If you tuned in to our Neighbor By Neighbor fundraiser earlier in the month, you may have caught sight of North Carolina’s own Malpass Brothers. On Thursday, June 7, UNC-TV debuted the documentary THE MAPLASS BROTHERS: HEADING HOME. This was followed up by the musical siblings live in the UNC-TV studios. To accommodate the duo, our William C. Friday Green Room was turned into a sort of prep area for the Malpasses (Malpi?). Here’s a sign that adorned the door in advance of their arrival.
Fans of Between The Lions will recognize this curious cub. Her name’s Leona and she’s wild about reading thanks to this wonderful children’s series featuring a family of anthropomorphic lions residing in a library. I spied this cool bean bag toy in a co-worker’s cubicle and snapped the pic.
Between The Lions debuted in 2000 and ran on PBS until about 2010. The series earned seven Emmy Awards.
UNC-TV will occasionally host events, screenings, meetings and the like within our RTP facilities. Often, these guests are greeted with a sign that reflects their organization. Here’s one I recently spotted in our lobby welcoming the North Carolina EastEnders Fan Club.
Did you know that UNC-TV is nearly 65 years old? Here’s a shot of part of a lovely timeline of our public broadcasting organization, from humble single station origins in 1955 to the current statewide network. This pic is simply the start of the 60+ year timeline. Sadly, the location does not allow for me to get a full picture in one shot, so I’ll try to post bits of it here and there in the coming weeks.
I saw this in our storage area and just liked the concept. “What happens if an unexpected guest shows up for Front Row?” “Get the extra chair.” I’m sure there’s more to it than that but there can’t be much more.
Quick shot this week of a couple of boom microphones in our equipment storage area. If you want more technical info than that, I’m not your guy (forgive me but I’m decades away from any field production experience). My guess is these were used on some remote shoots or other off-site productions. It’s entirely possible the audio you hear on a North Carolina Weekend feature or an Almanac Gardener segment was recorded using one of these mics.