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Mirror streams local football broadcasts to world wide audience

The McDuffie Mirror is helping football fans all over the world keep up with their favorite area teams.

The newspaper is currently offering live broadcasts of the Thomson High School football games through its website,

"The Internet has dramatically decreased the size of the world," said Mirror Publisher Jason B. Smith. "In this case, a football fan in, say, Iraq, can listen to the Thomson Bulldogs on Friday nights. All it takes is a connection to the Internet."

Mr. Smith said plans are in motion - thanks to an agreement with local radio stations WTHO and WTWA - to add broadcasts of Briarwood and Warren County in the coming weeks.

"We worked out some kinks during the Thomson-Benedictine game last week," he said. "We're ready to broadcast the Butler game this week and every game thereafter."

And Mr. Smith said he has been impressed by the reaction. Solely from word-of-mouth, a couple of hundred website visitors listened to last Friday's inaugural broadcast.

WTHO and WTWA owner Mike Wall said he's delighted with the prospect of having their local sports programming available to what is conceivably an unlimited audience.

"We're privileged to have a hand in bringing these broadcasts to former area residents who may not be able to receive the radio signal otherwise," said WTHO Owner Mike Wall. "Both stations have a proud longstanding tradition of broadcasting these games. This just enhances that service to our communities."

The Mirror is also partnering with to bring fans archived copies of past games dating back to the 2002 State Championship season.

"(Site Owner) Bobby Hodges does such a great job with that site," Mr. Smith said. "It really is a clearing house of information on Thomson High football. I'm so happy Bobby allowed us to piggyback on his archive work."

Aside from the football games, The Mirror is also broadcasting the weekly Two Old Dogs show live.

"We're excited about it. People all over the world can hear us," said Ralph Starling, one of the old dogs. "...What excites me is our young men and women in the armed forces, some even stationed in Iraq that love the Dogs, and some former football players that are over there, they can listen to us as well."

 • Go to the Thomson webcast page
 • Go to the Warren County webcast page
 • Coming Soon: Briarwood Academy

Web posted on Thursday, October 12, 2006

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