Jay Presti could be devoting more time to big money clients such as renowned country-music artist George Straight.
Instead, the 35-year old Stephenville man always manages to save enough time to continue the work he is most proud of - providing the Stephenville community with the ability to watch Yellow Jackets football games on TV, and to learn more about the team on the web.
“I pride myself on being from Stephenville,” Presti said, “and the Yellow Jackets represent the community in a great way.”
Presti, owner of OLP Media, INC., began working with Stephenville ISD football six years ago. At that time, the company which was providing videography for Friday night games to be replayed on Northland Cable, became unaffordable.
Presti's first solution was to make and release DVD's of the game for fans to collect. This year, the games will once again be aired on Northland.
Games can be seen on channel 9 anywhere that receives Northland Cable service. Broadcasts begin at 7 p.m. and run until the game is complete.
Another replay of the previous week's action is being shown at noon on Wednesday, something which has aroused participation by several Stephenville restaurants.
Presti lists End Zone Pizza, CiCi's Pizza, Cotton Patch, Rio Grande, and Montana's among others, which have been informed of the showing. He said many of these have built lunch specials around the broadcast to increase business.
“High School football is the pride of the town,” Presti said. “This gives businesses in the community a chance to help build revenue for each other while doing something we can all take pride in.”
Presti also works with partner and friend Cody Derrick on the popular website stephenvilleyellowjackets.com.
Wade Miller of welovetexas.com helped Presti and Derrick build the site. It is now the third most-visited site in Stephenville, according to research by Presti. He said the message board on the site drives many of its hits, as 3,000 posts had already been made this week as of Wednesday.
One of the key features of the site is video highlights from Yellow Jackets games. This fall, Presti will also be compiling highlight reels for the Empire-Tribune, which will be accessible on the web at empiretribune.com.
Presti has an extensive background in videography and digital media. His Blue Collar Adventures series will air weekly on the Sportsman's channel from Oct.-Jan. A large viewing audience of approximately 3.5-million are expected to tune in.
He has also done work for several Texas Music artists, including Roger Craiger, the Eli Young Band and Wade Bowen. This year, his company filmed the entire Larry Joe Taylor Music Festival, and he is now working to release cd's and dvd's from the event.
While many of his other endeavors have greater earning potential, it's sharing his love for Yellow Jacket football with the community he is so proud to be a part of that satisfies Presti the most.
Brad Keith is the sports editor at the Empire-Tribune. He can be reached at (254) 965-3124, ext. 241, or by e-mail at email@example.com.