One year ago, an ambitious Cyclone athletics staff member took on a big assignment.The Big 12 had just announced that Iowa State’s football game at Missouri would not be televised live. Having received the ok to televise the game online, Director of Website Services Tyler Rutherford hit the road for the 275-mile trip to Columbia. Toting computers, cameras, a tripod and some wires and duct tape, Rutherford’s one-man telecast (he hoped to tie in the Cyclone Radio Network feed) was ready for action. There were bumps in the road that day, including some bandwidth issues on the host school’s network. But, there was a production. Saturday, the Cyclones are taking another step. The only live video coverage of Iowa State’s game with Western Illinois is on Cyclones.tv, the department’s newly launched digital network. Cyclones.tv is certainly ramped up from that Missouri effort last fall. The Cyclones have a friendlier and more powerful media player, multiple cameras, high-level graphics, a few replays, a pre-game presence at Jack Trice Stadium, live coverage of the news conferences and the credibility of John Walters as its voice. Cyclones.tv is still evolving and it will continue to improve over time. But, it has been a hit with most viewers this fall. The Missouri game might have been just 334 days ago. It just seems longer when you consider how much has changed since Rutherford took on the big challenge.
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