Broadcasting is Back

As many of you may have noticed, or not noticed due to the sleeping you do in home-room, morning announcements are back.  After our unforeseen, month-long hiatus, we are ready to deliver the ever so important morning announcements to the best of our abilities.  However, due to the month of technical difficulties, those abilities may not yet be able to meet your high expectations for morning announcements.  We do apologize for any flaws, but we will ask that you please bear with us while we get back into our morning routine.

Behind the anchors that brighten your home-room’s TV every morning, there is a team of highly trained specialists broadcasting students that operate the control room, the teleprompter, and the cameras.  Without these technical jobs, video announcements wouldn’t be possible.

In the control room, you have the control board with all the buttons that transmits audio and video.  I must inform you that sitting back there, behind the table with all the glowing buttons, is a very difficult task.  Not because of the technological stuff, but because of the temptation to push all the buttons.  You’d be surprised at the amount of restraint it takes to not push the big red one.

Teleprompter is pretty simple, but it also has some temptations of its own.  The person working the teleprompter first copies and pastes the emailed morning announcements onto the teleprompter website.  She then designates each announcement to an anchor by typing the anchor’s initials before it.  The original copied announcements do not include a greeting or the “Have a great day Mercy” closing announcement that you commonly hear.  Including those salutations is also part of the teleprompter job, and it’s also where the temptation lies.  As the person editing the announcements, you have full control of what the anchors are saying.  Now, of course no one would ever deliberately sabotage the morning announcements, but that doesn’t mean that some of us (not me) haven’t thought about funny ways to do it.  The only thing I ever wanted to have the anchors say is “I’m Ron Burgundy?”  It would be epic.

Camera people don’t really do much.  The cameras always stay in the same positions on the anchors and the walk-ins.  Sometimes they’ll need adjusting, or focusing, but overall, I think that the camera people have it the easiest.

Now as you can tell, these jobs require a lot of practice to master.  So please, in the following weeks, we ask you to be considerate of the fact that our broadcasting team is relearning how to do everything.  We don’t like to mess up, but in the rare case that we do, we just wanted to let you know why.

Julia Von Allmen ’16

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