Editor's note: A call to Winder Television's editor/producer has not been returned to confirm changes to football coverage. More information will be posted when it becomes available.
Barrow County Schools have been in the news a lot lately for changes they have made.
Well here is another change that the BOE had nothing to do with, but does affect one of its schools.The City of Winder has now decided that they would only pay to air Winder Barrow High School football games on their local television station TV 21, which airs on Comcast. Leaving Apalachee to either pay for their games to be broadcast or being left out all together.
In the past TV 21 has always split the broadcast between the two high schools. TV 21 and the City of Winder would pay someone to film the games, and would pay WIMO Radio to announce the games. This year the games are being announced by HEARtheGAME.com. And no matter what, fans of both schools will still be able to listen to the games live via any web enable device (smart phones), or on the computer via the web site, HEARtheGAME.com.
But now, Apalachee fans will no longer get to see the broadcast on TV 21. The City of Winder wants to only pay for the 10 ball games that Winder Barrow plays, because Winder Barrow High is in the city limits of Winder. And it does not matter that Apalachee has a Winder address.
It used to be that all games from both schools were filmed and shown, but in the past 2 seasons Winder Barrow would have 5 broadcasts and Apalachee would have 5 games shown in a week delayed broadcast.The schools in this county and the city are BARROW COUNTY SCHOOLS, not the CITY OF WINDER SCHOOLS! It is such a shame that the City of Winder would take this stance and leave the coaches, players, parents and students of Apalachee out of the football broadcast schedule.
Let's state some facts: In the past 6 years (2006-2011) it has been Apalachee who has went to the state playoffs 4 times. In those same 6 years Winder Barrow won a total of 9 games, and no playoff appearances. It is Apalachee who has brought in visitors from around the state to the Winder area to spend money during the times the state playoffs were held here. And this was before restaurants were even in the 316 area.
The City of Winder is turning their backs on the many fans, parents and grandparents who will watch TV 21 to see their children play, not to mention some of the players who would watch to review what they did during the game. Why is it that Apalachee is always second to Winder Barrow? I could understand if this was a city school, like the City of Buford District or Jefferson City Schools. But again it's NOT, its a Barrow County School, and both Barrow County Schools should be treated the same. City of Winder, give Apalachee their 5 football games, along with Winder Barrow's 5 games and keep it fair to all! Just remember its not only Winder Barrow parents who support businesses in the Winder city limits.
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