Baltimore - October 3rd was a big day here at ABC2. After years of doing things one way, we put a new system on air, and finally started broadcasting news in HD! I can't begin to explain how nice it is to finally be able to do our news in HD. It may not be a big deal to some, but for us, it's huge!
But it's another change, it seems like change is all we've been doing for the past year. Changing anchors, changing graphics and changing how we do things. But change is good, at least I think it is.
But change also takes a lot of planning. And now, a week and a half into this new system, we're still learning new things. We've known for months that this HD change was coming and in order to accommodate the growing needs of our station there was a lot of behind the scenes construction. The hardest part is that everyone is so used to doing things one way that doing it differently takes time and practice. We were fortunate to be able to have 7 weeks of training with our new system. The crews worked extremely long days. We rehearsed. We met. We fixed things and rehearsed more. And then we launched, flawless. But then day 2 and day 3 we found more problems but at that point we were already on air so you likely saw those problems too.
There are people behind the scenes at ABC2 that you never get to see. But these are the people that keep us on the air, that make sure the video rolls, that make sure you can hear the anchors when they are talking, and these folks are what I call "Rock Stars"! Seriously, we have some of the best people here.
So "kudos" to the team for making this transition. We will still have a few bumps along the way but everybody does when things change. And I can guarantee there will be more changes ahead... so stay tuned.
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