Primary Preparations: Cold Temps Result in Flurry of Action
January 3, 2008
A bone chilling wind is cutting through the single-digit temps on the campus of Saint Anselm College today, all while work continues at a heightened pace to prepare for the pending live broadcasts of Fox News Channel and ABC News.
On the Quad, Fox News employees and Saint Anselm College students are working in unison to finalize the Fox Box, the mobile studio that will be utilized in coming days for live programming. Inside the Cushing Student Center, students and production staff have transformed the normally quaint upper level of the student building into a working newsroom that will shortly be staffed 24 hours a day with correspondents from Fox partners around the world.
At the Dana Center, ABC is putting the finishing touches on the debate set. On Thursday evening, students were acting as candidate stand-ins, helping the ABC News staff rehearse the pending back-to-back live debates on Saturday night. Next door at Davison Hall (the college dining facility) ABC staff are utilizing every corner of the building as their debate headquarters.
There is literally no corner of campus that remains untouched by the debate preprations. At the main entrance to the college a grassy area has been plowed to allow for campaign supporters to gather on debate day. The quad is collecting satellite trucks and live shot locations by the hour as additional crews arrive. In the following hours, the Carr Center will be transformed into the media file center (which will soon be home to several hundred journalists from around the world).