Today was fairly busy for me. I had five news bulletins to do for Australian Independent Radio News  from midday to 5pm, which is two more than usual, as the news bulletins need to be on the FTP server about 20-30 minutes before they are due to air (to allow for the stations to download them) I have to start preperations for the first bulletin and the day at about 10:30. By doing this I am able to peruse the news of the day and see what audio is available and then decide what stories to run. Naturally I already have an overview of the news from my morning radio listening, but I still need to check what I can do for the day.
Anyway, I got out of bed a little bit later than I was expecting and had to delay Nattie’s first walk until after the first news bulletin. I then made myself a cup of coffee and continued with working on the 1pm bulletin. I did that and then decided that it might be a good idea to run an AFL Grand Final as the lead story in the 2PM bulletin. After checking with the news director I went ahead with this and also pre-recorded the 3pm bulletin so that I could take a lunch break.
The pre-recorded 3PM bulletin was a carefully worked out idea as I had to have the 3PM bulletin on the server just after the start of the AFL Grand Final, there would have been no chance of getting a score check in anyway, so it was logical to pre-record that bulletin and then run the other bulletins as per usual.
After lunch I went to work on the 4PM bulletin, and noticed that one of the stories had just developed further, so I re-wrote the story, and then recorded the bulletin leaving space for the quarter time score. As soon as the quarter time score was available I added it in and finalised the bulletin. It then became time for the 5PM bulletin, this was interesting as I wasn’t expecting the three-quarter time score to come through in time for the bulletin, so I recorded the bulletin with the half time score and then, just before I was going to upload it, three-quarter time arrived, so I wrote down the score and quickly came up with an extra line to describe the thrid quarter that would fit in with the existing story and recorded it, dropped it into the bulletin and rushed it onto the server.
After this I decided that it woul be a good idea for somebody to get hold of the post-match interviews and perhaps put together a report, which I did. I recorded the 3AW football stream and the channel 10 coverage. Personally I think that 3AW’s coverage of AFL has been better than Channel Ten’s coverage all year. With all these things being recorded I was free to take Nattie for her afternoon walk and then check in on the cat I am looking after temporarily.
At 7PM, with all of the audio recorded and ready for editing I had the fun of finding the interviews and the last few seconds of the match from the 3AW coverage. I also had dinner and was watching the NRL semi-final on TV whilst partially listening to the 2GB coverage (I can’t stand the TV commentators)…this was also something for which interviews were needed, so I recorded them as well (after the game). After this I wrote my AFL report and recorded it, dropped in the relevant audio clips and made it available for tommorows newsreaders. By this time it was close to 11PM…I had a long day…but an enjoyable one.
EDIT: It turns out that some of this may have been a waste of time as some things were simply not usable for legal reasons…