Friday, November 10, 2006

Kudos to another outlet on election night

From Dana Whalen of WTIC-AM:

The Connecticut Network, working with our news and talk staff here at WTIC NewsTalk 1080, and with Cable News 12 for video feeds, originated five hours of solid election coverage, starting at 7 p.m. and running through midnight. Cameras in our studio let them present hosts Ray Dunaway and Diane Smith as they brought in feeds from correspondents with all the major gubernatorial, senate and congressional candidates through the evening. Both the folks at CT-N and we here at WTIC have gotten compliments for our efforts. They were re-running it by the time I got home Wednesday morning, and re-running it again when I woke up Wednesday!
We dispatched members of the WTIC news, talk and sports staffs, used resources from the Connecticut Radio Network and CBS Radio, plus copy from the Associated Press to give the most up-to-date picture of events available. Sometimes we relied on telephone feeds, and CT-N had to use graphics showing the field reporters from locations with no video coming back, but the information was available. They even displayed changing bottom-screen graphics with the numbers from the Associate Press -- just like the network affiliates. Our reporters in the field talked to experts with various candidates, for an inside look at the way things were developing
WTIC listeners, CT-N viewers, and those tuning in to WTIC and CT-N via streaming audio and video -- including many in other parts of the country -- received the content. And aren't we told "content is king?"
Our two staffs worked together for both the August primary and this general election, and the experiment has universally been labelled a success.

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