The ALTV class at Armand Larvive Middle School will be getting its first taste of live sports broadcasting as it will be live streaming the ALMS seventh- and eighth-grade football games against Sandstone Middle School Oct. 19 at Kennison Field.

The games can be seen free on U.S. Education TV. There will be two separate broadcasts, beginning with the seventh-grade game at 5 p.m. followed by the eighth-grade game at approximately 7 p.m.

ALTV is the video production class at ALMS. Students of the class will be producing the live events with support from their teacher Mr. Robert Doherty. In addition, Erick Olson, of KOHU and KQFM, will volunteer his time to assist students with the production, including play-by-play reporting.

This is the first time ALTV will be doing a live broadcast with commentary.

“We’ve done a couple test streams during volleyball matches with no commentary,” Doherty said. “We’ve gotten some positive feedback from that, and we wanted to add in another element.”

Doherty said he thinks the opportunity for his class to learn from Olson will be a great experience.

“Erick came in and spoke to the class on Thursday,” he said. “I think his enthusiasm rubbed off on the kids. Everyone is really excited to put on a great broadcast.”

Casual viewers of sports broadcasts are usually unaware of all of the behind-the-scenes work it takes to put on a successful show. Both Olson and Doherty said they think this will give the students an opportunity to learn about a variety of positions.

“There’s going to be a chance for the kids to try their hand at all of the various roles,” Olson said. “We are hoping that everyone who wants to be on camera gets a chance to do so.”

Olson noted how each position is part of the broadcasting team and how they are all important to the success of the broadcast.

“To put on a great show, everyone has to do their part,” Olson said. “I think the kids are learning that, and they definitely will come Saturday.”

The students will be doing the lion’s share of the work on actual game day. Olson will be calling play-by-play with some support from students who wants to participate.

Doherty said some students may be reluctant to add commentary on air, the live broadcast but he hopes having Olson there will comfort them.

“We’ve never done a live show,” Doherty said. “So that might be a little scary at first, but it’s going to be a lot of fun.”

Olson likes what the ALTV class has accomplished and hopes broadcasting live events can become a regular part of the program.

“They are already doing a lot of great things,” he said. “It’s nice to see they are building on what they’ve done. Knowing that students today have an interest in broadcasting is pretty exciting.”

The overall goal is to make the broadcast as real as possible.

“It’s going to be a great way for the kids to learn,” Doherty said. “Hopefully we can put on a good show.”

Olson said the skills the students are developing are easily applied in other classes.

“Putting on a broadcast is like telling a story,” Olson said. “There is a plot, there are characters, there’s a beginning, a middle and an end. It’s our job to tell that story in an engaging way. The same principles can be used for an English or language arts project.”

Doherty agrees.

“The kids are learning how to tackle a big task from start to finish,” he said. “Those skills can be used in all walks of life.”

To access the ALTV live stream channel go to Select “Find a School”. Then select “Armand Larvive Middle School.”

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