DaTechGuy on the WQPH EWTN pilgrimage to Alabama Part 3

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DaTechGuy on the WQPH EWTN pilgrimage to Alabama Part 3

ewtn-interviews-025Our next day started with break­fast at St Bernard’s monastery where Brother Christo­pher made our crew acquainted with the Bene­dic­tine Brew the Monastery’s cof­fee blend and then we were off to pick up our other pil­grims and run a few errands with our new Bus dri­ver and headed for the EWTN stu­dios in Iron­dale for our day there.Benedictine Brew Bene­dic­tine Brew[/caption]

The Site of EWTN was the orig­i­nal loca­tion of Mother Angelica’s monastery before she built and moved to the Shrine of the most blessed sacra­ment in Hanceville. When we arrived Our day began with the Noon mass at the chapel (which is not tele­vised) That is where I met Lucy who you might rec­og­nize if you watch the daily mass the short ori­en­tal lady who goes every day. It turned out her daugh­ter lives in Fitch­burg which was quite a coin­ci­dence. Sev­eral pil­grims from other groups were just as excited to meet her as the var­i­ous EWTN celebs and priests and posed for a pic­ture with her that I took for them.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

We had a late lunch in the small cafe­te­ria area for pil­grims where we met Brother Leo of the “Hey Brother Leo” book series who sat for a brief interview

also on site was Jack Williams from EWTN Radio’s morn­ing glory and open line who would be join­ing us on Fr. Pacwa’s show later that evening.

this was imme­di­ately fol­lowed by an hour long talk from Fr. Miguel on God’s call­ing. Here is a brief excerpt:

After our talk our group was divided into two groups, one went with Fr. Leo and the other with a woman named porta who sat for an inter­view later on Friday:

[cap­tion id=“attachment_90178” align=“alignleft” width=“150”]sets on wheels sets on wheels[/caption]I was in Porta’s group and she led us thor­ough the EWTN studio’s where we would be going later in the evening for Fr. Pacwa’s show. A few of us took pic­tures on the set while it was empty.

She also showed up Mother Angelica’s office which had become a green room for guests.

Most of the var­i­ous set back­grounds were on wheels so they could be quickly switched for one show to the other. Var­i­ous other set back­grounds from shows no longer on the air were stored on site.

After that sec­tion we were taken to the tech­ni­cal area where the var­i­ous tech­ni­cians were located. I asked about hack­ers and they said while there were occa­sional attacks they had no luck get­ting in, of course being EWTN being a reli­gious net­work the wasn’t a lot of incen­tive for the var­i­ous finan­cial hack­ers to tar­get them.the Caption Lady

As the tour con­tin­ued I fell behind to talk to var­i­ous work­ers who had been there or decades. Many had been sur­prised to find them­selves at EWTN but it had really been a home to them.

When the tour was over we had din­ner at EWTN again in the cafe­te­ria area. While there I spoke to the old­est pil­grim in our group.

As well as Fr. Leonard Mary who had been in Fitch­burg for a pil­grim­age last year who remem­bered me (I told you the scarf comes in handy)

after din­ner we had some free time to pray the liturgy of the hours, visit the blessed sacra­ment or get con­fes­sion before the evening’s show.

Our group was the largest of those at EWTN but there were oth­ers from Texas and a few indi­vid­u­als who had also come to join us in the audi­ence live.

Two Cam­era men were on oppo­site sides to take shots one focused on Fr. Pacwa and one to focus on his guest. Addi­tion­ally there was one sta­tion­ary cam­era set to catch the pair of them. A mon­i­tor on the side wall showed us which cam­era was feed­ing live at any given time.

[cap­tion id=“attachment_90180” align=“alignleft” width=“150”]The audience for the show The audi­ence for the show[/caption]Before the Show Fr. Pacwa came out in a cow­boy hat and gave us some brief instruc­tions or the live show remind us that if we were look­ing at the mon­i­tor rather than the show when the engi­neer turned to the audi­ence we would be look­ing away. He joked once the video was avail­able on DVD or online could watch the broad­cast freeze the broad­cast and look at our­selves on TV to our hearts content.

The show ran an hour, the first guest was Jack Williams who I had inter­viewed ear­lier who briefly talked about EWTN radio and plugged our station.

The Pri­mary guest was Peter Williamson who has writ­ten a series of bib­li­cal commentaries

Dur­ing the first break they asked who wanted to ask ques­tions. We raised our hands they asked us what the ques­tions were and then had us line up to the side. When our turn would come they sig­naled go to the mike and Fr would call on us when he was ready.

When he called on me they he asked jok­ingly if I had been told the EWTN stu­dios were in Alaska rather than alabama because of the scarf.

When the show was over it turned out there was an issue with the ini­tial into of Jack Williams so we watched as they re-​recorded Fr. Mitch’s brief into of Jack for the broad­cast, made slightly more com­pli­cated by him not being there so Fr. had to make sure that he faced toward where Jack was sup­posed to be.

