We see local newscasters on TV every day. Everyone has their favorites and we get comfortable with people we see onscreen because they’re in our living room so often. But what does a TV station look like away from the camera? Where does my favorite anchor sit when he’s not telling me about the latest news? What does my favorite weather person see when they’re on camera?
I periodically visit local TV stations. When I first visited news stations a few years ago, I was surprised at how different they all looked in person. What I saw on TV was much different than what was actually there. At each station sets, control rooms and workspaces all looked different. No two local stations looked the same. Simply put, I got to see how the sausage was made. Since I’m sure many of you are curious about this as well, I’m visiting every local TV station over the next few weeks and showing you what they don’t show you on TV. This series is your backstage pass to the TV industry in Colorado Springs.
The first station we’ll get a closer look at is local CBS affiliate KKTV. I visited the station’s new studio (they moved into it in February and are still settling in), which featured a new 360 degree set and an emphasis on technology, on a Wednesday and stayed from 3:30-5:30. I watched KKTV’s 4:30 p.m. newscast sitting just off camera. Below is a photo gallery of my visit, be sure to click on the pics for a larger view.
Next Monday – KXRM Fox 21