It all started in August of 2013 when I was approached by the KHSAA to produce state tournament events online. I had been to the Sweet 16 many times before as a photographer and a radio broadcaster but never in such a big role. I knew it was my one shot to prove myself to the whole state.
I knew that I could produce a better product than what the KHSAA currently had. The timing was also perfect. I had worked for iHigh.com who laid off a majority of their staff including me. I was hungry and looking for work. I knew so had the talent and the knowledge to be great.
Former iHigh CEO, Tim Campbell made the first recommendation to KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett about me. A meeting took place and as they say the rest is history. I landed a deal and I have ran with it.
The commissioner teamed me up with local media company 1st String Media who is owned and operated by Leon Davis and Alan Hisle. Those guys are awesome at capturing great moments. I was great at mixing it all together so it has worked out great.
In 2013 PrepSpin was born and the two media companies teamed up to deliver the KHSAA their first 720p HD production. Last year the two companies managed to broadcast the first 1080p broadcast on the KHSAA Network. This years big thing is instant replay and better graphics. “We keep improving our offering every year. The KHSAA TV Network is just like real TV.
“The King of Stream” came by many folks in the local media. I guess I have earned their respect over the years.
It all started as a hobby. I was working a full time job at a company in Versailles in the marketing field and just wanted to give back to our local schools in Jessamine County. At the time Jessamine had no coverage other than the local paper. I wanted to do something more for the schools.
I started a blog that I posted action photos on along with game recaps. Then we got into of pod casts where we would talk into a personal recorder and uploaded it to our blog after the game. Streaming video was not really ready back in 2008. Audio streaming was but I had no idea back then.
Funny thing is I was into website building back then and my boss asked me one day if I could figure out how to stream a radio signal to a private site so he could listen to his boy play baseball. I did the google search and figured it out. There was a server software that was free called icecast. It was a success! The light bulb went off that night. I thought if I could do that then I could do it for the Jessamine schools.
3G technology was just taking off at the time and audio streaming was possible. It wasn’t long before we were able to broadcast games live online. Our first game was a baseball game. It was Soutwestern at West Jessamine. Man, we sucked at the play by play but we did it. I knew I could get better by listening to guys like Gary Ball do it. I just never gave up and got better.
We were approached by a radio station out of Stanford in 2009 to see if we had an interest in broadcasting the East and West Jessamine 12th Region Basketball games on real radio. The deal was we needed to sell some ads and we could do all the games on air that the Jessamine schools played in the tournament. The Colts played well and won the 12th Region. Everyone said we did awesome in our first real radio gig. We had some hype and I wanted to do it even more than ever before. We continued to broadcast games in audio only online for the next year.
In 2010 Video streaming was a possible thing. I started playing around with it. Later that year I broadcast my first game in very low quality video. It was one of those things where I kept working hard at it and got better over time.
The internet got faster and computer processing got better over the next two years. In 2012 I joined iHigh as a state representative that went around schools and taught them how to Stream games online. I worked there for about a year before being laid off. By now, I had over 500 games under my belt. I knew I did not want to leave something that I have grown to love. I started to seek events to stream.
Right before I joined iHigh that was my plan. I landed my first event for NJCAA a month before joining iHigh full time. That followed up with another event. When I was at iHigh I did a few events. The biggest one was the Alltech National Horse Show on behalf of iHigh. I guess you can say I knew what path I wanted to go when iHigh let me go.
Ironically iHigh called me back later that summer to do another NJCAA event out west and another one. I did those events successfully and then that’s when the KHSAA called me into a meeting.
We have since made KHSAA broadcast history and man it feels so good knowing how far we have come with the transformation of KHSAA TV.
On a personal note, I now have over 3000 games under my belt and counting. I am thankful for all the opportunities I have been blessed with.