One of the Houston Herald’s most successful projects in recent memory is returning for a second year.
The newspaper again will broadcast Houston High School sports and other community events live over the Internet. The broadcasts are also archived to view later.
“Of the many projects I’ve been involved with since I returned to the newspaper seven years ago, the live video has easily been the most discussed and complimented,” Editor Jeff McNiell said. “The community absolutely loves it, and we enjoy doing it. So it’s exciting to be so close to another year.”
McNiell, who oversees the project at www.houstonherald.com/live, said the Herald will provide coverage of select HHS games throughout the year. But the main attraction is again the Tigers’ football team.
The Herald will broadcast all nine of the regular-season HHS football games and each playoff game.
“Football games are easily our most watched broadcasts,” McNiell said. “Last year’s homecoming game had 1,000 viewers. That’s when we realized we had a big hit with the players, parents, families, alumni and anyone with ties to Houston. They could be connected in real time to the town.”
McNiell’s father, Jim, and Ryan Munson will return to provide play-by-play for the games. McNiell is Houston’s police chief and Munson is an assistant softball and baseball coach at HHS.
The broadcasts will feature a new twist this year as former HHS assistant football coach Boulder McKinney will offer his insight during the games.
“We’ve got a great team of announcers,” Jeff McNiell said. “My dad and Ryan know the game and the kids. They stay positive but at the same time fair. And Boulder’s addition will be huge because as a former coach on the staff, he will see and know things that we might miss.”
McNiell said the Herald plans to broadcast a majority of the home games for the volleyball and softball teams in the fall. The coverage will continue into basketball season. Like football, all of the postseason games for every HHS team will be streamed online.
Another new feature in this year’s coverage is the ability to watch the broadcasts on iPhones and iPads. It previously required a special app.
The Herald runs a schedule of upcoming broadcasts in each week’s print edition. Notifications are also posted on the newspaper’s website and social media accounts.
“I’ve already spoken to the guys. They are anxious to get started again,” McNiell said. “And judging from our previous experiences, I feel confident saying the community is ready as well.”
View any of the Herald’s broadcasts in real time or archived at www.houstonherald.com/live.