GJ Rockies to air 12 games on local TV
The success of streaming video during last season’s Grand Junction Rockies home games is going one step further this year: television.
The Grand Junction Rockies announced Tuesday a dozen home games will be broadcast on KGJT (My Network, Ch. 27, cable Ch. 16) this summer in a partnership with KREX television and Colorado Mesa University’s mass communications department, starting with the home opener June 20.
The broadcast will be a simulcast of the Internet streaming production, with the play-by-play also a simulcast of the radio broadcast.
“We’ll end up taking the same feed, but it’s going to go off to the web in one direction and off to KREX in another direction,” said Greg Mikolai, a CMU instructor and faculty advisor to the mass communications students who produce the broadcast.
Being able to stream, and now broadcast, games is possible because the Alpine Bank Junior College World Series committee spent $32,000 last year to upgrade the wireless capabilities in the Tower at Suplizio Field.
Grand Junction Rockies General Manager Tim Ray is excited to have the Pioneer League team on television.
“As the curriculum grows and takes hold of this TV production, they can not only say we are putting together live streaming, but live television that will be shown throughout western Colorado,” Ray said.
“Depending on how things go this year, I really see this element growing in the future. Once we can get the rest of the teams up and running from a video standpoint in the Pioneer League, there’s no reason we can’t televise away games as well.”
The production staff incorporated commercial breaks last year and also updated pitching and hitting stats during the games.
“They were really stretching the capabilities of what we could do,” Mikolai said. “They were doing stuff that was really good for the overall look. I think ours was the class of the Pioneer League.”