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'Painting 'em Purple'

From the Booth
Monday, September 16, 2002
By Jeff Charles
Voice of the Pirates


Sleepless nights surround TV show production



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Lights, camera, action. Have you ever wondered how The Steve Logan Television Show comes together each week? Here’s the inside scoop.

The real stars of the show are the folks at WITN and especially Alex Radow with assistance from Billy Weaver, Amanda Ross and Tom Midyette.

Radow’s role on the show is that of the chief photographer. Alex shoots the video footage during the game, the locker room interviews with the players, and the “standup segments” with Coach Logan and me. After all the video is shot, it’s back to WITN to edit the show with the help of Midyette.

Night games on the road are the show's biggest challenge. Take last week for example with the game at Wake Forest in Winston-Salem and a 6:30 kickoff time.
The WITN crew left Greenville about one o’clock Saturday afternoon and before Radow called it a day, it was Sunday morning about nine a.m. that’s a twenty hour day with seven hard hours of driving thrown in.

If Logan and yours truly look a little bleary-eyed sometimes it’s because we’re actually shooting our segments at 2:00 or 3:00 a.m. after those night road games.

Weaver visits with an ECU assistant coach each week and gives us a scouting report on the upcoming opponent, while Ross provides interesting feature segments about players or different facets of the program.

These folks need the tools to get the job done and WITN General Manager Mike Weeks has been a great asset for the Pirate program.

We often talk about our relationship with WITN as being one of the best in college athletics. It’s a real partnership in every sense of the word from the people at Channel 7 to their parent company, Gray Communications. Not only have they provided tremendous exposure for the program in eastern North Carolina but they’ve also been great Pirate Club members as well.

So the next time you see Radow and the rest of the crew, give them a “Big Guy” Matt Maloney pat on the back. They work hard, especially Radow. Thanks Alex.

News ‘n notes from Pirate Land

  • What’s Tutu Moye’s real first name? It’s Melvin of course — Melvin Moye, Jr.

  • The Pirates have this week off and then it’s on to Morgantown, WV, for a match up with the Mountaineers. That trip is always a logistics challenge. The Pirates will fly out of Greenville to Pittsburgh, stay the night in Washington, PA, and then bus about one hour into Morgantown Saturday morning. After the game the bus ride back to Pittsburgh can be as long as an hour and a half. The plane flight from Pittsburgh to Greenville takes less time than that bus ride back to the Pittsburgh airport. Such is life on the road.

  • The football team will normally stay in its regular routine during an open date week. About the only thing that changes is that there’s not a press conference on Monday. Actual practices are about the same.

  • This week I came across an old football game program from 1988, my first year at ECU. Those were the days I had the “Larry King look” with glasses. What really stood out though was a picture of the Shankweiler family. There was Coach Steve with a little pre-school guy sitting alongside. That little kid was, of course, his son Kort, who is now a freshman quarterback here. Time flies when you’re having fun.

Till next time, “Keep painting ‘em purple.”

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