March at the Media Center

Another month has flown by at the Kiowa County Media Center. March was marked by networking opportunities, two major livestream events, and an intense wildfire.

2A Sub-State Basketball Tournament

Kiowa County hosted a part of the 2A Sub-State Basketball Tournament. We knew that people who could not travel to Greensburg for every game would want to be able to watch online. We called on our businesses in the area to sponsor our coverage, and were overwhelmed by the positive response. Nineteen organizations supported our broadcasts, and we could not have done it without them. Our crew streamed five nights of games, all free to the public. We also had several individuals step up to volunteer as crew members when we needed additional help. The tournament was a major team effort!

Starbuck Fire Footage

At the beginning of March, a devastating fire broke out in Oklahoma and quickly made its way into southwest Kansas. Jonah Sowa, our production assistant, lives in Comanche County, which was one of the areas badly affected by the wildfire. He took his personal drone out to capture some of the aftermath. You can find the footage in its entirety at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tqg7aAL-yg0.

Screenshot from footage provided by Jonah Sowa

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.

With spring cleaning in full swing, we want to encourage everyone to recycle their e-waste. E-waste is a quickly growing issue. As the life-span of devices gets shorter and people continue to want the latest technology, the amount of unwanted electronics is multiplying quickly. To do your part, just drop off any old or unwanted electronics at the Media Center. We will take care of the rest! Instead of ending up in the landfill, we will do our best to salvage all useful parts. Those parts can be reused in other projects or recycled.

NJCAA Men’s D1 Championship

The Media Center was selected as the TV crew for the NJCAA Division 1 Men’s National Championship Tournament in Hutchinson.  BlueFrame Technology out of Lexington, Kentucky, hired our small crew of three to provide two operated cameras and two set cameras. They covered of 24 games in a span of six days! While they were there, the guys were also hired by the City of Hutchinson to install video lines in the Hutchinson Sports Arena. With the upgrades, the arena will have more TV capabilities than ever before. A lot of time and effort went into the week, but the event was very successful. We were able to raise the bar for our live event production services, and we developed a solid relationship with a company that we can work with in the future.

Part of the NJCAA crew: Jonah Sowa and Grant Neuhold of the Media Center, Gabe Warrick of Fort Hays State University, and Ben Kant of BlueFrame Technology.

Kiowa County Health Fair

On Saturday, the Kiowa County Health Department held their annual Health Fair. This year was extra special, because all residents of Kiowa County received FREE basic blood work! The turnout was great, and the Media Center booth saw quite a bit of traffic. I received some great suggestions as to how we can better serve the community, and we even had 59 entries in our Fitbit giveaway. Remember, you can always contact us with questions or ideas! Come by the office at 320 S. Main, or email us at [email protected]

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