Socially Active: Tiny Radio Launches Tiny TV YouTube Channel

Posted September 15, 2019 at 10:14 am by

For the past 8 years Fri­day Har­bor Tiny Radio has host­ed high school sports on 1650 AM and on FH Tiny Radio will now stream live foot­ball, bas­ket­ball, soc­cer, soft­ball, and base­ball games for the 2019–20 sea­son. With lit­tle fan­fare it start­ed with last Fri­day’s home open­er for the foot­ball team. 

“Sur­pris­ing­ly we had over 350 view­ers,” says Tiny Radio/TV cre­ator, Ken Nor­ris.  Orig­i­nal­ly, the radio sta­tion grew out of neces­si­ty, he says. “For most schools a league game is a 20-minute dri­ve.”  But he says that for islanders to attend a sin­gle game it can be an all day event which includes miss­ing a day of work and often get­ting home in the wee hours of the morning. 

Check out Sat­ur­day’s 2:00 PM game as Fri­day Har­bor HS foot­ball took on Belle­vue Christian:

The addi­tion of Tiny TV does­n’t mean an end to Tiny Radio. Many lis­ten­ers expressed that they love to lis­ten to games at work, while dri­ving, or going about their day so the two enti­ties will simul­cast for away games on and YouTube.  How­ev­er, home games will only be acces­si­ble though Tiny TV.

For the foot­ball sea­son Bryan Jack­son will do the play-by-play and he will be joined by John Volk pro­vid­ing the col­or com­men­tary.  For bas­ket­ball sea­son Kaila Olin will return for her 3rd sea­son and 2nd as play-by-play with Jack­son pro­vid­ing col­or commentary. 

Ken Nor­ris, the founder of Tiny Radio says, “since day one, the com­mu­ni­ty has been immense­ly sup­port­ive of our efforts.”  But he said that it’s not just our lis­ten­ers. “Most of our spon­sors have been with it since the incep­tion,” Nor­ris says. 

Tiny Radio/TV’s Exec­u­tive Pro­duc­er, Mike Mar­tin, says that the com­pa­ny endeav­ors to keep rein­vest­ing in the com­mu­ni­ty.  He says that the new stream­ing sys­tem was­n’t cheap, “but we’ve been fru­gal with the funds. This sys­tem has the capa­bil­i­ty of han­dling up to eight cam­eras.”  He says that for foot­ball they will uti­lize four cam­eras when­ev­er possible. 

For away games Tiny TV will also have live sta­tis­tics. Fri­day Har­bor res­i­dent, Cherie Joyce devel­oped a Google spread­sheet that can trans­mit live sta­tis­tics to the announc­ers.  Joyce will lis­ten or watch the games from Fri­day Har­bor and track play­er’s stats. 

Mar­tin says that, “through the auto­mat­ic updates of the live Google doc­u­ment, Jack­son and Volk can give view­ers and lis­ten­ers up-to-date infor­ma­tion on indi­vid­ual play­ers and the team through­out the games.”

Nor­ris’ vision is to have an island media group that can uti­lize the tal­ents on the island.  Espe­cial­ly with it being a nation­al, region­al, and local elec­tion year, view­ers will have many more rea­sons to turn to Tiny TV. 

He says that in the com­ing year there will be oppor­tu­ni­ties to host live non-sport­ing events like can­di­date forums and pub­lic meet­ings.  “Through our chan­nel on YouTube we have the abil­i­ty to dis­trib­ute con­tent from the island’s con­tent producers.” 

“We are con­tin­u­al­ly devel­op­ing our brand and expand­ing our for­ward-fac­ing prod­ucts,” says Nor­ris.  With local­ly-pro­duced mate­r­i­al at times, it will have the old pub­lic access chan­nel feel, as well. Although Tiny TV is part­nered with Mike Mar­t­in’s Howl­in’ Husky Pro­duc­tions for much of the chan­nel’s con­tent, Nor­ris is open­ing his audi­ence to oth­er’s projects, as well. 

Mar­tin encour­ages view­ers to login to YouTube through a Google account, if pos­si­ble.  “By sub­scrib­ing, view­ers will get con­tent updates and sched­ules,” he says. “Plus, once we hit 100 sub­scribers we will have a per­ma­nent YouTube channel.”

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