Jake Birkemeyer

R&J Broadcasting announcer Jake Birkemeyer, left, talks to his broadcast partner Tuesday at Hillsboro-Central Valley’s boys basketball game against Larimore in Hillsboro.

Mark Forseth never expected Your Live Event to take off so quickly.

The sports streaming service debuted on YouTube in September 2019 with four full- and part-time workers covering Hillsboro-Central Valley athletics up and down Region 2 in northeastern North Dakota.

Less than a year and a half later, Your Live Event has expanded its footprint to stream games from eight schools across eastern North Dakota and western Minnesota, staffed by a small army that includes 15 on-air personalities and 16 camera operators.

Forseth, who serves as chief executive officer of Halstad Telephone Co., said HTC and its broadcast partner, R&J Broadcasting of Ada, Minn., didn’t plan to expand so rapidly.

Brady Siebels

Brady Siebels with R&J Broadcasting calls a wrestling match Tuesday in Kindred as part of Your Live Event’s broadcast of Hillsboro-Central Valley sports.

But the popularity of their YouTube channel – especially in the age of the new coronavirus when spectators have been banned from high school games – changed those plans.

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