Broadcast students go behind the scenes at Indy 500, Coca-Cola 600

By Ken Kerschbaumer

IMS Productions, Fox Sports, Speed, Game Creek Video, and SVG offered college broadcasting and engineering students the opportunity to go behind the scenes at two of the year’s biggest sporting events on Thursday: the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 in Concord, NC.

More than 50 students participated in the two tours that took place concurrently at the two tracks. The goal was to give students interested in broadcasting and TV production a better understanding of the sports broadcast community and a potential career in sports production and engineering.

In Indianapolis students from Indiana University, Ball State University, Butler University, and University of Indianaplis visited the new IMS Production trucks as well as the NCP truck used for the Indy 500 world feed, the Sportvision production area, and also had a chance to operate remote cameras and in-car cameras on cars practicing for the big race.

In Charlotte students from University of North Carolina Charlotte and Carolina School of Broadcasting were given the grand tour of the Fox Sports, Speed, and ESPN as well as camera locations and the Hollywood Hotel studio.

SVG’s next training event will be held at U.S. Open in San Diego next month as more than 30 students will work on the event as RF coordinators, ensuring that unapproved wireless systems do not enter the facility and interfere with the production.

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