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Just a curious news music junkie... [29 Nov 2007|11:08pm]

[ mood | curious ]

Of the many news music packages,my personal favorites are the still-in-use 1999 WABC package(previously used by a few other stations as well though I'm not sure if any West Coast stations have used it)as well as News In Focus(still used by KTVN/Reno and WHIO/Dayton).For those familiar with Sacro,does anyone know if KOVR's package is a custom one?BTW,most of my YouTube faves are newscast OP's...

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Hello All [28 Dec 2006|11:40pm]

Hello everyone.

Just started the 'whole LJ' thing and thought I would introduce myself. I work on the Technical side of Television News. MCO and Audio are my roots, but I am more of a jack of all trades. I see that this is not an active group, but to all who read it - HI.
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[16 Jun 2005|11:13pm]

Hi all!

I am a former local news production assistant, director, promotions editor, promotions producer, etc. I am now a stay at home mom. I LOVE to rag on our local news station (NBC affiliate) since I used to work there - especially when it comes to stories not living up to the promos.

I am looking forward to chatting with you folks, and maybe giving unwanted advice. ;)
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Good morning! [17 Feb 2005|09:51am]

I've had 'tv news' listed as an interest of mine for some time now, but I've never taken the opportunity to see if in fact there are any LJ Communities behind it.

My name is William, and currently I am not in the field of broadcasting, but am planning on pursuing a career in tv news through Specs Howard.

Currently my favorite news station is our ABC Action News affiliate, which is in a top five market. They are professional, approach humor politely, and have the darn nicest set. I was foutunate to tour their news room a while back and see the operations for myself, and I should say, I was surprised at how few people ran the operation, at least during a noon broadcast. The anchors have a wonderful television presence with the exception of the new fake-bake, large-head (literaly), Stephern Clark. That guy comments on every news story and has had some character slip ups that I will one day gladly mention. I suppose most of my resentment for him is because he ousted my role model Guy Gordon, who worked the 5, 6, 11 and sometimes noon and morning news casts. Guy now works at the local NBC station doing the moring news.

My least favorite station is our FOX affiliate, they talk like they don't know what they are doing, their set is unattractive (I know that's a little shallow), and sometimes they have camera problems. They have gotten better at their casts in later years. I commend them for that.

I am excited about being a part of this Community.
Thank you.
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here we are [30 Jan 2005|09:14am]
hello all.

february is upon us. as a view that means you will see lots of protions of stories which seem a little more exciting then normal.

its sweeps time.

where reporters must sensationalize, strech and brush off the hyperbole dictionary.

those stations that a realy desperate will be giving stuff away.

unless you have a monitor in your home, feel free to ignore the whole month.

and if you do have a monitor...please...for the love of god, get out of your home at least once a month.
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the a block [22 Jan 2005|03:07pm]
hello all.

glad youre here.

im a reporter at a 75 or higher market and sorry for the anonymity, but dont want to get fired.

look forward to sharing with all of you.
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Hello all! [05 Dec 2004|01:08am]

Hi everyone, I'd like to introduce myself to the group.

I'm Fredrick, and I've been fortunate enough to work for several local affiliates in Kansas and Texas over the last few years.

Here's hoping there's many an interesting bit of info be discussed here!
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[17 Nov 2004|01:33am]

Hey everyone,
Not really a rant - but an interesting story nonetheless.
We run a 2 hour newscast on Saturday and Sunday mornings, well turned out Saturday was the first snow of the season and the temperature dropped to -very cold- overnight and we got about 4-5 inches of snow. I go in to work at 5am (the show starts at 6am on Sat. and 7am on Sunday), everything is going fine, aside from the fact that the control room was unusually warm (its typically meat-locker temperature in there) - figuring the engineers were nice enough to crank up the heat, we thought nothing of it until 7am when things started acting funny - then everything turned to crap. We lost our routers, the switcher kept resetting itself, cameras and monitors started rolling, chyron crashed, the VTR remotes went out, our output turned green. It was a disaster. The weather computers were useless, we lost our remote live shot, so it turned to a morning of readers (the anchor just reads stories w/ no SOTs or VOs cuz the tape decks were not routing) on tight shots because our OTSs were offline.
Now, like most TV stations these days, our station is hubbed, but our breaks looked fine off air, so we knew it wasn't a problem with the hub or a problem with our transmitter - turns out the A/C vents on the roof froze closed = A/C wouldn't turn on = equipment overheats = shuts down to prevent fires = we lost sync and everything turned to crap after that. 3 engineers came in and fixed the problem 5 minutes before the end of the show. ;-) Moral of the story --- the god of heat will never visit a studio control room, something is wrong when it is a comfortable temerature.
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Shocking news from Cleveland... [16 Nov 2004|11:49pm]

[ mood | optimistic ]

Although veteran Cleveland anchors Tim Taylor and Wilma Smith have signed new multi year deals to remain at WJW-8-Fox, their work schedule has been cut to include only the station's 6 p.m. weeknight newscast. For years, they've handled both the 6 and 10.

The modified lineup has been in the works for months, according to News Director Greg Easterly, who noted that Taylor and Smith were both coming to the end of their current contracts in December.

Beginning Jan. 3, the 5 p.m. anchor team of Bill Martin and Stacey Bell will expand their duties to include the 10 p.m.

Weather guesser Dick Goddard, the station's most enduring presence, will continue to work the station's 5, 6 and 10 p.m. news.

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Welcome. [03 Nov 2004|10:11am]

[ mood | accomplished ]

Welcome everyone to the Local TV News community!

I don't work in the broadcast industry (but would like to some day) - I'm just a fan of the local news business. I don't notice only what's reported... I pay attention to the news music, graphics, set, etc. I'm a news junkie.

Anyway, whether you're just a fan of the business or actually work in local news, please feel free to post. If you work in the business, let us know what your typical day is like... or if you feel like it, any rants you may have.

If you're just a fan... what's your favorite staton and why? What's your least favorite? What would you change about it?

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