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1. Filming at a birdwatchers' festival Filming at a birdwatchers' festival Television production & direction; Men; Women; Roads Videographer Lee Westad (left) and production assistant Chad Johnson (right) followed a birdwatching tour at the Chase Lake Wildlife Refuge while filming the documentary "EcoTourism"

2. Early field video camera Early field video camera Television production & direction; Men; Railroads; Railroad stations Videographer Greg Mattern using one of Prairie Public's first field video cameras.

3. Filming a choir performance Filming a choir performance Television production & direction; Men; Women; Churches; Choirs (Music); Cameras; Videographer Dave Geck videotapes a choir performance for the documentary "A Soulful Sound, Music of the Germans from Russia"

4. An early television camera An early television camera Television production & direction; Public television; Cameras This early studio camera featured a lens turret with lenses of different focal lengths. The camera operator changed from a wide shot to medium shot to close up by rotating the lens turret. Modern studio...

5. Prairie Town Meeting remote Prairie Town Meeting remote Television production & direction; Men; Television producers and directors The Prairie Town Meeting series of 4 broadcast specials used satellite uplinks and remote broadcast technology to bring audiences around the state together to explore topics of interest to rural communities....

6. Prairie Town Meeting Prairie Town Meeting Public affairs television programs; Television production & direction; Television studios; Public television; Men; Women; Interviews The Prairie Town Meeting series of 4 broadcast specials used satellite uplinks and remote broadcast technology to bring audiences around the state together to explore topics of interest to rural communities....

7. Studio sets for a live auction Studio sets for a live auction Television production & direction; Television studios; Public television; Fund raising; Men; Women The many items offered during a live fund raising auction were broken down into manageable groupings that were compartmentalized in small sets inside the Prairie Public studio. Each auction required many...

8. The calm after the auction storm The calm after the auction storm Television production & direction; Television studios; Public television; Fund raising; The hectic pace of a live on-air auction left the television crew with much cleaning to do

9. Waiting for the cue Waiting for the cue Television production & direction; Television studios; Public television; Men; Cameras Television director Larry White (right) waits for his cue to step in front of the camera. Cody Christianson (left) behind the camera.

10. Spin host Boyd Christianson interviews Fargo sportscaster Jim Adelson. Spin host Boyd Christianson interviews Fargo sportscaster Jim Adelson. Television production & direction; Television studios; Public television; Interviews; Men Spin host Boyd Christianson took the helm of Prairie Public's popular news magazine program in 1978. In this photograph, Christenson interviews Fargo sportscaster Jim Adelson.

11. Getting a close up for Prairie Town Meeting Business Edition: Expanding Your Business Getting a close up for Prairie Town Meeting Business Edition: Expanding Your Business Television production & direction; Men; Computers Sometimes it can be difficult for a person to "act naturally" when you have a large camera practically on top of you. Videographer Dave Geck, right, films an unknown staff person from Word Express Inc,...

12. Concentrating on capturing images of wildlife in the badlands Concentrating on capturing images of wildlife in the badlands Television production & direction; Men; Cameras; Small format video cameras allowed television crews to more easily access remote areas while filming wildlife. Videographer Travis Jensen concentrates on a mule deer in Burning Coal Vein Campground in...

13. "North Dakota This Week" panel "North Dakota This Week" panel Television production & direction; Television studios; Public television; Men Reporters and editors from around the state join host Boyd Christenson (center) for a weekly discussion about current events that shaped the news. From left to right: Jeff Baenen, AP; Terry Dullum, WDAZ;...

14. Field production equipment before videotape Field production equipment before videotape Television production & direction; Public television; Cameras; Men Prior to portable videotape cameras, television crews used film cameras. The film would be developed, edited, and then transfered to videotape for broadcast.

15. The challenges of television production in a small studio The challenges of television production in a small studio Television production & direction; Television studios; Public television; Men; Cameras; Television producers and directors Prior to acquiring the downtown studio, Prairie Public's live broadcasts were made from studio space in Ceres Hall on the North Dakota State University campus. As seen in this photograph, cameras were...

16. First pledge drive in downtown studio First pledge drive in downtown studio Television production & direction; Television studios; Public television; Fund raising; Men; Women President Dennis Falk hosts the first live pledge break held at the Prairie Public televisions studio at 207 North 5th Street in Fargo, ND. Behind Falk are volunteers from the community answering phone...

17. Making do on location Making do on location Television production & direction; Men; Women; Quilts Prairie Quilts host Virgina Dambach (left) and videographer Dave Geck (right) consult while taping stand-up introductions outdoors at Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Medora, North Dakota. Standing between...

18. Directing Prairie Public's first series Directing Prairie Public's first series Television production & direction; Television studios; Public television; Men; Television producers and directors; Control rooms; Prairie Public's first production control room. On the monitors can be seen Dr. Walther Prausnitz who hosted the first instructional series produced by Prairie Public -- a 60-hour English Literature course...

19. Prairie Public's downtown television studio Prairie Public's downtown television studio Television studios; Public television; Automobiles; Buildings; Streets Prairie Public's current studio at 207 North 5th Street began life as the broadcast studio for WDAY TV. WDAY sold the building to American Federal Life Insurance who converted the large studio space to...

20. Filming a cooking sequence for Scandinavian Traditions Filming a cooking sequence for Scandinavian Traditions Television production & direction; Men; Women; Kitchens; Cookery; Home food processing Prairie Public videographer Lee Westad films a family's Christmas tradition making flatbread together in Decorah, Iowa.
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