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The Gates Auto Group is sponsoring a video switcher which will allow The Woodstock Academy to use more than one camera for video broadcasts for games. Left to right: Head of School Chris Sandford; Mark Dexter, general manager of Putnam Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram, Putnam KIA and Premier Chevrolet; and Denton Gates of the Gates Auto Group. Courtesy photo.

WOODSTOCK — The addition of the prep basketball program to The Woodstock Academy brought with it a challenge. Since many of the student-athletes hailed from faraway places, most parents and friends would not be able to see the games. That is no longer an issue.
The Woodstock Academy, with the generous sponsorship of the Gates Auto Group, has begun to broadcast both prep and high school games, as well as other school events, on The games are available in both audio and video formats and the broadcasts are archived on the school website.
The Gates Auto Group donation has allowed The Woodstock Academy to purchase a video switcher which arrived just recently.
The broadcasts, which began this fall, were done using just one camera. The addition of the switcher means multiple cameras may now be used for the video broadcasts as well as graphics. This new approach will be noticed shortly and will also help The Woodstock Academy train students for exciting new opportunities to be involved in media.
“Being a part of broadcasting games is incredible,” said Mark Dexter, the general manager of Putnam Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram, Putnam KIA and Premier Chevrolet. “The ability for parents, alumni and supporters to watch and listen to games when they are unable to attend will enhance the student athletes overall experience. It is exciting times at The Woodstock Academy and the Gates Automotive family couldn’t be happier to be part of it.”
The Woodstock Academy’s head of school, Christopher Sandford, said: “We are happy for Gates Auto Group’s support in expanding our event live broadcasts. It’s a great complement to the student-athlete experience at The Academy. Community partnership like this play a significant role in strengthening the programs we are building for all our students.”
The Gates Auto Group includes Putnam Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Putnam KIA, Premier Chevrolet, Gates GMC Buick Nissan and Columbia Ford.

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