Donald And Dustin Lowman: Youth Sports Get Big League TV Treatment

Last winter, as Westport edged slowly out of the coronavirus crisis, the youth basketball travel program instituted a strict rule: Only one parent per player could attend games.

Donald Lowman’s 12-year-old son Dhilan was on the team. Donald told parents he could help. He’d broadcast contests on Instagram.

Donald is not a sportscaster. He runs a search and consulting firm with Korn Ferry, focusing on benefits. But he and his son Dustin — a 2011 Staples High School and 2015 Middlebury College graduate, now a freelance writer and musician — are avid Mets fans. They love the announcers’ spirit and camaraderie. They figured they could augment Donald’s iPhone camerawork with their own banter.

The Lowmans’ setup was not sophisticated. (Then again, middle school gyms are not Citi Field.) But parents loved it.

Some said they preferred Donald and Dustin’s feeds to watching games in person. Thanks to the announcers, they knew more about what was going on.

Moms and dads were not the only viewers. Grandparents far from Westport tuned it. It was an exciting, fun way to connect with their grandsons. Some had not seen them in a year.

Travel basketball season ended. Travel baseball began.

“Not everyone wants to drive to Milford,” Donald notes. So he (who had coached all 3 of his sons) and Dustin (who remembered his Little League days fondly) headed out to left field, where their camera could  zoom in on the batter’s box.

Donald did play-by-play. Dustin was the color analyst. In between action — and in baseball, there’s lots of that — they riffed on their shared passion: music and pop culture trivia.

“We both know an enormous amount of useless information,” Dustin says. “It’s not useful anywhere else except here.”

The broadcasters learned each player’s tendencies and special talents. Parents loved that.

Donald and Dustin’s genuine enthusiasm for the game and its young players was infectious. So were Dustin’s insights into his own Little League experience, more than a decade earlier.

Donald and Dustin Lowman, at Westport’s 10U state championship game.

Watching live on Instagram was great. Some viewers — including the players themselves — also watched afterward. “I wish we had that when I was playing,” Dustin says.

Dhilan’s team lost in the district all-star finals. But parents of the 10U team — which was still playing — offered to pay Donald and Dustin to broadcast the state championship.

The duo did it for free. A friend of a coach provided a hi-def camera, mixing board, and headphones. This was the Big Time (Little League-style).

They had by far their largest audience: 500 viewers.

Donald has a full-time job. Dustin has his writing and music projects. They’re not going to turn this into a full-time gig.

But they’re not powering off Donald’s iPhone, either.

The Lowmans are thinking about how to turn their avocation into an after-school project. They’d especially like to reach out to youngsters in neighboring towns, who may not have access to the TV facilities in their schools that Westport kids do.

But enough pre-game chatter. Get some peanuts and Crackerjack. Grab a seat. Then click below.

It’s time to listen to Donald and Dustin’s state championship 10U call.

5 responses to “Donald And Dustin Lowman: Youth Sports Get Big League TV Treatment

  1. Dustin’s interest in music and song writing is near and dear to me. But Dustin has been around media for a while. I can not remember if he was interested in broadcasting sports events at Staples but he got pretty good at making video. For their Senior Internship project, Dustin and Jeremy Dreyfus created a video about their experiences in Westport Schools. The video was really pretty good. It was good enough that Westport Schools to this day use their video on the District’s Employment page to inform prospective teaching candidates of their experience growing up in the School System. If you click the link, you are brought to this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6ZeVRVagkE

    Continued success Dustin! Hope someday to hear your music on the radio…maybe even WWPT!

  2. Don Lowman and Dustin were out of this world awesome when this started at hoops during covid. It was like watching michael jordan pick up a ball and start shooting around! Bring back robert redford to have him play Donny in the Natural sequel about a broadcaster. Some of us were calling him Donny Most, after the famed Celtics broadcaster for decades! The lowmans are simply awesome, this has been one of the best things during a tough covid world!

  3. The quality of the broadcast is what is so surprising. The easy conversation plus the touches of humor and pop trivia are just as enjoyable as watching the game. I don’t live in CT, but found this channel on you tube one evening and will now make a point of watching (listening) in the future.

  4. As one of the Coaches of the 10U Team (Noah’s Dad), I can’t tell how thankful we are that you took the time to create this fantastic broadcast – incredibly professional and a true joy to watch. Nice to be able to share with Noah’s grandparents and extended family and great for Noah and I to watch after the game.

    Truly captured the joy of winning a State Championship!!

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