Southeastern Channel game broadcast one of nation's best


Monday, October 1, 2018 Wesley Boone, left, and John Sartori
by: Tonya Lowentritt 

FOURTH IN THE NATION - Color analyst Wesley Boone (left) of Alexandria and play-by-play man John Sartori of Mandeville were students who played a key role in the Southeastern Channel placing fourth in the nation for student “Television Sports Event Production” with an Award of Excellence given by the Broadcast Education Association at its 2018 Festival of Media Arts competition in Las Vegas recently. The channel won for its Dec. 14, 2017, men’s basketball game broadcast of Southeastern vs. Southern University of New Orleans.


     HAMMOND – The live, student-produced broadcast of a Southeastern Louisiana University basketball game has been honored as fourth best in the nation.
     The Southeastern Channel’s production and live broadcast of the Southeastern vs. Southern University of New Orleans men’s basketball game on Dec. 14, 2017, won the Award of Excellence for student “Television Sports Event Production” at the Broadcast Education Association’s 2018 Festival of Media Arts in Las Vegas recently.
     The winning broadcast was one of 14 produced by the 15-man student crew during the past year, including Lions’ football, soccer, baseball, softball, and men’s and women’s basketball games. Plans are to add volleyball to the mix this fall. The Southeastern Channel is scheduled to produce and air the Lions’ Homecoming football game Oct. 13, along with the Hall of Fame game Oct. 20.
     The all-student production featured John Sartori of Mandeville as play-by-play announcer with Wesley Boone of Alexandria as color commentator. Dylan Domangue of Houma was the courtside reporter while Freddie Rosario of Hahnville was both director and technical director.
     Other student crew members were Andrew Scherer of New Orleans, Tyler Guidroz of Ponchatoula, Jordan Rheams of Baton Rouge, Courtney Bruno of New Orleans, Richie Solares of New Orleans, Tyler Rogers of Hammond, Alexander Castro of Hammond, Schuylar Ramsey of Springfield, Zechariah Cameron of Baton Rouge, Taylor Sharp of Walker, Blair Joseph of New Orleans and Adam Cortez of El Paso, Tex.
     “We’re one of the very few college television stations in the entire country where students are able to do play-by-play announcing, color commentating, sideline reporting and live event directing for Division One sports events,” said Southeastern Channel General Manager Rick Settoon. “So it’s an even greater honor for our students to have the quality of their work recognized by industry executives and professionals as among the very best in the nation.”
     BEA judges wrote on the entry score sheet, “This is a solid broadcast. The announcers are good, young announcers. The directing was solid. I loved the graphics; they were clean and easy to read. The game cameras did an excellent job of following the play-by-play and were framed just right for normal coverage. Overall, really nice production and very well done.”
     “Personally, play-by-play announcing before arriving at the Southeastern Channel was a dream, a bucket-list item,” said Sartori. “But here I am, having the opportunity to live out a dream multiple times a year at the Division 1 level, which is something no student takes for granted. We understand some individuals never reach this point in their career at any stage, and we are being given this opportunity before we reach the age of 25.”
     “The experience is priceless,” said Boone. “It’s a situation for those who have always had an interest in the field to have that first-hand encounter with how professional broadcasts are put together. The experience is second-to-none, nationwide.”
     Settoon said the students’ quality of work has led to a rarity for student productions- their broadcasts airing on national sports networks. The channel broadcasts stream live on the Southland Digital Network and airs on Cox Sports Television (CST) for 5.5 million viewers.
     “Every aspect of Southeastern Channel live productions is high quality,” said Southland Conference Associate Commissioner for Television and New Media Chris Mycoskie. “From the announcers, to the camera work, to the graphics, we’ve been impressed. The ability to simulcast those broadcasts on the Southland Digital Network gives us some great programming and allows fans to watch the games on our website and apps.”
     “The students at the Southeastern Channel do a great job of putting on a game broadcast,” said CST Executive Producer Jeff Brenner, producer of CST games for the last 15 years. “It’s not often that a completely run student game from the announcers to the camera operators looks so professional. These are skills that take years to develop, and the Southeastern Channel has the students well prepared to join the working world right out of college.”
     The Southeastern Channel has won 17 Emmys in the past 15 years and can be seen on Charter Spectrum 199 in Tangipahoa, St. Tammany, Livingston and St. Helena parishes and viewed online via live webcast at

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