Technical Media Operators at the NEWS CENTER wear a lot of hats. Their duties vary from day to day. One primary responsibility is running the audio board for newscasts. That requires making sure the microphones are charged and at the right level for each anchor and the live shots out in the field, as well as any in-studio guests. TMO's also change the lights in the studio (we have a LOT of lights) .
But that's not all. Sometimes, TMO's sit in the master control chair, monitoring what is being broadcast over the air and making sure everything is on schedule. If not, they add or get rid of commercials and promos to keep shows running on time. There's also the media center wherethey put commercials and promos into the server so they can be aired.
On weekends, Vanessa directs the newscasts. She gets a rundown from the producer and codeswhat the producer wants viewers to see. Coding tells the computer that runs the NEWS CENTER's automated system which camera to use on the set (which determines which anchor you'll see). She also calls out the cues for when to run video, bring up audio, and the many other commands that result in what you see from your living room..
Vanessa has been with the NEWS CENTER for about a year. She went to SUNY Plattsburgh whereshe majored in television production and minored in broadcast journalism.
Vanessa is always calm, which is a great quality to have in dealing with the many stressful situations TMO's often have to deal with. What does she like most about her job, "I love that I could be doing something different everyday when I come to work."
When she's not at the station Vanessa loves being outside. She also likes to workout and play basketball.