studio cameras at work, and it turns out that observing the interaction between the morning anchor and the weatherman, both on the air and off, is a lot more interesting than the job itself. Here are some things I've picked up:
— During the morning show, the crew consists of the anchor, the weatherman, and the camera operator — that's it. The current morning anchor is a major diva, although I could have figured that one out on my own. (My supervisor warned me about her ahead of time.) I already really don't like talking to the anchor as I feel like she's always judging me.
— Apparently the morning anchor is such a bitch she's scared away two weather people in her (relatively) short time at the station. The current morning weather person is actually the station's vice president of sales, and he's one of the few people who can "handle" the morning anchor (my supervisor's words, not mine).
— My supervisor warned me that if the anchor and weatherman aren't getting along, they will probably try to sit far away from each other at the newsdesk. This is no good because it messes up the camera shot, and you have to tell them to sit closer. This happened today (my second day of doing this, btw); I couldn't really tell they were upset, but as my supervisor knows them better, she could read their body language.
— My crazy coworker who trained me on the soundboard said he thinks the morning anchor and weatherman have good chemistry together, but in hindsight, I have no idea what he's talking about. :|
— I'm not going to lie, I'm kind of quickly developing a crush on the weather man. He's funny and nice, plus he dresses really well. (I guess his position requires him to wear a suit every day, but he definitely knows how to rock a colorful dress shirt and tie with that suit.) He also seems to have a penchant for funny socks — yesterday he had a pair with bananas on them, and today it was clouds and lightning bolts. I think this must be the male equivalent of being forced to adhere to a conservative-ish dress code but then having exciting nail polish. Or maybe he just likes funny socks.
— If the the aforementioned personality clashes can happen at a station as small as the one I work at, I really don't want to think about what goes on at major-market stations and beyond.
One last thought, during the newscast, I'm probably no more than 10-20 feet away from the desk at all times. Let me tell you, it feels kind of weird to be that close to being on live TV. (I REALLY hate having my photo taken, much less being on tape.) It's also kind of annoying because that close to the mics, I can't swear or anything if I mess up the cameras or something because if I get heard on the air, I lose my job (hey, FCC).