Behind the Scenes with Ross
Ross Wece is all over the place at News 3... Sometimes behind the camera, sometimes in front of it!
He's currently attending SIU, purusing a degree in Radio-Television Production with a specialization in Electronic Journalism.
- Tell us about your daily routine as part of the morning show crew...
Giant City Park area so it usually takes me around 20 minutes to get to the station in the morning.
Once I get to the station, Weston, our morning show producer who you read about last week, gives me the list of packages I have to prepare for the show. We download some of the packages you see in the show from a national ABC network called "Pathfire" and we also get packages from CNN. After I get packages done I work on other videos that air during the show. It could be anything from doing a Google Image search of Corn Dogs for the "Eat This, Not That" Segment or downloading video from Pathfire about a crime event that occurred over the night!
Hopefully, the editing is done by 5AM so I can head out to the studio floor and begin prepping for the show. Our director usually turns the studio lights on if I'm running behind so when I get on the floor I get our cameras set up and positioned, setup our plasma monitors, and get laptops set up for Kevin and Emily to run Cover it Live with. Once we go on the air, I run studio cameras with another morning show AP Josue Orellana. My shift continues until 9AM so after the show I may prepare videos for the next day's show or work on videos for one of my Superfan/Behind the Wheel segments.
The days that I do my on-air segments really aren't all that much different. I still run studio cameras during the show. But when the time comes for my segment I grab a chair and run up to the desk with Kevin and Emily!
- What's the most stressful part about your job?
- What's the most fun?
- What's something viewers might be surprised to learn about the morning show?
Ross got dressed up in NASCAR gear for one of his Superfan segments!
- When did you first become interested in TV News?
a lot of tech work at my church in Carbondale.
I started at WSIL through a high school co-op program in 2007. I went to school until lunch everyday then went and worked at the front desk at the station for 3-4 hours in the afternoon. I filled in on the phones for the receptionist during he lunch hours and made DVD copies of stories when folks requested those.
In August of 2008 it was looking like my time was coming to a close at the station since my co-op program was for that year only but luckily I got offered an Associate Producer position on the morning show and I've been with News 3 This Morning ever since!
Don't forget to tune in weekdays from 5:30 to 7:00 am for News 3 This Morning in HD!