One of the best parts of sports are rivalries. Celtics vs. Lakers. Red Sox vs. Yankees. Kent State vs. Akron. Kent Rough Riders vs. Ravenna Ravens.
Rivals are a love hate relationship — you love to hate’em and you love to beat’em. An otherwise dismal season can be saved by a single victory over your rival.
This year Kent State football has Akron at home, and Kent Roosevelt has the Ravens on their home field as well. To add a little fuel to the fire the Ravenna Mayor and Kent Mayor have announced some side wagers with the spoils and bragging rights going to this year’s winners. If you didn’t know, the Kent Roosevelt quarterback has commmitted to playing at Kent State next year so that’s another reason to cheer those Rough Riders to victory.
Recognizing an opportunity, Kent State University’s TV2, will be broadcasting the Kent Roosevelt-Ravenna High School football game Friday, October 8. TV2 will air the game taped-delayed beginning at 10:30 pm Friday, October 8 on Time-Warner Cable Channel 16, shown in most of Portage County. The game will be repeated most of that weekend. Ohio High School Athletic Association rules prohibit live broadcasting of the game.
Community members, spearheaded by Chas Madonio of Brimfield Insurance Agency and Parta Marketing Director Frank Hairston, approached TV2 with the idea. A satellite truck owned by Kent State University’s College of Communications and Information and the Department of Teleproductions will be utilized at the game.
Allen Aircraft, Brimfield Insurance Agency, Home Savings Bank, Parta, Portage Community Bank, the Pufferbelly Restaurant and Robinson Memorial Hospital are sponsoring the broadcast.
TV2 is a student-run television station associated with the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and is part of the Office of Student Media. More than 150 students are employed by or volunteer for TV2.
Time-Warner Cable Channel 16 is seen in the Portage County communities of Brady Lake Village, Brimfield Township, Franklin Township, Kent, Ravenna, Ravenna Township, Rootstown Township, Streetsboro, Suffield Township and Sugar Bush Knolls.