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Inside Look At A Calendar Signing And TV Live Shot

by Matt Zaffino

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Posted on November 23, 2007 at 9:02 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 2:47 PM

If you caught the early evening news Wednesday night you may have seen me doing the weather from inside the Rose Garden before the Blazers game against the New Jersey Nets. We had a table set up in the south concourse, and I signed calendars before the game and at half time. I want to thank EVERYONE who stopped by, and the good folks at Blazers, especially Rebecca Ettlinger and Todd Bosma, for all their help. We had a great turnout and raised a lot of money for the Business Education Compact through calendar sales. Here are a few images from the event. Below, a few hard-core Blazer fans stop, shop and chat:



We had a great crowd of people as game time approached.

I was giving away super-cool FIRST ALERT STORM TEAM umbrellas with each Weather Calendar. Supplies are dwindling, but I've saved some for my remaining signings at Pro Photo Supply:

Upcoming Calendar Signings At Pro Photo Supply
Saturday November 24, 2007 1-3 pm
Saturday December 1, 2007 1-3 pm
Saturday December 15, 2007 1-3 pm


Here's a shot of KGW photographer Kristin Henderson doing the live shot for the news.

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Kristin's camera is wired to our micro-wave truck just outside, which was manned by engineer Dave Angier. The truck sends the video and audio signals back to the station.


The small box on my belt is my wireless mic, the big box is called an IFB, or interruptable feedback. This is how I hear what's going over the air. That's the feedback. The "interrupt" part is how producers back at the station talk to me. When they press a button in the control room and speak into a mic, I hear them instead of our programming. This is how they queue me and and tell me what's going on in the show.


These are all the volunteers from the BEC that made the Weather Calendar signing happen. Thanks to them for volunteering their time! I couldn't have done it without their hard work and dedication. Remember, all the money raised through the Weather Calendar goes to help local schools, teachers and students through the BEC. You can now preview all the Weather Calendar pictures on Check 'em out! I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoyed making them.

I hope to see ya at Pro Photo on Saturday,

Matt Zaffino
KGW Chief Meteorologist