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“Maroon’s Tuesday Night Live” begins

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Cara Cooper – Sports Editor

Every other Tuesday, Mac and Bob’s restaurant is taken over by the Roanoke College athletic department in a new show called “Maroon’s Tuesday Night Live.”

“Maroon’s Tuesday Night Live” is a bi-weekly talk show hosted by the RC athletic department that recaps the previous two weeks in Maroon athletics, as well as look ahead to upcoming games.  Nick DeSanctis ’12 and Brad Moore, RC’s director of athletic communications, interview coaches and players to get gather insight into each of RC’s sports teams. They also do a segment called “Waking up Maroon Echoes” which highlights a former RC athlete from the Hall of Fame and their accomplishments as a Maroon, as well as show many videos and highlights of past games.

The idea of “Tuesday Night Live” was pitched by DeSanctis to Moore over the summer.  DeSanctis recalls living in Philadelphia and seeing a similar show to highlight the Philadelphia Phillies, and he wanted to somehow recreate that atmosphere here in Salem.

“There is a bar [in Philadelphia] that is run by two former Phillies players,” DeSanctis said.  “They bring in players and sit down and have a conversation with them in a bar atmosphere with an audience to talk about the season.  I thought this seemed like a great idea for something we could do here.”

DeSanctis and Moore, as well as a recent graduate of the University of Kansas, Mike Smith, all worked together for a month over the summer everyday to get this worked out. The three have worked together a lot, also doing play-by-play for the Maroon’s games that are broadcast online and doing rundowns of games and putting graphics on the school’s athletic website.

So far this year, DeSanctis has gotten a chance to have almost every RC fall sports coach to sit down for an interview for the show, and hopes to get some players in soon as well and add some audience interaction portions.  Their team had to cut back to doing shows every other week because of their busy schedules, but DeSanctis is very excited at how well it has started.

“We knew it would take time to get fully developed, but we’re pleased at how well it’s gone so far,” DeSanctis said.

The uniqueness of the show is what sets it apart from others around the area.  No other schools in the ODAC are doing full shows like this with a live audience, and very few Division I schools with much bigger budgets are even able to pull off something of this magnitude.

“It has helped put us above everyone else around,” DeSanctis said.  “It’s cool that we’re doing what no one else is.”

The next show is scheduled for Oct. 20, and all past shows are archived on the RC athletics’ website.  The audio and video is also broadcast throughout Mac and Bob’s, so you can still see and hear the show from any part of the restaurant.

“It’s just a cool atmosphere.  You can come by and get some wings and still have the bar atmosphere and talk a little sports too.  It’s a good environment,” DeSanctis said.