The WBKO studio is fresh off a makeover. Thanks to an automated system provided by Ross Overdrive, things are looking futuristic at your hometown news leader.
"What overdrive is, is it takes 5 different parts of the newscast and places them all in one for a director. The director calling the show also controls the robotic cameras for the anchors, controls graphics, controls audio, and controls the video." said Travis Hawkins a trainer for Ross Video.
The Director controlling everything behind the scenes now has more prep work before the show, but let's the robotic cameras go to work once its time for air. That's right, there's no cameraman framing up each shot anymore. Each camera is pre-programmed to shoot a certain spot at a certain time.
"It's a very different way of making newscasts and producing them. It required a serious commitment for everyone involved, lots of rehearsals. We've been involved in this process for several years. Especially over the past 3 or 4 months, everyone has been engaged full time in this project." stated WBKO Operations Manager, Ned Casey.
It's all a part of keeping up with technology, not only for our own sake, but also so you at home have your latest news, weather and sports brought to you in the best way possible.
"There's high expectations in what they want to see, and when they want it." said Production Manager David Hosay.
"This stuff changes every year. Every year something different comes out. We really do have to stay up with things. It's hard to do in a small market; staying ahead of the curve. We've at least got to stay close to it." added Casey.