MUNCIE, Ind. -- Ball State Sports Link, the nation's first fully immersive sports media and production program, will continue producing its weekly football show in partnership with WIPB-TV, Comcast Indiana and Fox College Sports in 2012.
This week's show looks back at the win vs. Eastern Michigan, previews Saturday's game at Clemson plus visits with coaches and players.
3rd Down Chirp, delivered by Papa John’s, will provide viewers inside access to the Cardinals on and off the football field. The weekly show will air online at ballstatesports.com, plus additional episodes will be televised nationally on Fox College Sports.
Additional distribution for 3rd Down Chirp includes WIPB-TV in Muncie and statewide availability on Comcast Indiana 81 and the SL channel through Comcast on Demand.
“Sports Link does a great job and our communications school is fantastic,” Ball State head football coach Pete Lembo said. “It’s one of the shining stars of this University. We are excited to connect fans to both programs with 3rd Down Chirp.”
Created by 2012 SL graduate Ben Wagner, the 2012 version of 3rd Down Chirp will be produced by senior Joey Buschur. Sophomore Drew Adamson will serve as assistant producer.
Seniors Pat Boylan, Chris Renkel and Timmy Fogarty return as hosts and coordinating producers. All 28 students in the immersive learning program will assist with weekly content production.
In cooperation with Ball State Athletics corporate sales, 3rd Down Chirp marks the second straight year with national sponsorship as Papa John’s will be the show’s exclusive sponsor.
3rd Down Chirp, delivered by Papa John’s, will begin Aug. 23 online, followed by additional shows on FCS, WIPB-TV and Comcast Indiana beginning in September and until the end of football season.
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About Ball State Sports Link:
During the semester, students will produce a broad range of media from live remote productions, live-to-tape events, television programs (WIPB-TV, Comcast Indiana, ESPN Networks, Fox Sports Net, Cardinal Vision 57), student-athlete features and webcasts. Other facets of the immersion program include radio, newspapers, podcasts and the use of mobile technology and interactivity via the web.
To maintain a focus on cross-platform promotion, students repackage the feature stories they create for local use at Ball State and send them to local news stations and outlets in the hometown of the featured player—on any platform the station may require.