Friday, August 12, 2011

Yesterday's News

The news is that yesterday we went on a field trip - to the NBC news and radio stations in Baltimore.

Background - several years ago I arranged a field trip for our homeschool group to visit these studios and was overwhelmed by the response from families in the group that wanted to attend.  We wound up doing three groups on consecutive days, and I went on the first day with Harrison and Spencer.  There were only one or two other families on our day, the other groups were maximum size though.  As it turned out, the other family/families that were going to attend with us could not make it, although I can't recall the reason.  I had thought it might have been a weather worry, but now that I see the picture I took at the time of the outside of the building, I doubt it.  Look at how green the grass is and how blue the sky! I don't think it snowed that day.  LOL  Anyway, Harrison and Spencer and I got the tour all by ourselves and had a great time.  The families that attended on the other days gave the tour great reviews and I've been asked a few times about organizing the trip again.  Fast forward to this summer.  An employee of the station plays hockey with my husband, and at their recent charity tournament there was a VIP tour of the stations offered in the silent auction.  I bid on it - and won.  So yesterday I took Harrison, his girlfriend, Landon, and Kennady on the tour.

One of the first things we learned was that the building has been extensively renovated and updated over the past couple of years, and it was vastly different from when I had taken the boys previously!

I think the outside still looks the same...
I didn't take pictures on this particular trip, except in the news show studio, which had been updated but was still the same basic set.

Landon and Kennady bring you the News
We saw the new - huge! - newsroom, the art department, editing and control rooms, and the radio station studios.  This last is what we were particularly interested in, because of Harrison's career.

After seeing all the fantastic updates and how different everything was, I asked our friend if they still did school tours and if so, who should I contact to set something up for our homeschool group.  He told me I could just let him know when I wanted to bring the group and he would help me get it organized.  I will definitely take more pictures then.

After this, we stopped by Harrison's 'old stomping grounds' at the Broadcasting Institute of Maryland so he could say hello to his instructors and get a lead and some encouragement on the job front.

(Want to see pictures of Harrison and Spencer at this same news desk when they are about the same age as Landon and Kennady are now?  I just posted those on Just A Second's "Blast from the Past" for this week)

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Blast from the Past – TV News « Just A Second said...

[...] Yesterday we took a field trip to the NBC affiliate studios in Baltimore.  It had changed a lot since I took the older two boys several years ago.  I  think that first field trip must have been before I started blogging, so the few pictures I have will be my Blast from the Past for this week. [...]

» Homeschool Mother’s Journal: In Which I Make New (School)Year Resolutions Homeschool Coffee Break said...

[...] was actually more for Harrison’s benefit, and it was a VIP tour I won in a charity auction. We toured the NBC affiliate studios in Baltimore. We also stopped at BIM afterwards to say hello, and I think Harrison got a lead on a possible job [...]

kewkew said...

What a fun opportunity! There are times I miss living in the city. There aren't nearly as many fun field trip opportunities around here. Thanks for sharing on Throwback Thursday Blog-Style. I can't wait to see what you share this week.

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