Students Prepare to Produce LIVE Television Broadcast of Basketball Games

Tuesday, November 5, 2013


Point Loma Nazarene University

Contact: Kalyn McMackin (760) 685-3312

Point TV: Channel 23 

Advisor: Alan Hueth (619) 849-2358

Date: November 5th 2013

Written by: Kalyn McMackin


Students Prepare to Produce LIVE Television Broadcast of Basketball Games

Point Loma Nazarene University students will resurrect live sports coverage of both the men and women’s basketball games against Cal Baptist on February 26th. 

These games will be the first to be broadcasted in nearly three years. Communications professor, Dr. Alan Hueth, saw potential in Jacob Roth, Point TV’s Sports Director, and other current television production students to carry out this challenging task.

“In this case we have four or five students who are interested in sports and are considering sports production as a profession.  So, they’re interested in getting some experience and building their reel,”  said Hueth. For all the others not as interested, Hueth said “ this kind of production provides an additional avenue in terms of future employment.”

Roth, a senior Broadcast Journalism major, will serve as producer, meaning he is tasked with the responsibility of overseeing the success and follow through of the entire production. In addition, he thinks that an experience like this is invaluable for students participating in the production.

“I truly believe this kind of production is the best experience film and television students can get while they're at PLNU,” said Roth. “Producing a live event, especially one as unpredictable as basketball, will help everyone learn how to handle the various technical positions on the fly. The best way to learn a skill is to practice it.”


PLNU students do get experience producing live and live-to-tape television through Coastline News and others shows, and this provides an additional but very different challenge.  With three different camera angles, court side play-by-play, color, and on-court reporting, and a crew of nineteen capable and talented students, this production is sure to enhance their professional preparation.

“Experience with these kinds of events will help our students be better prepared to get jobs in television after they graduate,” said Roth. 


Basketball presents a unique challenge in that most of the show is not scripted.  So, Hueth challenges his students in his scriptwriting and production courses to base their plan and production on the focus on the viewer’s interest and need as they watch, and the premise of the power and importance of pathos.  

“We’re not in the entertainment business, but in the ‘transportation’ business,” Hueth said.  Then he added “Our goal is –through picture and sound—to transport the viewers into the action and emotions of the game….This is the key not only to sports broadcasting, but to all television and film programming.”

Despite that only a handful of students are pursuing careers in sports broadcasting, the live taping is an experience in which all television students can learn from. 

Be sure to tune into Channel 23 for live coverage starting at 5:30 p.m. for the Sea Lion women and 7:30 p.m. for the men. 

For more information regarding this event, please contact Kalyn McMackin at or Dr. Alan Hueth at