Take a Behind-the-Scenes Look in WHAG's Transition to High-Definition

Take a Behind-the-Scenes Look in WHAG's Transition to High-Definition

WHAG is transitioning from analog to high-definition broadcast. Take an insider's peak into our studio and newsroom while we make this exciting change.
HAGERSTOWN, Md. - It's a time of change here at WHAG. We'll soon switch to high-definition, and along with that, nearly everything is getting an upgrade.

"We had to move our studio to tear it out so that we could rebuild it in order to premiere in HD," said Hugh Breslin, WHAG general manager.

Meanwhile, in order to bring you the news, we've moved our studio to the newsroom. For the next month or so we're going to broadcasting our newscast from our temporary set in the newsroom, until we make our official launch to HD. Breslin says he expects our new studio to be completed and ready to broadcast in HD by late October.

"We actually would have liked to have transitioned sooner, but we're very excited that our news product will be in HD soon," said Breslin.

But we can't transition to high-definition without a ton of behind the scenes help. First, our engineers re-built our temporary set downstairs.

"It's worth the effort. It looks dynamic on the air when we're finished," said Bob Folmar, engineer.

While a team revamps our graphics.

"I'm working on the weather bumps, and making sure it's ready to go when we transition," said Dara Gamby, WHAG assistant field producer.

Then directors say broadcasting in HD will allow us to bring stories more to life.

"Seeing the transition has been an eye-opener as far as the amount of work it takes to do this," said Alana Pletcher, WHAG supervising director.

But it all started with recently launching WHAG's new website that uses more interactive features, like re-sizing story text.

"We have an updated webpoll that we use, and the ability to share news stories and embed them in websites," said Adam Lane, WHAG web administrator and graphic designer.

A work in progress that will be worth your wait.
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