When the MI News 26 cameras rolled Friday night for the first time on a Cadillac Vikings football game, current and former students from the Digital Media Production (DMP) class at the Wexford-Missaukee Career Technical Center comprised the majority of the camera crew. It's part of a new partnership between DMP and MI News 26, which allows local high school students to get real life experience during a live-to-tape sporting event. Current DMP students, Dakota Pike (Cadillac HS) and Rain Johnson-Hill (Cadillac HS), joined Wyatt VanDuinen (Lake City HS, Class of 2013), who is also a photojournalist for MI News 26, on the crew.
Eric Wotila, owner of MI News 26, recently picked up the rights to broadcast Cadillac Viking varsity home games on a tape-delayed basis and reached out to DMP Instructor Kammy Cook and Paraprofessional Rich Spicer for digital media savvy students to be part of the crew. "We're thrilled to be working with local students to make TV coverage of high school sports in northern Michigan a reality," explained Wotila, "Friday's broadcast went smoothly, thanks in no small part to CTC students' involvement. We're looking forward to many more broadcasts in the coming months."
Kammy Cook added, "This will be an important experience for our students. We are lucky to have this collaboration."
The students enjoyed the experience and were heard saying, “I loved every minute of it.” “I had a lot of fun with Eric and the crew, and I look forward to more opportunities in the future.”
Two more football broadcasts are planned in October. MI News 26 will broadcast the CHS Homecoming game on October 9, which will air at 10:30pm that evening and replay at 11am on Saturday and Sunday. The station will also partner with the DMP class to broadcast the Vikings' home game on October 16 at 10:30pm that night with replays following on Saturday and Sunday. After the regular football season, more collaborative opportunities are planned between DMP and MI News 26 in other sports.