Chris Carrino and Tim Capstraw are never far from their winter duties calling Nets basketball on WFAN. Now as the pair open the longest-running sports broadcasting camp in the country, on the campus of Montclair State University, they will do so with the help of a new broadcasting platform that has the backing of David Stern and others.
On Monday SportsCastr.Live, the pioneering live streaming video platform that redefines what it means to ‘call a game’ and enhance the fan experience, will be presenting partner of the Chris Carrino and Tim Capstraw Sports Broadcasting Camp, at the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center. The full house of aspiring broadcasters will use the new platform to help engage, evaluate and amplify their time learning the tools of the broadcast trade.
“We are pleased to be able to work with two of the most respected pros in the sports broadcasting industry, Chris Carrino and Tim Capstraw, to bring SportsCastr.Live to their students” said Kevin April, SportsCastr.Live CEO in a release Thursday. “This pilot program will enable evolving sportscasters to utilize SportsCastr’s professional studio tools and social layer to develop skills, build a following and create a demo reel while providing us with critical feedback.”
The Chris Carrino and Tim Capstraw Sports Broadcasting Camp, July 24-27, is open to boys and girls 13-and-older. Campers will learn about TV and radio play-by-play and color commentary, public speaking, sports talk, game preparation, on-camera presentation, teleprompter, interviewing skills, podcasting, multi-media content, and public address announcing. The week-long camp will include play-by-play of a Somerset Patriots minor league baseball game and a field trip to Barclays Center.
Carrino has been the radio voice of Nets Basketball for the last 16 years, while Capstraw has served as the radio color commentator for Nets Basketball for the last 15 years, broadcasting over 1,100 straight games.
The SportsCastr.Live streaming platform, launched earlier ths spring, includes former Miami heat star Steve Smith, Stern, NBA Commissioner Emeritus; Jim Boeheim, Syracuse University Head Basketball Coach, and Vernon Davis, two-time NFL Pro Bowler and Washington Redskins tight end as some of its key backers.
The platform– currently in public beta – allows users to be color commentators and enables viewers to select which sportscaster they wish to have call, recap or make predictions on a game. It has adaptive bit-rate technology and ultra-fast delivery, differentiates itself from other live video platforms like Periscope or Facebook Live by offering sports broadcast features that used to only be available in a studio setting. This includes the ability for users to enhance their streams with real-time scoreboards, on-air motion graphics and augmented reality making it look like they are live on TV, and is the perfect complement for people of any age to try their hand at calling games. Users can also access the platform via the web.
If it’s good enough for the former Commish, it should be good enough for the kids around Carrino and Capstraw, no?