This school year, Voice of Vashon is again broadcasting Vashon High School football, basketball and girls’ soccer games live.
Kevin Linnell, who does color commentary, says "We really enjoy doing these broadcasts to generate community support for our local sports teams." John Yates, who handles play-by-play, is very enthusiastic about broadcasting game coverage and credits many individuals at Voice of Vashon for making the live broadcasts possible. "Dan Schueler has contributed a lot of time to make the technical side work for us. And Michael Golen-Johnson is invaluable back at the station to make the live feeds available on Voice of Vashon’s web radio station. Michael also adds to the commentary by asking us key questions about what’s happening on the court." Yates, who is owner of Vashon True Value, and Linnell, who is the general manager, felt so strongly about announcing the games for the community they bring their own broadcast-quality headsets to the games.
Preben Martin, who grew up on Vashon Island and is a sports broadcast director with ESPN, was instrumental in creating a team of volunteers to make the live broadcasts possible. Martin envisions creating a mentorship program where students can learn from broadcast professionals. Jean Bosch, president of VoV, is very excited by how this partnership has developed. "It really is Island-powered media" she commented. "Voice of Vashon exists to support islanders in producing this kind of great programming. We hope it grows." Voice of Vashon is also launching a new web platform soon and Bosch says "Our new website will include everything from 1650AM emergency alerts, social media, live sports broadcasts to jazz shows, community meetings and live performances."
You can listen to the live game broadcasts by tuning into Voice of Vashon’s web radio station at www.VoiceOfVashon.org.