Originally created 06/18/97

Minor-league All-Stars get online broadcast by newspaper, TV station



AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Take me online to the ballgame.

Television and radio may not have carried Tuesday's South Atlantic All-Star game in Augusta. But several hundred fans with home computers caught the game live via the World Wide Web.

The Augusta Chronicle's online service and WRDW-TV, which teamed up for the event, billed the broadcast as the first minor-league all-star game shown over the Internet.

"We're extremely happy to let our users enjoy this cutting-edge technology," said Joseph Trotz, director of the newspaper's Wide World Web site.

Computer users watched the game by downloading and installing software allowing those with a 28,000-baud modem and an Internet connection to see video and hear sound instantly.

WRDW-TV provided a cameraman and two sports anchors -- Paul Davis and Lachlan McLean -- to do the play-by-play announcing. The Augusta Chronicle provided the technical expertise, plus the hardware and software needed to broadcast the game.

The Northern All-Stars beat the Southern All-Stars 9-0.