Inside the Fox Box

January 6, 2008

Finals week of the fall 2007 semester began with a large construction project. This project was not done by students but by hired professionals of the Fox News network. Their mission: construct the Fox Box, a semi-permanent studio for use by Fox News personalities like Brit Hume and Chris Wallace for live broadcasts. It will also serve as the venue for the Fox News Republican Forum on Sunday with Mitt Romney, John McCain, Fred Thompson, Rudy Giuliani, and Iowa Caucus winner, Mike Huckabee. We were able to go inside the Fox Box and take a behind-the-scenes look.

This Week Started Early

January 6, 2008

After last night’s debates I returned to our office in Lower Cushing to load, categorize, and edit our hours and hours of footage. I left our office at 1:45 a.m. and started the cold walk back to my room in Saint Mary’s Hall. Then it hit me, I had to wake up at 6:30 a.m. in order to be on time to get to the taping of This Week with George Stephanopoulos, which was aptly retitled This Week in New Hampshire.

This Week with George Stephanopoulos broadcasts on ABC from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. every Sunday. This week’s show, however, began at 8 a.m. with an interview with former Arkansas Governor and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. The interview was another way for Huckabee to spin his performance in last night’s debate and also to clarify some of the slip-ups that he made.

Following Huck’s interview, former Mass. Governor and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney stepped on the stage and gave an interview that was extremely similar in format to the exchange with Huckabee.

After audience interaction with Stephanopoulos, it was time to start the live broadcast; this was the exciting part. Former Senator and Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards gave a live interview at the top of the show and then came out into the audience with his wife, Elizabeth, to greet everyone.

Once the pretaped portions of the program were complete, it was time for the panel to give analysis on last night’s debates. The panel consisted of George Will, Cokie Roberts, Sam Donaldson, and Donna Brazile. The panelists were very engaging and offered interesting insights on the debates at Saint Anselm College.

All in all, it was incredible to watch a live broadcast for national television, and it is an experience I will never forget.

Good Morning Saint Anselm

January 5, 2008

Cory True ‘09 gives an assessment of the state of the campus of Saint Anselm College on the morning of Debate Day, Jan. 5. Cory was up bright and early at 7 a.m. to bring you this special report from various locations around the campus.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PJOh9EM0u0

Oh Say Can You See…

January 5, 2008

Img1537.jpgIt happens at every sporting event. It is the greatest expression of American patriotism — singing the U.S. National Anthem. Those who perform it carry the honor and glory of their performance for a lifetime. While it will not be televised, Saturday’s presidential debates will begin with the singing of the National Anthem by Saint Anselm student David Kimbell ‘09 (Nashua, N.H.). A founding member of The Acafellas, the premiere Saint Anselm College barbershop quartet, Kimbell is a tenor in the Saint Anselm College Choir and a philosophy major. Our very own Katelyn Tustin ‘09 had an opportunity to sit down with him. Music is by The Acafellas: David Kimbell ‘09, Anthony Vercollone ‘08, Joseph Bissonnette ‘08, and Greg Macksoud ‘08.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOvQ7hWv8EI