On deck: WMSR moves outside booth
Published: Thursday, November 8, 2012
Updated: Thursday, November 8, 2012 22:11
“They should definitely have the same rights as any other media organization,” Newberry said. “They are there to do the work of journalism—they’re there to cover the games. They’re doing a really good job covering sports at WMSR—it’s become a real badge of honor for the station.”
According to Basar, WMSR has taken steps to find a solution but has made little progress.
“We have talked with nearly everybody in the media relations part of the athletic department … ” Basar said. “When it comes down to it you’re either saying no to student radio or you’re saying no to the coach of the division one football team—Don Treadwell is the highest paid guy at Miami.”
According to Basar, he understands that the athletic department can’t simply force out the MAC or scoreboard officials, but he believes an alternative needs to be found.
“It’s the athletic department,” Basar said. “If they set aside money to do it—if they made this a priority, and they were willing to make some changes and maybe partition off a portion of the press box—they could definitely do it.”
According to Pearson, though the athletic department would like to find a solution, the press box WMSR previously occupied was approximately six by nine feet and could not be shared adequately.
“We’re doing all that we can to help facilitate to the needs of WMSR—they’re very valuable to us,” Pearson said. “We want to take care of our student stations, and we go to great lengths to make them feel as comfortable as possible.”
Though they seem to be at a stalemate, Basar said he acknowledges the athletic department’s efforts.
“This situation is a really difficult one for us,” Basar said. “On the one hand I would really like to be able to get a booth to broadcast football properly, but on the other hand the athletic department in every other area is incredibly helpful to us.”
According to Basar, informing Don Treadwell of WMSR’s difficulties may lead to finding an alternative.
“I guess in a perfect world if Don Treadwell was aware of the repercussions of [WMSR] not being in the booth maybe he’d have a talk with the athletic department and work out a way to get us back inside,” Basar said.
Out of respect to the system, WMSR has not contacted Treadwell directly according to Basar.
“We have always sort of respected the chain of communication that the athletic department has,” Basar said. “Media organizations contact the sports information director for that sport—which in this case is Mike Pearson—and then that sports information director is the one that initiates contact with the coaches.”
Basar said he hopes Pearson will consider informing Treadwell of the situation. Treadwell was unavailable to comment Thursday due to coaching obligations.
According to Pearson, for now WMSR will have to make do with the camera deck.
“Short of adding more permanent space, I don’t see it happening in the foreseeable future,” Pearson said. “We realize what the students do for athletics so we want to accommodate them as much as we possibly can. There are just circumstances in football where space has run out—we just don’t have it anymore.”