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Luther H. Hodges, a UNC graduate, but they paused to answer the call.
Sounds of a raucous party greeted them. Television was a key factor in the love affair. Thanks in part to the heroics of that team, a mutually beneficial relationship developed between UNC and TV.
Live sports on TV, still in its early years in North Carolina, grew in popularity in the state after the Tar Heels pulled off drama-filled, triple-overtime victories on back-to-back days in the Final Four.
And UNC attracted positive attention from the exposure of those broadcasts. TV technology has advanced significantly since then, with UNC and other schools now producing their own broadcasts of sporting events.
Ready for takeoff The front page of the Sept. He spoke from WBTV studios , where the station prepared to show its first live network television program.
Local newspapers primed their readers for the big event, with The Charlotte News devoting a section of its Sept. The Fighting Irish beat UNC to extend their unbeaten streak to 39 consecutive games, but sports fans in North Carolina were the real winners.
Without having to be in attendance, they could watch their favorite teams as the action transpired. More firsts The introduction of college football on the national TV stage had an ACC flavor — even before the conference existed. Pittsburgh and Duke squared off on Sept.
Regardless of whether the Duke-Pittsburgh broadcast was truly coast-to-coast, such a program was now possible. Those two games were televised on a handful of stations in North Carolina thanks to the foresight of Castleman DeTolley Chesley, who became one of the most influential people in ACC history.
Chesley, known as C. Although the last two games tipped off late in North Carolina — the semifinals at p. Fans flocked to the players when they departed the plane. We had no idea that was going to happen, and we were blown away by it.
We felt like rock stars. All of a sudden, the whole state kind of turned to us. It was terrific. State played at Duke that same evening in a thriller that the Wolfpack won But the crowd for this matchup between the Wolfpack and Blue Devils drew just 6, fans.
State-Duke contest on radio. Capacity crowds turned out recently when there was snow on the ground when the two teams met. Advancements in picture quality, camera angles, and viewing options phone and computer have forced schools like UNC to get creative to keep fans in the stands.
The Chesley years C. Collection After the success of his broadcasts during the basketball postseason, Chesley presented ACC regional TV broadcasts for football and basketball in the ensuing months.
UNC hosted Clemson in basketball on Dec.
It also was the first live ACC regular-season basketball telecast on a regional network. UNC started with a run and cruised to a victory.
Kearns, who scored 22 points, recalled that the Tar Heels paid no attention to whether their games were televised.
But for some teams, TV games were special occasions. The Tigers were embarrassed after shooting 5-of from the floor in the first half. They can do better than that.
The students gained valuable work experience that in some cases propelled them to careers in broadcast media. He and the league broke up with a year remaining on his contract.
The dollars involved — and the number of games televised — went up from there. It was the start of a year partnership that ended with the ACC Tournament. The importance of televised ACC basketball in general — and UNC basketball in particular — was on full display shortly thereafter.
According to a story in The Charlotte Observer on Feb. The basketball game already had been switched to 7 p. Instead, they aired the game in its entirety and then showed the speech on tape delay.
The Tar Heels beat the Yellow Jackets in overtime, and the programming decision generated national headlines. The Charlotte Observer responded with a humorous editorial on Feb.
Bloody Eric Montross and bloodier Tyler Hansbrough.
The list goes on and on. Duke-UNC has fueled TV ratings because of the quality of the two programs and the compelling games they play against each other, and the rivalry has grown in stature because of the nationwide exposure.
The first meeting between Duke and UNC each year has become the event that tips off college basketball season for casual fans who parachute in after the NFL season, and it signals the beginning of the stretch run for some who follow the sport closely throughout the year.
ESPN2 launched on Oct. The impact for ESPN2 also was positive. The Tar Heels won in J. The records are still coming. The previous mark?
Yes, Williamson attracted plenty of attention on the night his shoe exploded, but the record viewership was not a one-time phenomenon. In , a year before Zion mania, the Duke-UNC contest on March 3 was the most viewed regular-season game across all cable and broadcast networks.
The big addition, a new media communications center next to the Smith Center , is nearly complete. Drywall was installed recently, and systems integration and equipment installation will follow once construction is complete.
Cleary estimates that the school will produce linear broadcasts, which feature a minimum of five cameras and will air on the ACC Network TV channel, during this first year.