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Cueing the sound clips, manning the sound board, reading from the computer scripts, and speaking into the mic, all at the same time. Welcome to radio broadcasting!

By Cat Viglienzoni — July 7, 2011

I was getting nostalgic after the first day of my new job, and the radio section of my work was rather lacking. Now, I’m not going to post all of my WERS radio work because that would require uploading an entire year’s worth of work, but there were a couple breaks I particularly liked, for whatever reason.

This one [April 5, 2011] was probably one of my best, if not my best:

This [April 14, 2011] was a pretty good hour break I did (yes, I edited out the traffic because it was boring):

And this was probably my favorite reporter piece, the day after the San Bruno, CA gas line explosion and fire. I wasn’t scheduled to work that day, but I was in the newsroom and happened to know someone who lived right by there.

Now, those above were all serious pieces done for WERS that were actually meant to air. On occasion, however, I did class pieces as well that were amusing. Like the “Your Highness” one.

A classmate of mine did a radio show for her practicum show (the same one in which I did the chocolate show!), with a edgier and funnier slant. I was tasked with reporting for it, on some entertainment-related story. WERS’ public affairs show “You Are Here” had just done an hour on comedy, and they had an interview with actor Danny McBride about his upcoming movie “Your Highness” that they let me re-purpose for the class piece. I called the fans and did those interviews myself.

Though I enjoy doing TV news… I’m really going to miss radio!

Here’s a promo for WERS News… shot on my last day working at the station. I’m in the black dress throughout doing my last on-air broadcasts for the station and teaching the incoming anchor the ropes. (That is NOT me in the screen grab there.)



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July 7, 2011 at 10:29 PM

Sports Nutrition Show Live Shot – Winter 2011

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By Cat Viglienzoni — June 1, 2011

I’m going to assume that most of you have not had the … ah… pleasure of going live before. But you have definitely seen the reporters on TV doing just that, and many of them make it look VERY easy.

It’s not.

First off, we were in a terrible location. It’s great that our school can even DO live shots, because it requires special equipment and setup, but the location is not ideal. It’s in a sketchy and poorly-lit alley across from our school (the one with the two strip clubs farther down the block), on the corner of a busy downtown road, in one of the windiest parts of the city. It’s an ugly backdrop any way you turn.

That’s also why it’s an excellent location to begin in, because you’ll encounter many of the challenges a reporter going live faces – uncooperative weather (hair flying everywhere), passerby who get too curious, loud street noise that can drown you out, etc.

So here’s my attempt. It was for a classmate’s show on sports health, and my piece was on nutrition for athletes. I was assigned as a live reporter for the show.

Okay, so I don’t look great in the live shot. It was super windy, super-freezing (you hopefully can’t tell, but I actually couldn’t feel any of my limbs – including my hands – by the end of it), and we’d been standing out in that weather waiting for the show to set correctly for about an hour. By the time it was my turn to go, I wanted to get inside, so I think I spoke too quickly and rushed my delivery. The piece was long, but that was the length I was told to do. I also didn’t get a chance to get different b-roll for the piece – ideally, I would have been able to go to a grocery store or a cafeteria and get shots of different foods or people eating. You see my mouth moving at the beginning (a no-no) – that was me getting the cue – slightly late – that I was live. (Normally, a reporter has an earpiece that allows him or her to hear what’s going on at the station. We did not, so my photographer had to cue me in.)

I had help setting up and shooting from my producer, Lynn Herman. I did most of the interview and the tracking and editing. The lovely Meghan Lamontagne was the anchor who led into my live shot.

Still, I didn’t flub the words too much, and I was more comfortable the next time I got to go live, so I think it was a great experience to have.


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June 1, 2011 at 6:53 PM

Election 2010: Voter Turnout – EIV News, Fall 2010

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By Cat Viglienzoni — May 29, 2011

Election day never coincides with a convenient time in one’s schedule to go out and cover things. If I recall, I’d been pulling virtually no sleep for a few days because of schoolwork and cross-country, and then wham! election coverage was upon us. But it’s an opportunity you can’t pass up, even when you’re exhausted.

My assignment, because of my schedule, was to go to the polls and talk to voters as they came out. This is not an easy task, as there are strict rules about cameras in the polls (obviously). Most are common sense for a courteous person, but I made sure I had them memorized before I went over there anyway.

Here is the original version for EIV. It aired the next day (November 3) on our election show, but I had it completed on Tuesday because of a busy class schedule on Wednesday. Then I came into the studio on Wednesday to do a live, in-studio tag to my piece during the show.

Voter Turnout from EIVTV on Vimeo.

Clearly, there are things that could have been done better. It was pretty tough to get people to talk, since we couldn’t go outside (not enough light) and we also couldn’t get near the polls (because of the rules). So I had to work with the few interviews I got.

I had a photographer with me, so some of the shooting I did, some I didn’t.

I did get the chance to re-work the piece the next week for class, and this is that version:

Again, there are things that could have been changed, but I worked with what I had. It was definitely a good experience diving into a political story and turning it around within hours.

One thing I do remember about that was walking out of the BPL from the first shooting set, only to see Governor Deval Patrick leaving, surrounded by the press. I think I remember going into haywire mode trying to pull the camera out and get the mic on (my photog had NO idea why I suddenly went into speed-setup mode), but alas, too late. Oh well. Would have been nice to get a quote.


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May 29, 2011 at 2:33 PM

Read for the Record – Fall 2010

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By Cat Viglienzoni — May 24, 2011

I don’t know if you’ve gotten this from the earlier post on being the library poster child but… I like reading. A lot.

So you can imagine that covering a story on adorable children reading books to set a record (and promote literacy) was a lot of fun for me to go do. This piece I did for class in the fall last year about the Read for the Record project put on by Jumpstart. The project aims to get the most children to read the same book on the same day to promote literacy.

This was the fourth piece I’d ever done. Disclosure again: I did have to re-shoot the standup.

This was for class, so I didn’t air it anywhere.

I did this piece with my classmate Greg Burud.

Things I’d change: I edited some shots on movements, which isn’t good to do (it looks just a bit off). We also should have had the interviewees facing the camera more instead of getting a profile shot. I also should have boosted the nat sound track more so that the background noise was more audible throughout.

And if you’re curious, this year’s Read for the Record is on October 6, 2011 and children will read Llama, Llama Red Pajama, which I think you should read because that title is pretty amazing.


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May 24, 2011 at 10:34 PM

Small Business Saturday – Fall 2010

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By Cat Viglienzoni – May 19, 2011

This reporter piece is on Small Business Saturday, a campaign aimed at promoting small businesses during the holiday retail season. I went out to Roslindale, MA to cover this, kind-of at the last minute. Small Business Saturday was on November 27, 2010.

This was another class piece, so it did not air.

The major thing keeping this piece from being a good one was the unfortunate fact that my lav mic (the one that clips onto someone’s shirt) died, and I couldn’t tell. So the only reason I got any of what the store owner said in her interview was because my camera’s internal mic (the one built in to the camera) picked up the interview. Unfortunately, it also picked up all the background noise as well, including the humming of the refrigerators for the cheese. And it picked up her voice very faintly. So when I boosted the audio so you could hear her, I also had to boost the background noise. It’s a no-win scenario.

Also, I wasn’t able to use a tripod for some of the b-roll shots because the locations didn’t allow for it (crowds + tripod = people blocking your camera’s view), so some of the shots are shaky, which isn’t great.

I had help shooting the standup from a photographer who was also covering the event for his station.


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May 19, 2011 at 2:02 PM