple of hours from the time they take place, and interviews with the campus newsmakers (made with the Norelco or the telephone-beeper recorder at practically no inconvenience to the interviewee) can add an important dimension to these reports.  We have the facilities and the opportunity to do a good job covering campus news; all we need are the people to do it.

Two means of accomplishing this come to mind.  The sports department already co-operates extensively with the Review sports editors:  our broadcasts serve as the basis for many of their away-from-home football and basketball stories, whilc their reports serve as the basis for most of our Digest interviews.  Perhaps this same co-operation could be extended to news:  Review reporters, having observed a newsworthy event, would first write a brief two- or three-paragraph report on it for WOBC and then go ahead and write their regular story for the paper.  Or, alternatively, an enthusiastic WOBC news director could actually start "sending out reporters" and seeing to it that our news programs are all they ought to be.

 

The day after this letter, a WOBC newsman borrowed my Norelco to cover a demonstration on campus.  You'll find the full story here.

Sunday, May 7, 1967

I used the Norelco yesterday to do a [practice] play-by-play of the lacrosse game and surprised myself with how well it came off, considering this was only the second lacrosse game I'd ever seen.  No plans now to put a game on the air, but we might want to make plans next year.

 

At the WOBC Annual Banquet held at Harkness House on Tuesday, May 23, the WOBC Athletic Supporter was awarded to Tom Thomas for his 30-minute weekly sports show.

As my sophomore year drew to a close, my interests at WOBC were growing to include more than just sports, as shown in the May 2 letter above.  Within months I would become program director, and within a year I would be in charge of the whole station.

The story continues on the next thread, Broadcaster.

 

TBT

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