My first day back on WTNH from my home studio was not without its hiccups. My hope is it was cleaner going home than my perception.
To explain my day, I first have to explain what’s going on.
I’m back on News 8 WTNH for a little summer weather. I’ll be hanging around on TV for the next seven weeks.
All of this is coming from my studio in California via the Internet. It’s pretty amazing stuff.
Unfortunately, today it failed us briefly, but noticeably. The video froze!
Phil Zocco (who was in Master Control my first day at Channel 8 in 1984) tweaked the recipe that trades lag for dependability. We’re hopeful we’ve fixed the problem or at least moved in the right direction.
My whole day was spent fretting; worrying what would go wrong. My mother called it “eating your kishkas out.”
The sky fell in around 4:00 PM EDT. The maps and charts for my longer weather hits were failing. Macro programs that worked perfectly last night didn’t today! It had to be something I’d done, but what?
Sam Kantrow and I shared the 5:00 o’clock weather was I worked the problem. He took the long hits, I took the short ones.
By the top of the six I’d come up with a solution. I spoke to the boss on the phone and assured him we’d be OK. And, we were.
There were a few other tiny problems you probably wouldn’t notice. An improperly set default skewed the colors on all my maps. Fixed.
I’m going to Home Depot to buy sandbags to keep me from moving all the way back to the wall. That should eliminate a few chroma key shadow problems.
It’s Day One. If bad stuff’s gonna happen, it’s gonna happen today.
Meanwhile, I have more macros to write.