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Students take the mic to call Dominion football games

Dominion High School student broadcasters Wyatt Krueger and Kevin DiDomenico, with journalism teacher and broadcast producer Mitch Schwartz.—Courtesy Photo
Excitement and support for Dominion High School's football program has grown to new heights. Along with sending numerous players on to the collegiate level, the Titans secured their first 10-win season in 2016 and are currently riding a three-game winning streak.

Kevin DiDomenico and Wyatt Krueger are keeping Dominion supporters connected with their team this fall by providing the first student-only online radio football broadcasts in Loudoun.

DiDomenico (play-by-play) and Krueger (color commentator) are broadcasting all of Dominion's home games in 2017, as well as select away games when press box space is available. Morgan Fischer compiles stats and Ryan Flynn serves as a spotter for the broadcast.

"I have always had a passion for doing play-by-play," explained DiDomenico, who began honing his skills at age 5 by muting televised sports and performing the call himself.

"Because Twitter was the only way to follow [Dominion] games, I saw a need for a radio broadcast for parents and fans to listen to," continued DiDomenico, who ran the idea past Krueger and his journalism teacher Mitch Schwartz. "We began working on it right away. A lot of meetings and back-and-forth emails went into making our dream a reality."

Krueger notes that listener feedback has been "fantastic" during their first season in the booth.

"This really provides a service above everything else that a lot of people have wanted for a long time," Krueger said. "To see past players, students and parents reach out to us and our families is awesome and really inspiring."

While there is a lot more that goes into a broadcast than simply showing up to the game site an hour before kickoff, both students say their preparation is made easier by the support and cooperation they have received from Schwartz, along with school administrators, coaches and players.

DiDomenico and Krueger have also learned to 'freelance' when a game gets out of hand. During Dominion's most recent win, a 56-7 victory Sept. 28, the duo provided a Nationals vs. Cubs playoff preview and shed light on the negatives of Chipotle's queso.

With the success of their football venture, DiDomenico, a baseball player, has talked to Schwartz about possibly broadcasting Dominion basketball games in the winter. DiDomenico would have to do so without Krueger, who plays varsity basketball.

"We're really hoping this will spread," DiDomenico said. "We have had other Loudoun County schools contacting us and we hope this can serve as a model. The next thing we want to do is put together a morning drive time radio show to come one step closer to becoming an actual radio station."

You can listen to upcoming or past broadcasts at http://www.DHSpress.com

"We have had the best support group two guys could possibly have throughout this process," Krueger concluded. "We can't thank everyone enough."


Comments

Good for them.  Glad to see students taking the initiative and getting things like this started from the ground up.  Best of luck !!

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