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Scott McLean (left) and The Province's Howard Tsumura cover SFU basketball home games live online on the Clan Radio Network.

No clan radio coverage? No problem

March 8, 2007

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By Stuart Colcleugh

When Vancouver radio station AM 730 moved to a 24-hour traffic format last December, ending its coverage of the SFU Clan's basketball home games, Scott McLean barely batted an eyelash.

The SFU recreation and athletics department's one-man media machine had already launched the Clan Radio Network in October, featuring live online audio broadcasts of all varsity basketball home games.

And with no learning curve involved—he was AM 730's colour commentator—McLean was good to go it alone. Well, almost alone. "I do play-by-play alongside (sports reporter) Howard Tsumura from The Province," says the department's media relations coordinator.

Next summer, says McLean, "we will be adding a video component to the web stream so that other sports that don't lend themselves to an audio-only broadcast, such as wrestling and volleyball, can be featured online.

"This will open the door for SFU students interested in sports broadcasting who want to gain some hands-on experience in front of or behind the scenes.

"We're also putting together a TV package for football and possibly basketball, and we will be opening discussions with some radio providers as well, for those sports."

Commercial radio formats may change with the seasons these days, but McLean says the Clan Radio Network is in it for the long haul.

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