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Miss-Lou broadcaster provides opportunities for students, parents through livestreaming sports

NATCHEZ — In press boxes on Friday nights at Miss-Lou high school football games, Jimmy Allgood can be seen with cameras and crewmembers recording the football game for Mid-South Broadcasting.

Since 2012, Allgood said he has provided a way for those who cannot be at a game to still watch their son or daughter play sports.

“I saw the need in our area for those parents, grandparents and other family members that cannot make it to a 4 p.m. week day basketball game or a hot August Friday night football game,” Allgood said.

Mid-South Broadcasting is an Internet livestreaming company and broadcasts around the world.

Through recording high school sports, Allgood has provided Miss-Lou eighth-grade through high-school-aged students the opportunity to operate a camera, edit and broadcast a game for their high schools.

Claire Williams is one of the high school students who helps Allgood record a variety of high school sports. 

Williams is a sophomore at ACCS and said it is awesome to help with recording high school sports.

“I want to go to college at University of Southern Mississippi and help record their football games,” Williams said. “Recording games has opened my eyes up to different things around the community. It is awesome to get the chance to record games with Jimmy.”

Greg Simmons is one of the crewmembers for Mid-South Broadcasting who helps Allgood at a variety of high school sports. Simmons has been working with Allgood for five years.

“One of my favorite memories of working with Jimmy is seeing the excitement of a fantastic football game played by both teams and also working with the different people I have worked with over the years,” Simmons said. “I have been to a bunch of different schools and I have worked with a bunch of people in the press box and that has been very fun.”

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Mid-South Broadcasting has shown rebroadcasts of high school football championship games featuring Trinity Episcopal High School, Cathedral High School and ACCS. The broadcasts are available online and through Roku and Amazon Fire. Allgood said there are rebroadcasts of soccer matches, basketball games and baseball games as well.

This week, Mid-South Broadcasting has recorded the senior night for Delta Charter School sports on Tuesday and the Natchez-Adams School District graduation ceremony on Thursday. The Mid-South Broadcasting crew will record Delta Charter School’s graduation at 7 p.m. today.

Simmons said he worked the two-man group at the senior night for Delta Charter School sports and it was rewarding for him.

“I walked into my day job on Wednesday and one of my coworkers gave me thanks,” Simmons said. “He got to watch the senior night because he was not able to be at Delta Charter. It is appreciation from someone like my coworker that stands out because it surprises me to see number of people who will watch the livestreams if you provide it to them.”