If you’ve ever watched a live break during one of on-air fundraisers and wondered how the folks extoling the virtues of our programming know when to stop talking and let someone else pick up the verbal baton, the answer is simple – the floor manager. A floor manager is someone who helps coordinate and inform on-air talent with visual clues – essentially, the intermediate between the director in the control room and the people on camera. Occasionally, floor managers communicate via hand signals, often it’s signs that are either pre-printed or written on the fly.
Here’s a collection of signs used by floor managers during a recent fundraiser. I found them after the fact on a table in our main studio.
Viewers of UNC-TV will no doubt have encountered signs of our August fundraiser, currently in progress. All week long, we’ve been presenting special programming along with the usual entreaties for your support. Last night, the folk duo Chatham Rabbits joined us in the UNC-TV studios for an evening of music and fun. Hope you had a chance to tune in.
Here’s a quick peek at a behind-the-scenes sight used to keep track of the evening’s fare. When engaging in live television, it’s important for everyone involved – staff, producers, talent, volunteers – to be on the same page and a handy guide like this is invaluable.
When you work in broadcasting, you are forced to think ahead. What to air, what to produce, what to acquire. With that in mind, I caught sight of this message on a white board in one of the offices here recently.
You have been warned.
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.
If you have volunteered during an on-air fund drive here at UNC-TV, you may have spied this notice on your way out.
Our sylvan campus is indeed home to an abundance of fauna, so careful driving is a must! Volunteer opportunities abound here, as well, so feel free to visit our website to find out more!