Bearcat News Network

  • Cullman High School has its own broadcast network team.  These students participate in all aspects of broadcast production. The Cullman High School Broadcast Network (a.k.a., Bearcat News Network or BNN) is a student driven multimedia team which produces Bearcat News features as well as delivering live streams and video on demand of CHS academic and extracurricular events, including theater productions, scholarship signings, sporting events, student meetings, graduation, pageants, and school board and community meetings via their partnership with the National Federation of High School Sports Network (NFHS).

    CHSBN not only broadcasts for Cullman High School, but also broadcasts for the Alabama High School Athletic Association.

    During the 1st Round football playoff game between Ramsay and Cullman, CHSBN incorporated live drone shots for the first time during the game.

    This year CHSBN was selected to broadcast the the Briarwood Christian vs.  St. Clair County semi-final football game, which was one of the most watched semi-final playoff games in the AHSAA.

    CHSBN was just selected to broadcast the AHSAA state final bowling championships at Pelham. This will be the first time in the history of this newly sanctioned sport that the finals will be broadcast.
    The team will also broadcast the Northwest Regional basketball finals at WSCC, the 1A-3A state track meet in Cullman, and the state soccer championships in Huntsville.

    CHSBN has just recently started live Facebook and live YouTube broadcasts, which will compliment their NFHS broadcasts.

    You can find out more about the Bearcat News Network by contacting Mr. John Drake at

    You can also visit my teacher webpage by clicking here.  


  • NFHS Elite School logo  The Bearcat News Network was named an Elite School for 2018. Elite schools are the best of the best when it comes to producing, broadcasting, promoting and covering their school’s activities. On average, Elite schools produced over 100 events across an average of seven different sports.  Elite Schools distinguished themselves as leaders among the 1,700+ schools involved in the School Broadcast Program. 

    This was the Bearcat News Network's second Elite ranking in two years. This recognition would not have been possible without the support of CHS and CCS administrators and, most especially, the hard working students who were members of the Bearcat News Network. 

Broadcast crew at 2018 football game
Coach Drake with the broadcast crew for a home basketball game
camera operator for broadcast network golf event at Terri Pines
students in press box for football broadcast
2017 - 2018 Bearcat News Network crew
Eli and Kacy on the mics for CHS broadcast network
CHSBN broadcasting CHS basketball
Bearcat News Network logo
NFHS Elite Broadcast Program logo


2018 - 2019 Broadcast crew at basketball
2018 - 2019 Broadcast crew at basketball control panel
students broadcasting football game for Bearcat News Network
Broadcast crew at CHS basketball
Kacy on the camera
Coach Drake demonstrates drone operation