The Rowing Channel

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The Rowing Channel
TRC logo
Available inEnglish
Traded asTRC
FoundedSan Francisco, California, United States
HeadquartersHuntington Beach, California, United States
No. of locationsAtlanta, Georgia
Long Beach, California
Sacramento, California
Boston, Massachusetts
Area servedWorldwide
OwnerNetrendity Networks, LLC
Founder(s)Brandin Grams
James Khatiblou
Lee Miller
ParentThe Rowers Consortium of Huntington Harbour, California
LaunchedFebruary 2014
Current statusActive

TRC, which is the operating trade name of The Rowing Channel, is a podcast network currently owned and funded by Netrendity Networks, LLC, which broadcasts live events of collegiate rowing regattas in the western United States with the addition of two major events in Gainesville, GA and Boston, MA. The channel is managed by The Rowers Consortium of Huntington Harbour, California, a cooperative of west-coast colleges, universities and rowing organizations with two major members currently located in Atlanta, GA and Cambridge, MA. Formed by volunteers from its member organizations, TRC's operation is a cooperative effort made up of content partners, rowing venues, and broadcast partners. TRC's content is currently delivered through Livestream, LLC.

Contrary to belief, TRC is not affiliated with USRowing or the International Rowing Federation.

Formation[edit | edit source]

The Ferry Building - San Francisco, CA

TRC's inception was formed February 2014 at the San Francisco Ferry Building over a lunch discussion between high school colleagues, one who was becoming a USRowing official. As the spring racing season started, alumni of California State University, Long Beach located in Boston, MA demanded that a regatta be watched from abroad. Rather rudimentary, the first broadcast was March 1, 2014, in the Long Beach Marine Stadium, using a single Apple iPad.[1]

As months moved on, Orange Coast College approached the group, forming the consortium for the first time. Shortly after, major collegiate conferences and other organizations joined the effort,[2] most recently from the Head of the Charles Regatta.

In Summer 2017, for its biggest broadcasts such as the HOCR, TRC became a managing partner of the operation with Iron Will Productions in Los Angeles, California.

Development[edit | edit source]

52nd Head of the Charles Regatta, 2016

TRC's broadcasts, while not operating under professional studio standards, consist of research and development on its own equipment via expertise from veterans of The Walt Disney Company, AT&T, and other radio telecommunications sectors. TRC leverages components from Canon Inc., ASUS, Behringer, Teradek, Blackmagic Design, VideoLAN, Magewell, Inc., Ubiquiti Networks, Novatel Wireless, Pantech Wireless, Verizon, Teamspeak, Mumble, Amazon Web Services, and StudioCoast Pty Ltd. in their broadcasts.

Some of TRC's logistics cover local audio/video infrastructure at the venue, though such abilities are limited without 3rd-party resources.

Programming[edit | edit source]

Men's Varsity 8+ A-Final, 2017 ACRA National Championships

Current lineup of events include, but not limited to:

  • Orange Coast Newport Regatta
  • Head of the Charles Regatta[3]
  • American Collegiate Rowing Association National Championships
  • Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Regional Championships
  • Related activities in the City of Long Beach, CA

Past Programming[edit | edit source]

  • Naples Island Collegiate Rowing Challenge (The Queen Mary Cup)

Content Partners[edit | edit source]

2017 Newport Regatta

Broadcast Partners[edit | edit source]

  • Iron Will Productions, Los Angeles
  • Internet Services

Venue Partners[edit | edit source]

The ClockCaster Project[edit | edit source]

In efforts to provide TRC's viewers with on-screen information, Netrendity Networks launched the ClockCaster Project, a self-publishing platform for sports timing results.[4] Currently in "Beta 3", the project started in Fall 2015, specifically working with rowing and canoe/kayak events. While not immediately planned, there are efforts to include professional timing instrumentation, such as FinishLynx and Omega SA (See Fully automatic time).

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