Blakeney, 52, director of the television center at Grambling State University, is in New Orleans working for Producers Management TeleVision (PMTV), an independent television production company providing international television feeds. He'll be holding a handheld camera on the field, covering the game and capturing the scene of sideline hosts and reporters.
For Blakeney, this is nothing new. After a successful television career in the area, the last couple of decades has included work for quite a variety of television networks as a freelance cameraman, including ESPN, CBS Sports, Cox Cable and Fox Sports shooting auto racing, baseball, basketball, football, golf, skiing, tennis, commercials, music videos, documentaries and even rodeos. As the director of the university's GSU TV Center, Blakeney likes to keep his knowledge and hands-on skills up to par so he can help students with the latest cameras, software and technologies.
"This is pretty special to be selected to shoot (handheld camera) at this level," said Blakeney, who lives in Calhoun with his wife, usually zipping to the Grambling campus on a Harley Davidson motorcycle. Blakeney works to help Grambling State students share some of these experiences, and this event coverage will include Glenrod Flemming, 21, a junior. The two of them will be working the San Francisco 49ers end zone, right by the "N" in the blue and white National Football League logo.
Immediately after the big event is over, Blakeney will be one of the people dashing over to capture the elation of the winning football team owner, the football coach and the football team and the trophy presentation.
Look for Blakeney. Just don't call his cell. He won't be paying attention to anything but getting the right shots.