Big Rapids, Mich. - Ferris Sports Update, a popular Ferris State University television program, will continue to air each week during the 2017-18 athletics season with broadcast coverage throughout most of Michigan.
A half-hour interview show profiling Ferris State Athletics, the Ferris Sports Update program will air across most of Northern Michigan on Fox 32 each Thursday night at 10:30 p.m. (ET) throughout the year. The show is produced by Ferris State University's Television and Digital Media Production (TDMP) students in partnership with the Bulldog Athletics Department. The first of 28 weekly episodes airs this week as yet another athletics season unfolds.
In addition, for the sixth-straight year, it will be offered on Comcast Channel 900 at various times throughout the week, including Wednesday (5:30 pm), Thursday (2 & 8 pm) and Friday (3 pm). The airings begin this week on Comcast Channel 900, which is available to Comcast subscribers in the state of Michigan, including the metro Detroit and Grand Rapids areas.
The 30-minute program is taped and produced in a studio within the Interdisciplinary Resource Center (IRC) Building on the FSU campus. In addition to airing on Fox 32 and Comcast, the show is also accessible via the Grand Rapids Community College cable channel in the greater Grand Rapids market on Comcast 903 (digital) along with AT&T Uverse Channel 99. Additionally, it will also be aired locally on Ferris' Cable Television Channel at selected times throughout the week.
Along with the broadcast coverage, free live on-demand streaming of the show will be available over the internet on a continuous basis at www.ferrisstate.tv. Segments of the show will also utilized via the official FSU Athletics website and multimedia portal at FerrisStateBulldogs.com along with various university social networking platforms.
The host of the show is Assistant Athletics Director for Communications Rob Bentley, who also serves as a local radio voice for the Bulldogs and is in his 18th year working for Ferris State Athletics.
"It's exciting to be part of the show again this year and it provides us with an excellent platform to showcase our coaches, student-athletes and teams," said Bentley. "This offers tremendous visibility for Bulldog Athletics and is an important part of our multimedia and broadcasting efforts."
Ferris Sports Update affords a unique opportunity for Bulldog fans to get information pertaining to Ferris State athletics while also providing insight from the respective FSU varsity athletic programs from its coaches, student-athletes and support staff. The show will include features on Ferris State student-athletes along with selected highlights from Bulldog Athletics events.
"I believe the collaboration we have with this program is a "win" for all areas in benefiting current students, attracting new students and representing student athletes and programs across many parts of Michigan and the Upper Peninsula," said faculty advisor and department chair Glen Okonoski. "Our students function as a team in the studio, fulfilling each role necessary to create the show, and there is added importance placed on their learning when they know their product will be seen by a wide audience.
"We hope fans will tune in and see the professional production and engaging stories that are told on a weekly basis," he added.
The students in the class producing the show are under the direction of Okonoski with assistance from engineer Pat Tobin along with streaming media professor Connie Morcom. Ferris Media Production faculty member Steve Cox coordinates the airing of the show on Ferris Cable.
Funding for the show is made possible thru a joint effort between FSU Athletics, the Ferris State Admissions Department, University Advancement and Marketing along with the College of Education and Human Services.