Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

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.

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You have been warned.

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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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Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

When our Festival pledge drive ended in March, we all got parting gifts. Well, maybe that’s too flip but someone (I’m still not certain who the responsible party is) left pens as a reward for everyone’s contribution to our annual fundraiser. It’s a nice gift and really goes to prove that each and every member of the UNC-TV family is a valuable part of Festival and their hard work is very much appreciated.

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No, thank you!

Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

One of the staples of any successful pledge break is the premium offer. You know – books, CDs, DVDs, the sort of ancillary material that fans of a show, if not viewers in general, might desire.

I snapped these pics of some premiums available during one of our breaks. Maybe you pledged and maybe you got one. If not, take a gander at what you could have had…

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The premium display used during one of our news & public affairs breaks.

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A PBS Newshour hat and mug – for the viewer who likes coffee or has a cold head!

 

Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

As you enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday, we here at UNC-TV are preparing for our WinterFest pledge drive. Technically, the drive began last night with the Alice’s Restaurant 50th Anniversary Concert. However, it won’t be until the weekend that volunteers arrive and the crew settles in for WinterFest in earnest.

If you get a chance to stop by and lend a hand as a UNC-TV volunteer (highly recommended, especially if you’ve never seen the inside of a TV studio), you are privy to the inner workings of broadcasting on a level not a lot get to witness these days – live television! Assuming you can’t volunteer, I wanted to share some shots of the WinterFest set as it sits idle, awaiting occupation by vols and staff. It’s more utilitarian than snazzy but it’s what you need when you have dozens of fantastic volunteers taking phone calls from viewers like you.

So take a look. See what we see on this side of the camera. And remember: we’re always looking for dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers if you want to see the set in person!

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