Notes from the Newsroom: 8/20/09
Time for another edition of "Notes from the Newsroom" as your blogger shares some of thoughts on our little corner of local television.
As you have seen by now, WKYC will indeed be broadcasting the Browns vs. Lions game this Saturday. Although several thousand tickets remain, the Browns and the station apparently reached an agreement that will allow us to show the game. The first week's ratings for the game were very good, although the same can't be said about the Browns overall performance. Hopefully this week will be better. Catch the game this Saturday night at Cleveland Browns Stadium at 7:30 p.m. The Pregame Huddle will air at 7 p.m.
We are in the process of doing some set tweaks that you will get to see on our newscasts over the next week or so. The biggest improvement will be brand new HD monitors in the newsroom that will be behind Romona in the background. Old Herbie the painter was hard at work Thursday taking down the old monitors and doing a little painting to get things ready for the install which should happen quickly once the paint dries.
Our new WKYC HD Master Control Room went on-line Wednesday, August 19th. It's a cool new state of the art setup that will allow us to run operations locally or remotely from Jacksonville, Florida, in the event of a disaster here in Cleveland. We've been waiting a long time to get this project finished and our engineering staff did an outstanding job, as usual. You'll probably see a hiccup or two until everyone gets used to the new equipment, but hopefully everything will go smoothly during this transition.
Finally, CSU Professor Michael Rand was in the building Tuesday to observe our on-air operations and get some ideas for his television project classes. Professor Rand sat with our producers and web folks to better understand how we operate on a day to day basis. Then, he sat in the control room to watch my producer Amanda and I do the 6 pm telecast. As many of you know, your blogger attended Cleveland State University back in the early 1990s, and Professor Rand and I kind of past each other in the night at CSU. He actually replaced the talented director, Bob Jacobs, who taught me how to direct. Bob is one of the best in the business.
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