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Not for publication July 1, 1999


WUNC-TV to provide pool, satellite feeds for Hooker memorial service

11 a.m. Friday, July 2
Memorial Hall, off Cameron Avenue,
UNC-Chapel Hill

Logistics for the public memorial service to celebrate the life of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chancellor Michael Hooker will require TV and radio stations covering the tribute to take pool video and audio feeds from UNC-TV, the statewide public television network. Space will not permit non-UNC television cameras inside Memorial Hall during the service. However, UNC-TV will provide a switched video and audio feed via satellite from a multi-camera crew in Memorial Hall that will cover the entire service for a live statewide broadcast. Still photographers will be welcome inside; see below for access information.

Satellite details: Test feed begins Friday at 10:45 a.m. until 11 a.m. Feed starts exactly at 11 a.m. and will end at the conclusion of the service. Coordinates: SBS 6, transponder 4

Program: The service will feature several speakers including state officials, university leaders and friends of Hooker. Special music also is planned. The service is expected to last more than one hour.

At Memorial Hall:

TV and radio representatives can take direct video and audio feeds from a UNC-TV mobile unit outside Memorial. Organizers will supply tables and video monitors under a tent.

Media seating will be reserved near the front left corner of the hall for print reporters and others who don’t need to be outside for feeds. Space is limited. Working media must be seated by 10:45 a.m. Any vacant seats at that time will open for the public.

Still photographers may shoot the service only from a designated area inside Memorial. No flash will be allowed, but the hall will be lit for live broadcast TV.

Parking: Space behind Memorial (in the Hanes Visitors’ lot off Cameron Avenue) is limited. Priority will go to TV trucks involved with live shots. Call Karen Moon at News Services (962-8595) as soon as possible to make parking request. Officials will work with others who need to load or unload heavy equipment. Parking for their vehicles likely will be across the street in the Swain Hall lot.

Reporters on deadline who need a place to write or file are welcome to park and use the facilities at News Services, located at 210 Pittsboro Street directly across from the Carolina Inn.

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UNC-CH News Services staff, 919-962-2091