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OHSAA Radio Updates and Upcoming Programming

August 20, 2018
RADIO UPDATE – Ohio High School Athletic Association
Executive Director Jerry Snodgrass
August 20, 2018
Contact – Tim Stried, OHSAA Director of Communications, [email protected]
OHSAA Radio Updates and Upcoming Programming
Greetings from the Ohio High School Athletic Association. This quarterly memo summarizes the OHSAA’s communications with radio stations as the OHSAA supports local high school sports coverage, delivers public service announcements and publicizes OHSAA Radio Network programming.
New CD of PSAs
This week, the OHSAA will send a CD of new PSAs to all stations, which includes a :30 promo spot for the 2018 football playoffs. Some of the spots are produced jointly by the NFHS (National Federation of State High School Associations) and the OIAAA (Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association). The OHSAA, NFHS and OIAAA thank stations for using the spots whenever possible. A survey from the NFHS will be included.
     The PSA’s are also posted at: https://www.ohsaa.org/RTG/PSA and include:
  1. OHSAA Leaders We Can Depend On 30
  2. OHSAA My Reason Why 30
  3. 2018 OHSAA Football Champs Promo 30 – end Dec 3, 2018
  4. OHSAA Ask Questions 30
  5. OHSAA Mom 30
  6. OHSAA Lets Be Real 60
  7. OHSAA Off and Running 60
  8. 5 Minutes for Life John Kasich 30
Thank You Affiliates!
Last year, 51 stations carried one or more football state championship broadcasts from the OHSAA Radio Network, with most of those stations having their rights fees waived throughout the playoffs. During the basketball state tournaments, 36 stations carried network programming, with a waiver for their regional and state tournament broadcast fees. Since the OHSAA Radio Network was created in 2010, a total of 86 stations have carried network programming. See the full list at: https://www.ohsaa.org/Portals/0/News/radio/OHSAARadioNetworkAffiliates.pdf
2018-19 Affiliate Status
Stations that would like to opt into affiliate status with the OHSAA Radio Network for the 2018-19 school year are asked to notify Tim Stried before October 12 so that affiliate credentials can be mailed to the station in time for the playoffs. Affiliates that carry three or more football state championship games from the network get a fee waiver for their own playoff broadcasts throughout the postseason. In addition, full school year affiliates do not pay rights fees during the football playoffs or for any regional or state tournament broadcast in any sport. The fee waiver can be applied to individual stations, or to a cluster of stations in the same building.
Football Playoffs and State Championships
The OHSAA Radio Network will broadcast all seven football state championship games. Network delivery instructions, program logs and broadcast crews will be posted at: https://www.ohsaa.org/news/radio
     New in 2018, the network will send out a 25-minute pregame show each week during the playoffs that stations are encouraged to use before their own playoff game broadcasts.
Next Statewide Broadcasters Meeting
The OHSAA is working with the Ohio Association of Broadcasters to plan another meeting for high school sports broadcasters. Please keep an eye out for details.
Skyview Networks Deliver OHSAA Radio Network Broadcasts
Skyview Networks has partnered with the OHSAA to deliver OHSAA Radio Network broadcasts via satellite. The broadcasts through Skyview include automated relays for beginning of broadcast, local breaks, station ID and end of broadcast. An online feed is still be available for stations without a Skyview receiver available.
OHSAA Radio Network Programming
The OHSAA Radio Network delivers play-by-play broadcasts of selected state tournament contests, public service announcements, basketball pregame shows and a football playoff preview show. There is no cost to carry network programming.
  • Play-by-Play Broadcasts: The network broadcasts the football state championship games, the girls and boys basketball state tournaments, the baseball state tournament and the softball state tournament. Network broadcasts include program logs, local avails, satellite delivery for the football and basketball state championships and sub-audible tones for all broadcasts. Stations that carry network broadcasts can have their regional and state tournament broadcast rights fees waived.
  • Football and Basketball Pregame Shows: The network produces a series of football and basketball pregame shows in November, February and March that include statewide interviews, regional reports and state tournament previews. The pregame shows are 25 minutes and include two local breaks. Stations are encouraged to utilize the OHSAA pregame shows before their own pregame shows prior to tournament broadcasts.
  • Public Service Announcements: see earlier note
Tim Stried
Director of Communications
Ohio High School Athletic Association
614-267-2502, ext. 124  office
614-267-1677  fax
4080 Roselea Place
Columbus, OH 43214

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