WDAV, 89.9 FM is live broadcasting our performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony on Friday, May 10, 2013. As you can imagine it takes a bit of work to do this. Here’s just an idea of what the checklist and plan for the WDAV staff looks like –
1. Order high tech phone lines, called ISDN lines. The letters stand for Integrated Service Digital Network and it’s the precursor to high speed Internet. They use these lines to get the stereo signal of the concert performance back to the WDAV studios for broadcast to radios and Internet and smart phone streams.
2. Secure Extra engineering Help – Audio engineers set up microphones and sound boards, mix the music and monitor the sound. Broadcast engineers establish a connection and monitor the signal back to the studios.
3, A staff person directs the activities of the hosts and serves as liaison to the broadcast studios.
4. An executive producer plans the outline of the broadcast, acquires and produces interviews and writes a script for the hosts to follow.
Just a few other things WDAV Staff does -
1. Spread the word about the broadcast and archive it, before and during, via social media and other digital platforms.
“Tune in at 8pm tonight for a live broadcast of the CSO performing Beethoven’s 9th. WDAV thanks OrthoCarolina for sponsoring the broadcast.”
2. Help with logistics, such as having dinner delivered.
3. Coordinate activities with the Symphony and Performing Arts Center staff so that details such as when the concert actually starts and whether there will be any intermissions or encores, are all anticipated and planned for.
Thanks to WDAV’s Frank Dominguez for these notes. In his words – “it’s a huge team effort, but one we feel is well worth it because of the ability it gives us to share a live concert performance with listeners who may not have the opportunity to attend.”