Yes, you read the headline right. The Baylor Lariat now has its own online live sports play-by-play team.
Over the past three years, the Lariat has begun to expand past simply providing written news. This pioneered the way for the Lariat broadcast team. A team of three reporters now provides weekly news videos covering both Baylor and the Waco community. If you have not checked out some of our work, you can see all of them on baylorlariat.com. I have been a part of this team for the past two semesters. However, I am now excited to announce that I and my colleague Jakob Brandenburg (a sophomore journalism major from Georgetown) now run the new Baylor Lariat Sports Radio. We both have an extensive knowledge of sports and have spent time preparing to call games live.
Our goal is to provide students with a way to listen to live Baylor sports from any location. You can listen from both your computer or any mobile device. All you have to do is go to mixlr.com/baylor-lariat-radio when there is a Baylor game on, and then you can listen in live as we call the game. So far, we have covered Baylor men’s and women’s basketball. However, we hope to expand to more Baylor sports in the future.
Why should you choose to listen to our live broadcast? Because not everyone has time to go to every home basketball game. We all have homework or social lives that keep us from being fans at every game. Listening to our commentary gives you the opportunity to still follow the Bears, but from the comfort of wherever you might be the night of the game. Everyone likes to listen to some form of media while they are studying whether it be music or sports. Why not turn on our broadcast? We also understand that not every Baylor game is broadcast live on television. This is where having a student run play-by-play broadcast comes in. You can catch every minute of action live. I encourage you to give our broadcast a shot in the future.
Finally, both Jakob and I are new to this. Each time we call a game, we get better at it. However, we welcome any critiques that anyone might have. We encourage you to listen to our broadcast and then let us know what you thought and how we can improve for future broadcasts. The best way to do this is to tweet at us and tell us what you thought of the broadcast. You can do that at either @BULariatSports or my or Jakob’s personal Twitter accounts (@tominator006 and @jpbburg77). We hope that you will give our live play-by-play a listen. With more experience, we hope to grow to become the best student play-by-play announcers we can be. You can listen at http://mixlr.com/baylor-lariat-radio/.
Thomas Mott is a sophomore communication specialist major from Spring Branch. He is broadcast reporter for the Lariat.