February 2, 2016

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – The numbers speak for themselves. The John A. Logan College women’s and men’s basketball games have consistently been drawing more than 500 views per doubleheader this season on the college’s Webcasts. And on some occasions, the numbers have surpassed 800.

Part of that is because of the success of both the men’s and women’s teams and part is because of the quality of the Webcasts.

“It has a lot to do with the quality of the production,” confirmed JALC men’s head basketball coach Kyle Smithpeters. “Now that it’s full HD (High Definition), it’s like watching the games on TV. Congratulations to Jon LeBlond and his crew for making it happen.”

LeBlond is now working toward a degree in videography in Florida, but remains involved with the overall production.

“Things are definitely moving in the right direction,” LeBlond said. “We’re getting more views with each passing game it seems. We’ve come a long way from three years ago when we used a single camera and laptop with audio feed. We have added motion graphics, scoring graphics and a game clock graphic to the broadcasts, all in an effort to enhance the experience for viewers.”

In LeBlond’s absence, the production team is now headed up by Jarrett Hendrickson. He is assisted by recent college graduates and current students, Danny Valle, Ryan Smithpeters, and Aaron Peterman. Earlier in the season, Jarod Roberts had the controls before accepting a new job.

“The more hits we get to our Webcasts is that much more access to our jalc.edu home page,” said Steve O’Keefe, director for the Office of College Relations on campus. “Our Webcasts are a cost effective way of promoting John A. Logan College. It’s amazing to see the hundreds of people we are reaching everywhere.”

First-year women’s head coach Amanda Shelby said she is convinced of the benefits of game-day Webcasts.

“Being able to broadcast our games is a great way for our players’ parents, family and friends to watch and stay in touch,” she said. “It’s also great for recruiting because parents know that they will still be able to see their daughter play and keep up with the program. Being a fan of our men’s team, I can watch the games when we’re on our way home. We are reaching so many people across the country who are Logan fans, which gets people to talk about the college. The possibilities are endless.”

Live game broadcasts are not the only measure of success. LeBlond has created brief highlight videos that have been an immense hit with the public.

“We had over 3,000 views of our latest highlight video in less than 48 hours,” Smithpeters said. “I think that’s incredible. That makes me feel like we’re doing something right. That can only be positive news for the college.”