Question anything the facts don't support.
- Dec 15, 2003
Well, I answer the phone. I dispatch crews. I call in live shots. I listen to the police and fire scanners. I handle requests from the ABC or other Television stations wanting our video. I handle any incidental requests that come up, like Nexis searches trying to find contact information for people, yesterday we had two people who don't normally go out need access to company cars, so I checked cars out to them and gave them the keys. I also search for archive video. I handle the monthly FCC report, we have to list five stories in six different categories that we have done that show we are broadcasting in the public interest in the past month. I have to escort guests for shows into the studio. Yup I keep busy. And the first five hours of my shift, I am the only one on the desk. The last three I have someone else there. She is alone for half an hour after I leave, then a second person comes in, and three hours after that there are 3 people on the desk.What else do you get done in a typical shift? 8 hours is only 480 minutes. I recieve on average about 30 a day and reading them, researching the situation and planning an action takes several minutes each and that doesn't include actually answering them and/or implementing the necessary action. It takes a good chunk of my day and anything non-urgent gets worked in when I am able.