Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

There are so many technical aspects regarding television production that even someone like myself, a lifelong broadcasting veteran, has a hard time keeping track of the many devices and transmitters used to make the programming we air arrive in your homes and on your devices. For years, I’ve seen a small (small being relative) tower next to our building in the Research Triangle Park yet I’ve never been completely certain what it was. I snapped a picture and showed it to a member of our engineering staff. The reply I got: back-up microwave tower. It was erected in 1996 after Hurricane Fran demonstrated some gaping holes in our backup system. It’s a pretty impressive sight, as are most broadcast towers in my opinion. (BTW that’s our primary tower in the background.)

Backup microwave tower


It’s An Honor To Be Nominated!

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the nominees for the 45th Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards last week and I’m pleased to report that PBS received 23 nominations. The PBS Kids program ODD SQUAD received eight nominations alone.

Here’s a list of all the PBS nominated shows:

A Chef’s Life

-Outstanding Culinary Program

-Outstanding Culinary Host | Vivian Howard, Host

-Outstanding Directing in a Single Camera Lifestyle/Culinary/Travel or Educational and Informational Program Continue reading

Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

In February, UNC-TV got a new address. We didn’t move – we just got a new address. Essentially, our scenic driveway here in the Research Triangle Park officially became “UNC-TV Drive” and, thus, our mailing address changed. It’s nice to have our very own street, so I took a pic of the new sign…

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UNC-TV – same place, new address.

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.