By Matt Ledger
It’s a good thing Tom Duggin likes fiddle music. He’s about to hear plenty of it.
Duggin is the Video Production Editor at DTC Communications, and he, along with Nick Nokes, Video Production Supervisor, are the broadcast team that brings live events to DTC channel 3 on the DTC-TV service. Rather than filming a three-hour football game or other local event, Duggin and Nokes will soon have two 14-to-16 hour days broadcasting live from the Smithville Fiddlers’ Jamboree and Crafts festival.
“There is no shortage of snacks and energy drinks in the cooler,” says Nokes with a laugh.
Since 1998, Duggin has served as a stage emcee for the Jamboree. This year, DTC will expand its video coverage of the event, which has been held every year on Smithville’s public square since 1972.
“Watching our coverage is almost like being there,” says Duggin, who alternates his time at the event between the stage and the DTC broadcast van. “What viewers see is actually what’s going on in real time on stage.”
“We plan to broadcast the event live from kickoff to signoff,” adds Nokes. “This year’s Jamboree will be the first DTC3 covered event in which 4G customers of DTC Wireless can watch the program live from their smart phones, thanks to the 4G speed upgrade completed last year.”
Can’t stay at the Jamboree for the entire time? No problem! This year, people will be able to watch the event from anywhere they have a good Wi-Fi signal.
“A number of years, the Jamboree has been recognized as one of the top 20 tourist events in the Southeast,” notes Duggin. “Our little town has drawn folks from all over the world.” Over the 43 previous years of the festival, visitors and contestants alike have come from all 50 states as well as several foreign countries.
“Music lovers are everywhere,” says Tim Robinson, DTC’s wireless engineer. “Now it doesn’t matter where you are. That’s especially important for people who went to the Jamboree when it started and may no longer be able to attend.” It also makes it easier for people on the go, or for those who want to avoid large crowds and hot temps.
DTC has apps for both Apple and Android devices. The trend toward “real-time” video streaming of events – such as high school sports, graduations, music festivals and more – is dramatically increasing.
“Everyone who has it is excited about it,” Robinson says. “Nowadays, these devices are basically small computers that happen to make phone calls.”
The 44th Smithville Fiddlers’ Jamboree and Crafts Festival
Smithville Town Square
Free event for the family
Starting at 9 a.m. both days