PAY NO ATTENTION TO THAT MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN
PICS FROM THE STUDIO
We're in the midst of extended Storm Team 4 coverage this morning, so I'm cataloging a few thoughts and pictures.
There's that great line from the Wizard of Oz where the "Wizard" tells them not to mind the "man behind the curtain." It was a peak at how it all worked from the inside.
In the interest of giving folks a look behind the curtain, I always like to post some pictures from the workings of our Storm Team.
So here you have the lovely Susan Kim, hard at work, checking her notes in the break. There are a lot of notes, as you can see, to the right. Much of what we do when we hit extended weather coverage we make up as we go along. Conditions and available crews drive our decision making process. Who's in what spots, and which live reporters are able to update their situation. So pretty much we just write down what's next as the morning goes along. For example, my producer Jim just said in my ear, "Before we get to Jay (Jay Olstadt who is live in Waukesha) make sure we remind them of MPS and the outages (MPS has school today, and 1700 people are still without power).
To that end, we have "T" our Floor Director. If she's got something to tell us while we're talking, she writes it on the dry-erase board. That job is never more important than on days like this when we really don't know what's happening next. "T" is the go-between, getting messages from the control room and passing them on to all of us. Including our buddy Craig. There's Craig at the "green screen" where he does many of his weather reports.
Calling the shots is our buddy Rob. He's the Executive Producer of Live at Daybreak, so if you hate us... call Rob. He's in and out of the studio and the control room this morning, not to mention on the phone with various other managers. He finds out what the bosses want, and tries to make it happen. He coordinates all the crews in the field, plus our producers and everyone else working on the show. Every now and then he'll pop out in the studio to talk with Susan and me... asking our thoughts on how things are going, getting suggestions, and then letting us know where "the Plan" stands now.
I'll be happy to post any pictures you'd like to send in. Happy Snow.