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Friday, September 07 2018

We Brought the Whole Herd!

From volunteers to equipment to snacks, we had everything we needed in order to broadcast this year's Franklin County Fair Parade live from our position in front of Hawks & Reed on Main Street.  Unfortunately, a few gremlins tagged along---and we don't mean the ones from the spooky Halloween themed floats!

The afternoon started quite well.  We closed our office at 4pm and Executive Director Oscar provided pizza, water bottles, and clementines for the entire production crew.  After getting some help from a friendly Comcast engineer, we thought we were all set and ready to go for 5pm.  Then, it started to pour.  The rain didn't last long but it did have an impact.

Once we got underway, we discovered that the mics were distorting and no one could understand what our fabulous hosts, Dukes of Sports Russ Brown and Tom Dillon of Dillon Chevrolet, were saying.  As our staff worked to fix the problem, we lost power to our entire remote setup.  Oscar immediately put on his electrician hat and sprang into action; pulling, examining, and restoring all of our connections so that power and, eventually, good audio were restored before the parade arrived at our location.

On the upside, judging by the number of phone calls and online comments we received, these technical difficulties confirmed that watching the parade on GCTV & gctv.org is important to folks.  It also provided Communication Coordinator Alicia a chance to interact with our audience over the phone and through social media, reassuring them that all was not lost.

In the end, we successfully aired, streamed, and recorded the 17oth Franklin County Fair Parade and we couldn't have done it without our amazing volunteers:  Nancy Conant, Greg Greuling, Tom La Chance, and Sam Pyfrom.  In fact, Sam is actually responsible for the funniest moment of our shoot.  He uses a hand-held, shoulder mounted, camera and stands in the middle of the street in order to get great close-up shots of parade participants.  This time, one of the clowns rode right up to him and stuck their bright red nose into the lens of the camera.  As the clown took off, afterwards, Sam yelled to him, "Quit clowning around!".

You can see pictures of Sam and the rest of our production crew at work, as well as lots of parade floats, by checking out our photo album here.  Enjoy!

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