Wednesday, March 23, 2011

KTUL and walking

The first thing I did this morning was go walking. I walked three miles at the Fitness Center. I came home, showered, and got dressed to go take the tour at KTUL. We drove up Lookout Mountain to the studios for the tour at 9:30 am. All the people we met were very nice and gracious.

We watched as a live production was in progress. We were careful to keep quiet. Just off screen, station personnel were walking around but stayed out of view of the camera.

I was surprised by how small the sets were. There is an area for a camera which could be aimed at any of three sets from its central position. The kitchen is housed in a separate room. I saw and talked with several of the station's personnel whom I had seen for years on the screen. We watched as two of the station's on-screen personalities recorded a promo for another show.

Newsman Mark Bradshaw talked with us for a while. He asked us what we liked and disliked about the news. Someone said they would like more positive, uplifting stories. Hey, weren't we expelled from the Garden of Eden? I would prefer to see what is happening in the world, warts and all.

The tour was arranged by Methodist church member Amy Miller, who works at the station. Her title is something like program manager or program director. She is the station's liasson with ABC. Next month the group plans to visit the Philbrook Museum.

Following the tour, we went to Ollie's Station, a restaurant in Red Fork with a train theme. The have several model trains which run on track suspended from the ceiling. They are also located next to the main line of the BNSF track that runs between Tulsa and Ft. Worth. I will post some pictures tomorrow.

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