Pattison Media and the University of Saskatchewan are partnering to create one of the first all-female U Sports hockey play-by-play broadcast teams.
Ahead of the launch of a new HuskieFAN app and website in September, Pattison is looking to recruit a broadcast journalist/announcer who can handle play-by-play for U of S Huskies Women’s Hockey, as well as conduct post-game interviews and contribute video and feature stories.
The successful candidate will travel with the team and call away and home games at Merlis Belsher Place in Saskatoon, which will be broadcast live both on the app and Pattison radio stations in North Battleford, Melfort, and Prince Albert.
Wray Morrison, Senior Producer, Host & Partnership Coordinator for HuskieFAN, says while the big networks have experimented with all-female on-air teams for International Women’s Day and other one-off broadcasts, this team will call every game of the Huskie Women’s season.
“I think the pool is deep and I think one of the things about this opportunity is we’re going to uncover talent from some broadcasters that they didn’t know they had, who never gave play-by-play a thought, which has generally been dominated by males in the past,” Morrison told Broadcast Dialogue. “This could really open the door. That’s what I’m looking forward to seeing, a broadcaster who maybe doesn’t know they had play-by-play in their toolkit.”
Morrison says they’re looking for a broadcaster who can very clearly describe the play with the possibility of more responsibility with the HuskieFAN app, which will also encompass football and Men’s Hockey coverage, in addition to feature stories extending beyond those sports as a “one-stop shop” for Huskie Athletics. He believes the app will be a huge draw for listeners, readers and viewers to raise the profile of the university teams.
Both Ryerson and Western University’s campus radio stations have also recruited all-female broadcast crews in recent years.
Find more info on how to apply here.
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