February 22, 2010 by Shannon
It’s been a total blast to be back at work at my old job. I can’t say it enough. After all, it’s a job I really didn’t want to leave. And even though I am relieved and grateful that I took the plunge into stay-at-home mom life, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss the newsroom. I spent eight years of my life at that place, and 10 years in the news industry. How could I not miss it?
So while I’ve been granted this delightful opportunity to walk in my old news anchor/producer shoes, I thought it might be fun to give all of you kind of a behind-the-scenes look at Fox 12. To start things off, here are a few interesting tidbits.
Fox 12 Fun Facts:
- The walls of the newsroom (and most of the building except for the news studio) are painted turquoise, marigold and merlot.
- An anchor’s son (about 4 years old at the time) once puked on the newsroom carpet, looked up at the assignment editor and said, “It’s okay. It happens.”
- The temperature in the newsroom is extremely fickle. The vents are known for blowing out frigid air in the dead of winter, and a warm, tropical breeze in the middle of summer. Heating and cooling crews seem to visit the newsroom 2-3 times a month, at least.
- An unidentified man once entered the station through an accidentally unlocked door, wandered around, and then slipped out the back before anyone could corner him. Creepy.
- The station now has robotic cameras, eliminating the need for camera operators. They are very slim and sleek, but the camera lens is like a giant eyeball staring you down, and it’s a little eerie to watch those eyeballs rotate around to get different camera shots, seemingly of their own volition.
- In 2008, the news team created our own version of “The Office” theme song. You can find it here. Oh, and while you’re at it, look at the Fox 12 News version of “The A Team” theme song. (A few notes about our “A Team” spoof. Look closely and you’ll see the old Fox 12 set. The “Write It Down” signs are a reference to a promotion we used to do and you’ll see me posting them everywhere as a nod to a scene in “Napoleon Dynamite.” Oh, and if you look closely at the Fox 12 minivan you will see flames coming off of the Fox 12 logo. Friggin’ sweet.)
Next stop on our tour, the studio and newsroom. Here we go:
So there you have it! Your own personal, behind-the-scenes tour of the Fox 12 newsroom and studio. Thanks for coming along.