Saturday, June 26, 2010

So You Want To Be An EIC Huh?

What a day.
I don't remember a telecast that had the audio problems that plagued our telecast today.
The audio in our truck basically died in the 2nd inning.
The RTS system in the truck allows for communication between the producer and director with announcers and the whole crew. This system crashed in the 2nd inning. There was absolutely no communication coming from the truck the truck.
For a few innings, the booth and cameras did not know if we were back from break.
When this occurs, camera operators must behave as if they are always "on the air". The excellent visitor's camera operators in Kansas City know this unwritten rule and we did not have one whip pan on the air.
Our A1 (audio engineer), who is in another mobile unit with his dual feed audio board, did a great job even though he could not hear us in our truck.
Our stage manager was fantastic in taking control of the booth and making sure that our announcers had proper warning about promos and drop-ins.
The whole crew came together as a team during this difficult and unusual situation.
Not one member of our crew worked harder than our EIC. (Engineer in Charge) The RTS system was constantly being rebooted and a semblance of communication, although intermittent, was generally available.
I write about the EIC's in my book "Cutting The Game, Inside Television Baseball From The Director's Chair ". (
These fine TV teammates are the hardest members of our telecast team. They are certainly not thanked enough for their diligence and wonderful attitudes.
Today's telecast could have been a catastrophe.
Thanks to the professionals on the Kansas City visitor's side for their great work.
And a special thanks to Chris, our EIC, who made this telecast happen.
Great job, Chris!!!

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