PREP NOTEBOOK: Bishop’s Wave tweets ‘official’ now

Tupelo Golden WaveBy Gene Phelps

Daily Journal

For a couple of years, Braden Bishop was the unofficial sports information director for Tupelo High School athletics. His 140-character “tweets” kept followers informed on just about everything Golden Wave.

Well, his accounts on Twitter are official now.

“I was going to the games; I just wanted to get the info out,” said Bishop, the school’s first SID. “I really wasn’t doing that much, just tweeting stuff.”

Bishop approached school system officials last spring with the idea of making him SID.

“I’d already been tweeting on the Tupelo High School account,” he said. “As we get more into the information age, students want to check their phones for information.”

Bishop provides information to students and THS fans through a Twitter account and a webpage: themblankets.com. The site, which can be found on Facebook, too, provides recaps and previews of Golden Wave athletics.

Bishop also teaches a broadcast journalism class where his students receive their grade by working on a Wifi Network broadcast of THS sporting events. Fans can follow Wave teams – live and replays – by going to the Wifi site: goldenwaveathletics.com.

“As far as getting information out at Tupelo High School, we’re hitting on all cylinders,” Bishop said.

Golden Wave athletics available for viewing

When the Tupelo Golden Wave plays football tonight at Saltillo, fans who can’t make the short trip can watch the game on Tupelo Wifi Network. Goldenwaveathletics.com is the web site; click on the icon for the game.

Longtime radio personality Craig Horton and former THS QB Todd Jordan handle the play-by-play and color.

Students in Braden Bishop’s broadcast journalism class handle the production end.

“Our first three broadcasts have been a work in progress, but we’re learning,” Bishop said. “We’ve had to learn a lot over the last three weeks, but you have to start somewhere.”

Plans are to broadcast home and away football, along with some home softball and volleyball games. In the spring, baseball and softball games will be aired.

“Our students travel with the (football) team, set up the equipment for the broadcast and tear it down,” Bishop said. “They work the computers, putting up the score, down and distance. They also do interviews with players during the week.”

In this class, you either pass … or fail. “It’s how you earn your grade,” Bishop said.

Volleyball showdowns ahead for Division 1

If the Class I, Division 1 volleyball race comes down to current leaders – Belmont and Corinth – the decision won’t be settled until late in the season.

Belmont hosts Corinth on Sept. 26 then visits Corinth on Oct. 1. Three teams qualify from each division, with No. 2 facing No. 3 in a play-in game.