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.
A quick snap this week of some fridge magnets featuring old UNC-TV brands.
Just For Kids has been a part of our children’s programming since the 1990s but it will soon be phased out for our 24/7 Kids Channel brand, Rootle. And longtime viewers may recall the name North Carolina Public Television (NCPT). It’s what UNC-TV was called between the UNC Center For Public Television days and the current label.
Here’s a fantastic picture of our broadcast tower as seen from what I assume to be helicopter (possibly some other aircraft). The heights are dizzying but the view is spectacular. And, yes, that’s the UNC-TV facilities in the background.
As you approach our facilities in the Research Triangle Park, the first sign you’re in the right vicinity is our broadcast tower which looms high over the treeline. However, this little notice at the Alexander Drive entrance says to volunteers and guests alike, “You’ve reached your destination!”
I suppose there are people who work in television and consider it nothing more than a job. Not me. I love television. That’s probably why I get such a kick out of this fixture in the UNC-TV lobby: TV sets displaying the various channels of UNC-TV. It’s the first thing I see why I arrive and the last thing I see when I leave.
You might think a person who works in the industry would get sick of seeing television. That might be true for some but I can’t ever imagine that happening to me.
Multiple TV sets. A geeky television thing? Perhaps. But it’s still cool.
I think many viewers forget that UNC-TV is a statewide network encompassing 12 stations all across the Tar Heel State. This shot of a map in our engineering department gives you a good idea how far-reaching our broadcast signal is.
The UNC-TV signal reaches viewers in every corner of North Carolina.