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Friday night football to air day later

Area high school football fans who have traditionally tuned into midnight airings of the latest Bear River or Nevada Union football games will have to wait one day later to catch those games on local access television this fall.

At least for now.

And for some area football fans, such as Ron Davis, that will mean a change in their viewing habits.



Davis is the father of Steven Davis, the NU tight end who was on the receiving end – and then the throwing end – of the last-minute, double-pass play that lifted the Miners over rival Grant High for the Metro Conference championship.

“When Steven threw that touchdown pass against Grant, we went home and watched it then,” Ron Davis said. “We stayed up until 3 a.m. to watch that pass.




“All the kids, they’re so wired up after the games, they go and watch it somewhere.”

Those games, produced by TouchDown Productions, will still hit local TV sets on Saturdays and Sundays on NCTV (Nevada County Television, Comcast Channel 11) – which now operates the former FCAT (Foothill Community Access Television), but will not be available for same-night viewing, as has been the case for the past eight years.

Lew Sitzer, NCTV executive director and a Nevada Union High School teacher, said that due to technological upgrades the act of transforming video tape into a high-quality digitized production will not allow same-day viewing.

In the past, TouchDown Productions staff members had taken videotape back to the FCAT station and essentially, Sitzer said, pressed “play” and the tape was on the air. But NCTV’s newer state-of-the-art equipment isn’t as user-friendly, Sitzer said.

“The Friday night airing is literally impossible for us to do,” said Sitzer. “Even if the tape was brought in at midnight, it wouldn’t be ready until about 3 a.m.”

The Nevada County Schools-sponsored NCTV also has changes in policy concerning who has access to its high technology equipment, much of which Sitzer says was donated by Grass Valley Group. While volunteer producers, such as TouchDown Productions’ Gil Dominguez, had such access during the FCAT days, only actual employees of NCTV are permitted such use now.

“We would certainly like to do football as we’ve always done it,” Dominguez said. “But the station is growing. It’s a new station, so they’re still doing a lot of different things.”

One of those things, down the road, might be an even more timely airing of area games than in the past. Sitzer said in talking with Nevada Union athletic director Steve Pilcher, there’s been some discussion on eventually broadcasting live action.

“The thought of doing Friday night games live on TV is pretty exciting,” Sitzer said.

For the time being, though, NU fans will have to wait until 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays to view Friday night games. Dominguez said those airings will be followed by the second “Game of the Week,” which is broadcasted on Wednesdays, following TouchDown Productions’ weekly “Inside NU Football” show, which Dominguez said is scheduled to return at 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 8. For more information on TouchDown Productions, click onto http://www.touchdownproductions.com, or for more information on NCTV, click onto http://www.nevadacountytv.org.


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