Newport News Public Schools TV and the Telecommunications Center

TV camera operator at basketball game

By Brandon K. Hedgepeth
Telecom Crew Member

Starting the second semester of the 2023-24 academic year, NNPS Telecom returned to live-streamed productions with a pair of basketball games.

This basketball season featured one of the largest production crews since the COVID-19 pandemic, with new and returning crew members alike.

For January 2024, NNPS Telecom produced the girls and boys games for Hampton vs Denbigh (at Denbigh) and Warwick vs Heritage (at Heritage). Telecom Supervisor Ray Price produced both games alongside his select crew.

After selecting the productions, Mr. Price and myself (Brandon K. Hedgepeth, 2020 Telecom alumnus and 2021 intern) tested equipment at both schools beforehand, with Telecom Instructor Carl Daniels, Jr., creating the graphic pages. It is important for us to plan out the productions, even live sports games, to ensure a smooth production with minimal surprises.

NNPS-TV Engineer Mansoor Ahmed worked during these productions, setting up the wireless connections for the equipment, while Mr. Daniels served as an assistant producer for the Warwick vs Heritage games.


Watch livestreamed NNPS games on demand (new window)

See the Telecom student YouTube channel (YouTube.com/nnpstelecom) for more student productions. (new window)

Students page on nnpstv.com

For the production, regular crew members Ryan Hedgepeth (TV-II, Woodside) and Ethan Clinkenbeard (TV-I, Woodside) returned for the production as audio technician and camera operator, respectively.

TV-I students attending Heritage — Edric "EJ" Jones, Bishop Dunn, and Joshua Ray — also took part of the productions, with Jones and Dunn alternating as co-announcers of the production, while Ray served as a camera operator.

Greg Bicouvaris returned for these productions, serving as the primary announcer for both of them.

Telecom alumni Josh Stuck (Denbigh 2020), Collin Smalls (Menchville 2019), and Muriel Gamble (Achievable Dream 2017) also returned as camera operators for both productions.

I served as the livestream coordinator of the productions, and additionally as director.

Coming out for their first productions were TV-I students Chase Willett and Donovan Crowder (both Woodside). Willett worked the Hampton vs Denbigh games while Crowder worked both productions. Following the successful productions, both were invited to join the crew officially.

Ethan Clinkenbeard trained Willett on camera while Collin Smalls trained Crowder, following Telecom tradition of having current crew members train prospective members.

Both productions were streamed live on the NNPS Telecom channel on YouTube and the archive of both can be viewed there.