This week was actually a little bit different than previously because I got to branch out a little. For the most part, I did my normal routine of writing news scripts and doing interviews. On Wednesday, though, I helped out with what they call a "Live Remote," which is basically just a live broadcast. We were covering the "Indigenous Experience NW" at the Scottish Rite Center from six to seven. The event actually spanned from four to ten, but we obviously didn't have the time to broadcast the entire event. The goal of the event was to provide anyone a complete view of the Native American culture. Instead of just doing a Native American art show or Native American storytelling session, they wanted to incorporate all aspects of their culture into one event. I drove over to the building at about 3:30 to help the KBOO crew set up. Honestly, I didn't do much because I had next to no experience with setting up a sound system of that level. I know how to connect cords into the cameras at Catlin and that's about it. I wish I had taken a photo of the equipment they were dealing with. One huge tub they carried in was completely filled with thick black cables! And they knew how to use each of them! Then they pulled out these sound board and break boards (a new term I learned) that each housed hundreds of small plugs. And they put it all together! I pretty much just watched. While it was interesting to watch, I am pretty sure I don't want to do that in the future. I would probably just get really frustrated because it seemed so tedious. I'm not good with tedious tasks. Anyway, the event soon started and my task was to record interesting bits that we could use later in the show if there was an awkward pause that we needed to fill. First of all, I want to note that the emcee was absolutely hilarious! I can't really articulate exactly what he did, but having a good emcee really can change the tone of the whole event. So he first introduced a group of Native Americans from a certain tribe, and they all gathered around a large drum and sang a song for the audience while beating the drum. I like how they phrased the act as "giving us a song." One of the men came up and spoke before the performance and said something like: "This song is really special to me because my uncle gave it to me and I sing it with pride." It wasn't just about singing a song from his culture, but sharing something close to his heart. We also heard from Charleen Touchette, the author of the banned book "It Stops With Me: Memoir of a Canuck Girl." I didn't get a chance to ask her exactly why her book was banned... Several storytellers and artists spoke as well.
On another note, I got to do the noon headlines on my last day. It's so fun recording audio. Before I only got to record short clips of myself as a reporter, but this felt more like I was an anchor. Below I have a photo of the studio I liked to record in and a photo of the outside of the building. I thought I should include that because it's pretty funky!