BANGOR, Maine — Making it to the tourney at the Bangor Auditorium is a huge victory in and of itself for most of the state’s high school basketball players. However, this year it wasn’t just the players who were making memories on the hardwood. Those behind the scenes also made history when they helped broadcast the last games to ever take place inside the “Mecca,” which is being replaced by the new Cross Insurance Center next year.
Ryan Carignan from Londonderry, studying video production at the New England School of Communications, assisted MPBN with transmitting the games, so those who couldn’t make it to the auditorium could enjoy the tournament from the convenience of their home.
For the last five years, NESCom students and faculty, across disciplines from audio engineering, video production, sports journalism, and live sound technology participated in this partnership with MPBN.
“We reached out to them a few years back when we had to cover two different venues, Bangor and Augusta, at the same time,” said Nick Woodward, director of MPBN media production services. “We realized we could work with NESCom, combine resources, and give their students the opportunity to work on the games.”
And that hands-on learning experience has been a memorable one for NESCom senior Andrew King of Colorado Springs, Colorado. He’s been volunteering to assist MPBN during the tournaments since he was a sophomore.
A total of 15 students and six faculty members volunteered to help MPBN broadcast this year’s match-ups. The students say no two games are ever alike.
Game after game, the employees at MPBN have been impressed with the professionalism and insight the NESCom students bring to the court.
“Without the NESCom students who have been trained on the equipment, we couldn’t produce what we do,” Woodward said. “They are creative, dedicated and they’re from a different generation so they may see things on shows I don’t watch and may have ideas on what would make a good graphic or look for a replay reel.”