Heil, Accordino and Bunn look to change the face of sports-talk shows on Elon television.
By Russell Varner
October 2, 2008
Students will soon notice a new show on ETV this fall.
Elon University is starting a new sports television show called ‘One on One Sports’, which premieres October 14. The show, which was created by sophomores Mike Heil, Chris Bunn and Joey Accordino, will talk about all the major sports, from football to basketball to baseball and everything in between, and will be much like the sports debate show ‘Pardon The Interruption’ on ESPN.
“The idea of a sports debate show has always been really intriguing to me as a ‘Pardon the Interruption’ fan growing up,” said Accordino, one of the two hosts of the television show. “And when Chris approached me with this idea second semester of our freshmen year, I jumped all over it and the rest is history.”
What makes One on One Sports so special is that it will incorporate all the major forms of media. On top of the show, there will also be a weekly column in The Pendulum and a radio show on WSOE 89.3 FM.
“I think it’s really interesting how much Elon focuses on this whole convergence aspect of communications, but we haven’t really seen it come to anything as far as Elon media goes,” said Heil, director and producer of the TV show. “So I think we wanted to be the pioneers in that to take a step forward and get involved with convergence and experience it firsthand and get a head start on that now.”
“I feel like we’re innovators here,” said Accordino. “Who else had this dream and was able to follow through with it?”
The first episode will feature talks on the college football season, an NBA season preview and a recap of the MLB playoffs thus far and will also star senior Mitch Pittman, junior Britt Clark and junior basketball star Adam Constantine. This will be the first new show on ETV since ‘Road Trip’ and just the fourth student-made television show that Elon has. But then comes the question why so few student television shows and why have no sports shows like this been made before?
“I think what’s really undervalued is how hard it is to start a show like this,” said Accordino. “People think you can just get in front of a camera and start talking, but it’s not really that easy. You have to recruit your staff, you have to train people, you have to work with people and you have to develop long lasting relationships.”
“We really have put months and months of effort into this, because it’s our passion,” said Heil. “We’ve had to get down into every little detail. Recruiting has been one of the hardest parts for us because of all the different people that go into making a show. You need a lot of hard work, but we’ve been really, really blessed to have people that are really passionate about putting in that hard work.”
Usually, the goal for a show like this is to just have a strong three or four years and have it look good on your resume for when you graduate college. But for these three young men, that is not enough for the show to become what they would call a success.
“Our goal is to have a successful convergence organization,” says Bunn, the other host of the television show. “And by that, I want our column to be one of the most read columns in the paper, I want our radio show to be one of the most listened to shows on WSOE, I want our show to be more watched than Phoenix14, I want every aspect of our project to be the best in its field.”
“We want to make this a sustaining thing and set it to have the type of functions that will keep it going so when we graduate, others will keep the project going,” says Heil. “When we come back for homecoming in five years or so, we hope to come back and there will still be One on One Sports.”
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