Last night I had the opportunity to get a backstage look at Orlando Live, a kicking local broadcast featuring all things about the City Beautiful. Viewers can tune in for the live show or watch past episodes on-demand. I had never been behind the scenes at a working television studio during a broadcast before, so it was quite the experience!
Orlando Live is filmed in Studio 1A at Full Sail, an exciting place all on its own; especially the Backlot area! (By the way, the nationally syndicated morning television show The Daily Buzz is filmed in Studio 1B, right next door! Cool!)
Studio 1A at Full Sail
So, I arrived an hour-and-a-half early in order to watch the run through of the show as well as a walk through of my own segment so the camera people could figure out their angles, shots, etc. I couldn’t believe how many people it takes to produce this show… lots of camera men, sound guys, directors, prop people, production staff, etc. I was very impressed!
I took a seat in a green room of sorts (ironically it had one wall painted green–for a green screen probably) along with the two other bloggers being featured, Kim Taylor and Ashley K. Edwards, both of the Pulse of Central Florida.
Kim Taylor, Bess Auer, and Ashley Edwards
After a short run-through, we were fitted for microphones and then ready to go. In the studio audience were Kyle Menard from Brink Magazine as well as my hubby @swimmerjoe and his younger brother, Tyson Auer, a stand-out-baseball player from UCF who is getting a shot at playing with the Angels this spring. Tyson brought a few other friends to support me as well… and I needed it because I was nervous!
SwimmerJoe in the studio audience
Uber-Host Peter Murphy came back to chat for a few minutes before we went live… I don’t know how he stays so calm and relaxed just moments before broadcasting!
Bess and host Peter Murphy moments before the show's live broadcast
Well, the show began and I got the opportunity to shoot a few quick pics before my segment:
The control room
Singer Aaron Childree and band
Colleen Burns presenting a Yelp segment with her assistant, Haley the Yorkie
And then it was time for the blogger segment, so Kim, Ashley, and I took our seats by Peter. I wanted to capture the moment, and I just had time to quickly shoot this movie with my iPhone, with only seconds to spare!
Our segment began and in his casual manner, Peter set us at ease and got us talking about blogging about the Orlando scene. Kim and Ashley seemed like old pros and I found myself beginning to enjoy it, too. Suddenly, though, just as Peter was interviewing me, my phone buzzed with my son texting me… Peter grabbed my phone! Talk about bad timing! But at least my son was thrilled to get a “shout out” on a live broadcast!
Top 5 editor Bess Auer being interviewed live.
Well, I made it through the broadcast and loved it! If you haven’t ever seen Orlando Live, I highly recommend you peruse some of the past episodes “on demand” at their Vimeo site. It’s a great place to find out loads of info about our great city as well as hear some fabulous local musicians of note.
After I got home, I had a chance to go through my hubby’s swag bag he snagged as a studio audience member. It was provided by Yelp Orlando and was loaded with fun stuff. If you are not familiar with Yelp, it is an awesome site to find out anything about local places, such as restaurants, eateries, coffee shops, day spas, etc. Colleen Burns does a really incredible job heading it up, and I loved talking with her last night. (And her little cutie pie Haley, too!)
Swag from Yelp Orlando
I will post my segment just as soon as I get a copy, but in the meantime you can watch the full program here. Thanks for a great time, Orlando Live! You are now a regular program for me to watch… simply awesome!
To see more photos from last night, visit the Top 5 Facebook page.