Small truck's inaugural live production a success

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The NNPS-TV quick-response TV truck had its trial run at the School Board public hearing held in January.
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Photos by: Telecom staff and students

NNPS-TV put its new quick-response TV truck to the test in January, using it to do a live broadcast of a School Board public hearing.

The meeting was held Tuesday, January 14 at Marshall Early Learning Center. The purpose was to seek input on the academic plan and assignment of students who live in the former Huntington Middle School attendance zone.

The School Board Office requested that NNPS-TV provide a live broadcast of the hearing for citizens who could not attend.

The TV crew, which included Telecom students, produced a live broadcast for television, which was also streamed live on the internet on the nnpstv.com website, and on Apple TV and Roku.

Telecom Supervisor Ray Price; Instructor Carl Daniels, Jr.; Broadcast Engineer Greg Lesko; and a student crew of four worked on the production.

Price, who served as Producer, said the foundation of a live broadcast is the same no matter if the big or small remote TV production truck is used.

"The concept is the same," he said.

"You always do a site survey ahead of time, you have an I/O (Input/Output) panel on both, you plug in cables," he explained, naming some of the things that are common to all remote productions.

But he did admit it was easier because of the smaller size of the truck and the cables.

Lesko, who designed and installed the system used in the truck, briefed all involved on the new cameras and equipment. The truck can support a three-camera production, but for the meeting the crew used two.

Telecom students who made up the student crew were: Ta'Jion Jeanty of Heritage High and Eric Demarchi, Keyon Brooks, and Michael McClellan, all of Woodside High.

Daniels was the Director, Lesko monitored the feed, and students manned the cameras or shot still photos.

The broadcast was a success and the team enjoyed trying out the new, smaller TV truck.

"It was the first use of Truck 2 in a real-world application," said Lesko.

"It was flawless," he said of the production.

Lesko noted that working with the new truck was good experience for the Telecom students because the equipment is different than in the other truck.

"It's good exposure for them to new technology," he said.