When that was done Fr. Pacwa started tak­ing pic­tures with peo­ple. that went on for long while. I took advan­tage of that time to inter­view his guest Peter Williamson

When I was done the pic­tures con­tin­ued unabated. It was as if every sin­gle per­son there wanted a shot but despite the long day Fr. Pacwa did have a few min­utes for me.

By this time it was really late so we piled on the bus and said our good­byes and we headed back for the night, where we at the monastery packed as Wednes­day would be our last night there and the next day would start early.

ewtn-interviews-025Our next day started with breakfast at St Bernard’s monastery where Brother Christopher made our crew acquainted with the Benedictine Brew the Monastery’s coffee blend and then we were off to pick up our other pilgrims and run a few errands with our new Bus driver and headed for the EWTN studios in Irondale for our day there.

Benedictine Brew
Benedictine Brew
Benedictine Brew[/caption]

The Site of EWTN was the original location of Mother Angelica’s monastery before she built and moved to the Shrine of the most blessed sacrament in Hanceville. When we arrived Our day began with the Noon mass at the chapel (which is not televised) That is where I met Lucy who you might recognize if you watch the daily mass the short oriental lady who goes every day. It turned out her daughter lives in Fitchburg which was quite a coincidence. Several pilgrims from other groups were just as excited to meet her as the various EWTN celebs and priests and posed for a picture with her that I took for them.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

We had a late lunch in the small cafeteria area for pilgrims where we met Brother Leo of the “Hey Brother Leo” book series who sat for a brief interview

also on site was Jack Williams from EWTN Radio’s morning glory and open line who would be joining us on Fr. Pacwa’s show later that evening.

this was immediately followed by an hour long talk from Fr. Miguel on God’s calling. Here is a brief excerpt:

After our talk our group was divided into two groups, one went with Fr. Leo and the other with a woman named porta who sat for an interview later on Friday:

sets on wheels
sets on wheels
I was in Porta’s group and she led us thorough the EWTN studio’s where we would be going later in the evening for Fr. Pacwa’s show. A few of us took pictures on the set while it was empty.

She also showed up Mother Angelica’s office which had become a green room for guests.

Most of the various set backgrounds were on wheels so they could be quickly switched for one show to the other. Various other set backgrounds from shows no longer on the air were stored on site.

After that section we were taken to the technical area where the various technicians were located. I asked about hackers and they said while there were occasional attacks they had no luck getting in, of course being EWTN being a religious network the wasn’t a lot of incentive for the various financial hackers to target them.

the Caption Lady
the Caption Lady

As the tour continued I fell behind to talk to various workers who had been there or decades. Many had been surprised to find themselves at EWTN but it had really been a home to them.

When the tour was over we had dinner at EWTN again in the cafeteria area. While there I spoke to the oldest pilgrim in our group.

As well as Fr. Leonard Mary who had been in Fitchburg for a pilgrimage last year who remembered me (I told you the scarf comes in handy)

after dinner we had some free time to pray the liturgy of the hours, visit the blessed sacrament or get confession before the evening’s show.

Our group was the largest of those at EWTN but there were others from Texas and a few individuals who had also come to join us in the audience live.

Two Camera men were on opposite sides to take shots one focused on Fr. Pacwa and one to focus on his guest. Additionally there was one stationary camera set to catch the pair of them. A monitor on the side wall showed us which camera was feeding live at any given time.

The audience for the show
The audience for the show
Before the Show Fr. Pacwa came out in a cowboy hat and gave us some brief instructions or the live show remind us that if we were looking at the monitor rather than the show when the engineer turned to the audience we would be looking away. He joked once the video was available on DVD or online could watch the broadcast freeze the broadcast and look at ourselves on TV to our hearts content.

The show ran an hour, the first guest was Jack Williams who I had interviewed earlier who briefly talked about EWTN radio and plugged our station.

The Primary guest was Peter Williamson who has written a series of biblical commentaries

During the first break they asked who wanted to ask questions. We raised our hands they asked us what the questions were and then had us line up to the side. When our turn would come they signaled go to the mike and Fr would call on us when he was ready.

When he called on me they he asked jokingly if I had been told the EWTN studios were in Alaska rather than alabama because of the scarf.

When the show was over it turned out there was an issue with the initial into of Jack Williams so we watched as they re-recorded Fr. Mitch’s brief into of Jack for the broadcast, made slightly more complicated by him not being there so Fr. had to make sure that he faced toward where Jack was supposed to be.

When that was done Fr. Pacwa started taking pictures with people. that went on for long while. I took advantage of that time to interview his guest Peter Williamson

When I was done the pictures continued unabated. It was as if every single person there wanted a shot but despite the long day Fr. Pacwa did have a few minutes for me.

By this time it was really late so we piled on the bus and said our goodbyes and we headed back for the night, where we at the monastery packed as Wednesday would be our last night there and the next day would start early.