|Post 50 Featured in Raleigh Newspaper|
The Durham Bulls housed more than a baseball club during the 2001 season, they were also a training ground for future television professionals. Explorer Post 50, affiliated with FOX 50 and the Occoneechee Council of Boy Scouts, helped put 31 Durham Bulls games on the air this summer, and Raleigh’s News & Observer featured them on the last home game of the season.
Steve Barnes provide audio. Bulls Director of Media and Operations Aaron Bare produces the broadcasts.
Myatt talked to Bare about the broadcasts. Bare told him about the difficulty of producing a broadcast that is not coordinated with umpires as it is in professional baseball. He told Myatt, “‘They [umpires] do their own thing, and we work around them. …That can make it hard. Sometimes they get going early, and we might miss the first pitch of an inning.'”
Myatt also spoke to Jordan High School senior Melissa Oates, the student director for the game he covered. She told him, “‘I let the cameras tell the story usually unless it’s a particularly intense part of the game…Then I might ask for a specific shot. Everybody kind of has their own personality when they work a camera.'” As for those cameras, the students must be wary to protect themselves and the expensive machinery from flying baseballs. Bare told Myatt, “‘We’re the secret service, and the cameras are the president.'”
Myatt closed the article with Bare’s comments about the program, “‘I would measure this group’s success in five years by whether they are involved in their communities and by their happiness. If we do good TV along the way, that’s a big plus.'”
The Post 50-produced Bulls games were shown live on Time Warner digital cable channel 251 and HDTV channel 49, FOX 50’s digital channel.