A Revolutionary WAAY to Produce Live News

Excerpt from NewTek Magazine, page 22, Volume 3, Number 2, 2012<hr noshade="noshade" size="1" />


The challenge for WAAY was to create the most visually dynamic and competitive local HD newscast their limited budget would permit. To do this, they decided to take a risk on a very unconventional approach—to base their live HD newscasts on NewTek's TriCaster, which integrates the funtionality of a hi-def control room within a compact system costing less than $50,000.

In the fall of 2011, WAAY bought and installed two systems: a TriCaster 850 with eight video inputs, two downstream keyers (DSK's), and two digital disk recorders (DDR's); and a TriCaster 300 three-input switcher with two DSK's and one DDR. The cost of the two systems together is like a down-payment on a conventional HD production control room. These systems, which went live on December 11, 2011, enabled WAAY to sucessfully and cost-effectively transition its local news to HD.