It’s been a relatively quick change by television standards. In a matter of months we’ve managed to build a new control room, graphics package, install new equipment, train our staff to use all of it and even design a new logo.
On television, we’ve given you the occasional glimpse into our transformation with a picture or some video, and a few times you may have heard the construction in the studio during a newscast.
But behind the scenes, it’s been much more than some extra make-up or picking up a toolkit. As everything started to take shape, our staff began the grueling task of putting all the new equipment and elements into action. That meant doing each newscast twice. Once on the air using our old control room, equipment, and graphics and then once for practice using the new versions. It’s made for some very long days, but all the preparation will be worth it.
And now it’s launch day. The old and new have lived together for the past few months. But now we officially took down the backdrops and moved out the old cameras. Everyone is on hand, adjusting lights, moving equipment, marking camera positions.
It’s kind of like the atmosphere before a big surprise party. There’s this buzz and excitment. You catch someone taking a moment to look around the room, taking it all in and realizing they’re a part of something special. Putting up streamers and unpacking party plates, all the while, keeping an eye on the clock so you can get into position before the big moment.
There’s no party decorations here tonight, but there are some snacks in the break room. Which can be just as exciting for a news crew.
The content of our newscasts will not change, but the way we look will. HD televisions will notice the biggest change, but everyone will see a clearer picture and truer colors starting tonight. So here it is. HD!
Producer Mike Verlo condensed four months of work into two minutes. Watch it.