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March 4, 2009

…but not a thought to think.

Here at UW-Madison, one of the world’s great universities, we have an on-campus nuclear reactor. Nobel laureates past and future have left their mark all over campus.

And yet… can we get a got-danged TV to show a got-danged TV show? ANYWHERE?

My colleagues and I produce a variety of fine programming for the Big Ten Network. We have a new current affairs show that will debut on Thursday, March 12; it’s got a panel of students on it, so obviously we’d like to get students to show up and check it out.

So we call up the Union and try to get a room. First problem: it’s during the Big Ten basketball tournament, so we can’t use the Rathskeller or the Stiftskeller. Okay, no problem; we’ll just get one of the conference rooms somewhere on campus and get the cable hooked up there and bring in a TV. Great!

Except… we’re not really sure if they can get reliable cable up there. And it’ll cost extra to get the cable hooked up. And…

“Wait!” says my coworker Peter, who produces the shows. “We filmed it in HD, so we should really show it in HD. I want to see what it looks like.”

Even though the show is probably a titch less movement-oriented than the McLaughlin Group (it’s a panel show, after all), this is a pretty reasonable request. Except for the fact that the venue doesn’t have HD service.

Or do they? Peter says that the venue has ResNet, the same service that the dorms have. Ta-da!

Except for the fact that the venue staffers, including their A/V specialist, have never heard of this newfangled ResNet service-type thing. They insist they don’t have it.

Peter sends me an e-mail from his pal at DoIT: “Yeah, they do. I installed it myself.”

Thus begins a flurry of e-mails between A/V Guy and DoIT Guy, with Peter as mediator, while I call all over campus to see if there’s someone, ANYONE, who has the ability to show a live HD program in a venue larger than my boss’s office. Finally Peter declares that everything is cool between A/V Guy and DoIT Guy, so I call the venue back and set up the room.

Oh, but there’s one more thing: nobody’s actually got an HD monitor, so it wouldn’t matter anyway. Last time I checked, our plan was to unscrew our office TV from the wall and haul it down the hill.

Is this really the best we can do? REALLY?

One Comment leave one →
  1. Jamie permalink
    March 19, 2009 11:15 am

    By the time this thing gets to air, will it still be a “current” events show?

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