“Elon Phoenix Weekly” – Saturdays on ESPN2

Phoenix athletics will be featured in a weekly show broadcast on ESPN2 Local Sports Break beginning Oct. 7. The program is produced by students in Elon's School of Communications. Details...

“Elon Phoenix Weekly,” a half-hour television program, will be broadcast at 11:30 a.m. Saturdays.

“We are extremely excited about this new relationship with ESPN2 and Elon University’s School of Communications,” said Dave Blank, director of athletics. “This program will present tremendous exposure for our student-athletes and Elon University Athletics, while also providing great experience for our students who desire careers in broadcast journalism. In addition, the exposure gained from this opportunity should have a very positive impact on the recruiting process of our sport programs.”

Produced by students in the Elon School of Communications, the show will air on cable television in Alamance, Guilford, Montgomery, Randolph and Rockingham counties. Trip Durham, associate athletics director for marketing and home game management at Elon, and J. McMerty, senior video producer at Elon Television, will serve as executive producers.

“Being on ESPN2 is real TV for our students,” Paul Parsons, dean of the Elon School of Communications, said. “Five students are on-air in the inaugural show, another serves as producer and director, and a host of others are involved in the production. It’s a great opportunity to produce a quality show.”

The show’s magazine format will feature updates and profiles on all of the Phoenix’s NCAA Division I athletics programs. The schedule consists of 11 consecutive weeks of programs every Saturday, Oct. 7-Dec. 16, before taking a winter break. The schedule will resume with 12 more weeks of Saturdays, Feb. 18-Dec. 16.

“Elon emphasizes student experiences,” Parsons said. “While students certainly learn in the classroom, we believe they also learn through outside experiences. We’re thrilled that Elon has become only the second university (after Rochester Institute of Technology.) in the nation to have a sports show on ESPN2.”

>>Watch a promo for the program at the link below…