Providing television coverage of the state basketball tournaments across North Dakota requires preparation and experience.
WDAY in Fargo is in its first year of a four-year contract to broadcast high school tournaments in the state.
But, unlike the basketball teams, television crews from different cities are not pitted against each other.
(Stacey Anderson, WDAY WDAZ Live Events Producer)"For WDAY, WDAZ being eastern stations, I know it was kind of a concern for western people how the state tournaments were going to happen. That's why we partnered with the KX Network. "
Our own Mike Elm, Perry Olson, Jim Olson, and Gaylen Ness have been helping in bringing the games to the airwaves.
Stacey Anderson of WDAY in Fargo is the producer of the broadcasts.
His 20 years of experience has taught him that each engineer, camera operator, graphics designer, director and commentator is indespensible.
Anderson says crews begin prepping months in advance for March Madness.
(Stacey Anderson, WDAY WDAZ Live Events Producer)"We were actually out here in Minot in December, taking a look at the site. Making sure that everything we want to do, we can do. So, the fellas came in Tuesday night and started wiring both the Auditorium and the Minot Dome. You know, just from an engineering standpoint it took a lot. The preproduction stuff, you know, with the state tournaments, as they are, are four out of five weeks. So you've got to start working on the Class A tournament while you're still trying to do the Class B tournament"
Anderson and all the production staff won't expect relief until the last buzzer rings, tonight.
And then they'll be getting ready for the Class B Girls State Tournament that begins on Thursday.