Sunday, September 25, 2016

The Great Debate: Day 1

Words and photo by F LoBuono
In the immortal words of that famous wordsmith, Yogi Berra, it's deja vu all over again.

I'm working at Hofstra University on Long Island, preparing for the newscasts and reports on Monday's GREAT DEBATE pitting Hillary Clinton against Donald Trump. Due to the contentious nature of the campaign between two mostly polarizing candidates, viewership of the debate broadcast is expected to be record setting. Interestingly, most pundits claim that despite this, the debate won't change many minds.

As an interesting aside, I covered the event four years ago when Mitt Romney debated Barack Obama on the same stage at Hofstra. However, this time, it was originally scheduled for another college. However, siting cost and security concerns, it backed out. Hofstra immediately stepped in to snatch up the debate. Hence, the feeling of deja vu.

On thing that has not changed is the intense preparation to bring the debate to air. An army of technicians from multiple disciplines work countless hours to bring the public a technically seamless broadcast. Electricians, carpenters, lighting designers, riggers, set designers, producers, photographers, and too many others to mention all lend their considerable talents to accomplish things that, when done properly, are hardly even noticed. A sense of accomplishment is only felt when a technically flawless broadcast has been achieved.

Here is a behind-the-scenes look photo essay -

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