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Greg Ardrey at WCMH-TV, 1993-1996



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  • 1.
    • WCMH-TV Studio, The "Live at 5" news set. On the right edge of the picture you see the front of the 6:00 set.
  • 2.
    • WCMH-TV Studio, the 6:00 news set. In the foreground you see a studio camera and the on-air monitor used by the news anchors to monitor the broadcast
  • 3.
    • The controls on the back of the studio camera
  • 4.
    • 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.
  • 5.
    • Between newscasts the studio is dark except for the decorative lighting on the set which stays on all the time.
  • 6.
    • Here is the view from the newsdesk
  • 7.
    • 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.
  • 8.
    • 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.
  • 9.
    • 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.
  • 10.
    • Here are the tapes, each white bar-code label is a single tape with a single commercial
  • 11.
    • Reel to Reel VTR tapes were often used to distribute commercials and syndicated programs or movies.
  • 12.
    • 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.
  • 13.
    • This is the left side of Master Control
  • 14.
    • 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.
  • 15.
    • 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).
  • 16.
    • Here is the front of the building with my 1989 T-bird
  • 17.
    • 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.