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Olivet College names new sports broadcasting team
Feb 06, 2012

New voices have taken over the microphones for live broadcasts of Olivet College basketball for the 2012 season. Both men’s and women’s varsity basketball games are broadcast live over the college’s 500 watt FCC-licensed radio station, 89.1 WOCR. The stations programming is also streamed live at www.wocrfm.com. Daine Pavloski, an Olivet senior from Rudyard, will serve as play-by-play announcer during the season. Matthew Newby, a sophomore from Lansing, will serve as color commentator for the live coverage. Both Pavloski and Newby are journalism and mass communication (JMC) majors at the college. Completing the sports team is Kathleen Bukoski, a freshman English language arts major from Kalamo, who takes the position of studio engineer for the broadcasts.

The new sports team for the 2012 basketball season was selected by Gary Smith, assistant professor and director of the JMC program. Smith says the live sports programs are an integral part of the educational mission of the college and are an important service to the Olivet community, including students, faculty, staff and alumni of Olivet College. Smith serves as faculty adviser to WOCR, which has undergone a major transformation over the past two years, including a move to the new FM frequency of 89.1, an upgrade in the station’s power, the installation of a new transmitter, and the implementation of a new Internet streaming service that offers downloadable applications for listening to the station on mobile devices.

Pavloski says he intends to pursue a career in broadcasting after completing his studies at Olivet College and would like to work for the sports network ESPN. Newby also hopes to work in the field of television sports broadcasting and says, “I am excited to be participating in the basketball broadcast this year because I feel it will allow me a chance to gain the experience necessary to achieve my career goals.”

Upcoming games on the WOCR broadcast schedule include the men’s team in action Wednesday, Feb. 8 as the Olivet Comets host Adrian College at the Cutler Event Center in Olivet and the women’s team taking on Calvin College Saturday, Feb. 11, also at the Cutler Event Center. On Wednesday, Feb. 15, the station will broadcast a double-header featuring both the men’s and women’s teams in action at home. A listing of the Olivet College basketball broadcast schedules is available at www.miaa.org.


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