ATLANTA, Ga. (WHAS11) - Hello it’s Matt Hobbs here from Atlanta! We’re an hour from our pre-game special here at the SEC Tournament! Let me explain why I work with the best team in TV. We woke up this morning with a simple goal: edit 3 stories for the special before our satellite window opens up at 11:30.
Those goals have changed dramatically in the last 45 minutes or so. We’ll start with Wade our photojournalist.
Wade has been tasked with editing all three stories for the show basically only going off a couple of scripts, my voice recorded on a tape, a small sample of highlights from each of the games, and that’s it. It’s like handing a sculptor a cheap hunk of shale and saying, “I’d like a cross between Rodan’s ‘Thinker’ and ‘David’ in about an hour...GO!” Wade has been grinding away through technical problems and general confusion and has been doing so like a champ!
Debbie is our field producer. She’s in charge of planning every second of airtime, making sure that every contact has been contacted, communicating with the station back home in Louisville, about 1,000 other things I don’t even know about, AND keeping me in-line! No easy task! About 40 minutes ago she magically secured a position inside the Georgia Dome courtside for the special. Which is awesome, but it also meant we needed to breakdown our outside set-up and running everything inside. Deb is currently sitting next to me writing out all of my scripts for the show. She’s the best and we’d be dead without her.
Then there’s Jason. He’s listed as the Satellite truck operator but he’s really our ace in the hole. Jason shoots video, sets up live shots, runs cable, has been our GPS for the trip, oh, and he runs the sat truck. On top of all that Jay is the most chilled human being in the world. The truck could set on fire and he’d just be calmly say, “So, what’s our plan B?” On top of that Jason is super clutch. Our work-provided laptop died this morning, which as you might imagine is a bad, bad thing. Jay, as is his nature, sublimely stated, “Well, I have my laptop.” Again, dude is clutch.
Which leaves me; what is it I do in all this? Aside from carrying a tripod or a camera from time to time, I just throw on some make-up and get in front of the camera when Deb tells me to. And the only reason it all works is because of the team I roll with! See you on air in a bit, but please, if the show goes well, give most of the credit to the rest of the team...I’m just the quarterback.