YOUR VIEW: Women's Sports Coverage on KOMU 8 News

2 years ago March 13, 2013 Mar 13, 2013 Wednesday, March 13 2013 Wednesday, March 13, 2013 4:53:39 PM CDT in Your View
By: Dan Kennedy and Danielle Carter

COLUMBIA - Our KOMU 8 News sports team has been bringing you, the viewer, the very latest in local and national sports news for the past several decades. From Mizzou football to the Rock Bridge High School's women's basketball team, our sports crew covers it all. However, one viewer feels as though KOMU 8 News does not balance its coverage when covering men's and women's sports.

One viewer commented on a post complaining that KOMU typically leads its sportscast with men's sports. They were frustrated because Columbia has so many excellent female athletes.

In response to the comment, KOMU 8's Chris Gervino, sportscaster, says that he leads his sportscasts with the sport the most people are discussing. In mid-Missouri, two sports in particular stick out the most.

"Men's basketball and football at Mizzou have been the most popular based on overwhelming feedback in 25 years of doing this," Gervino said.

In addition, it all depends on what sport is going on at the time, and Gervino said with basketball coming to an end, KOMU sportscasts will soon be leading with a different sport.

"In fact, coming up in the next few months, folks will often see us leading with Missouri softball because that team is a national power and has really drawn a lot of interest in recent years," Gervino said.

KOMU 8 sports producer Ashley Colley, an avid sports fan herself and co-founder of the MU chapter of "Women in Sports Media," says not just gender has to be taken into consideration when planning a show's rundown. 

"There's a lot of things that we have to consider whenever we're planning out a sportscast," Colley said. "And we do try and take everything into consideration but records, viewership totals, that all comes in to how we plan the rundown."

Colley also says timing plays a huge part in what comes first in a sportscast.

"The girls play later in the day, so they'll be second in that situation, you want the earliest game first," Colley said. "If they advance to the finals though, and the Hickman boys did not, that would be an instance where they would get preference because they're playing for a state championship."

 

More News

Grid
List
BOONE COUNTY - Boone County Fire Protection District responded to a fire outside of Hallsville Monday night. It happened... More >>
4 hours ago February 08, 2016 Feb 8, 2016 Monday, February 08 2016 Monday, February 08, 2016 11:38:22 PM CST in Continuous News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The Republican-led Missouri Senate for the first time in years debated a bill to repeal the... More >>
7 hours ago February 08, 2016 Feb 8, 2016 Monday, February 08 2016 Monday, February 08, 2016 8:37:24 PM CST in Continuous News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Emerging Issues Committee heard a bill on Monday that would establish statewide regulations for "transportation network... More >>
11 hours ago February 08, 2016 Feb 8, 2016 Monday, February 08 2016 Monday, February 08, 2016 4:07:03 PM CST in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - In light of International Epilepsy Day, MU Healthcare announced the expanded Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) at Women's and... More >>
8 hours ago February 08, 2016 Feb 8, 2016 Monday, February 08 2016 Monday, February 08, 2016 7:48:31 PM CST in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - Eighth graders at the Columbia Independent School (CIS) on North Stadium Boulevard have been studying weather related data... More >>
8 hours ago February 08, 2016 Feb 8, 2016 Monday, February 08 2016 Monday, February 08, 2016 7:46:17 PM CST in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - The MU Asian American Association celebrated the Chinese New Year on campus Monday. According to the lunisolar Chinese... More >>
8 hours ago February 08, 2016 Feb 8, 2016 Monday, February 08 2016 Monday, February 08, 2016 7:30:17 PM CST in Continuous News
JEFFERSON CITY – Disaster survivors will receive $29.2 million grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Individuals and Households Program.... More >>
10 hours ago February 08, 2016 Feb 8, 2016 Monday, February 08 2016 Monday, February 08, 2016 5:52:09 PM CST in Continuous News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis utility company is pushing back on the federal government's plan to cut carbon... More >>
10 hours ago February 08, 2016 Feb 8, 2016 Monday, February 08 2016 Monday, February 08, 2016 5:18:19 PM CST in Continuous News
CALLAWAY COUNTY – 21-year-old Harley Walls was arrested in St. Peters when he was located in possession of one vehicle... More >>
10 hours ago February 08, 2016 Feb 8, 2016 Monday, February 08 2016 Monday, February 08, 2016 4:53:32 PM CST in Continuous News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Two proposals aimed at requiring Missourians to show photo ID before voting are heading to the... More >>
11 hours ago February 08, 2016 Feb 8, 2016 Monday, February 08 2016 Monday, February 08, 2016 4:22:37 PM CST in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - The State Historical Society of Missouri (SHSM) held its first time event last Monday to address Thomas Hart... More >>
1 week ago January 29, 2016 Jan 29, 2016 Friday, January 29 2016 Friday, January 29, 2016 7:20:03 PM CST in Continuous News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A man convicted of a 1994 homicide in St. Louis is planning to appeal his case... More >>
11 hours ago February 08, 2016 Feb 8, 2016 Monday, February 08 2016 Monday, February 08, 2016 3:59:58 PM CST in Continuous News
JEFFERSON CITY - A proposed bill in the Missouri House would require all schools supported by public funds to recite... More >>
12 hours ago February 08, 2016 Feb 8, 2016 Monday, February 08 2016 Monday, February 08, 2016 3:47:04 PM CST in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - The downtown community improvement district (CID) is ready to start the first phase of The Gateways project. ... More >>
12 hours ago February 08, 2016 Feb 8, 2016 Monday, February 08 2016 Monday, February 08, 2016 3:32:43 PM CST in Continuous News
FERGUSON (AP) — New estimates show Ferguson's cost of implementing reforms spelled out in a consent agreement with the U.S.... More >>
12 hours ago February 08, 2016 Feb 8, 2016 Monday, February 08 2016 Monday, February 08, 2016 3:27:45 PM CST in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - In a letter to faculty and staff on Monday, MU Interim Chancellor Hank Foley said Daniel Clay, dean... More >>
12 hours ago February 08, 2016 Feb 8, 2016 Monday, February 08 2016 Monday, February 08, 2016 3:23:30 PM CST in Continuous News
JEFFERS ON CITY (AP) — A Missouri lawmaker is pushing for a program that would track prescription drugs and let... More >>
12 hours ago February 08, 2016 Feb 8, 2016 Monday, February 08 2016 Monday, February 08, 2016 3:12:32 PM CST in Continuous News
JEFFERSON CITY – Morgan Keegan will pay $850,000 for Mamtek securities fraud. Secretary of State Jason Kander announced on... More >>
12 hours ago February 08, 2016 Feb 8, 2016 Monday, February 08 2016 Monday, February 08, 2016 2:55:09 PM CST in Continuous News
Interactive Radar Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 21°
4am 20°
5am 19°
6am 18°
7am 18°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

3:07 am
Mad Money
4:00 am
Early Today
4:30 am
KOMU 8 News Today
3:30 am
Paid Program
4:00 am
Paid Program
4:30 am
Paid Program

Tonight's Schedule

7:00 pm
Hollywood Game Night
8:00 pm
Chicago Med
9:00 pm
Chicago Fire
7:00 pm
The Flash
8:00 pm
iZombie
9:00 pm
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30 pm
Seinfeld