University of Montana journalism students are getting hands-on experience in the School of Journalism’s play-by-play sports announcing class.

The three-credit class gives students studying all disciplines of journalism the opportunity to come together to learn the art of sports announcing.

By the end of the three-week Winter session class, the students will have fanned out to announce 30 basketball games for high schools and UM. They’re learning radio and television announcing techniques from Adjunct Professor and Broadcast Media Center Producer/Director John Twiggs. Guest lecturers include former 'Voice of the Grizzlies' Bill Schwanke, and present 'Voice of the Grizzlies' Mick Holien.

Fifteen students are taking the Winter session course, and according to Twiggs, there is discussion of continuing the course in the future. Twiggs says non-students will be able to take the course in the future, should there be enough interest.

UM Adjunct Professor John Twiggs