WTVM-9 and CCG-TV joined forces on February 13, 2014 for a live broadcast of the Mayor’s Commission on Unity, Diversity, and Prosperity forum held at in the Council Chambers in the Citizens center. The purpose of the Mayor’s Commission on Unity, Diversity, and prosperity is to create a community where every person is valued and presented with equal access to opportunities. This was a forum open to the public hosted by WTVM channel 9’s own Barbara Gauthier and Jason Dennis. Along with Mayor Teresa Tomlinson there were four other panelists that addressed questions from the audience and discussed their thoughts regarding “packages”. Packages are self-contained taped (prerecorded) news reports in which anchors reads an introduction live.
As an intern at CCG-TV a lot of tasks were given to me to help prepare and assist in live production of the forum. Here’s a list of task: operating the sound board, load packages, produce lower-thirds of panelist and participants, and run through the entire show checking for errors. As I mentioned in a previous blog the best way to learn is by repetition and performing a task under pressure or live. During the live broadcast I made the mistake of muting news anchor Barbara Gauthier’s microphone, luckily Jason was introducing panelist at the time.
In conclusion, I gained valuable first-hand experience about what goes into producing a live broadcast. I can honestly say it is much easier to watch the news from the comfort of home, than it is to produce or work on set.