The scripts are written, the tapes are in place and it's show time. A host of personnel flood the control room including the show producer, director, audio and graphics operators. Each has a specific role during the show which is supposed to function like clockwork. Under ideal conditions, the control room is set up to function like a well oiled machine.

One of the most fascinating parts of watching a newscast is the weather segment. In most stations across the United States, it is the one area that incorporates extremely high-tech equipment and special effects. Here, meteorologist Mike Potter gives his forecast for the 6 PM broadcast. He is standing in front of what is known in the industry as a chroma key wall. Images are super-imposed onto the background giving the impression he is actually standing in front of the maps which are computer generated.

Here the TV-20 anchors deliver the final product for what has been a long day for a team of employees. No one individual is responsible for putting together a news broadcast. It is the result of a combined effort of many people who work long hours to bring the public a product to be proud of.

Even though the broadcast ends, the meetings continue. Following every evening broadcast, the anchors, producers, editors and technical staff meet with the news director to talk about problems that may have occurred during the program. If there are any journalistic questions, they will be addressed to the individual reporter. Technical issues are passed along to the chief engineer. But the planning continues. Once all concerns from the early broadcast have been addressed, the 11-producer and assignment editor will meet with reporters to talk about the late show. In other words, we do it all over again!!


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