BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - News 4 is continuing our week long, behind-the-scenes tour ofWake Up.
It takes hours of work to get the shows ready to go on the airstarting at 5 a.m.
Victoria, Joe, Mike, Jericka, and Melissa might be the faces ofWake-Up, but the unsung heroes of Wake-Up are definitely theproducers.
Dan LaDelfa and Kelly Hayes, along with one rotatingassociate producer, are responsible for four hours of news contenteach morning.
They do it all while their bodies are telling them to sleep,because their day starts at midnight.
"The hardest part is getting up and getting here. Once you'rehere and you get going it's almost like any other shift. There's somuch to do you just hit the ground running," said Dan.
Producers begin with sorting the daily folder of pressreleases and assignments.
Kelly said, "Dan and I, the other producer, go through thestories that are going to be happening that day and then decidewhat Jericka, our morning reporter, is going to cover."
That begins the process of building what we call the rundown,basically the lineup of stories.
"You're typing and you're writing, and you're selecting storiesand going over things, and moving things around in the shows. Anddeciding, 'Oh I'm going to run this story here, I'm going to runthis story here, Oh I don't have time for this story any more, I'mgoing to drop this story, I'm going to add this story,'" Danexplained.
But after doing all of that work, it can be thrown off bybreaking news.
The producers are always listening to the half dozen scanners inthe newsroom, and know all the scanner lingo.
"Buffalo Police, for example, when they call for the number1275, that's a homicide detective," said Dan.
"When we hear something break on the scanner, we send ourovernight photographer, Boe Baker," Kelly said.
Together the photographer and producers work to get thefacts.
"Working overnight, it's hard to get in touch with differentpolice or fire officials to get the information we need, so wecount on Boe or other photographers that are out in the field toget us that information, so that we can have new stories in themorning," said Kelly.
Producers write all the scripts and then finish their day inthe control room, talking in the ears of the anchors, and flyingthe show as we call it, making sure it doesn't crash and burn.
Clearly a team effort in the News 4 Newsroom to bring you all ofthe news that happened while you slept.
There are more than a dozen other people who work hard all nightand morning, to get the news on the air.
Wednesday, Melissa will take you into the control room to meetour director Ty and the rest of the crew.
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