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Doing the big show
A personal account of the ESPNU sideline experience during the Nov. 21 Ohio vs. Miami football game

Nov. 23, 2005
By Christine Killimayer

Photo by Rick FaticaI couldn't sleep at all Sunday night. Granted, it is rather challenging when you know you're going to be on national television the next day. After a restless night of sleep I met with Michael Reghi, Jim Donnan and Greg Logan for breakfast. Reghi is the play-by-play guy for the [Cleveland] Cavs, and he was doing the same for the Ohio game. Donnan provided the color commentary. He is a former head football coach at Marshall University and the University of Georgia. As for Logan, he produced the entire game. All of them were incredibly welcoming and encouraging, providing me with plenty of feedback, ideas and advice.

After breakfast, I spent the rest of the day rushing around making sure I had all of my notes and file footage together. Because ESPNU managed to keep me so busy, I didn't have time to even think about getting nervous. Right around 5:30 p.m., I headed down to the field. The setup there was amazing. It was just one massive satellite truck with about 15 to 20 people working in it. I got to tour the truck and meet some of the people working there (I think over half of them were Ohio University alumni). Now I was really starting to get excited. After all of that though, it was time to head onto the field.

A lot of my time was spent just standing around waiting before the game, which would not have been a problem except for the fact that I was starting to get some butterflies in my stomach. Before I could let them get to me, though, I was mic'ed up, standing in front of a camera talking to Mike Hall on ESPNU's pregame show. Once I started talking I felt so incredibly comfortable. Everyone working for ESPNU that night definitely helped to put me at ease and keep me well-informed of what was expected of me. It also didn't hurt that a handful of my co-workers from WOUB were down on the sideline with me to help me relax.

Despite the cold and the game itself, the whole night flew by and I don't think I stopped smiling the entire time. Not only was the gig with ESPNU a great experience career-wise, but it was just a ton of fun. I loved absolutely every second of it. I have never had so many people tell me how proud they are of me, but I know I wouldn't have been on that sideline if it weren't for those people. Monday night was definitely one of the most memorable experiences of my entire life, and I am so blessed to have had the opportunity. I can't thank everyone enough that either helped me out or cheered me on, but one thing's for sure - I definitely haven't stopped smiling!

ESPNU's coverage of the Miami University at Ohio University football game on Nov. 21 featured correspondence from Ohio University junior Christine Killimayer of Latrobe, Pa. Killimayer, a journalism broadcast news major and sports anchor and reporter for WOUB's nightly news show, "Newswatch," served as a university correspondent during the game, providing viewers with a campus perspective, including insight into school traditions and atmosphere.
Published: Nov 28, 2005 3:02:48 PM
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