The Heckling Fad

Posted September 14, 2009 by wcscnewsdirector
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Let’s hope its just a fad, but heckling seems to be all the rage these days.

From out of control “town hall” meetings on health care, to Rep. Joe Wilson’s infamous outburst, to Kayne West’s stunt at last night’s VMA’s.

What’s the world coming to? Is it cool to interupt people and insult them? Apparently in some quarters.

Not in mine!

Keep watching, Live 5 News!


Repairs to Live 3

Posted September 2, 2009 by wcscnewsdirector
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Live 3 mast repair


Live truck 3 is out of commission this week after an aerial fender bender last Friday night at the Hanahan-Cane Bay football game.

We planned to broadcast live from Hanahan since this was our game of the week for the first weekend of the high school football season. But mother nature had other plans. She was not a football fan.

Heavy rain and lightning forced us the cancel the live shots for our evening newscasts. For safety reasons, we cannot broadcast when there’s lightning in the area.

The photographer headed back to the station, but didnt realize he hadn’t secured part of the microwave transmitting equipment on the top of the truck.

The rest, they say, is history. Fortunately, no one was hurt and the truck received no major damage.

But we did have to park it this week, until our engineering team could make the necessary repairs.  

WCSC has one of the largest fleets of remote broadcasting vehicles in the lowcountry, so we weren’t without live trucks. We never like to have one out of commission for too long, because in this business you never know when you’re going to need it.

Good ol’ live 3 will be back on the road in time for this Friday’s football games!

Keep watching Live 5 News!

Follow Me

Posted June 18, 2009 by wcscnewsdirector
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I’m now on Twitter…tweeting all the behind the scenes scoop from the Live 5 News room and news I see in my travels.

Bear with me! I’m still a novice tweeter.

Follow me: Live5NewsBoss

and …Keep watching Live 5 News!

Nice Award

Posted June 18, 2009 by wcscnewsdirector
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Congratulations to Debi Chard, Matt Gladwell, and Craig Lloyd for their first place award from the Society of Professional Journalists.

Their story called “Katya’s Sixth Sense” was about an assistance dog trained to act when her master has a seizure.

 The 59th Annual Green Eyeshade Awards is a journalism contest that recognizes excellence in 11 Southern states.

 Started by the Atlanta Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, the contest is now administered by regional directors for the Society. The Society of Professional Journalists works to improve and protect journalism. The organization is the nation’s most broad-based journalism organization, dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behavior. Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry, works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press.

Way to Go!

Coming Soon: My 5

Posted June 17, 2009 by wcscnewsdirector
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Monday we’re launching a new feature for user generated content on our web channel. It replaces “See It… Snap It..Send It” with a major upgrade.  We’re calling it “My 5”.

You’ll be seeing a lot of promotions for “My 5,” and we’ll be featuring it heavily in newscasts.

“My 5” is much easier to use than “See It.. Send It”.  It’s also easier to say!

Users / viewers can upload still pictures but more importantly, video, right to the page. It’s very fast.

A great feature for us behind the scenes in the Live 5 news center is that we now have a team of people somewhere in cyberspace to review and approve each picture/video before its posted. This will prevent inappropriate material from being posted on “My 5.”  These folks work 365/24/7 looking at submitted content. The turnaround time is a few minutes, and will save producers, directors a lot of time.

“My 5” will be broken down into categories.

We’ll have a breaking news and weather section for people to send us pictures of fires, crime scenes, storm damage, water spouts etc.

This will also be the site for Nicole Johnson’s pictures of wrecks and Tracey Amick’s pics from fundraisers.  Web meister Sam Tyson will show all of us how to directly transfer these kind of pics into full screen graphics with a mouse click!

We’ll also have fun categories where we can pull user generated content for newscasts, too. Things like pets, cute kids, Lowcountry life (pretty scenery etc), fishing, sports, etc etc.

 We’ll also do contests for user generated content throughout the year like… pets in costume for Halloween, Christmas lights, mother’s day look a likes.  We’re launching My 5 with a patriotic contest of some kind to tie in to the 4th of July.

We want to populate My 5 with as much local content as we can, as fast as we can.

 Here’s a link to WSFA’s My 12  in Montgomery, AL:

Check it out…and keep watching Live 5 News for your pictures and videos!

Grass Roots News

Posted June 17, 2009 by wcscnewsdirector
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Have you been following the big story out of Iran this week?

Yesterday, the government announced a big clamp down on journalists reporting on the political turmoil in that country. We’re hearing they aren’t being allowed to cover the election protests: A fundamental assignment for any reporter.

Before that, we were already seeing a flood of Tweets, posts, and Facebook messages coming out of the region, and bouncing back into Iran from the outside world.

This is grass roots news. Information generated at the source and sent out to as many people as can read/hear/see it. The technology is amazing. Throughout the ages this kind of news has come on scrolls, on the feet of carrier pigeons, on telegraphs, telphones, radios, and TVs. Now, wireless news has become the standard.

But like in the old days, we must be careful what we take for news. Wireless reporters arent held to the same standards of accountability as professionally trained journalists. I dont mean to minimize thier role or contribution to the global wireless discussion. But its an important point.

This makes it more important than ever that consumers of news look to a variety of sources to insure they are getting the full story. This is true of any news source, whether its Cable TV, a favorite internet site, or a local broadcaster.

Grass roots news is fascinating. Its where we’ve gotten our first alerts about plane crashes and political movements. Its changing the way all of us get and give news. With it comes the responsibility for all us to seek out perspective and diversity of coverage.

We do!

Keep watching Live 5 News!

Digital’s Here

Posted June 12, 2009 by wcscnewsdirector
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The switch is over.  I hope it went smoothly for you and that you haven’t missed a beat.

At 6am, Bill Burr and Bill Walsh flipped the switch at our 2,000 ft transmitter in Awendaw. A group of us gathered in our master control room in our West Ashley studio to watch the analog screen go to black, and then snow.  We cheered for a moment and then waited for the phone to ring.

It did, a little bit.

But we were surprised most of the calls were from loyal Live5 fans telling us they could see us loud and clear. We were prepared for an onslaught of calls from frustrated, angry, unprepared analog TV watchers. Our engineering team and our marketing director Amanda Curry prepared thorough notes for us to consult if we received concerned calls.

Our happy receptionist Heather Yates manned the phones before sun up, waiting for the fussy calls that never came. Whew!

Now its almost time for “Young and Restless. Who is Mary Jane, really? What’s Phillip Chancellor doing alive? I digress. With the soaps, comes the potential for a new wave of phone calls from viewers who might not be ready for the Big Switch.

Or are they?

Keep watching Live5 News!