"modem".  Heh heh. Those were the days.

On Tue, Feb 13, 2018, 5:29 PM Jim Ellwanger, <train...@ellwanger.tv> wrote:

>
>
> > On Feb 13, 2018, at 1:26 PM, Kevin M. <drunkbastar...@gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > There were a few hot buttons in the control rooms of a few of the
> Nightly News studios that could be pressed to go live, bypassing Skypath. I
> know of a handful of instances when those buttons were pressed
> accidentally; hilarity ensued.
>
> Yeah, the closed-captioner who was monitoring NBC's feed was always at the
> ready to dial in to the modem for "studio 3B" (or whichever one was being
> kept "hot" for special report purposes).
>
> I was never entirely clear on how things were working on the video
> transmission side of things, but I do know that "Tonight Show" captions
> went to a modem in Burbank, while "Late Night" (and "Later") captions went
> to New York. Because there was a seamless transition between the shows,
> there was some rigamarole involving the backup modem in the control room
> and a production assistant -- by which I mean me -- being nervous about
> accidentally disconnecting the wrong modem at the wrong time. (The captions
> for the late-night shows were prepared in advance via an audio feed of the
> taping, but were sent out "live" as they aired.)
>
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