Greg Ardrey at WCMH-TV, 1993-1996


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Greg Ardrey at WCMH-TV, 1993-1996

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