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.
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.
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.
For some reason tote bags have always been associated with public broadcasting. It’s almost a cliché really. But, true enough, tote bags have been handed out in various forms by PBS stations for decades. I don’t know if the one pictured below was a giveaway or not but it caught my eye recently when I spied it in a meeting room.
It’s a Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood bag featuring the Neighborhood Trolley. Might be an obscure premium from a long-forgotten fund drive or a kitschy collectible from PBS Kids past. Regardless, I thought it was a pretty neat discovery.
Chris and Martin Kratt’s unique live look at the fauna of the The Last Frontier concludes Sunday night at 8 on UNC-TV. If you haven’t been following the amazing television that is Wild Alaska Live there will be ample opportunity to watch it again (the series repeats on the Explorer Channel in August).
Here’s a shot of a promotional poster gracing a co-worker’s cubicle.
This may seem to be an odd sight for a television station but it’s one I spied recently in a small room which doubles as the offices for our on-air fund drives. If memory serves, these inflatable emoji balls (I swear – if there’s another name, it escapes me) were used for the set of some of our more recent drives. Perhaps they are now merely waiting for their next on screen appearance.
Here’s a shot of one of our remote production trucks as it waits its next assignment. UNC-TV sends crews to every end of North Carolina to record interviews, concerts, press conferences and uncountable hours of footage every year for use in the numerous original programming we produce here in our RTP facilities.
If you see one of these UNC-TV vehicles on the roadways around our fair state, feel free to give ’em an encouraging wave.