Thursday's Broadcast To Feature Work Of Students

Dec. 11, 2012

LAS VEGAS ( - Runnin' Rebels such as Anthony Bennett and Anthony Marshall will be featured prominently on Thursday night (Dec. 13) when No. 20/17 UNLV takes on La Verne at the Orleans Arena at 7 p.m. However, the student-athletes on the men's basketball team won't be the only UNLV students showcasing their skills that evening.

VegasTV (KTUD-TV) has teamed with UNLV-TV, a media unit of the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism & Media Studies, to broadcast the game live in the Las Vegas market. KTUD broadcasts on Cox Cable Channel 14 and HD 1014; over the air on Channel 25; Direct TV Channel 25; Century Link Prism TV on Channel 25; and Nellis Cable Channel 6.

The production crew for the game will primarily consist of UNLV students. The broadcast team will feature VegasTV's David Briggs doing play-by-by and Las Vegas Sun sports editor Ray Brewer providing color analysis. Brewer is a graduate of the Greenspun School at UNLV.

"It's our pleasure to be able to support this first-of-a-kind broadcast," said Bruce Spotleson, a senior executive with VegasTV. "This is an ideal way to show the caliber of television work UNLV journalism students are producing. Viewers will get the chance to see how both the Runnin' Rebels and the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism & Media Studies perform on game night. I'm confident that both teams are up to the task ahead."

Since last spring, UNLV-TV has produced live productions of UNLV athletic contests for baseball, softball, men's and women's soccer, volleyball and men's and women's basketball which have been streamed at In fact, 10 Lady Rebel games are scheduled to be streamed live this season.

"We enjoy an outstanding relationship with the leadership of UNLV-TV and the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism & Media Studies," said D.J. Allen, UNLV Athletics' senior associate athletic director of communications. "Feedback from our fans across the nation has been tremendous because of the added access the productions have given our fans to their Rebels. This is a perfect example of a win-win relationship. UNLV-TV is able to offer its students real-world experience all while providing something our fans appreciate and have sought."

Allen, who earned his journalism undergraduate degree from the Greenspun School at UNLV, said university leadership - including president Neal Smatresk, provost John White, athletics director Jim Livengood and Lee Bernick, the interim dean of the Greenspun School of Urban Affairs - envisioned the partnership that would benefit students as well as UNLV fans.

"The collaboration that has occurred over the past year has been incredible," Allen said. "And to get VegasTV involved - because they want to showcase the work of our students and showcase our university - takes this to another level. We're excited our UNLV students get to show their work to the community."

Thursday's broadcast will also be streamed online.

Tickets for the game are just $10 if purchased in advance. All tickets for this game are only available through the Orleans, not through The Thomas & Mack Center is currently hosting the National Finals Rodeo.