It was back in 2004 at the Pebble Beach Pro Am when ID began working with The Golf Channel. Now 11 years and 120 road shows later, ID is excited to still be part of this growing Channel. “The evolution of this show over the years has been tremendous,” says Rich Williams, ID’s Director of Broadcast Services. “We have gone from a small 3-camera 12’x12’ tent to a large multi-camera 34’x34’ studio with multiple lighting positions around the course.” 2015 started off with The Hyundai Tournament in Maui and will end in September with the BMW Championship hosted in Illinois, covering over 15 events.
Select Golf Channel live shows originating from remote tournament locations are unique to the studio broadcasting world in that not only are they broadcast from the road, but they are produced in front of a live studio audience. To help our Golf Central on-air studio team deliver news and analysis from across the world of golf, we prepare for these shows as intently as we would for any major event. We also have the added component of creating a great viewing environment for the live studio audience, so our stage backdrop should be an iconic hole, a clubhouse, or something unique to the golf course that gives the viewer at home a sense of place. Our goal when we come on the air is to create interest around our marquee live events well before play has started, or well after it has concluded. Our partnership with ID is great because they understand our needs and help us showcase the features of our stage and the scenic backdrop, which make the show pop to the audience at home and on the stage at all hours of the day Andrew Smiley, Coordinating Director- Golf Channel