Bakersfield College and TBC Media, representing The Bakersfield Californian and its affiliated publications and digital products, will partner to bring Renegade football games in video to bakersfield.com for the 2014 season.
For the first time, all 10 of Bakersfield College's 2014 football games will be live streamed in video on Bakersfield.com and GoGades.com, where video highlights from the games will also be made available.
"Renegade Football has always been an opportunity for our community to come together," Bakersfield College president Sonya Christian said. "We are excited to partner with The Bakersfield Californian to expand this community via live stream of the event. Come out to enjoy the game day experience at Memorial Stadium, and for those times that you can't, thanks to The Californian, you can now tune in for some spectacular Renegade moments."
Bakersfield College Athletic Director Sandi Taylor said the opportunity to partner with TBC Media, which has been live streaming high school sports and other programming for more than a year, was a key factor in the college's decision.
"This is a great opportunity to showcase BC Football as well as all of our athletic programs using cutting edge technology with bakersfield.com and TBC,'' Taylor said.
The Renegades start their 2014 season at 6 p.m. Sept. 6 on road at Riverside City College. In addition to the video live streams, every game will be simulcast live on radio station Newstalk KERN 1180 AM, which is also partnering with TBC Media on high school football coverage this fall.
Bakersfield College returns to Memorial Stadium the following week, Sept. 13, for a 6 p.m. game against Golden West. Each game webcast will feature pre-game and post-game show.
"This is a very exciting opportunity for fans of Bakersfield College football because now they have terrific choices in how they can access games," said Louis Amestoy, who as TBC Media's director of audience development oversees its video initiatives. "You can tune in on your radio for the audio of the game, or you can access the video from your phone, tablet or desktop computer."
The games will be available directly on Bakersfield.com's homepage and TBC Media will build a section where all of the highlights, full games and other content will be stored for on-demand viewing.
Bakersfield College said Vance Palm and Kirk Bowyer will call the action for both the video and radio broadcasts. Palm and Bowyer have been calling Renegade games since 2010.
"Being that Bakersfield College is as big and influential as it is, it's only fitting that Renegade athletics is poised to be seen around the world," said Palm, referencing the potential global reach of the webcasts. "Kirk and I are both former BC athletes, and we're honored to be starting our fourth season with the Renegades."
In addition to the live games, TBC Media and Bakersfield College will produce a live preview show at 11 a.m. Thursdays in the Dignity Health Studio at The Bakersfield Californian. The hourlong show will feature segments on football and the rest of the college's athletic programs. That show will begin in August and run through the first of December.
Bakersfield College said KBAK sports anchor Greg Kerr will host the preview show. That show will feature guests appearances from Bakersfield College athletes, coaches and staff.
The Renegades join the Cal State Bakersfield athletics department, the Bakersfield Condors, Auto Club Famoso Raceway, Bakersfield Speedway and Kern County Raceway Park as partners in video-based shows on TBC Media's growing network of programming. The company currently offers 23 hours per week of live local programming.
That number is expected to increase to more than 50 hours per week during the 2014 football season.