World Series games' audio available on www.cityoftaylor.com/listen
Can’t make it all the games of the Junior League World Series, but want to keep up with what’s going on?
If you have a computer and Internet access, you can visit the city of Taylor Web site at www.cityoftaylor.com/listen and enjoy a live audio broadcast of the game.
A partnership between the World Series and the city, along with the sponsorship of National City Bank, led to the debut of streaming audio last year.
Thousands of people listened throughout the week, prompting the service to return by popular demand.
Like 2006, this year’s volunteer announcers will call play by play from the press box of World Series Field at Heritage Park. The feed goes into the City Hall datacenter and is broadcast live.
The amount of games that air will depend on the availability of announcers.
Mauricio Gomes of the city’s Information Technology Department was one of the volunteer announcers last year. He had fun with the experience, posing trivia questions to listeners around the world and announcing the names and locations of the people who e-mailed him the correct answers.
“I’ve always been a baseball fan,” Gomes said. “It was my first time broadcasting and it was a lot of fun. I really enjoyed it.”
Veteran sports announcer Jay Strassner, who teamed last year with Ted Fournier, will reunite with his longtime friend in the broadcast booth. Strassner and Fournier will announce the two United States games today, the International and USA championship game on Friday and the World Series finale at 5 p.m. Saturday.
Gomes said this year, the “stream quality will be increased,” meaning the sound will be better.
World Series Director Greg Bzura praised those who broadcast a year ago, said the series received many compliments and added the feature was an important step for the international event.
“It’s a sign of progress for the World Series and helps those who, for whatever reason, cannot see the games in person,” Bzura said. “Now they can be part of it.”
From time to time, the World Series has been broadcast over the radio by phone lines, but only to select markets and cities. Those have been commercial ventures in which advertising was sold. Announcers from the Latin America teams broadcast many games to their hometown listeners.
Bzura said he would like to explore broadcasting the video portion of games on a daily basis over the Internet in the future.
An ESPN crew will be in Taylor to broadcast the championship game. The game will air live at 5 p.m. Saturday on ESPNU, which is available mostly in college towns. The game will be broadcast on a tape-delay basis on ESPN2 at 2 p.m. August 29.
In the meantime, those interested in volunteering to announce games on streaming audio can contact Bzura at (734) 306-3113 or (734) 287-8836.