Pledge Host 1: Pledging is the most important time of the year for us as it allows viewers to support the station and in turn receive thank you gifts from us for their contribution, PLEDGE HOST 2: It’s really fantastic, but interns, we can’t do it without your help.
Pledge Time Sheet
Timing is crucial for pledge events, as we are going to be live, whether we are ready or not, and with the help of interns dutifully keeping time, we can ensure we are ready. Before anything, you have to know what shifts you are working. There should be a frequently updating pledge schedule in your email. Only the shifts with producers listed need ADs because they are live. Make sure you, your fellow interns, and the producers know who is going to be there and for how long as soon as you can. Update your outlook calendar to ensure everyone is clear on who is helping when.
Keeping time isn’t your only task of course. When you arrive, we rely on you to print all the rundowns, scripts and check your email to figure out when we are live. These documents should be located in your email or the pledge rundown folder on the S drive under today’s date. If there are multiple segments for one type of break, it can be helpful to staple those rundowns together in order. Also, look over the rundown with the producer, as there may be mistakes.
You will have to create a pledge schedule from the pledge log in your email, make sure these include the name of the break, the time it starts, and its duration. The pledge log can be a little confusing at first, as it is in military time and lists several types of programs. Only worry about the ones listed as live breaks, and name them after the segment in bold listed right above them. Live breaks will also say STUDIO under the video and audio source column in the middle.
Post these all to the doors around the studio and the control room. Put one by the lunch room for good measure. Once you have the schedules posted, you can take it easy, but be sure to keep your eye on the time.
Talent and crew need to be alerted over the PA system when we are live in 10, 5 and 2 minute intervals. Use the control room phone, and press page, pound and zero then wait for the tone. The script will be right in front of you so don’t worry about improvising