BRENDAN, SEAN and Terry Stackhouse (l to r) have all spent (or continue to spend) time on the air broadcasting local sports on Wolfeboro Community Television. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
June 11, 2012WOLFEBORO — Wolfeboro Community Television manager Peter Pijoan might have a need to worry a bit.
The Stackhouse pipeline is almost empty.
Since 2005, there has been at least one Stackhouse amongst the cameras and microphones that make up the sports coverage of Kingswood athletics on Wolfeboro's television station.
The three Stackhouse brothers, Terry, Brendan and Sean, have done just about everything that needs to be done for broadcasting Kingswood sports, while at the same time also competing in Knight uniforms in numerous different activities.
Terry, the oldest of the three children of James and Sharon Stackhouse, was the first to work with the cameras and he remembers well that things didn't exactly go well that first time out.
"The first football game of my sophomore year (2005), I did play-by-play and I took a lot of flack, deservedly so," Terry said, laughing as he remembers using the words "55-yard line" at one point and continuing to laugh as he recalls Pijoan, who was filming from the level above, stomping on the roof or yelling down to tell him and broadcast partner Tom Moore that they had the wrong name.
"It hurts to hear it," Terry said. "But it helps you go forward."
Brendan, the middle son, followed his older brother around the television station and eventually, with help a little short, he got wrangled into helping out when he as in middle school, doing a little camera work.
"We were pretty desperate (for help)," Terry jokes.
"They needed many kids to do crew and that's where I found by interest, doing behind-the-scenes stuff," Brendan said.
While Brendan was more interested in behind the scenes stuff, he also spent plenty of time on camera, working football games at Kingswood as well as Brewster basketball games.
Sean, the youngest of the brothers, followed his older brothers around and just like Brendan, found himself involved at a young age when help was needed.
"When Terry did games, I always came up with him," Sean said.
This year, his sophomore year at Kingswood, Sean started doing a lot of games for the station, doing basketball at Kingswood and Brewster, as well as Kingswood lacrosse, baseball and softball.
"I love it," Sean said, though he admits that it's weird hearing his own voice. "I usually don't understand what my voice sounds like. It's not what I think."
Terry and Brendan have both graduated from Kingswood, Terry walking down the aisle in 2008 and Brendan following in 2011, but both are still very much involved in television, as they both headed to Emerson College in Boston. Terry just graduated a few months ago and is looking for a job in the broadcast world after studying broadcast journalism.
"I loved it," Terry said of his college experience. "But two weeks later, I'm unemployed and eating all my parents' food.
"But you've got to be patient," he continued. "Patience and persistence, I apply to jobs every day."
Brendan is studying studio television production at Emerson and is looking to get into live sports when he finishes up.
"Technical director type of stuff, everything the director calls up, I push the buttons for," Brendan said of what his job consists of most days.
His older brother, however, sees it a bit different, as Terry is much more comfortable on the other side of the camera.
"It looks like something from Star Trek when I look at it," Terry said of the board his brother operates. "It's like Chinese to me."
The two brothers also spent time working together on Good Morning Emerson last year, but on different sides of the camera, as expected.
Sean is enjoying his time in front of the camera at the moment, following more in Terry's footsteps as he continues to broadcast Kingswood games.
Terry had the chance to broadcast from the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in 2007, after working with Pijoan and Kingswood drama instructor Scott Giessler to be part of the Fancaster experience with what was then the Fox Sports New England television network at a Celtics game.
"I owe it all to Peter," Terry said of his interest in television broadcasting. "My interest in that never would've been fostered if he hadn't been willing to let a 16-year-old kid get more air time than he deserved."
Sean still has two more years at Kingswood and he hopes to keep on following in his brothers' footsteps, but after that, there are no more Stackhouse boys in the wings after what will be 10 years of Stackhouses on the air.
But when all is said and done, there will be no denying the impact that the Stackhouse brothers have had on the evolution of Wolfeboro Community Television.
Joshua Spaulding can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 569-3126