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Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

Ten years ago, PBS presented a four-part series on the nation’s highest court. Produced by WNET in New York, The Supreme Court premiered on January 31, 2007 and was repeated on UNC-TV a handful of times over the next few years. Chances are, you may not remember the program. I barely did and I work here. However, I noticed this souvenir from the series in a co-worker’s cubicle and thought it was pretty darn nifty.

Like so many of these mementos, my guess is this was picked up at a PBS conference somewhere along the way. It’s really cool how inventive and creative many of these promotional items can be.

Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

I’ve been fascinated by this extremely old sign in our storage area. I’ve no idea where it was originally stationed but I can certainly lay odds the time frame was very early in the station’s history.

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WUNC, Channel 4 in Chapel Hill, was the first station in our statewide network. It signed on in 1955. The next was WUNB (later WUND) in the mid-60s. We grew by several stations shortly thereafter so this sign was most likely circa that time.

UNC-TV currently has eleven network stations across North Carolina. Read about UNC-TV’s history HERE.

Sounds Familiar

“And it wasn’t until enough men had sailed to enough places that they realized that the faithful compass was lying. There was True North – the north of the Pole Star – and there was the Magnetic North – and, depending where on Earth you were, that varied. And, for a great mercantile empire like England, that was very bad news.” – James Burke, Connections (episode two, “Death in the Morning”)

Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

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.

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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.