Who We Are
BEK Sports announces quality local programming including LIVE high school sporting events. BEK Sports has recently expanded from one network to three. click here to find out more about BEK Sports' broadcast partners and where you can watch BEK Sports LIVE!
Meet the BEK Sports Crew:
In June 2006, BEK offered Minot, N.D. native Jordan Hassler a unique challenge. This was the beginning of Jordan’s journey into unchartered waters. At that time, BEKTV was in its infancy and BEK Boadcasting, the division Jordan would be responsible for, was just appearing on the horizon. BEK Communications was buzzing with activity in preparation of delivering digital TV to its members. Offering local content is what set BEK apart from its competitors, and Jordan Hassler’s role was to see that this content was delivered. With a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Mary and a background in Color Commentator, Jordan was up for the challenge.
Now, as Broadcast Operations Manager for BEK Sports Network, Jordan continues to “live’ his dream” overseeing operational duties, scheduling, training, purchasing equipment, implementing the expansion of BEK Sports to include BEK Sports Central and BEK Sports West and supervising his staff of five. The focus of BEK Sports Network is to spread out games across the territory of eleven communications companies showcasing the areas athletes as well as those students and people of the region assisting in the broadcasts.
BEK Sports not only delivers local content, it focuses on educating a team to fill the spots of broadcasting an event. From the beginning, Jordan has been instrumental in providing the team step by step instruction in camera operations, audio, instant replay, graphics and commentary. Jordan loves being in front of the camera himself and he loves calling and directing games. He knows the product he wants delivered and he shares his knowledge with those assisting.
“I think the best part of working with the students, area individuals and non-profit groups is getting to see the look on their faces when they do a good job,” says Jordan. “Working with such a diverse group of people is great. The ones who really enjoy it, just light up when they get a chance to play with the technology.”
Email Jordan Hassler.
Sometimes parents have a tremendous influence on their children’s walk in life. Case in point – Scott Loerch begins a new career path with BEK Sports to realize his passion for sports and broadcasting. He credits his interests to his father Roger, who is in the N.D. Babe Ruth Baseball Hall of Fame for coaching and in the N.D. Wrestling Hall of Fame for broadcasting.
Scott joined BEK Sports July 1, 2010 as Live Event Director for the West area of BEK Sports Network. This means that Scott will be one of the local BEK Sports talents in the BEK Communications service area at local high school sporting events. Among other things, Scott has been a free lance videographer since 1993 doing a wide range of free lance work including wedding videography and working with the “Antiques Roadshow” on PBS, the “PBR” for Versus Network and also work with NBA TV. For nine years, he was an editor for KNDX FOX 26 and also became the Production Director for KNDX in 2005.
Scott knows about North Dakota high school sports from attending Harvey High School. He knows about big sports rivalry from attending the University of North Dakota, home of the UND Fighting Sioux. He also knows about communications and broadcasting from attending the Bailie School of Broadcasting in Seattle, WA. He brings this knowledge and experience to the BEK Sports staff and he is anxious to work along side the youth in our area to produce top notch shows for the BEK Sports audiences.
If you ask Scott what brings him to BEK Sports, he will say, “I am very excited about the growth of BEK Sports and I love the opportunity to be involved in live sports action.” Based on past years’ performances, our local high school teams, fans and BEK Sports crews will give Scott what he needs to help produce quality TV sports action.
Scott is from Bismarck. This summer, as time allows, he has been trying to master the game of golf and when winter comes, he will be following the UND Fighting Sioux Hockey team’s progress. In the past, Scott has served on various civic boards. He’s been a volunteer firefighter, president of the Harvey Chamber of Commerce and president of the Fraternal Order of Eagles. His focus now is the upcoming BEK Sports fall season; let’s show him what we’ve got!
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Brian accepted the position of Live Event Director in mid-August of 2015 and is so happy that he found a company hiring broadcasters right out of college. Not only did he find a company he felt was really producing a high quality product and making huge advances in the industry, he found a company willing to give him his first experience in a field he finds incredibly rewarding.
Brian’s main role is to provide play-by-play and color commentary for the games. He also assists in the prep work of setting up equipment, graphics and doing whatever it takes to ensure the BEK Sports broadcast is the absolute best that it can be.
Brian challenges you, the viewer, to test your viewing experience the next time you are watching your favorite team on TV. He suggests, “Turn the volume all the way down – now sit back and watch the game. You will be amazed how much less enjoyable it is to watch without the commentary.” To Brian, commentary is just great fun; it is an art that is not always appreciated by the viewer, but he plans to take us all to that exciting side of the game – the view from the commentator’s box.
Brian comes to North Dakota from the sun and sand coastal city of St. Petersburg. He attended the University of South Florida earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications. The Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida is a famous amusement park where Brian worked for three years being around the public in a fun and exciting atmosphere. Now he’s earned his first big break in broadcasting and his job is delivering excitement to the public.
Brian loves competitive games including golf, ice hockey and cards. He loves all kinds of music, preferring country or classic rock. He is a life-long die-hard Bucs, Rays, Lightening and USF Bulls fan.
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Corey, a Live Event Director, signed on with BEK Sports on September 8th, 2015. He is also a voice behind the action and helps out with whatever needs to be done to make the BEK Sports broadcast run as seamlessly as possible. He loves play-by-play and this young man is prepared to win over the TV viewers with his creative story telling. There are no silent couch potatoes in sports. Let Corey bring you the highlights of the game, the athletes, the stats and the plays and replays and see if you stay planted on the couch or are on your feet cheering for your team!
Corey comes from Pembroke Pines, Florida and he chose a job here because North Dakotans support their local sports. Corey says, “I really wanted to move to an area that has a true passion for its sports and it’s no doubt, the people here do.” Additionally, Corey saw that BEK is a rapidly growing company that still appears to have a family atmosphere and that impression is an added attraction for him. He will have the greatest of opportunities to gain experience in a field he loves, broadcasting many games from a variety of places. He’s so excited!
Corey attended the University of Florida studying Telecommunications, Political Science, with Minors in Business, History and IR. His past employment with GatorVision allowed him to do play-by-play broadcasting for a variety of Gator sports. At WUFT-TV, he served as a sports anchor and developed camera and commentary experience which is a great stepping stone to BEK Sports.
Email Corey Brooks.