The weekend atmosphere.
Normally I get into work around 9am during the weekdays and see Michael and Yasmin. They look my way as I pass, flash me a grin and a “Morning Logan” and on they go with their business. By then they have been there for hours along with eight other OMN crew members so things are always buzzing and people are everywhere.
I worked my first weekend shift this past Saturday and the atmosphere was a total 360 from what I’m used to. Charlie, Jimmy, Elyse and Gary greeted me. Still with smiles of course, but what was so different was there was only those four in the whole office. And boy, was it quiet. I was able to do all the work I do in a normal weekday in half the time on Saturday. Slowly, but surely new faces walked in and by 1pm more people filled the office and fun was in the air. Gary was playing some oldies tunes in the background and everything was just so laid back.
Speaking of Gary, he’s the weekend producer and a very interesting guy. He gave me a little lesson about the editing bay, which of course I loved! He told me the importance of making the visuals match what the anchors are talking about because the second you make the viewer “think” is when you loose them. Gary likes to take his time with the editing aspect of the production. During the week there are so many upcoming news stories that being fast is key, but Gary made it clear that editing the piece and taking a little extra time is what makes the news the anchors deliver entertaining to watch. Gary really knew what he was talking about and I could tell he really took pride in his job. It was interesting to see how differently Gary and Aaron produce the show. What I thought was going to be a VERY slow day at the office turned out being one of the most interesting days here!