Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

Of all the sets used for local productions here at UNC-TV, the most fascinating will always be that of The Woodwright’s Shop with Roy Underhill. It is chock full of interesting knickknacks from previous seasons and all sorts of woodworking bric-a-brac. For instance, here’s a shot of a wooden boot on a stool. Nothing more, nothing less … just a wooden boot. A pretty cool sight nonetheless.

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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.


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.

Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

The volunteer experience at UNC-TV is pretty sweet. You get to meet some of the folks who make the original programming here at the station and you may even get a behind the scenes glimpse of how said productions are put together. Sometimes you get to meet other volunteers and talk to folks who help make these programs possible (in short – “viewers like you”). And you get to wear one of these stylish and sporty lanyards, which are de rigueur among the vol set here. They hold your name so that others can greet you properly and basically just make any volunteer ensemble.

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The shot above is a close up of a basket of these lavender beauties. Sign up to volunteer at UNC-TV and maybe you’ll be wearing one of them in your future.

Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

Below is a picture of one of the many sets constructed for local programs here at UNC-TV. You may recognize it as the Carolina Outdoor Journal set (and if you don’t recognize it, the décor might give it away).


Carolina Outdoor Journal airs on UNC-TV as well as the North Carolina Channel and UNC-EX, the Explorer Channel.

Vietnam War Lookout

As UNC-TV gears up for Ken Burns’ latest film The Vietnam War, I’ll be passing along anything of interest connected with the documentary mini-series – press tours, screenings, gatherings, articles, etc.

Here’s a link to a fantastic Winston-Salem Journal article about a Veterans Breakfast held earlier this week at Childress Racing in Welcome, North Carolina. Clips from The Vietnam War were screened at the event.

The Vietnam War by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick premieres Sunday, September 17 at 8pm on UNC-TV.

Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

Do you know what this is? Seriously, I’m asking because I wasn’t sure. It’s been out back behind our station for years, possibly decades, and I’ve always regarded it as a piece of equipment that serves a function yet what function that was escaped me.

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It looks like a huge satellite dish and that’s what it is essentially. I asked one our veteran engineers for the scoop and here’s what he said:

It is used to bring feeds from non-PBS satellite. We have a 6.1 M antenna and a 5.5 M antenna that are the primary receiving antennas for non-PBS feeds. The “backyard” 3.7 M antenna is supplemental and has a limited view of satellite arc but it has been used in the past especially during election coverage.

So there you have it. Still slightly more tech-speak than I’m used to or capable of understanding (trust me – UNC-TV engineers are working on a completely different level than those of us who work in programming) but I get the basics. We have towers and dishes and all sorts of sending and receiving apparatus around here (after all it is a television station) so you can be certain any piece of equipment with which you are unfamiliar does indeed serve a vital purpose.