Last year’s move of Basalt High School sports primarily to the web by Greenwood Village-based broadcaster Always Mountain Time has led to what the company believes is a leap forward for the 2019-20 school year.
After two years that followed the 2016 football Longhorns into their first league championship since 1984 and the 2A playoffs (on another radio station), and added both boys’ and girls’ basketball to the local airwaves, Basalt and AMT embraced a new strategy of webcasts for 2018-19. Since the company’s Basalt-licensed news and sports talk station KNFO, 106.1 FM, had contractual obligations to air the Broncos, Buffs, Rockies, Nuggets and Avalanche, it would be hard to shoehorn local athletes onto the air.
The additional reasoning behind creating webcasts was that there would be even less interference than on FM radio, fans could listen in the stands on the phones already in their pockets, and players’ family members far and wide could hear their grandkids, nieces, and nephews in action in real time, or close to it. Those listeners responded positively to the new way BHS games were distributed through that initial site, basalthighstreaming.com.
This year’s upgrade includes a new moniker across several communities, “ColoradoSportsNetwork.com.” On that home site, one may choose the team of choice from among Basalt, Aspen, Eagle Valley, Summit and Middle Park, by clicking the school logo on a phone or computer. That click will bring you the dedicated stream of the squad you select, beginning about 15 minutes before kickoff or tipoff. For those with an iPhone, the broadcasts may be accessed directly through the company’s app, AMTAlwaysON. And in the Roaring Fork Valley the most consequential games, including the Basalt vs. Aspen rivalry and any playoff contests, will also be simulcast on the radio, KNFO or sister station KSPN (103.1 FM).
KSPN morning man Brandon Blocker will continue bringing Skier fans Aspen’s play-by-play each week, and yours truly goes into a fourth year describing Longhorn action to Basaltines. That’ll begin with the football season’s second matchup against Battle Mountain on Saturday, Sept. 14. General Manager Terry Mathis calls the season opener at Olathe on Friday, Sept. 6.
The full regular season Basalt varsity football schedule is as follows:
- Sept. 6, at Olathe. 6:45 p.m. broadcast start, 7 p.m. kickoff
- Sept. 14, at Basalt (versus Battle Mountain), 12:45 p.m. and 1 p.m kickoff.
- Sept. 21, at Pagosa Springs, 6:45 p.m., 7 p.m. kickoff.
- Sept. 28, at Basalt (versus Paonia), 6:45 p.m., 7 p.m. kickoff
- Oct 4, at Basalt (versus Moffat County), 6:45 p.m., 7 p.m. kickoff
- Oct. 11, at Coal Ridge, 6:45 p.m., 7 p.m. kickoff
- Oct. 18, at Delta, 6:45 p.m., 7 p.m. kickoff
- Oct. 25, at Basalt (versus Rifle), 6:45 p.m., 7 p.m. kickoff
- Nov. 1, at Aspen, 6:45 p.m., 7 p.m. kickoff.