WPAA Broadcasts Andover/Exeter Game Online

Those unnerved by screaming students in body paint were able to watch the Andover/Exeter game online, thanks to WPAA. Over a thousand people watched football via webcast last Saturday, according to Ishan Kapoor ’09, WPAA programming director. A crew of student announcers broadcasted the event: Kyle Franco ’10 and Chris Massie ’10 worked in the booth, and Kenny Gould ’09 and Alec Weiss ’11 reported from the field. Video Link, a company that specializes in video production and web broadcasting in Boston, recorded and streamed the football game. Dale Hurley, faculty advisor to WPAA, and audiovisual staff members Michael Crouse and Michael Ebner, provided support to the student broadcast. This was the second time Phillips Academy has broadcasted the game. Phillips Academy first held a webcast of the Andover/Exeter football game in 2006. Exeter hosted last year’s broadcast. “In comparison to the 2006 broadcast, this year’s [webcast] went well,” said Kapoor. He said that this year’s webcast was more organized. Kapoor oversaw the broadcast, organized rehearsals and run-throughs and chose the members of the student crew. During halftime, Gould and Weiss interviewed Leon Modeste, Andover Head Coach; Barbara Chase, Head of School; Malin Adams ’09, School President; Bill Glennon, Exeter Head Coach; Tyler Tingley, Exeter Principal; and Deborah Murphy, Director of Alumni Affairs. Alumni parties in Charleston, South Carolina, as well as Palo Alto, San Francisco and Los Angeles in California, also tuned into the game. In Palo Alto, Jay Jamison ’89 and Aimee Jamison ’87 joined with their Exeter neighbors Eric and Rebecca Stein ’87 to host this event. Jamison connected his computer to the TV screen for about 20 attendees. Jamison, in an email to The Phillipian, said, “The streaming worked great, the commentary was informative and engaging and the quality of football played was really strong.” “Andover had far better banners [than Exeter],” said Jamison. “The only thing we’d look for next year is a win for the team and the ability to take the webcast full screen.” In Los Angeles, Susan and Stephen Matloff ’91 hosted a brunch for Andover alums and parents who wanted to see the football game. Matloff has hosted the Andover-Exeter webcast party for the last three years, he said. The display was also through a laptop connected to the television. “I enjoy being able to see what’s going on at campus,” Matloff said. “Andover/Exeter’s a special weekend.” Matloff also said that this year, Todd Lubin ’92 and Amy Cooke-Lubin ’92 came to the brunch to see the game. Lubin was the quarterback of the Andover varsity football team in his Senior year. “It’s great that alumni [can] tune into the game,” said Kapoor. Online viewers accessed the webcast of the game from the Andover website.