There are many people needed to produce a live, multi-camera broadcast. Here is an introduction to the staff required to produced the daily Logan Live! show. (Details about each position are further down the page.)
The Producer oversees the entire production, making sure all other staff members are correctly completing their tasks on time. The Producer works with the Director to plan and create the day’s show. The Producer works with talent to make sure scripts are completed on time and delivered to the prompter. During the rehearsal and show the Producer monitors the production and lets the Director and Floor Manager know of any changes that need to be made.
The Logan Live! Director works with the Producer to plan and create the day’s
show. The Director works with the production crew to make sure all equipment is ready and all show elements (graphics, videos, props) have been prepared. The Director supervises the production staff before, during and after the rehearsals and live show.
The Logan Live! Anchors prepare the bulletin announcement script for the show, provide an electronic version to the teleprompter operator; print copies to practice; review their portion of the teleprompter script to make
sure there are no errors; practice delivery during the show’s rehearsal; then
perform the show live.
Weather (Mondays and Fridays)
The Weather talent creates current temperature and forecast, graphics, records a radar video, writes a script, rehearses the show, then performs live.
Words of Wisdom (Mondays and Fridays)
The Words of Wisdom (WoW) talent writes the script, indicates which graphics
need to be created, reviews the prompter script, rehearses the show, then
Sports (Tuesdays and Thursdays)
The Logan Live! Sports Anchors write the script, indicate which graphics need to be created, review the prompter script, rehearse the show, then perform live.
Entertainment reporters write their script, indicate which graphics need to be
included, review the prompter script, rehearse the show, then perform live.
Supervises the rest of the studio production crew. Reports directly to the Director.
Enters scripts according to the Prompter Guidelines and operates the prompter.
Sets-up and tests microphones. Sets audio levels and mixes mic sources. Plays
Prepares and operators the TriCaster.
Creates and prepares graphics; operates LiveText computer.
Electronically set-up cameras under the direction of the Floor Manager. Frame shots under the direction of the Director. Performs other duties as required by the Floor Manager and Director.
As soon as the production crew is released from the daily staff meeting:
1. Make sure talent is assigned to each show segment as needed.
A. If someone has not done their position before, have an experienced
staff member assist them.
B. Let the graphics artists know who will be doing which show positions so
lower third titles and credits are ready. Also let them know which announcements will be included so they can all up stock-graphics or create new ones.
2. Meet with the Director.
A. Confirm which segments will be included.
B. Discuss which special videos and graphics are needed.
4. Work with Anchors to write opening teaser.
A. Review today’s bulletin and choose one or two items that you think
will be of special interest to the show’s audience.
B. Write a one-sentence teaser based upon the announcement.
For example: “Coming up on today’s show: how you can
save $10 and have a lot of fun with your friends. But first, please
stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.”
5. Make sure all scripts from all talent are delivered on time.
A. Scripts should be ready and delivered to the prompter by 8:35.
6. Make sure all graphics and videos are delivered on time.
A. On regular schedule days by 8:45.
B. On minimum schedule days by 8:35.
7. Check with the Director.
A. Confirm that all equipment and crew are ready.
B. If there are any problems that you and the rest of the staff cannot
resolve immediately contact the teacher for help.
Rehearsal and Show Duties
1. Make sure the rehearsal starts on time (no later than 8:45 Wednesdays, 9:00 other days)
A. 10 minutes before the scheduled rehearsal start, get all talent onto
the set and confirm with the director that the production crew is ready. Let the teacher know 2 minutes before the rehearsal starts.
B. During the rehearsal check for script errors, talent errors and
C. When the rehearsal ends review with the Director what errors
need to be corrected.
2. Make sure the show starts on time (9:02 Wednesdays, 9:19 other days)
A. When the bell rings to end 1st period, make sure the “Logan Live Next”
video and pre-show music are playing.
C. When the 1-minute warning bell rings, make sure the show is
End of Show Duties
1. Make sure the streaming and show recordings are stopped.
2. Make sure the staff has secured and/or shut-down all items in the control
room and the studio.
3. Congratulate the staff for a show well-done!
1. Meet with the Producer
A. Confirm which segments will be included and who will do them.
B. Discuss which special videos and graphics are needed.
2. Meet with Production Staff
A. Review with the Graphics Operator and Video Switcher what graphics
and videos will be needed, including lower-third talent names.
B. Get confirmation from Floor Manager that all studio audio and cameras
Rehearsal and Show Duties
1. Make sure everything is ready.
B. Confirm with the talent and crew that everyone and everything is ready.
2. Prepare for the rehearsal show.
A. Make sure everything is ready to start by 8:45 on Wednesdays and
9:00 on other days.
B. Have the “Logan Live Next” video playing with music.
3. Start the Rehearsal
A. Say “Stop the music. Ready to roll the open keyed over V2.
Logan Live starts in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Roll and take.
