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Going HD

By: Ashley Edlund Email
By: Ashley Edlund Email

Things at WTVY news might look a little different.

Wondering why? It's because we're now high def ... But the change didn't happen overnight.

Engineer Ralph Utz said, “Lots of late hours, lot of late nights, lot of early mornings.”

And everything is brand new, from our studio cameras to our control room.

So what does our change mean for your TV?

Chief Engineer Tom Johnson said, “Instead of having black bars on the sides, you fill up the whole screen for the people who have newer televisions.”

The picture on your screen isn't the only thing evolving.

Directors that make our newscasts come to life have seen their jobs change.

Kenneth Pate said, “As a director now you have complete control before you had to rely on other people which wasn't a bad thing but now if a show messes up it's all on the director or the producer.”

On air personalities are seeing clearer pixels, too

Morning Meteorologist Connor Vernon said, “I think in some of the weather stuff we're going to be able to see different levels of clouds than we have before and that will help with our forecast.”

Johnson and engineers have been involved in every step of the transition, but even they say they're stunned at how good it looks

Johnson said, “Once I saw the product in completion even though I’ve been around it the whole time compared to what it used to look like I’m very pleased with what we're presenting to the viewers.”

Utz said, “The color's so much nicer in HD. The picture is so much crisper. The graphics that we use with weather, I think everything just looks a lot more detailed.”

A sharper image for a better newscast.


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