Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

UNC-TV ended its latest on-air fundraiser earlier this week and trust me when I say what you see on your TV screen is just the tip of the iceberg. During these fund drives, the station is a beehive of activity with meetings, planning, scheduling and oh so many volunteers who drop by our RTP facilities to lend a hand.

However, when the cameras are off, volunteers and staff take a break and avail themselves of the catering spread provided and maybe take a few photos to post on social media. But don’t stray too far – the next break is just minutes away!

Here’s a shot seen outside the studio during last week’s North Carolina Night. As you can see the evening is almost over – five breaks down, one to go.

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Ruff And Ready

Good news for fans of Ruff Ruffman – the star of the fan-favorite PBS Kids series will be returning this fall in The Ruff Ruffman Show, an all-new short-form animated digital series.

Along with his assistants Blossom and Chet, the canine host extraordinaire will answer questions from real kids, take on challenges and learn the value of perseverance – all while modeling science inquiry skills.

The 20-episode series is designed to help kids ages 4-8 learn core science concepts through videos, game-play and hands-on activities and will be available on PBS Kids digital platforms on September 20.

My Top Five: Superheroes

Superheroes are big business these days, what with movies and TV shows and, of course, the comic book adventures that have delighted fanboys for decades. But public broadcasting also has a history of superhero characters in various forms. So here are my TOP FIVE PUBLIC BROADCASTING SUPERHEROES.

5) SUPER GROVER – Super Grover (now Super Grover 2.0) is Sesame Street’s well-meaning but inept hero who is “faster than lightning, stronger than steel, smarter than a speeding bullet” (and cute too). Certainly Grover was one of my favorite Muppets as a kid so it’s only natural his superhero persona would be as well. And anyone who can rock a visored helmet and cape like he does gets a thumbs up in my book. Continue reading

Monday Montage

What’s happening, what’s on and what’s interesting this week …

After the brutal murder of an African-American by white supremacists, two friends – one white, one black – made a film about their town. Catch the Two Towns Of Jasper on POV – tonight at 10 on UNC-TV.

Did you know that Bill Moyers once served as White House Press Secretary? The veteran journalist sat down with Terry Gross on Fresh Air recently to discuss his role in the LBJ administration and the passage of Medicare.

Experience a Tar Heel tradition as the we relive the 70th annual Azalea Festival Parade. Recorded in April in scenic Wilmington, the Azalea Parade features floats, balloons, bands from across the state and, of course, Queen Azalea and her court. Don’t miss the 2017 Azalea Festival Parade – Tuesday night at 8 on North Carolina Channel.

Ouch. LeVar Burton is being sued by the one of the producers of Reading Rainbow for using the show’s catchphrase. This just sounds wrong on so many levels. Continue reading

Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

UNC-TV creates hundreds of hours of original programming a year and much of it needs to be edited into the final product you would see on your television. That equates to thousands of hours of raw footage and B roll that must be seen in order to create that final product.

Nowadays, most of the material is digital and can be viewed from an office PC, laptop or similar device. In years past, it might be on any manner of videotape that could require a special tape deck or playback machine to watch. Thus screening rooms were set up where producers, directors, talent and other personnel could view raw footage or the perhaps a final edited product.

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FYI: since the advent of digital, these screening rooms are virtually unused and most have been converted into audio booths or coopted as storage space or something else entirely. What’s in this one? Can’t tell you – the door is locked.