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Jordan siblings like to put on a show

By DIANE GASPER-O’BRIEN
dobrien@dailynews.net

It wasn’t your normal family reunion. But four siblings from Hays said it’s what they enjoy doing together.

The three older brothers of Hays High School sophomore Bailey Jordan joined their younger sister in helping broadcast live all four HHS games at this past weekend’s Western Kansas Diamond Classic at the Hays High field.

All of Bailey’s brothers are Hays High graduates who work in video production at Kansas State University in Manhattan.

Heading up the Jordan bunch’s operation was Chris, who is associate producer/director for K-State’s video production services.

Both he and his twin brother, Matt, are K-State graduates, and because Matt also works on campus — he is a locksmith for the KSU housing and dining services — he helps Chris broadcast all the Wildcat football, basketball, volleyball and baseball games on K-State HDTV.

This year, the twins also have the help of their younger brother, Gardner, who followed them to Manhattan after graduating from Hays High last spring.

The twins got their start in broadcasting in grade school when they did the morning news at O’Loughlin Elementary School. That interest carried into their middle school days at Felten Middle School.

“I really liked the technology side of things, and at O’Loughlin, whenever there was a problem, I ended up running down there and helping out,” Chris said.

By the time the twins reached high school, they were hooked. By the time they were seniors at Hays High, Chris virtually was running Channel 13, the district’s student-run channel.

They went off to K-State, and when Gardner entered high school, he followed in his brothers’ footsteps and this year has helped out with various video productions at K-State. And now Bailey is doing the same, although the brothers said they aren’t sure where she will go to college.

“She always jokes around that she’s a KU fan,” Chris said.

Nonetheless, although she still has two years of high school remaining, Bailey said she is planning to follow her brothers to K-State.

“My brothers always did it, and I thought it was pretty cool,” Bailey said while taking a break from running a camera Saturday.

Chris and Matt learned under longtime teacher Dave Windholz, the pioneer of video production at Hays High. When Windholz retired in 2010, Chris said he wanted to help out the program because “it was the greatest thing when I was in high school.”

Since then, Chris has offered advice to HHS teachers Corina Beam and Dan Balman both in person and over the phone. And Chris is the one who thought it would be good experience for the Hays High students to broadcast a sporting event live.

“Chris has helped out so much,” Beam said, “and I think it was a great idea to film these games ... great learning experience for our kids.”

“We have the technology (at Hays High) to do this,” she added. “And now that these kids have a feel for it, they will want to do it a lot more.”

Instructions how to view the weekend games can be found on the Hays High wensite at www.hayshighindians.com and click on “video on demand” on the top menu bar.