Getting ready to go on air for a guest spot on NC SPIN or to pitch to viewers during a live On-Air Fundraiser? Then you might want to touch up that shiny forehead!
What you see here is our meager make-up station. Unlike some channels and studios that might have a full-time make-up person on staff, UNC-TV relies on volunteers and self-administered applications to ensure talent looks good on your screens. And right here is where the magic happens.
The PBS Online Film Festival is back for another year of celebrating short cinema. Since its launch six years ago, the online festival has featured and celebrated diverse films from member stations, producers and public media partners (BTW: The UNC-TV co-produced series REEL SOUTH has the entry Cowgirl Up, so definitely check out that film). Two prizes are awarded – Most Popular Film and Juried Prize Winner – so you can view the films and vote for your favorites every day. Check out the films at the 2018 PBS Online Film Festival. Balloting ends July 27.
Back in the 1990s, UNC-TV revamped its on-air image. (Nothing out of the ordinary there – broadcast entities do this all the time.) The image consisted of a shadowbox-laden animation featuring various UNC-TV programming logos and objects, along with some North Carolina-themed material. There was a replica of the Cape Hatteras lighthouse, the Wright Brothers flyer, Big Bird, Lamb Chop and references to Tar Heel staples like BBQ, basketball, dogwood and NASCAR. Maybe you remember the on-air image when it aired. If you’re a longtime UNC-TV viewer, I guarantee you saw it.
The photo above is of some of the artwork used to create this on-air image and of the finished product. It was framed and displayed within some staffer’s office, I guess. However, it recently made it’s way to a common area, where I snapped this picture.
After I mentioned last week that the UNC-TV lobby is currently being renovated, I remembered I had once taken a photo of said lobby (prior to renovation) and thought I’d share. If you’ve visited our RTP facilities for a tour or to volunteer or maybe even as a guest on one of our local productions then you’ve passed through this gateway to the UNC-TV studios.
This shot was from the second floor walkway. After the renovations are completed, I’ll take another pic so we can compare and contrast.
Currently, we here at the Joseph and Kathleen Bryan Communications Center are having our lobby renovated. We’ve been here in our RTP facilities going on 30 years now so I guess a slight facelift is well deserved. During this transition, however, the two display cases that house some of our many awards and accolades have been moved to a corner on the second floor opposite the elevator. And the statuettes and trophies contained within those cases have been unceremoniously dumped into plastic baskets and stored next to those cases. I snapped this shot of the many Emmys and SECA Awards and plaques and acknowledgements and whatnot as they patiently await their return to a prominent showcase in our newly-renovated lobby.
Hmmm… Lots of brass here. Wonder if anyone would miss a Cable Ace Award?
If you tuned in to our Neighbor By Neighbor fundraiser earlier in the month, you may have caught sight of North Carolina’s own Malpass Brothers. On Thursday, June 7, UNC-TV debuted the documentary THE MAPLASS BROTHERS: HEADING HOME. This was followed up by the musical siblings live in the UNC-TV studios. To accommodate the duo, our William C. Friday Green Room was turned into a sort of prep area for the Malpasses (Malpi?). Here’s a sign that adorned the door in advance of their arrival.
UNC-TV will occasionally host events, screenings, meetings and the like within our RTP facilities. Often, these guests are greeted with a sign that reflects their organization. Here’s one I recently spotted in our lobby welcoming the North Carolina EastEnders Fan Club.