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A THESIS Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College at the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Master of Arts, Major: Journalism and Mass Communications, Under the Supervision of Professor Jerry Renaud. Lincoln, Nebraska: December, 2011

Copyright 2011 Carrie S. Tachiyama


The experience of producing a full episode and several segments of Mariners All Access provides an in-depth look at the inner workings of a production at a regional sports network. Examining the role of the producer, what lessons are learned and discovering more effective ways to produce Mariners All Access.

The producer in this instance is a manager of a small staff, a researcher and a creator of storylines. From previous experience an assumption is made that sports networks and news stations operate the same way. After the author’s experience in producing Mariners All Access it is shown this is not the case. ROOT SPORTSTM, a regional sports network located in three regions throughout the United States, has a unique philosophy, quite different from an independent news station. This creative thesis will provide an understanding of how a production department at a regional sports network operates through examples of the program Mariners All Access.

Advisor: Jerry Renaud