Ready to zoom V2.”
B. When the open reveals V2, say “Zoom V2. Ready to cue talent.
Ready to open anchor mics.”
C. When the open music ends say “Mics and cue. Ready to roll flag video
D. At the end of the show’s teaser say “Roll and take DDR.”
During the pledge say “Change Graphic 1. Ready to take V1.”
4. Direct the Announcements
A. When the pledge ends say “Take 1. Set Graphic 2.”
While the 1st announcement is being read say “Ready 3.”
B. When the 1st announcement ends say “Take 3. Change Graphic 1.”
While the 2nd announcement is being read say “Ready 1.”
C. When the 2nd announcement ends say “Take 1. Change Graphic 2”
Repeat alternating between 1 and 3, making sure each graphic is
ready for each announcement.
D. During the last announcement say “Ready to roll (name of next segment)
bumper. Ready mic and to cue (name of talent doing segment.)
E. After the last announcement say “Roll bumper.” When bumper ends
say “Mic and cue.”
Follow the script tutorial to prepare the anchors script and send it to the prompter, then print out a copy for each of you. While you were writing the script you should have made certain that each announcement sounded right as it was read out loud. Now you should practice reaching each announcement. If necessary, mark up your paper to indicate which words need emphasis and where you should pause. When the rehearsal starts, make sure you smile and reach each announcement with full energy. Remember, each announcement is important to many students and staff members on campus, even if the message may not seem to be something important to you.
If you are uncertain how to pronounce something, or you have been told of something to correct during the rehearsal, make sure you make note of the correction and practice the change so you are ready for the live broadcast.
2. Gather current conditions and forecast information:
A. Navigate to weather.gov.
B. Refer to the current conditions and 7-Day Forecast to write your script.
3. Create the audio script file:
3. Say the current temperature in both Fahrenheit and Celsius.
2. Have at least 5 seconds to say about the Radar graphic. Examples:
a. Today looks great! As the radar shows we have no precipitation
coming our way.
b. The wet start to our day continues as the radar shows heavy rain
coming our way from the southwest.
4. For the forecast, do not read every item; instead talk about trends.
a. Chance of rain today through Wednesday, clear Thursday and Friday
b. Highs in the mid 50’s to low 60’s, Lows in the low to mid 50’s.
D. If you will ad-lib what you say and will not read from the script,
Type your NAME-AD LIB replacing NAME with your name.
C. Rehearse the show with today’s complete Logan Live team.
D. If you discover any problems with your script in the prompter,
work with the prompter operator to make corrections.
Words of Wisdom
2. Creating Today’s Words of Wisdom Script:
A. Get Inspiration.
Choose an inspiring quote to be the heart of your Words of Wisdom (WoW) script.
1. Search the Internet for a quote by someone well-known.
Finalize the script:
a. Read your script out loud and time it.
b. If it takes longer than 1 minute, edit your words until you can read it out
loud in 60 seconds or less.
a. Correct any script errors.
b. Save the final version.
B. Get Content:
1. Ask the teacher if any new entertainment-related items have arrived and check
your email for forwarded messages from the teacher.
2. Search online for entertainment news and trends:
a. New video games, music and DVDs are usually released Tuesdays.
b. New movies are usually released Fridays.
c. Concerts and other events (including the day tickets go on sale)
could be any day.
3. Decide which items you wish to include in this report:
a. Make sure all content is school appropriate.
b. Do not include any upcoming event that is more than one week in advance.
Rehearsal and Show Duties
A. Operate the TriCaster under the direction of the Director.
B. Make sure “Recording” starts approximately 1 minute before showtime.
C. When period 2 starts, make sure pre-show music is off,
then start streaming the show.
A. Follow the prompter script to make sure talent mics are opened when
they speak and closed when their not speaking.
B. Make sure audio levels are correct.
3. Graphics Operator
A. Send graphics to the TriCaster according to the scripts and the Director’s
A. When talent first appears on the set after the prompter is ready,
have them read through their parts looking for any prompter errors.
If any errors are found, correct them.
B. During the rehearsal and show run the prompter according to the speed
each talent reads. Make sure any words already said are off the screen.
C. At the end of the rehearsal make any necessary corrections to the scripts.
5. Floor Manager
A. Follow the Director’s commands to signal talent and crew members
as necessary, including starting segments and adjusting shots.
6. Camera Operators
A. Follow the Director’s and Floor Manager’s commands.
END OF SHOW DUTIES
1. All studio staff:
A. Turn on the studio work lights.
B. Bring down the lighting board’s faders then turn off the board.
C. Power down all equipment.
D. Make sure all microphones are secured.
E. Make sure all cables are neat.
2. All control room staff:
A. Stop streaming and record functions.
B. Save stream when prompted.
C. Power down all control room equipment except the TriCaster unless
directed otherwise by the teacher.