West Liberty University adjunct professor Chuck Scatterday had a chance to teach sports broadcasting at the University of Florida during January.
“I had an opportunity over the holiday break to ‘teach’ in a real life sports TV environment on an actual ESPNU event in Florida with 13 University of Florida student. The event was an overtime thriller of a women’s college basketball game between Tennessee and Florida,” Scatterday said. The Gator students worked with 25 broadcasting professionals during the event, which took place in Gainesville, Fla.
“It was like one of our West Liberty games but on a national level. Like a laboratory experience, it offered me a chance to teach to a new audience, on a bigger scale. The students’ enthusiasm was contagious and inspiring. I look forward to sharing this experience with my West Liberty communication students.”
ESPNU offers college sports programming that “brings you campus life through the eyes and voices of the students.” It is a sister network to the cable network ESPN.
Scatterday manages the sports productions for WLTV Channel-14, as well as develops curriculum for its new sports broadcasting program. He produces all of the football and basketball games and provides instruction to students at West Liberty University.
Scatterday instructs about 30 WLU students on the WLUTV sports crew.
WLU sports broadcasting courses teach students the art of video and audio production, editing, writing, lighting, directing and sports producing. Students are a part of the team that covers Hilltopper sporting events at home and away.
“Our broadcasting courses focus on the principles of professionalism and teamwork that make the program unique. My experience at ESPNU will help me be a better instructor and mentor for WLU students.”
Scatterday joined WLU in the fall of 2010 after two decades at ESPN, in Bristol, Conn. and Charlotte, N.C. He was responsible for the creation, production and daily management of over 450 annual sporting events including college football, soccer, volleyball, swimming & diving, baseball, track & field, gymnastics and ice hockey.
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