The folks at ESPN have helped us to fulfill your requests for some basic pictures of the main TV production truck and the announce booth at NASCAR races. Here are some good views of both with brief explanations. Just click on the photos to see them full size. If you have questions or comments, please make them below in the COMMENTS section.
We begin with a great picture of this season and the ESPN crew in the announce booth. The scoring monitor is on the left, the program monitor is in the middle and the monitor used to show replays and other video only to the booth is on the right.
When ESPN is ready for air, the main TV truck is full of production staff. The Technical Director that switches the race is in the white hat, next to him is the Director and to his left is the Producer. Other ESPN folks in this picture are on the management team. The pit producer and associate director (who controls commercials) sit on that second row.
This is the "front bench" of ESPN's main production truck before they are on-the-air. Note the network clock above and the huge amount of video sources. These consist of everything from race, pit and in-car cameras to replay machines and graphic sources. The Producer and Director sit side-by-side at this location.
The ESPN Director (middle) points to his next camera as he calls video commands to the Technical Director seated to his right. In the baseball cap, the ESPN Producer uses the communication system to talk with an on-air announcer. The picture of Brad Daugherty is the "program feed" that is on-the-air and all the other monitors are video sources.
Andy Petree with his laptop, and two monitors alongside. One is used to show him things that the Producer wants him to see. The other is what you see at home.
Trucks are parked in a pre-planned TV compound at every race.
The ESPN TV Compound including a good view of the Tech Center.
I hope you will join me in thanking the Media Relations folks at ESPN for going out of their way to help us with this information. As the season continues, we will try to bring you more behind-the-scenes photos that show the technology used in producing NASCAR racing for TV.
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