The mother of a field hockey player is home with a bad cold, the longtime supporter of Quince Orchard sports is away on a business trip, and the quarterback of the 1996 football team now lives in Florida. What do these people have in common?
They can now listen to all Quince Orchard High School sporting events on the QOSportsNet. The network is the brainchild of Adam Gotkin, a sophomore at the school. Gotkin has been interested in sports since he was a little boy, and he began to become interested in broadcasting a few years later. When he was 10 years old, he attended the Play By Play Sports Camp where he was tutored in the many skills that it takes to be a successful broadcaster. He attended the camp for three summers.
When he was a freshman, he developed a plan where he could broadcast the games live on the Internet. He did research and found that mixlr.com provided him with the platform that he needed. He approached school administrators and was given permission to begin broadcasting the games this fall. The school lent him some remote equipment, and he was ready to go on the air. He had envisioned himself in the press box but unfortunately, he found that there was no room there because of field announcers, statisticians, coaches from other schools and film crews.
Gotkin recruited an analyst and a spotter, set up shop in the end zone, and was ready to go on the air. His first big test was the home game against Damascus. With very little publicity that early in his career, there were 65 people listening to the broadcast of the game. Gotkin also has done volleyball and field hockey games.
Gotkin said that his passion right now is “to allow mothers and grandmothers and others who can’t attend the games an opportunity to listen on the ‘radio.’” He received an email from a player whose grandmother lives in California—she was thrilled to hear her grandson’s name broadcast on the radio.
He added that the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association is attempting to broker an arrangement with a company that could provide high-tech cameras to each of the high schools.
Gotkin said that he hopes to attend a school like the University of Maryland that offers a major in broadcast journalism. He dreams of becoming the next Joe Buck or Al Michaels.
To hear the Quince Orchard network, access Mixler.net and search for QOSportsNet. Others who use Twitter may choose to go to the Twitter account @QOSportsNet and follow the links provided.
Editor’s note: Adam Gotkin is an intern with The Town Courier and an important part of the paper’s sports coverage team.