Friday, March 20, 2009

PBS tour

Today we went on a field trip to the Flint PBS station, WFUM. It doesn't tie in with a single thing we're doing but I've never been to a TV station before so I signed us up without asking the girls. When I told them we were signed up, they weren't even interested. Too bad. I was curious to see it so they had to go, too.



This is the studio. Unlike the network affiliates, they change their studio around a lot. Our guide told us they use styrofoam and other lightweight stuff to build their sets so they are easy to move. He said they build a new set for every telethon they do-I've never noticed!



The teleprompter. Not very exciting. I was wanting to see breaking news or something. Oh, yeah, this is PBS. They don't do breaking news.



I don't know what this room is called.

They did the digital conversion back in the fall so they told us some of the differences between the old analog system and the digital they use now. One difference is that they can use these two plasma screens instead of multiple monitors.

It was an interesting field trip, although I admit I expected something...more...I guess.
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4 comments:

  1. Well, at least you did something new!

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  2. I have come to the conclusion that "Mom field trips" are just fine. I hope the girls liked it but then again...as long as you liked it it was worthwhile! Were they interested once you got there?

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  3. I'm pretty jealous--I've always wanted to tour a TV station! How fortunate your daughters are that you'd expand their horizons in such an interesting way!

    Uncle E.

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  4. I love that the girls weren't even interested. How is that possible? I would think that it would be really cool to see a tv station! At least you got to enjoy it! :)

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