In a matter of hours, history will be made when the Pac-12 Networks launch at 6 p.m. on Wednesday with an edition of “Pac-12 Live.” There will be plenty more on fall programming in the next couple of days as we get ready to delve into a new era of college sports on television.
In the meantime, the staff at Pac-12 Enterprises has been busy readying for the launch. On-air talent has been coming in to the studios in downtown San Francisco for testing and rehearsals. Original shows have been rehearsed and taped. Countless hours of video has been reviewed and edited for various promos and other content.
The control room has been buzzing with producers, directors and other production staff putting things together for launch. Last week, sideline reporter Brooke Olzendam and analyst Ryan Nece taped a handful of football preview shows while producer Jim Hornby and other vital behind-the-scenes folks ran the show from the control room.In one of the numerous editing suites at the networks’ facilties, director of production Devin Pense and manager of promotions Ted Ishler were busy at work producing one of the approximately 324 promos needed for launch. “Pac-12 Live” is one of a handful of original shows the networks will produce during the fall season, in addition to the plethora of live events scheduled to be aired. In the days immediately after the launch, the networks will feature season previews on all 12 football teams in the conference, as well as preview shows on all the other fall sports.
The networks’ first live event is Friday at 7 p.m., with Santa Clara playing Stanford in women’s soccer. The first football game on the networks is Thursday, Aug. 30 with Utah hosting Northern Colorado. That will be the first game of a double header, with Northern Arizona taking on Arizona State immediately afterward.