Friday, September 5, 2008

NewsNight Akron debuts IN Akron

We've just finished taping our first "NewsNight Akron" episode that's actually in Akron.

After 10 years in the studios of Kent State University, WNEO-WEAO PBS 45/49 made the investment to move in to the downtown Akron studio that I call home with WKYC. The space became available when WKYC reduced staff here at the end of the Akron-Canton News broadcasts in May.

So after weeks of action with cameras and lights .. today it was lights, camera, action!

Ed Esposito, Jody Miller, and Steve Hoffman all took part in tonight's episode, which airs at 9 p.m., discussing everything from the Hudson busing fiasco to Sarah Palin to the removal of the mandatory paid sick day law from the Ohio ballot.

For regular viewers ... the set will look different .. and the host (me) is positioned on the left side of your screen now. I'm also standing after spending all the previous shows seated. The reason behind that will be apparent in the next few weeks as we add a "smart board" similar to the touch-screen monitors CNN is using on its political shows.

The new location is also a big plus for the panelists and for getting future guests on the broadcasts. I'd like to invite a studio audience in from time-to-time as well.

Let me know what you like and don't like about the new set .. and we'll continue to tweak it in the coming days. You can also email me a question for the panel and I'll use some on the air.

As always, thanks for being part of NewsNight Akron!

18 comments:

Chris H. said...

So, as Mayor Plusquellic once said, all 5 of your viewers should be thrilled!

Joking! Joking!

Eric Mansfield said...

Thrilled ... and pressing ham against the glass in hopes of getting on TV!

Now that we're shooting with the intersection behind us again, it'll be a draw ...

Village Green said...

I'd like to see more variety in the people discussing the issues. For example, last week there were four grown adults all nodding approvingly about school uniforms. You might have had a different response with a panel representing students, teachers and parents. Maybe try some thematic programming with guest pundits who are actually connected to the topic.

Anonymous said...

Your new set looks like you guys found an empty store front along Main St., propped up a desk and started talking...keep tweaking...

Anonymous said...

Dido, what the last guy said!

Rich B said...

It's a great move! Twenty years ago, "In Business" broadcast live from The University of Akron studios. It's been too long since 45/49 had a physical Akron presence. Good for them ... and for you!

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