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The studio camera. On the front the triangle shaped device is a 1 way mirror, and the white box below it is a monitor that projects text off the 1 way mirror. That's your basic teleprompter. The anchors can read while keeping eye contact with the camera.
Between newscasts the studio is dark except for the decorative lighting on the set which stays on all the time.
Here is the view from the newsdesk
This is the Cart Prep Station, it is used to read time code from the video tape and generate a bar code used by the automation system, called a Library Management System.
The Library Management System holds 500 BetaCam video tapes in that white cabinet. A robotic arm in the cabinet pulls tapes and loads them into 1 of 4 VCRs mounted inside. The computers on the table control everything and have a copy of the day's playlist so they can load commercials at the appropriate time.
Here you see the arm in front of the top VCR loading a tape. Today, this function is performed by servers with digital video files but in the mid 90s, servers did not have the capacity so we relied on the mechanics of the LMS.
Here are the tapes, each white bar-code label is a single tape with a single commercial
Reel to Reel VTR tapes were often used to distribute commercials and syndicated programs or movies.
Here are the 4 VCRs used for news playback. A single news story may have had between 1 and 3 tapes, so you had to constantly be shuffling tapes. At any given moment you would be waiting for a tape to eject on 1, playing a tape on 2, queuing a tape on 3, and loading a tape on 4. You just keep rotating through tape decks.
This is the left side of Master Control
Here is the center of Master Control, there is a LMS workstation on the operator's right, and in the middle is the on-air switcher. The Master Control operator is considered by the FCC to be the legal operator of the station and must sign a log whenever the enter or leave their shift. By law, someone must be there 24/7.
This is the right side of Master Control, the monitors represent possible program sources available for air at any time. There was also a red envelope at the back of the room with an authentication code for the Emergency Broadcast System and a set of audio tapes with the presidential emergency message to be used in case of a nuclear war (that was always a little creepy to know).
Here is the front of the building with my 1989 T-bird
When the WB network started and WWHO 53 began doing the 10:00 news, we installed a second master control to operate it from. At the right you see the Betacart, a smaller automation system than the LMS. At the left is the Flexicart, an automation system for recording satellite feeds and playing them back on the air.