Explorer Post 50 marked the beginning of their 25th season with their Open House in the PNC Triangle Club at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park on Wednesday, February 8, 2023. The group welcomed potential new members and their parents to learn about the group and what it takes to become a member.
Chief Advisor Ken Bland opened the meeting introducing key members of the Post 50 support team including Leslie Martin, Director of Promotions at the Durham Bulls, and Chris Cormier, Engineer and Post 50 Advisor.
Senior members of Explorer Post 50 were invited to speak to the visitors about their experiences over the last few seasons learning various crew positions and stepping into leadership roles within the group, including the P.I.T. Crew (Producers In Training).
Executive Producer Michael Austin, who is a Freshman at Duke University studying Computer Science said, when he first joined the program he was “extremely nervous but it was really fun.” Now in his fourth season with Explorer Post 50, he is excited about the new creative possibilities of the new graphics system and thinks it will add a lot to the broadcast.
P.I.T Crew Member McKenna Andrew encourages new members to “open up and be creative” and says “don’t be afraid to make things your own.” Andrew, who is a Junior at Voyager Academy hopes to use this season to represent and to grow the support of women in sports and STEM careers.
Zach Wilson is in his third season and in the P.I.T. Crew, is a Sophomore at Wake Technical Community College, is excited to try new positions and get out of his comfort zone. He told the group, “You’re gonna make lifelong friends here,” and believes it is going to be a fun year.
Explorer Post 50 was the brainchild and vision of CBC CEO & Board Chairman Jim Goodmon and created the group in the fall of 1998 to provide area youth, ages 14-20, with an opportunity to gain experience in the field of television broadcasting covering Durham Bulls baseball games.
Explorer Post 50 broadcasts all home Durham Bulls games throughout the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, WNGT 34.1, WRAL Sports+, Spectrum Cable, and MiLB.com. Game highlights are also aired in newscasts on WRAL and FOX50.
The Durham Bulls opening night is Friday, March 31st with the first pitch at 6:35pm.
Thanks to WRAL-TV’s Melissa Heilicser for this Capcom story & for these Capcom photos.