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spc_cu-261-50-0005 Evaluation of shows and WSPC station

Page history last edited by Charles-A. Rovira 15 years, 8 months ago

So here we are.


The dreaded moment of truth for WSPC...


"All" of the shows are "student efforts" (and fundamentally "don't deserve to make the 'real world' grade!" [of course they "are" student efforts and have a very different societal and academic agenda from an actual monetizable effort.)


There are "no programs or hosts which would survive even a single day" in the harsh light of "trying to do this for a living".


However they "aren't supposed to."


College is a time to try things and failure is acceptable and even desirable.


You can't know what you cant do until you try to do it and flub the attempt. (Determination of that however takes a critical ear, [either the teacher's or, preferably, the students' own.])


Hopefully you learn from the attempt to either try again, approaching the problem from a different tack, or to bow out gracefully.



But an analysis of the station itself reveals that it too should be reconstituted, (or, given its age and stage of evolution, be constituted) into a proper structure, because it is not able to integrate the admittedly amateur efforts of the on-air staff into a "semi-professional" organizational structure.


There is currently only "one" on-air studio.


This is a case of "compounding the felony" and a source of the current amateurish level of "on air" production.


There needs to be "two" on-air studios and a "production room", (even if the second on-air studio could be the size of a closet, somewhere, and the production room could consist of an A+B switch between on-air studios, a level control board, and the feed to the server. [If we stream "remote events," the switch and the real or virtual switching room becomes essential.])


Either/both of the two on-air studios could/should/would be used for "off-air", and, pre/post-production.


In addition there is no pre-production/resource facilty (a server somewhere with the appropriate directories, where PSAs, Promos, sound effect libraries etcetera are kept. (Tracking all of these disparate sources information requires organization and a wiki, which we now have. [In order to keep pre/post production latency times to a minimum and to keep storage "costs" down they should be stored "locally", {with proper nightly incremental backup/recovery procedures.}])


The handling of the studio switch, whether real or virtual, the handling of the audio levels and the management of the on-air logging could/should/would be the responsability of an engineeer (or of a full time staff) or of a series of instructions left, in each facility, for the "on air staff" so that they can accomplish the switch-over themselves and start the nightly backup process at end of day.


"On-Air Taffic" can then be properly monitored, as well as planned for.



What is missing is a written guide which spells out the duties and responsabilities of each person (or role) involved. (It would be stored on the wiki, as well as an incremental hard-copy be produced and stored off-line on a monthly basis. [Steph, we're all going to need to play in the "Station Manual":-])


The current setup is rife for making errors and for putting out content that not only sounds like "Ted Mack's Amateur Hour" but, in fact, is the embodyment of its on-air acting spirit.


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