On Tuesday, August 14, 2012 we loaded up the family and headed back to the KUT radio studios on the campus of the University of Texas in downtown Austin. KUT radio had contacted me about shooting a family photo to post on their website along with the transcript of our audio recording session that we’d recorded with them back in March (related story here). We arrived shortly after 8 AM at their brand new facility, the Belo New Media Center, which is located right across the street from the old communications building where their former studios had still been housed only 3 weeks prior. Kelly, the KUT intern who had contacted me to set-up the photo shoot, greeted us out front. We met the photographer and went out in front of the building for some quick shots.
Afterward we went back inside to meet with Emily Donahue, the News Director for KUT radio. She has been hard at work editing interviews with 100 individuals for this special KUT radio program about the wildfires. Emily said that 59 of those 100 interviews will be featured in the final program (there’s only so many interviews you can fit in an hour-long program). Apparently our story is featured in the second segment of the program.All of the interviews, including ours, will be transcribed and available online through the KUT website, accompanied by a family photo and any related photos.
Emily wanted to do a quick addendum to our interview, to provide more of an update or closing to our story, so she asked if we’d be willing to answer a couple of more questions on tape for the program. We were happy to do so and got the opportunity to use one of the new interview recording booths.
Emily then took us on a quick tour of the new facilities. When we had come to KUT for the main audio recording session we had been in the original building across the street. But today we were fortunate to be able to explore the new home of KUT in the Belo New Media building. Emily said they had moved in only about 3 weeks ago.
One of my favorite rooms to visit was the music archive for the producers. This room had a wall full of CDs of great music. Despite having it all digitized Emily said the producers couldn’t part with many of the original recordings. I can’t blame them. It looked like a treasure trove of great music.
Ben and Matthew really enjoyed being able to see the recording studio where bands and musicians are featured on KUT. The studio is very nice with a great “dead” sound to it. It even features remote-controlled cameras for video feeds direct from the studio.
Matthew lit up when he could see Ben in the studio on one of the monitors in the control room. He thought that was so cool! It reminded me of my old Concordia days when I was a staff producer in the video studio and we would have kids from St. Paul Lutheran School come over for occasional tours. They always loved to see themselves on camera. It was like magic! They would just light up! It brought back some old memories to see Ben and Matt respond just as wondrously as though kids did. And it was encouraging to know that – despite the years and the advances in technology – my kids are not immune to seeing the “magic” in just being on-camera.
The hour-long program is scheduled to air on the one year anniversary of the Bastrop wildfire, on September 4, 2012 on KUT and will also be available online. Apparently our story is featured in the second segment of the program. I’ll update with links once they are made available.