"Behind the Scenes at Idaho Public Television"
with The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
November 12, 2008

Our Production team spent the evening of November 12th with students from Boise State University's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. The institute's director, Ellie McKinnon, had asked if we would offer a two-hour, "behind the scenes" class on how television is made. Fifty students arrived at our studio on the appointed day. The students were almost all of retirement age, eager to learn as much as possible within a two-hour time span.

General Manager Peter Morrill speaks to the group about the origins of public television in Idaho.

Producer Thanh Tan, who recently had been a general assignment reporter for a commercial TV station, discusses the differences between commercial and public broadcasting.

Executive Producer Bruce Reichert discusses the Trial of the Century documentary.

And the answer is . . . 8!

Producer Marcia Franklin speaks about her "Barbara Morgan" project

Production manager Jeff Tucker explains what all the monitors . . .

. . . and buttons mean in the production control room.

After the lectures, students broke into five groups and rotated from room to room, where they learned about different aspects of television.

A favorite station was the Dialogue set in Studio B, where some students were interviewed by the show's two hosts, Marcia Franklin and Joan Cartan-Hansen.

Others in the group got to work the studio cameras.

The three cameras in Studio B are High Definition digital cameras.

Production associate Dave Thomason explains how to adjust the "focus" on the camera.

In one Avid edit bay, Director Pat Metzler explains the intricacies of the station's first HD production, Assassination: Idaho's Trial of the Century.

In another edit bay, Producer John Crancer and Director Chuck Cathcart discuss how Outdoor Idaho is put together, once the video is "in the can."

Students learn the difference between low resolution . . .

. . . and high resolution video . . .

. . . and between heavily edited and "live" television.

Dialogue hosts Joan Cartan-Hansen [above] and Marcia Franklin [below] take turns giving students a sense of what it's like to be on a "live" program . . .

. . . complete with studio cameras, mics, and studio lights.