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.)
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.
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…
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.