Media School to provide Little 500 broadcast live stream
The Media School, in partnership with the IU Student Foundation and IU Radio-TV Services, will once again provide a full streaming broadcast of the 2019 men’s and women’s Little 500 races on Friday, April 12, and Saturday, April 13.
The broadcast, which is presented by Subaru and Royal on the Eastside, will be available for free at broadcast.iu.edu, as well as on the IU Student Foundation’s Facebook page, and retweeted on the @IUSportsMedia Twitter account.
This is the third year of the broadcast partnership, which provides IU students and alumni with a free and easily accessible way to watch the events at the core of the “World’s Greatest College Weekend.”
The partnership also provides broadcasting and production students with valuable experience producing a broadcast of major sporting events.
Friday’s broadcast of the 32nd running of the women’s Little 500 will feature Media School junior Jacob Vinson on play-by-play, 2011 alumna and two-time Little 500 champion Caitlin Van Kooten on color commentary and Media School junior Mary Kate Hamilton as field reporter. The race will be produced by Media School graduate student Morgan Gard.
Saturday’s broadcast of the 69th running of the men’s Little 500 will feature Media School senior Josh Eastern on play-by-play, 2017 alumnus and Little 500 champion Charlie Hammon on color commentary and Kelley School of Business senior Eddie Cotton as field reporter. The race will be produced by Hamilton.
Both broadcasts will be directed by Media School junior Alivia Pavich and assistant directed by Media School junior Aaron Guevara.
The production crew consists entirely of students employed by Radio-TV Services and will use the recently constructed control rooms located in the Mark Cuban Center for Sports Media and Technology within Assembly Hall, as well as aerial footage provided by IU Communications.
Alumni of the Little 500 broadcasts include Cameron Spahr, BS’18, who now works as a technical director at IMS Productions in Indianapolis; Courtney Robb, BAJ’18, currently a sports anchor and reporter at WCBI-TV in Columbus, Mississippi; and David Sugarman, BS’18, currently a sports anchor and reporter at WGEM-TV in Quincy, Illinois.
Last year’s streaming broadcast of the 68th running of the men’s Little 500 drew more than 6,000 unique viewers on the combined web and Facebook streams.