Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Blog from the Back Row
It's a funny thing about control rooms, you can tell immediately when you walk into one if something big is happening. It sounds cliche but there's a certain energy and a certain urgency to a big news moment. In my 13 years in television I have never seen more people in a control room than I did tonight. Our coverage of the Michigan primary packed the front row, the back row, the last row (Yes there is another row behind the back row. It's where the people sit that get the graphics on the air.) and just about every square inch of real estate in between.

Tonight's challenge ... swapping out control room staffs while we were live. The political unit was producing the coverage until 10p and then we took over, literally with one person getting out of a chair and another sitting down, all while we were still on the air. I'm pretty sure we pulled it off seamlessly. And then we did it again at midnight when the Larry King Live folks took over from us.

This will be my last blog until Monday ... I am helping out on another show for a few days.
Posted By CNN: 12:12 AM ET
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Over the last month I have become a big fan of yours Anderson. On the nights I'm not able to catch your show I download the video podcast. I really appreciate the way you present yourself to the viewer. You should write a book about your experiences and how you've grown. I would buy it asap.
Posted By Anonymous Derek Green, Oklahoma, Oklahoma City : 1:30 AM ET
Wow! I didn't know a game of musical chairs is played. So it sounds like the control room will really be buzzing especially this election year.

I'm beginning to have a sense of what it's like in the control room...it's like you guys are in a symphony. You know exactly what you need to do and when.

Great job again tonight!

Lilibeth
Edmonds, Washington
Posted By Blogger Lilibeth : 1:38 AM ET
Great show tonight! It did come off seamlessly. Thanks for giving us behind the scenes looks into the show. I'm sad that it's stopping until Monday! But have fun on the other show! C-Ya when ya get back!

Cynthia,, Covington, Ga.
Posted By Blogger Cindy : 1:42 AM ET
Thanks for the blog posts to the inner workings of the people behind the scenes. It's fun to hear about the challenges that you all face every day and the near-misses that we don't even notice. Sounds like you all have to keep on your toes - which can be fun as well as nerve-wracking, I'm sure.

Great job all!
Posted By Blogger IMGINGER : 10:35 AM ET
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