Many of you know that I work in the Broadcast TV field (at least for now anyway). I've done this work for 17 years now. I am a Broadcast Engineer, which is basically a fancy way of saying I am an electronics technician and work at a TV station. The station i work for is in Indianapolis Indiana, and last Sunday was the Super Bowl.
You may not have noticed it but I wasn't on the site for over a week except for a couple of brief pop ins to look at the site. I was just too darn busy. For the 2 weeks leading up to the game we had to build and wire 3 locations to broadcast and feed content back to the stations. This included the main location in the IPL building on the Circle right down town, a site at Georgia and Capitol streets and another at the Domestic Media Compound near Lucas Oil Stadium. To say it was a busy 2 weeks wouldn't do it justice. To give you an idea, my paycheck this Friday will have almost 75 hours of over time on it. And yes, I do plan on buying something with part of that money. I feel I deserve a treat.
Here are a few pictures for anyone interested in what it looks like behind the scenes to get a special broadcast like this on the air and into your home. It may or may not be what you expect.
Construction of the Roman Numerals on the Circle
Finished Roman Numerals
JW Marriott Down Town all decked out for the big game.
Indiana State Police APC there for the game
Switching the show from the IPL Studio
Anchors at IPL