I can’t believe I haven’t written about this yet. I start on WTNH, News 8, Monday at 5:00 PM. It’s a summer gig like I had in high school.
No one’s leaving. Fred will be hitting the road at five and six and I’ll be handling the maps.
For this coming week he’s on vacation, so I’ll do all the shows… and my forecasts for Nebraska. Busy week.
Working for WTNH requires funneling specially prepared graphics to my server here in Irvine. I worked this afternoon with Sam Kantrow, setting up an FTP connection between the station’s maps and my control room. We created accounts and had holes punched in firewalls.
Nearly everything will be produced using timers and triggers. When new data arrives new maps are made. It’s all the same equipment and maps they’re using in New Haven. They’re just produced in a slightly different way for my very different setup.
Sam and I had to overcome a few bumps. Expected. Everything is working. Adjustments will be needed. This weekend he and I will finish the graphics.
Earlier, Channel 8’s chief engineer, McKenzie Kotuby, and I worked on the outbound video link connecting my studio to Connecticut. It’s all done with high speed Internet and special computers seamlessly compressing video on-the-fly. It’s magical.
Three companies make these video compressors. I have all three here! It’s not exactly an honor.
I’m also getting a slightly lower quality backhaul from a router inside WTNH. I can watch air in near real time. The term in the business is “confidence monitor.” And it gives me access to nearly every video source in their building plus live beauty shot cameras. This is a real plus.
McKenzie’s doing 100%. Exceptionally geekariffic.
My goal is to make the broadcast look as if it’s coming from Connecticut. I don’t want to fool anyone. I’m being 100% upfront. The fact that I’m here shouldn’t really matter. I’d rather you weren’t distracted from that. You’ll see.
Meanwhile, tomorrow is tweak day at Studio 5E. All around production maven Larry Fitzgerald is coming. Everything will be tip-top. He’s a very good influence.
It all starts Monday. I’m not normally nervous or apprehensive and maybe I’m not now. I just don’t want to disappoint.