“Round the rugged rock the ragged rascal rudely ran …. Likeable Lillian loves lovely luminous aluminum linoleum …. Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers ….”
“… Yes sir …. I don’t see it on my end. Does anyone else see that?”
“Is this a good amount of headroom, Mr. Falk?”
(Radio headsets crackling.)
“… Senate and House leaders met at the Capitol ….”
“It’s 800 by 600; four to three….”
“Mitch McConnell … that’ll be the tongue-twister ….”
“Whenever you’re ready, sir ….”
“Could you hit start?”
“Mr. Falk, does everything look good here on the main camera?”
These are the sounds today just after noon as a crew of eight prepares to tape Trumpet Daily presenter Stephen Flurry as he delivers “Churchill Returns to Washington,” the third episode in the program’s new format inside Armstrong Auditorium.
Television department head Andrew Locher checks his clipboard as Mr. Flurry walks on stage and hands him a sheaf of program notes. Lighting engineer David Weeks looks up at the spotlights and comments about some additions to the set. IT staffer Ben Tauer readies a background graphic. Cameraman Jessie Hester checks a set of wireless mics. Director Dwight Falk answers a question about the concert later tonight and then gets the focus back on the task at hand. Crewmember Sam Livingston leans on one end of a jib, balancing the weight of a camera mounted on the other. Cameraman Josh Sloan peers through his viewfinder.
Up above, camera bays hold four more HD cameras powered up and focusing in. In the ceiling, about a dozen spotlights beam down on the action.
“[R]enews the ties between our people … the ties between our people …” Mr. Flurry recites, practicing the program. Cameraman Harley Breth’s headset buzzes again with instructions from the control booth.
“Whenever you’re ready, Mr. Flurry ….”
“Hello everyone; welcome back to the Trumpet Daily.”