Today's interviewees are Adam Salazar and David Todd, founders of PlayerPager. Their company made its debut in Georgia this year and has done sideline video of 17 games so far, most recently Stephenson vs. M.L. King and Holy Innocents' vs. Mount Vernon Presbyterian last Friday. Salazar, a TV producer, has created eight seasons of high school sports docuseries for NYC PBS. Todd was a sports talk show host for ESPN Pittsburgh for eight years.
Adam Salazar and David Todd, founders of PlayerPager
1. In short, what is it that you do? "PlayerPager is a free app created to provide support and exposure to student-athletes, coaches and high school athletic programs. We are a positive and clean social platform, a community where everyone who loves high school sports can interact and find resources to help achieve goals."
2. What is it that you're attempting to capture during a game? What's your style? That is, what makes it different than a regular video broadcast of a game? "Having grown from a PBS-TV Docuseries on high school football in New York City, PlayerPager specializes in 'sideline coverage,' which means we like to show the viewer aspects of the game they don't normally get to see. This includes capturing the timeout huddles, sideline celebrations after big plays and other unique moments along the way during a game. We are the opposite of a static camera capturing one look of the entire field."
3. Ultimately, what are you hoping to bring to high school football? What's your target audience? What's the mission, so to speak? "We want to offer players a place to build their personal brand, connect with teammates, fans and media as well as the ability to earn more exposure to college coaches. Sports are supposed to be fun, so we want kids to enjoy their experience on PlayerPager. We are certainly having a blast covering these schools."
4. Why did you choose to branch out into Georgia, and what's been your experience so far? "One of our founding partners [David Healy] is in Atlanta, and knowing the level of high school football 'y'all' play down here, it was an easy choice. We have been super impressed by the quality of the programs and the enthusiasm around the sport. It was a great decision, and we hope everyone will go download the App and check it out.''
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