KENNEWICK, Wash. - You've heard the term 'all hands on deck.'
"Pretty much everyone at the station pitches in. There isn't a person that works for us that doesn't work for us on the races in some capacity," said NBC Right Now Production Manager Jim Tippett.
Tippett spent Friday not only setting up but also taking photos for our slideshows on the website. As for the stage and camera set ups, that work began Thursday.
"We basically come down here and start running our cables. We have miles of cables, or so it seems, and we have to set up our microwave and both stage areas," Tippett said.
From the pits to turn one we have underground cables for our broadcasts but from there we use microwaves to send the signal all the way down to the end of Columbia Park.
"We have several miles to cover. There are a lot of microwaves, so we're using that as well but I couldn't begin to guess how many 100s of feet of cable we're using and how many monitors we're using," said SWX Producer/Director Chad Simmons.
Simmons and the SWX team from Spokane came all the way down to help out with Water Follies. There are two control room vans that control both the live broadcasts and the race coverage.
"It's amazing to watch from behind the scenes, the trucks that you have to bring in, the camera people. I know with some new technology, you don't have as many cords, but it's still a bulky camera to get in and get out. I tell you, it's impressive to watch you work," said Water Follies spokesman Michael Turner.