Fall Football Comes Alive With BCE TV!

By: 
Adam Dean Howe
As area football teams have geared up for the upcoming 2020 season, so has BCE TV in preparations of another year of bringing games directly into living rooms of local fans via the worldwide web.  
Now in it’s eighth year of existence, BCE TV provides live, local coverage of both the Warsaw Wildcats and Lincoln Cardinals every Friday night by use of a laptop, Chromebook or any mobile device.  
“In the world of the internet and it’s capabilities, we realized both the need and the opportunity to provide coverage for local schools in our area,” said James White, publisher of the Benton County Enterprise Company that broadcasts for the Warsaw R-IX and Lincoln R-II school districts.
White went on to say, “BCE TV is a link that may be accessed through www.citylinktv.com or viewers may also find it right on our website at www.bentoncountyenterprise.com.  Viewers can watch the games on a smart tv, phone, tablet or laptop."
Over the years, several upgrades have been necessary and other optional modifications have also been added to enhance the broadcasts.  
“Like anything else, we have had to upgrade some equipment and software,” White said.  “There have been connection concerns at some more rural schools, but for the most part, we have always been able to remedy those issues right away and bring the games to the fans like they expect.”
One of the newest features in 2020 will be the ability to provide a live scoreboard that will be visible on a viewer’s screen during the entire game, complete with graphics.
“One thing that people have always told us is that they wish our broadcast had a scoreboard, so we added that this year,” White said proudly.  “In the past, fans have been reliant on commentators to announce the scores, but they won’t have to do that as often now.”
Commentators for the 2020 season will be Adam Howe and Matt Dove for the Warsaw Wildcats and Barry Edwards for the Lincoln Cardinals.  
“I’m excited about being a part of the BCE TV team this year and the ability to bring Wildcat football to fans who might not be able to attend a game,” Howe said.  “I’ve assisted Barry in the past, but this is an opportunity that I’ve probably looked forward to longer than I even realize.”
Howe will do the play-by-play for the Wildcats and Dove will do color commentary.  Bradley Brown is the production lead for the crew covering the Wildcats.
Edwards will handle duties for the Cardinals by himself, but will likely have guests join him in the booth from week to week.
“BCE TV is a great way for former players, fans and coaches to check in on their teams, no matter where they are in the world,” Edwards said.  “It’s a great way to stay connected.”
The production of BCE TV also encourages and helps to connect the school and their respective communities as several advertising options are available for businesses and organizations to show their support.  Full video commercials, either previously produced or shot and produced by the BCE TV production team is the most popular.  However, other opportunities to advertise include logos and/or live “reads”, narrated by the broadcast team.  
Every broadcasted game for each team, as well as a coaches show for Warsaw is always archived for later viewing.
“The archive feature of BCE TV is very popular because it allows relatives and friends to view over the weekend or even later if they can’t watch the game live on Friday night,” White said.
Whether a Wildcat or a Cardinal, there will be a full slate of games to catch in 2020.  It’s Friday Night Football, LIVE and archived on BCE TV. 
Full schedules for each team are as follows:
Warsaw: 8/28 @ Cole Camp (W, 42-21), 9/4 @ Versailles, 9/11 vs Midway (Senior Night), 9/18 @ Sherwood, 9/25 vs Adrian (Homecoming), 10/2 vs Eldorado Springs, 10/9 @ Butler, 10/16 vs Skyline, 10/23 @ Buffalo, 10/30 Districts TBD.
Lincoln: 8/28 vs Midway (W, 18-6), 9/4 @ Windsor, 9/11 vs Tipton, 9/18 @ Lockwood/Golden City, 9/25 @ Butler, 10/2 vs Slater, 10/9 vs Crest Ridge, 10/16 @ Wellington-Napoleon, 10/23 @ Cole Camp, 10/30 Districts TBD. 
 

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