GRS-TV hits milestone with 250th broadcast

It is no surprise that high school football is a big deal in Texas. Luckily, Garland ISD residents get the opportunity to watch district teams face off on GRS-TV. The district’s television production studio has showcased football games since 2002, recently hitting a milestone with its 250th broadcast.

“This is our 14th year of recording football,” said Coordinator of Broadcasting Delbert Richardson. “Our play-by-play announcer, Steve Reeves, and myself have done all 250 broadcasts.”

Working approximately 18 games a year, the duo has seen a lot change during their tenure. New coaches and players, advanced technology and upgrades to stadiums are not the only noted transformations.

“When we first started, we had to assemble the entire control room on game day. The equipment—which was stored in individual cases—had to be unpacked, set up and repacked by the end of the night. Then, we had to repeat the process the next night.” Richardson explained. “The biggest change occurred about five years ago when we built the control room inside our truck. Now we can roll up, plug in and go.”

Although Richardson and Reeves have worked together to make it to 250, football broadcasts would not be possible without the help of GRS-TV’s four-man production crew, color commentator, statistician and Television Production Magnet students. Housed at Lakeview Centennial High School, the Career Magnet program is designed as a hands-on experience that provides an educational foundation to pursue future goals. 

“Our LCTV students have always been a big part of our broadcasts. We could not do it without them,” Richardson stated. “They run cameras, the audio board and graphics. They also technical direct. The kids get great real-world experience and have a blast doing it.”

Not only are students enjoying the experience of producing programming, they are assisting with the most-watched GRS-TV programs.

High school football’s allure is sure to continue in the years ahead, and Richardson, Reeves and the rest of the crew will be there to capture the glory.

“To think back on all the staff and students who have helped us over the years, it is really hard to believe we have been doing it so long,” Richardson said. “It is very satisfying.”

See the 250th broadcast—Naaman Forest HS Rangers vs. North Garland HS Raiders—on the district websiteYouTube or TV channels. And, keep up with GRS-TV news on Twitter