It’s a Friday night at RIT. Hockey fans are buzzing and the Tigers aren’t even playing at home in Ritter Arena.
All men’s away hockey games, including tonight’s contest against Mercyhurst, will now be broadcast live on SGTV, channel 15, on the RIT campus. In addition, Pirate Radio, an online station, will broadcast all RIT women’s hockey home games this season.
In September, a contract was signed with America One Broadcasting to carry all men’s hockey away games, thanks to a push from Greg Pollock, Student Government president, and Phil Amsler, Student Government vice president.
“We will also be recording the games, so games will be re-run throughout the year,” says Robert Watson, Student Government director of services. “Hopefully this is a partnership that can continue as an SG tradition.”
Fans of RIT women’s hockey can now listen to home games on the Pirate Radio website, part of the Streaming Media Club at RIT. Taylor Osmonson, fifth-year mechanical engineering technology, will announce the play-by-play action. Games can be heard at pirateradio.rit.edu.
“I have total confidence that Pirate Radio will boost exposure for women’s ice hockey and, in addition to the SGTV broadcasts, get more recognition for both of our fine hockey programs,” says Lou Spiotti, executive director of athletics.
Student Government will kick-off the broadcasted games with an RIT-vs.-Mercyhurst Hockey Viewing Party. The Halloween themed party is from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Oct. 28 in Global Village.
The event will include a pumpkin-decorating and costume contest with prizes from Barnes & Noble @ RIT. Prizes will include an RIT hockey jersey, and free pizza will be provided for the first 200 people.
All men’s hockey games—home and away—are also broadcast on WITR-FM (89.7).