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Life’s Good When You’ve Got A Panel Op

January 22nd, 2006 at 12:32pm

One thing I’ve noticed about 2UE lately, is that the shows where the presenter doubles as the panel op have been sounding quite odd on network stations. Hosts have consistently cut the network feed for computer audio, creating annoying silences when they play bits of incidental music (such as at the end of a call), Glenn Wheeler has become quite an expert in that in recent weeks. Somebody really needs to reminds the presenters that they only need to cut the computer network feed for ads and 2UE specific intros.

The other example which has driven me nuts is Stuart Bocking enabling the complete audio feed during the weather, effectively making network station weather and 2UE weather clash. It’s quite simple Stuart, press the button when the weather finishes. This is not a criticism, just a bit of helpful advice.

I’ve noticed that 2GB seem to employ panel operators for all shows, perhaps 2UE should consider this. Yesterday’s OB sounded very good from a technical perspective as there was a panel op at 2UE controlling things, which made the program flow nicely.

I have said before (perhaps not here), that automation and networking are only obvious when things go wrong, and then it reflects badly on all stations involved, regardless of how fair that might be.

I would urge 2UE to do one of two things, employ panel ops 24/7, or remind staff of correct panelling procedure.


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  • 1. Frankster  |  January 22nd, 2006 at 6:05 pm

    Hi Samuel,

    Just thought I’d drop in and say great blog! I just came across it and have now dropped it into my favourites for regular visits.

    I’ve got one myself where I put up old audio and video material, plus drop in thoughts and comments here and there. It’s called The Frankster Archives Library and it’s accessible at



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