Take good care…we’re live to air

live tv The Logies are approaching and I’m getting twitchy. I’m fairly confident I won’t be taking out the gold but I’ve got some pretty golden memories from working on the live telecast.

Yes there’s glitz and glamour but there’s also a spanner. It’s L.I.V.E. No do-overs. Good thing I was used to working with comb-overs. You see, I’d been a producer on Good Morning Australia with Bert Newton for a couple of years, so I knew how to make a mountain out of a minute. Allow me to explain.

When you’re live, every second counts. What a viewer calls a toilet break, I call a race to the tape library, a search for missing vision, a quickity split cut, a bolt up the stairs, through those studio doors…and exhale. Then there are those really rough mornings when a guest goes AWOL.

One day I found a pretty big name exploring our little graphics department – I still marvel at how she somehow managed to escape my clutches in the green room. Or how’s about that time I was working on a three-hour “live” special and one of my musos went missing literally seconds before his cue. Strike up the band and please give me a hand pulling my heart from my mouth.

The big guns never seemed phased by “one of those days”. I worked on lots of live OBs and golly gees those crews are the coolest of customers. Whilst my blood pressure was rising, my colleagues’d be reprising another smoko break in the space of an ad break. Just another day in the outside office, nothing to see here folks.

So back to the Logies…call me one of those old fogies but I love a dapper ‘do and a hearty helping of good manners too. Please excuse me while I drop some names. Working red carpets you meet lots of starlets but these three were quite something else. Good humoured, respectful, professional and polite – Richard Wilkins, Bec and Lleyton Hewitt thanks for making it a great night.

C’mon tell me, will you be watching this year’s Logies?

Linking up today with Essentially Jess for I Blog On Tuesdays.

16 Comments

  • I like checking out the fashion but other than that not really into awards shows!

    Visiting today from #teamIBOT x

    • Reply March 31, 2015

      Tonia

      Hi Janet, yes I worked on the red carpet (pre-awards) show for a couple of years and I did enjoy having a good nosey at all those gorgeous frocks. x

  • Reply April 1, 2015

    Zita

    oh I’d love to know who escaped your clutches!!! Love me a good awards show! And checking out the frocks!

    • Reply April 1, 2015

      Tonia

      Me too – love a fancy frock. As for that guest who escaped my clutches, well you know what they say, what happens in studio stays in studio! Thanks for stopping by x

  • Reply April 1, 2015

    Renee Wilson

    Sounds mega stressful! I bet it got your adrenalin pumping big time. I’d love to know what all the big names were like to deal with. I bet Bert liked his comb over just so 😉 Did you get any autographs or selfies or not the done thing?

    • Reply April 1, 2015

      Tonia

      Yep live telly sure did get my ticker racing! Sadly, no selfies back in my day. Probably showing my age! x

  • Looking back you must wonder how you managed to do all of that. Sounds mighty stressful, but no doubt a tad exciting.
    Interesting to hear your positive comments about Bec and Leighton and Richard W – it’s always hard to tel from the outside who the good guys and bad guys are!
    Keep the stories coming!

    • Reply April 1, 2015

      Tonia

      Thanks Gael. Looking back does tend to make my head spin a little. Like any job, when you’re in the thick of it, there’s no time to really reflect on it. I’m enjoying the luxury of looking back now (at my own pace). Appreciate your feedback on these little memoirs, thanks again x

  • Reply April 2, 2015

    merilyn

    you’ve had a pretty interesting and accomplished life so far tonia!
    I might look at the fashions on the night!
    not really into that much tv!
    cheers m:)X
    I would subscribe to your blog if or when you do that!

    • Reply April 2, 2015

      Tonia

      Aw thanks Merilyn…that’s very kind of you to say. Thanks for mentioning subscribing too – it’s on my ‘to do’ list to clear that up. At present, it’s the second button under the “post comment” button. Please do give me a shout if you don’t receive notifications of new posts. Again, thanks for your kind words and I hope you have a safe and happy Easter holiday. x

      • Reply April 3, 2015

        merilyn

        thanks tonia, I’ve done that now!
        I’m on auto pilot, dinosaur time! … still learning!
        enjoy your easter too! … love m:)X

        • Reply April 3, 2015

          Tonia

          Ditto! I’m still trying to wrap my head around all this too. Thanks for subscribing. xx

  • Live TV sounds like way too stressful a job for me! I enjoy looking at the fashions.Thank you for your insights!

    • Reply April 3, 2015

      Tonia

      Hi Ingrid, thanks for hopping by the blog and Happy Easter!

  • Reply April 6, 2015

    EssentiallyJess

    I like it but Boatman doesn’t so it’s rarely on.
    I can’t imagine the rush and the stress of Live TV. It must feel amazing when it’s done.

    • Reply April 6, 2015

      Tonia

      Yep it’s pretty exhilarating and there’s some pretty awesome wrap parties when those final credits roll. Hey, Happy Easter whilst I have you! Hope you’ve had a relaxing few days x

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