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JALC Sporting Events Now on Live Webcasts

Part-time JALC student Jonathan LeBlond, a native of Libertyville, was busy this week filming a recent basketball workout. It is with LeBlond’s high-tech equipment and understanding of videography that Logan sporting events are now being live streamed to the U Stream Web site this fall. (Logan Media Services photo)

Part-time JALC student Jonathan LeBlond, a native of Libertyville, was busy this week filming a recent basketball workout. It is with LeBlond’s high-tech equipment and understanding of videography that Logan sporting events are now being live streamed to the U Stream Web site this fall. (Logan Media Services photo)

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – John A. Logan College has taken another bold step forward in promoting its students and programs this fall with the implementation of live video streaming of sporting events.

Student intern Jonathan LeBlond is at the center of this groundbreaking project. He first brought up the idea to JALC journalism instructor Matt Garrison last spring.

“I did a lot of research as to the best way to live stream events, like ballgames, for example,” LeBlond said. “I eventually came across the U Stream Web site and found out that we could live stream any event for free to all of the parents and friends of student-athletes that could not attend in person.”

LeBlond then brought his idea to the attention of the college’s athletic director, Jerry Halstead.

“Mr. Halstead pretty much gave us the green light to proceed and keep him informed along the way. After meeting with some of the Web site technicians at Logan, we got the thumbs up from them, too. It’s been full-speed ahead ever since.”

LeBlond’s job was made easier by the fact that he owns a Canon XH-A1 video camera, which allows him to convert the event directly onto U Stream.

“With this kind of camera, I can take the live radio feed of the game to my camera, so we don’t have to have another set of people doing the play-by-play for each event that we host. I can also put a microphone down on the playing floor so that I can pick up the game action sound in addition to the radio broadcast. Because of that, you get the impression that you are right at the game in person. Then, I just take that feed and put it with the video through my laptop and put it on U Stream.”

JALC Marketing Director Steve O’Keefe said he and the college’s administrative leaders are excited about the opportunity to carry events live on a Web site.

“I think this is great for us here at Logan to showcase the talent we have on campus and to connect to our community and the world, for that matter, with exciting things that we are doing at John A. Logan College.”

Halstead concurred.

“We (athletic staff) believe this live stream video capability is a huge benefit to the people that reside within our district, especially to those parents and grandparents who can’t be at the games for whatever reason. All they need now is access to the Internet and they can now see for themselves what they would have missed otherwise.”

Three volleyball matches at Logan and one softball doubleheader at SIU involving Logan have already been broadcast by LeBlond.
Halstead said the plan is to provide video coverage of all home men’s and women’s basketball games this winter, and to film baseball and softball games in the spring once the Internet signal has been strengthened atop the roof of the Community Health Education Complex.

“What a tremendous boost to college promotions this is,” Halstead said. “Once again, John A. Logan College has stepped up and put into place an outstanding product that will only get better with time.”

Halstead added that while the video streaming has only focused on sporting events to date, there will be opportunities to stream news conferences, graduations, awards ceremonies and special guest speakers on campus.

“Athletics benefits, but so can everyone else,” he said.

A native of Libertyville, LeBlond said initiating the video streaming project at Logan athletic events is both exciting and challenging.

“To be the one that came up with the idea and to have the necessary equipment, it makes me feel really good,” he said. “It also helped that I worked last semester at SIU with (instructor) Chris Hagstrom learning video editing. In the long run, I think this new direction in athletics will even help with the recruitment of athletes. The possibilities are endless and I’m just glad to be a part of it.”