Ms. Lee, (Left) and Ms. Commack, right, with our Bridge Connection 1 members.

Ms. Lee, (Left) and Ms. Commack, right, with our Bridge Connection 1 members.

Northeast Florida Boys & Girls Clubs members were on location at WTLV – NBC 12 Studios during their spring break for an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the work involved in getting your favorite TV and news shows on the air.

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Our Bridge Connection 1 members watched how First Coast Living hosts, Haddie Djemal and Curtis Dvorak, prepared for a live segment of their show. Jerrod, the program’s stage director, transformed the set, showing students how simple changes in background images, table cloth and adding props can make a set look completely distinct.

First Coast Living host, Haddie Djemal, poses with our Bridge Connection 1 members on their station tour.

First Coast Living host, Haddie Djemal, poses with our Bridge Connection 1 members on their station tour.

Our students began their tour in the sales department, learning how the internet has increased the demand of digital video ads as a younger generation watches less TV and traditional commercials in favor of mobile content. These are the ads you see before you watch a free online video.

The tour continued through the news room, where reporters can, on rare occasions, sit down to research developing stories, write their scripts and edit their shoots. “Journalism has changed rapidly. It has been changed by the internet. Everyone wears many hats, journalists are expected to write their story, shoot, edit and track their footage before uploading the finished product”, explained Lori Dorman, Operations and Program Manager for First Coast News.

Upstairs in the ‘A’ Control room, a room filled with screens that display video feeds from all the studio’s cameras, our members watched station director Evan, “code” a live show – which creates cues for commercial breaks and camera switches. All of the cameras in WTLV studios, with the exception of one, are automated and controlled in his hub. Next to Even sat Shenelle, the show’s producer. She put the show together, selecting the right stories and ordering them to create a full show. The last person in the ‘A’ Control room was, Jovi, who controlled the teleprompter. Jovi made sure hosts knew exactly what they needed to say and when.

Inside “‘A’ Control” room.

Inside “‘A’ Control” room.

The finals rooms Lori showed our students are crucial in the broadcast world because they influence what viewers see on TV. The “Central Control Hub,” is a master control room that displays all the feeds being broadcasted from the studio to viewers’ homes in real time. Any changes made to the automation cue here would show up on TV. Lastly, students were taken to the “Hub.” A room full of monitors displaying 28 feeds from other network stations. Operators in this room code commercial breaks and breaking news from other networks into local programming.

Thank you, Lori and First Coast News, for giving our Club members special-access look at how our favorite shows end up on-air and in our living room.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida’s Bridge Connection 1 program serves students ages 9 -14 by providing members’ parents with access to community services and after-school care for youth. Our Youth Care Workers help mentor our members and serve as positive role models.