We want the Westminster College community to join us in a big shoutout to Jonathan McAfoos, the new Assistant Athletic Director of Broadcast and Digital media at Samford University Athletics. Jonathan completed his undergraduate degree in Broadcast Communications at Westminster College in 2011. We are incredibly proud he is part of the Mother Fair family. He is a native of Warren, Pennsylvania, and gained hands-on experience in broadcasting and sports with Titan Radio and Westminster Cable (WCN).
Jon McAfoos has been on staff overseeing all aspects of live sports productions at Samford in Alabama for the past six years.
McAfoos helpfed the university athletics program grow its television production, adding a broadcast control room in the Pete Hanna Center that contains two full-scale production units for simultaneous ESPN shows.
“Jon McAfoos has worked tirelessly to position Samford Athletics’ broadcast services team into one of the top on-campus production units in the country,” said Matt Jones, Samford’s Senior Associate AD for External Affairs. “Jon’s attention to detail, skillful instruction to his students and steadfast guidance sets him apart.”
In his first year, McAfoos helped launch Samford’s first-ever in-house broadcast on an ESPN platform, a 45-16 win for the football team over Central Arkansas on September 3, 2015, that aired live on ESPN3. That year, Samford produced a total of 20 ESPN broadcasts, a number that has subsequently increased in each season.
In a shortened 2019-20 athletic year, Samford produced 98 ESPN broadcasts in-house, with another 41 scheduled, ranking amongst the highest number of ESPN broadcasts produced in-house anywhere in the country.
Samford now produces ESPN shows for every women’s soccer, volleyball, football, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, and softball home game, as well as select home matches for men’s and women’s tennis. The broadcast team also produces certain outside events held on Samford’s campus, such as the Division II Gulf South Conference men’s and women’s basketball tournament, held each March at the Pete Hanna Center.
McAfoos is responsible for the hiring and training of a student staff that fills out roles such as camera operation, replay, graphics, audio, and sideline reporting. He also schedules and manages all on-air broadcast talent.
In addition to live events, McAfoos produces the Chris Hatcher Show each fall, and also produces and hosts the Samford Sports Wrap-Up, a weekly show with other Samford Athletics coaches and administration.
Prior to joining Samford, McAfoos worked two seasons in Minor League Baseball, serving as a Production Assistant with the Birmingham Barons (Chicago White Sox Double-A) and Quad Cities River Bandits (Houston Astros Single-A). Other live production and broadcasting work includes events with Down in Front Productions, UAB, Troy, Georgia State, and Jacksonville State, as well as the SEC, Conference USA, SoCon, Birmingham Bulls (SPHL), Birmingham Legion FC (USL), and Birmingham Iron (AAF).