Okay, my day was fun. The expericence at WETA (they pronouce the call letters like a word, kinda funny, kinda normal) was awesome. I was there from like 8:50am til 4pm, 5:30pm if you count my drive home, but why would you? :p
All the people there are really really nice. And the vast majority of them seem to dislike bush, at least the ones I came in contact with...
Their studio dwarfs my college's studio (big surprise there...lol), but the control room computers and shit are just like my college's, switchers, monitors, the works, they're pretty similar in age. Old. But WETA and probably my college are waiting til its cheaper to upgrade their whole setup to HD-TV. See, in order to broadcast in HD-TV, you have to acquire and edit in high definition, so if a network wants to broadcast in high definition, they have to throw out their entire computer/cams system, and that gets pretty fucking pricey. Remember, WETA is an affiliate of PBS, so it relys on you, the viewer. lol
What else did I see? Funny superbowl commerical with Ozzie Osbourne, the news (I was in the transmissions room! seeing raw footage feeds from CNN arrive), edit suites, and lots of them, both studios (the newsroom, and the one they rent to people), both control rooms, and some really nice persons. I think I repeated myself in this paragraph. Well poop on you, I don't care.
I had a fun time, despite that I was only watching...but that's because their equipment insurrance policy doesn't cover visitors, lol. I want to go back. I met sooo many nice and interesting persons.
"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."
--Thomas A. Edison (1847 - 1931)