Among the many people you usually don’t see on the air during a newscast is the floor director. This person is like a field general in the studio – making sure we are in place, pointing us to the right cameras, letting us know about show changes, etc.
This morning for “Good Day Chicago”, David Novarro and I worked with Jacques Eady. He’s a proud graduate of the University of Notre Dame and he loves floor directing because “everyday is different and exciting”. Jacques understands the importance of the job, noting “I am the conduit between the director, producer and the talent to make sure everyone knows what we’re doing.”
Since we are on the air while things change, many of our cues are hand gestures. You can imagine the fun we often have without saying a thing. Some floor directors use cue cards that may say “:30″, “stretch” or “wrap”. Others use fairly universal hand signals. If we work with someone new, we may try to go over that person’s signals before the newscast.
When meteorologist Mark Strehl and traffic reporter Sondra Solarte aren’t on camera, they are likely gesturing during their updates in order to cue their various video sources and graphics. It’s always fun to watch them from over at the news set. They are pretty adept at changing things up quickly since their alloted time can fluctuate.
Many people who come to visit the studio comment about the “show behind the show”. Viewers see a lot of fun on the air because we are having fun and truly enjoy working together.
How about a high five?