DoD

February 21, 2014

Spotlight Shines on Sports Programmers during Winter Olympics

Steve McGill
Sports Programming Specialist, Willie Price (left), and Chief, Sports Programming, Corey Slutsky, American Forces Network Broadcast Center, each scheduled more than 500 hours of Winter Olympics TV coverage for American military personnel serving overseas. They work from their AFN-BC offices located at March Air Reserve Base, Calif.

Two sports programmers for the American Forces Network Broadcast Center, March Air Reserve Base, Calif., scheduled hundreds of hours of Winter Olympic coverage for one-million U.S. service members and their families serving overseas. You’d think they’d be kicking back a bit. But that’s not the way the ball rolls.

Corey Slutsky and Willie Price continue to research, plan and select sports programming. They work closely with AFN Industry Liaison, Andy Scott, who acquires the rights to air sporting events. American broadcasters provide AFN the rights to air hundreds of millions of dollars sports on gratis terms because of their support and appreciation for America’s service members.

Slutsky and Price have what many fans would call a dream gig. “My family all say this is the perfect job for me,” said Price. “I’ve played all kinds of sports. All I watch on TV is sports!” Price, a former Sailor, served overseas, so he relates to the military audience.

Take a look at Price’s cubicle and you’ll quickly see his favorite teams. A mix of Bobble-head San Diego Padres figures, Charger football posters and Clippers banners fill every inch of work space.

Slutsky is a Detroit Lions fan, but you won’t see lots of Lions games on AFN because of him. “We have no favorites and no bias,” said Slutsky. “Every week we look at what sports are available, what the major networks are airing and whether we have broadcast a game from the team. We air games from every team in every major professional sport every year. “

Slutsky has a Master’s degree in Broadcast Journalism and a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management and Communications and has worked as an on-air host, producer, writer and director and public relations person for commercial radio and TV stations, the Detroit Shock (WNBA) and Toledo Mud Hens (minor league baseball).




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Russell S. McMillan

March dedicates base barbershop to longtime barber

U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Russell S. McMillan Col. Russell A. Muncy, commander, 452nd Air Mobility Wing, March Air Reserve Base presents Nancy M. Alvarez with the new barbershop signage honoring her late husband and fo...
 
 

Preventing childhood obesity through awareness

Each September, during National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, we renew our efforts to reverse the continuing crisis of obesity among our nation’s youth. Every child, regardless of ethnicity, socio-economic background, or ability, should have equal access to healthy food options and physical activity opportunities. The epidemic of childhood obesity threatens the future of our young...
 
 

Crash memories still painful for B-17 navigator

(Sixth in an 11-part series that was first run in the Beacon in 2007) The sound of footsteps at night on the wooden walkway outside his hut filled 2nd Lt. Sidney Solomon with dread. It was always a GI coming to notify him and his B-17 Flying Fortress crewmates they would be part of a...
 

 
U.S. Air Force photo/Scott M. Ash

State of Air Force Reserve discussed at AFA

U.S. Air Force photo/Scott M. Ash Chief of the Air Force Reserve Lt. Gen. James F. Jackson, gives his insight on the reserve component during Air Force Association’s Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition, in Wash...
 
 
U.S. Navy photo by Greg Vojtko/Released

Riverside hosts inaugural 9/11 tribute concert

U.S. Navy photo by Greg Vojtko/Released Capt. Stephen Murray commanding officer at Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Corona Division, right, and Col. Russell Muncy, commanding officer of 452nd Air Mobility Wing at March Air ...
 
 

U.S. Air Force to change instructions for oaths

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force has instructed force support offices across the service to allow both enlisted members and officers to omit the words “So help me God” from enlistment and officer appointment oaths if an Airman chooses. In response to concerns raised by Airmen, the Department of the Air Force requested an opinion...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin