Sunday, August 07, 2005

THV Full of Do-It Yourselfers

The Arkansas Times recently published an article about KTHV's new set. In the article KTHV GM Larry Audas says the new digs were designed and installed by folks in house:

"Most of the time, said KTHV station manager Larry Audas, sets are designed by companies on the West Coast and installed at stations all over the country — something Audas said the staff agreed didn’t “say Arkansas.” Instead, the station sought input from on-air talent and staff to make a wish list of needs for a new set. Then they employed the skills of graphic artist Mike Murphy, assistant chief engineer Russell Wilson and news operations manager Chuck Weaver, who worked out a 3-D fly-through of the new set and lighting array before generating architectural plans and building the set from scratch.“They literally designed it from scratch and carried it though the process,” Audas said.

News director Mark Raines said that on the old set, they were limited, without much flexibility to do other things in the studio. Raines said the old set was also handicapped by lighting issues.“This frees us up to do a lot more,” Raines said. “It just gives us a lot more versatility … We pretty much built exactly what we wanted. When you do it yourself, you can do what you want that way.”

Read the full article HERE.

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